Teacher Outcry at Students Detention

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Brisbane teachers have taken “historic” industrial action in their campaign to release an asylum-seeking high school student from a detention centre.

More than 50 teachers from Yeronga State High School, including principal Terry Heath, staged the strike in support of 21-year-old Mojgan Shamsalipoor on Tuesday afternoon.

Asylum seeker Ms Shamsalipoor was months away from graduating at the school when a failed visa application saw her forcibly removed from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation Centre in August and taken to a Darwin detention centre.

A spokeswoman for immigration minister Peter Dutton says he stands by the authorities’ decision to refuse the student refugee status and she should be deported.

“This is historic action,” said teacher Jessica Walker, who is leading the campaign to free Ms Shamsalipoor.

“Teachers have taken industrial action because of human rights abuses for the first time.

“It’s hugely significant and it’s only the beginning.”

After being refused refugee status, campaigners are now asking for Mr Dutton to allow Ms Shamsalipoor, who married fellow student Milad Jafari, also 21, to apply for a partner visa without the need to return to her native Iran.

“He has the power to do that and we urge him to do the right thing,” Ms Walker added.

Ms Shamsalipoor arrived illegally (sic – it is not illegal to seek asylum) in Australia by boat in 2012 after fleeing Iran to escape sexual abuse and an arranged marriage to a man in his 60s.

Dozens of students joined their teachers in a rally outside the school to call for the release of Ms Shamsalipoor, who managed to complete her year 12 studies from the detention centre with the help of the school.

In a speech directed at Mr Dutton, 17-year-old Eden Boyd said: “As young Australians we feel betrayed by the injustice of this situation.”

MP Mark Bailey said he supported the community campaign and has urged Mr Dutton to grant a visa to the student, who fears she will be killed if she returns to Iran.

AAP Photos by Mark Gillespie

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Immigration Department Targeted with ‘Pram Jams’

Pram Jam in Melbourne
Pram Jam in Melbourne

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Friday November the 6th

Friends, Families, and Feminists Against Detention threaten Pram Jams across the country if refugee Golestan isn’t brought to Australia for immediate neonatal care.

Friends, Families, and Feminists Against Detention, who this Wednesday the 4th of November were evicted by police after organising a ‘pram jam’ at Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Melbourne, are calling on refugee supporters to organise pram jams across the country in response to government negligence in their responsibility to look after Golestan, a refugee in Nauru in critical need of neonatal support in Australia.

Jill Sparrow, the mother of a 22 month old child who was removed by police at DIBP while still breastfeeding on Wednesday, said “ The treatment of Golestan echoes the same negligent attitude shown towards Abyan. Nauru does not have the facilities to keep this woman safe during birth, Australia does. She needs immediate transferal with her family to the Australian mainland as a matter of urgency. The government has allowed continued child abuse and sexual violence to occur under its watch. We are saying no more. Children need safety, and women need to be respected. Bring her to Australia now!”

The ‘pram jam’ on Wednesday consisted of parents, bubs, and feminists grounding elevators in the DIBP by lodging prams inside and then peacefully sitting on the floor to have a picnic. Their demands were for the permanent resettlement of Abyan in Australia, an end to sexual violence to refugees, and for the closure of all offshore processing facilities. While some protesters left voluntarily, others were evicted by Police who carried and dragged them out.

Jill said “If the government won’t act on this, we will. We are calling on pram jams across the country for Golestan. We must be resolute in our commitment where the government is not for the safety and well being of refugees that sought asylum in Australia. We stand strong with the Australian Medical Association which has called for her transferal here. We will accept nothing less.”

Read more about Golestan’s situation here:
http://www.theguardian.com/…/doctors-plead-for-pregnant-ref…

To the Australian People from Manus Island

In the heart of the dark nights, I yell out through the mass of metallic and hard fences. Surrounded by agony and torture, I yell out right next to the tropical birds, thousands kilometre further away from the people’s world, in the heart of a remote island located in the corner of the vastest ocean in the world.

In the name of humanity and freedom, I yell out, in the name of all the values, values which connect human’s dignity with peace. I yell out, a yell from the hell where people are tortured and humiliated in a systematic form.

A yell having the quality of those flower-like ambitions when their petals are being plucked cruelly and a yell having the quality of a heart which has been crushed under the steel boots of politicians. Here is the hellhole Manus island.

