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Rally for Manus:
End the Siege,
Bring Them Here.

5.30pm  Friday November 24
Rally and Sit In
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3004
Every Friday until the Siege is lifted!
Join and share the Facebook event: 
Speakers include:
Aziz live from Manus,
Adnan Abdulkarim, Ahwaz refugee from Iran who was detained on Christmas Island.
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Please do not just attend a rally – more action is needed to force the government to bring the people on manus island to Aust or NZ, and to fight the border regime!

Some other media detailing the intensity of the situation and some of the inspiring resistance and strong community that has formed in the face of torture:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/16/decay-despair-defiance-inside-the-manus-island-refugee-camp

https://overland.org.au/2017/11/manus-island-building-on-the-outrage/

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2017/11/manus-island-australia-pulling-media-strings-171118083724605.html

 

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Facilitated discussion – what do we do when perpetrators of harm do not engage in accountability?

Facilitated discussion

Are you involved in transformative justice informed community responses/interventions to sexual assault/family violence/intimate partner violence and want to talk more about what to do when perpetrators/people who cause harm resist involvement in interventions, are too entrenched in victimhood to engage in accountability, or when other issues arise which mean the person does not engage in taking responsibility for the harms caused?

What do we do in terms of risk and safety? How do we better support survivors? What are the responsibilities of people in the community/scene/friendship group?

Plus many more questions!
See you there!
RSVP transformativejusticecamp@gmail.com

Sunday 10th December, 3-6pm
@RMIT Building 80, Level 3, Room 10
445 Swanston St, Melbourne
This building is wheelchair accessible.

Manus Island right now

“The situation in Manus is getting worse. Last night the refugees were in a dark place. People were lying down on the floor and were struggling with serious hunger, having not eaten since Tuesday. At the same time they were struggling with tropical mosquitoes. Until recently the mosquitoes have been controlled with fumigation, but that has been stopped too. Now, malaria is a new worry to add to the many other risks the refugees face. Anyone who has been in tropical areas knows how hard it is to endure this kind of condition. Heat, humidity, hunger and incessant mosquitoes are taking their toll. Some of the refugees were working so hard overnight to find water by digging holes in the ground in Oscar compound. They were digging for hours and finally found water. I don’t know if this water is clean enough to drink or not, but the refugees are drinking from it. During the night, as some refugees dug for water, others were keeping watch to protect the prison camp in case of attack. Most of the people could not sleep well and stayed awake until morning. A Rohingya refugee with epilepsy became temporarily unconscious. He has pain in his stomach too. It is impossible to clean with no running water and the conditions have become unsanitary. Some of the refugees are coming down with infections. One man has an infection in his eyes and another has an infection on his leg. Also, early in the morning yesterday, a refugee with a serious mental illness harmed himself by cutting his wrist and chest. Some of the refugees have been taking medications for mental illness for a long time and need proper medical treatment. We are asking international organisations like Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders to take action and help us. This is not a hunger strike. It is a situation that the Australian government has created, forcing people into starvation and these harsh conditions by refusing to offer a safe place for resettlement. It is simply unacceptable to try to force 600 men to relocate into a small town where we are not safe and many refugees have been seriously attacked. This place is like a war zone. We have become refugees for a second time inside this hell hole, abandoned and left to fend for ourselves as best we can. We are asking people around the world to hear our voice. We are forgotten people who have been under torture in an Australian prison camp for nearly five years, even though we have committed no crime. The Australian government is now wilfully forcing us into even more danger.”

– Behrouz Boochani

https://www.facebook.com/behrouz.boochani.7?hc_ref=ARS47zm2_eLkzavNKgReTnq1pwVHq4To9_U5Z213WU93y79pJvol7LQfT0_JLFvfTpE&fref=nf

RIP Hotshots

So, we just found out a couple of days ago that Hotshots (the social centre we’re in) is officially getting evicted, right now, so we will have to close the library for today, and until the start of next year – when we’ll be moving into our new space

In the meantime, we’ll be improving the collection and adding more of an infoshop / resource centre element to the library. The new space will be wheelchair accessible, and will be available for meeting space etc too. We’re really excited! Get in touch if you’d like to know more or get involved in any way.

Panel discussion: Principles and Frameworks for Accountability

Panel discussion: Principles and Frameworks for Accountability. Undercurrent Victoria. Monday 30 October 2016
33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056
6:30 – 9pm

This panel discussion will engage various frameworks used to approach individual and community accountability and change. Drawing from extensive experience in diverse fields, each speaker will present on different ideas and strategies of accountability. There are both overlaps and tensions between these different principles and frameworks, and we hope to create a generative space to share and value diverse ways of thinking about accountability.

Speakers include:

Kirra Voller – Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe
Kirra Voller is a proud Wirangu woman and musician. She lives in Mbantua raising her young family, and works advocating for young people and the abolition of youth prisons. She works alongside grandmothers who are traditional owners in central Australia advocating for aboriginal led alternatives to prison.

Kirra will discuss alternatives to incarceration for young people and culturally appropriate responses for indigenous youth; including taking young people out to homelands.

We are very excited and privileged to have Kirra in Narrm/Melbourne for this panel. https://www.facebook.com/KirraVoller/

Ada Conroy
Ada has extensive experience in the family violence sector and in facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change programs.

Ada will discuss core beliefs held by male perpetrators and how we can identify attitudes that underpin abusive behaviours and support violence against women.

Lauren Caulfield
Lauren is a community organiser whose work focuses on interpersonal and state-based gender violence and community-based responses to violence. She has worked in the area of gendered and intimate partner violence in both community and agency settings for about 15 years, in community accountability responses and violence prevention, refuge and crisis support work and advocacy, and later in training and research. Her research centres on community-based interventions to violence, intersections between interpersonal and state-sanctioned violence (including the violence of the prison industrial complex) and the nexus of racialised and gendered violence. Lauren worked (with a collective of great humans) to establish the Melbourne Transformative Justice Network, and currently works on the Police Accountability Project (Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre) and with the Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre.

Lauren will be talking about community-based frameworks for violence prevention, intervention and accountability, with a focus on supporting survivors of family violence and sexual assault.

Marisa Sposaro
Marisa is a human rights advocate and prisoner support advocate. Marisa is a broadcaster for ‘Doing Time’, a show on 3CR Community Radio presenting information and discussion around issues faced by prisoners in the criminal legal system and migration.

Marisa will discuss frameworks for the work they do with criminalised people, why they do the radio show ‘doing time’ and the importance of support and solidarity with criminalised people.

Anthony Lekkas
Anthony Lekkas is a counsellor and family violence practitioner at the Victorian Aids Council. He has worked in the not-for-profit community services sector for 14 years, as well as in private practice.

Anthony will discuss the work VAC are doing with same-sex attracted men in family violence perpetrator programs with a particular focus on the importance of working from an accountability framework by centralising victim/ survivor voices in all aspects of service provision and developing a formal observer program. Anthony will share the challenges and growth areas VAC have encountered with this framework.

Anthony – Flemington Kensington Legal and Police Accountability Project
Anthony will discuss the police accountability project work. Within this project they predominately apply state, institutional or legal forms of accountability upon the police – Human Rights, legislative, rule of law, as well as apply ‘accountability’ via the civil courts. They also leverage various forms of moral, ethical and community based mechanisms in various ways. Anthony will also discuss Gay and lesbian / Queer Street Patrols, Aboriginal Night Patrols and community patrols / safety projects / police alternative projects.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, the materials used will be posted following the workshop at the following link: http://www.undercurrentvic.com/resourcesfromtheabusesupportandaccountabilityworkshopseries/