19 February 2020
Dear <<First Name>>
OUR FIRST MEETING FOR 2020
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 6pm at State Chambers, Level 36, 52 Martin Place (entry from Phillip St).
The minutes of our last meeting held in November 2019 year follow L4RMinutes27Nov19
At our first meeting, we plan to discuss our strategies for the 2020 ALP National Conference which will take place in December. Also as there will be a State Conference on the 18/19 July this year, we need to plan what refugee motion/s we'd like branches to support so that the relevant motion will be placed on the agenda for the refugee debate at State Conference.
ALP members have until COB Wednesday 22 April 2020 to submit Conference Agenda Items so there is still time.
Inner West for Refugees (IW4R)
We have invited a couple of guest speakers from Inner West for Refugees (IW4R) to attend our meeting. This group is relatively new and comprises of community members who have come together because of a shared concern about issues facing people seeking asylum in this country, and frustration about government responses to the same.
In 2019, the group held a community forum in Leichhardt NSW, specifically aimed at raising awareness about cuts to the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) payment. The forum was a also a 'call to action' to engage attendees to be involved in a letter writing campaign to relevant MPs regarding this issue. Its members also attend the Addison Rd markets regularly to speak to the community about these issues.
In 2020, IW4R is supporting the ‘Seeking Home‘ campaign as part of its strategic direction. Campaign attributes include:
Effective, national unbranded campaign with the capacity to adapt resources for specific organisations (eg media content & op-eds)
Wide reaching & coordinated - over 50 significant organisations have joined up so far, including major NFP names; goal is 100+ organisations
Prioritise the voices of people with lived experience
Genuinely interested in shifting public attitudes for people seeking asylum regarding permanent protection, safety net, freedom from detention, family reunion, and permanent homes
Progressive campaign (not reactive).
Labor for Refugees is interested in the work of this group and think that we can work together to develop a strategy to take to the NSW Labor Conference, particularly focusing on the hardship caused to refugees who can no longer access the SRSS payments - thanks to this federal government.
"Chasing Asylum" film
There will be a film screening of "Chasing Asylum" tomorrow evening at the Trades Hall, 377 Sussex St Sydney from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. It is being held by Sydney Young Labor and being co-sponsored by Labor for Refugees. Any funds raised, will be donated to a refugee advocacy group.
Everyone is welcome so please come along.
Secretary L4R NSW