Protecting the boarders and saving lives from the dangerous sea journey are the excuses for this brutal policy (The excuses for this brutal policy are to protect the boarders and to save lives from the dangerous boat journey).

After 27 months of implementing this policy, now it is time to impartially evaluate how this policy has been applied. During this long period, the Australian government has been accused of human rights violations by most of the credible international organisations which are active in human rights realm.

So far two people have lost their lives in the Manus prison ( detention centre). On Naura, dozen cases of rape and violence against women and children have been recorded, and with the continuance of this policy, everyday new cases are being added to the list of rape and violence.

Unfortunately, the government still insists on pursuing this policy. after 27 months, no one has been settled on Manus island yet. It shows that there is no planing for refugee resettlement on the island. Thus we could say that an obvious and official hostage-taking is occoring because since then no one has been resettled and no one has been released from the prison.

It is an apparent reality that saving people’s lives at sea is being used as a cover to implement the inhuman and immoral policy. Unfortunately, this policy has not had any achivement, it has just caused the intense suffering and the extreme agony for detainee asylum seekers as well as damages to the reputation and the credibility of Australia in the worldwide public opinion. It seems that it is time for Australian people to yell loudly at the government to urge it to confess that the policy of Naura and Manus resettlement has reached a dead end, and also to urge the government to bring an end to this harsh policy as soon as possible.

Behrouz Boochani Journalist and human rights defender Manus prison 5 October 2015

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FUCK THE POLICE

FUCK THE POLICE

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This episode is called fuck the police because… well fuck them and the system they support and help perpetuate.

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Franklin Lopéz joins us to talk about his new DVD project subMedia A Decade of Subversion.

He also gives us his thoughts on the killing of police by community members.

And fondly recalls his trip to Australia which included taking part in the 40th Anniversary Celebrations at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

The fit with the season as we do every year we play A Junkie’s Christmas by William S Burroughs.

The music for this sedition was requested by Franklin.  Also check out this video of a kangaroo knocking out a drone.

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Intro – Resident Anti-hero

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Outro – Insurge Political Prisoners

THE REAL ANARCHIST WORLD ORDER [update]

THE REAL ANARCHIST WORLD ORDER [update]

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This weeks show starts off with .. Linda ranting about people who support the police or make comments such as ‘I don’t do anything wrong so I don’t need to worry about the police’. These people almost always are white and rich and their privilege leads them to have these views.

Which leads nicely into the 30th Rap News which is titled New World Order but really leads us on a path to explore the world order in a completely different way to what you might expect.

This theme of privilege continues and Anna gives us a bit of an update on Ferguson, then we discuss the difference in the reaction to the death/killing of a man and that of a woman.

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SCOTT MORRISON MP RETIRES DEFEATED AND SAD

SCOTT MORRISON MP RETIRES DEFEATED AND SAD

[UPDATE: Even though he managed to pass the bill it was through bullying and blackmail. No one is going to stop fighting for refugee rights = human rights. Read how Morrison used children as bargaining chips]

Let’s make this happen. Morrison has been trying to pass draconian legislation to introduce Temporary Protection Visas and other measures to make the lives of refugees even harder ever since he got into his position.

But he keeps getting stopped and is going to be stopped again with your help.

Since it looks like we aren’t going to be able to gather in the streets or in front of Parliament House in Canberra to urge all crossbench Senators to reject the bill sending letters and making phone calls will have to do.

The government is getting

So I sent this please feel free to change to suit your situation.

Dear Senator,

I write to urge you to vote against the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014.

While I have always supported the right of anyone to seek asylum in this country regardless of the way they arrive here, I am now closely affected by this bill because my partner is an asylum seeker from Iran.

I know first hand the difficulties people face when they must leave their home countries for fear the government will kill them.

It is incumbent upon you to be educated on the life and death matters contained in this Bill.

This proposed legislation is more harsh, more cruel and more internationally illegal than any other piece of legislation proposed in Australian history.

It legislates against refugees human rights and it will cause people to die.

The deaths at sea, the deaths by torture if the people are sent back to their homeland from which they fled… and the suicides that result if this legislation is passed – these deaths will be on your conscience if you vote for this draconian piece of legislation.

Here is an lawyer speaking on what the Bill means.

I earnestly urge you to watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eETzMYgEaM

Let us remember that those people who arrive here by boat, the ones we detain (ostensibly jail) commit to a island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, put into the community to live a life of destitution without work rights on Bridging Visas – for one and two and now, under the” no advantage policy” an undetermined amount of time, prevent from re uniting with their families in the future …these people just want to live, and not die… and to live a life that’s worth living.

