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Labor for Refugees New South Wales

11 November 2020


Dear <<First Name>>


What Labor's draft National Platform means for Refugees


Join Sydney City Councillor Linda Scott, Aleem Ali CEO of Welcoming Australia, Jenny Haines NSW Co-Convenor of Labor for Refugees and Esta Pashalidis-Chilas from Settlement Services International, for a discussion of What Labor's draft National Platform means for Refugees.  This event is being hosted by NSW Labor Left.

Date:  Next Thursday 19 November 2020
Time:  6pm
To register and learn more about the guest speakers click: 
What Labor's draft National Platform means for refugees.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend.


Our Labor for Refugees submission to the National Policy Forum, will be sent to you prior to this panel discussion and well before the 30 November deadline for submissions.  We will be asking you to endorse our submission.

Ads-Up COVID-19 Refugee Response Fund

Ads-Up USA is a group of Aussies and allies in the United States who are working to support the 1,250 refugees being resettled in America under the US-Australia refugee deal.

Ads-Up Canada is a group of Australians and Canadians working to sponsor Manus and Nauru refugees who aren’t eligible for the US resettlement deal.

Both networks are supported by Australians, Kiwis, Americans, Canadians and others around the world helping by donating, fundraising or volunteering remotely.

In the USA, American resettlement agencies provide 90 days of limited assistance to new refugees – after that, they’re on their own. We aim to fill the gap.

If refugees are rejected or ineligible for the US resettlement deal, they are left in limbo with no pathway out of detention. We’re using private and community sponsorship in Canada to build a bridge to the freedom of a new life.

Around the world, we’re mobilising to do what our governments could not, create a network of social support and provide financial assistance when necessary.

We've recruited over 300 Australian supporters in the United States to help hundreds of refugees from Manus and Nauru who are starting new lives in a new country.

"I'm proud to be Australian, but I'm not proud of what we've done on Manus and Nauru. Now we Aussies have a chance to step up and help these people start new lives."
– Fleur Wood


We're sharing a powerful message from Refugee Support Coordinator April Tafe: 

I want to thank everyone who has supported this fundraiser and to let them know exactly where their support goes.

Every morning, I wake up to a WhatsApp inbox full of requests for help from Manus and Nauru refugees struggling to keep their heads above water in the USA. 

In the past few weeks, as COVID-19 infection rates have accelerated across the country, requests for help have been increasingly urgent:

  • There’s Bengash, a young Manus refugee who has just been diagnosed with leukemia;

  • In Denver, a family of five sent from Nauru is struggling to find work while caring for their disabled son;

  • There’s a young Tamil family that’s just arrived in Buffalo who are struggling to pay rent;

  • Then there’s Mohammad, a new arrival who’s looking for work and has asked us for help with a hearing aid;

  • Two other young men are having trouble eating solid foods, they urgently need dental implants after years of neglect but can't afford the dental repair on their own.

We’re aiming to support all these refugees because we believe everyone deserves a fair go, but we need to raise another $10,000 USD through our COVID-19 Response Fund in the next month if we’re going to do it.

Thank you so much to everyone who has pitched in so far – if we are all able to give a modest follow-up donation, we can easily meet this goal and ensure nobody goes without support.

If you're not in a position to give, please consider sharing the fundraiser with your network – every bit helps. 
Together, we can make a real, direct difference. Together, we can show that everyday Aussies are so much better than the actions of their government. 

Thank you, as always, for your generous support – it truly means the world. 
– April

Next L4R Meeting - Wednesday 25 November @ 6pm


Our November meeting will take place by Zoom on Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 6pm.

The meeting notice with the Zoom link will be sent to you one week prior to the meeting date with a reminder email on the day of our meeting.


Kind regards

Nizza Siano
Secretary L4R NSW


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