Join your fellow Melburnians to urge the government to #BringThemHere and end offshore detention
The situation on Manus Island has reached crisis point. On Saturday November 5, Refugee Action Collective Victoria will host a rally and occupation at the State Library to stand up for the human rights of the 600+ men on Manus Island who have been cut off from food, drinking water and electricity as the Australian government attempts to force the men to relocate to other facilities that, according to asylum seeker advocates, are not ready to host them. The men are refusing to leave the (now officially decommissioned) detention centre in protest, and surviving on limited stockpiled supplies.
As the conditions worsen on Manus Island, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard in support of the asylum seekers. Head to the State Library of Victoria at 2pm and hear from speakers including Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt and Tamil refugee and FSU organiser Aran Mylvaganam. There'll also be a recorded message from Behrouz Boochani on Manus.
Following the rally, there will be an occupation on the State Library lawns.
If you can't make it to the rally, there are other ways to help. You could consider donating money to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, call your federal representative in parliament or immigration and border protection minister Peter Dutton (02 6277 7860).