They come from Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Burma, Palestine and many other places.

There is no way for people like my partner to seek asylum other than come on a boat to Australia.

There are no queues in these countries.

Australia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention.

We invite these vulnerable people here by being a signatory. As though we are their friends. And then, as they knock at the door, we open it and then slam it shut in their face. Except it s not really like this. It is much much much worse. It’s literally a matter of life and death.

These are people, just like you and me. Not political footballs for point scoring.

We need to find a solution to this problem which is humane and just. Please don’t just vote against this bill but also actively use your position to influence policy so people on Bridging Visas and those in detention can be processed. And Australia formulates a way of assisting the worldwide issue of displaced people.

Here’s some information from Get Up on this Bill.

What are the key implications of this bill?

Yours Truly..
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INFORMATION ON THE BILL AND CONTACT ADDRESSES

The Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014, is currently before Parliament. It is expected that it will be voted on in November. As well as the proposal to reintroduce TPVs, this bill contains a lot of very disturbing amendments to the Migration Act:

If passed, the bill will:
• Remove references to the UN Refugee Convention from the Migration Act and replace them with ‘Australia’s interpretation of international law
• Remove the ability of the High Court to challenge refugee policy and operations
• Exempt Customs/ Navy/ Border Force boats from maritime laws. This will allow actions such as removing safety devices, food, water and fuel from asylum-seeking boats.
• Allow the Government to send boats or individuals anywhere it chooses. The bill removes the need for Australia to have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with countries in the region, or for the country to be a signatory to the Refugee Convention. It also allows boats to be towed to a “place” that is not another country. It would allow boats to be towed beyond Australian waters and just left there without regard for safety.
• Establish a fast track assessment process which removes access to the Refugee Review Tribunal and provides very limited review processes. Fast turnaround processing was ruled illegal in the United Kingdom in July 2014 as it carried an “unacceptable risk of unfairness”.
• Classify children born in Australia, to asylum seekers who arrived by boat, as “transitory persons”, giving them no access to permanent residency or citizenship.
• Change the definition of ‘refugee’ to allow the government to deny a claim for refugee status if it decides that there is a ‘safe area’ in the country of origin, or that the nation’s police force is ‘reasonably effective’.
• Allow the Australian government to return / remove people regardless of non-refoulement obligations.
• Keep asylum seekers, currently living in Australia, in indefinite statelessness and uncertainty, unable to reunite with their families or move on with their lives.

We all need to write to our state Senators and to the cross bench Senators and tell them that if they vote for this bill, they will be voting for Australia’s domestic law to authorise human rights abuses. Ask the Libs to cross the floor, and ask the Nationals to think for themselves! Write to Clive and ask him what he was thinking when he helped Morrison craft this horrendous bill.

Use some of the points above, but use your own words. Include something personal about yourself. “As a parent of three children…” “As someone who is interested in history…” “As a twenty year-old with a long future of voting ahead of me….” Anything you can think of to give it a connection to a real voter.

Here are the addresses for the cross bench Senators and Clive Palmer. Paper letters in envelopes are best, but please email rather than doing nothing. Make sure you include your name and address.

Senator Bob Day AO (Family First)
Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices
100 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
senator.day@aph.gov.au

Senator Jacqui Lambie
29 Wilson Street
Burnie TAS 7320
senator.lambie@aph.gov.au

Senator Glenn Lazarus
PO Box 228
Brisbane QLD 4001
senator.lazarus@aph.gov.au

Senator David Leyonhjelm
PO Box 636
Drummoyne NSW 1470
senator.leyonhjelm@aph.gov.au

Senator John Madigan
17 Albert St
Ballarat Vic 3350
senator.madigan@aph.gov.au

Senator Ricky Muir
Level 4, Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
senator.muir@aph.gov.au

Senator Dio Wang
PO Box 6120
East Perth WA 6892
senator.wang@aph.gov.au

Senator Nick Xenophon
Level 2
31 Ebenezer Place
Adelaide SA 5000
senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au

Mr Clive Palmer MP
Palmer United Party
PO Box 1978
Sunshine Plaza, QLD, 4558

You’ll find the other Senators for your state here. You can search by state by using the map. Then click on their names for contact details.
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Senators