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Sydney Stands for Sanctuary

This is an emergency.

A High Court ruling on Wednesday means 267 people – 37 of whom are babies, including those in the photo above – could be sent to the abusive detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru within days.1

Together, we must stand in the government's way.

We can't waste any time. The government is ready to put these vulnerable men, women and kids on planes to hell – and only a huge public mobilisation is going to stop that happening.

In an incredible show of compassion and solidarity, churches around the country have opened their doors to offer sanctuary to the 267 people Malcolm Turnbull wants to deport. We stand with them.

On the evening of Monday 8 February, thousands of people will rally in capital cities and towns around the country to stand for sanctuary, and demonstrate that together, we will do everything we can to keep these babies, children, men and women safe. We will demand that the government let them stay.


These events are supported by:

Amnesty International
Amnesty International, Stanthorpe
Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees
A Red Letter Day
Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees
ASU NSW and ACT (Services) Branch
Asylum Seekers Centre
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Australian Kurdish Association
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Australian Progressives
Australian Women Supporting Women on Nauru
Australian Jewish Democratic Society
Bathurst Refugee Support Group
Bendigo Action Collective
Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group
Breathing Space Women's Choir
Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project
The Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network
Burgess Bookings
Cabramatta Vineyard Church
Campus Advocacy for Refugees
CARE Australia
Catalyst Co-Lab
Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba
Central Coast for Social Justice
Central Victorian Refugee Support Network
Campaign for Australian Aid
ChildFund Australia
Christchurch Anglican Cathedral
Church AT: Collective
Combined Refugee Action Group
Common Grace
Communist Party of Australia
Council for Civil Liberties NSW
Courage to Care NSW
Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network
Diaspora Action Australia
Dunkeld Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Group
Earth Charter Australia
Eastern Hills Community Church
Echo International
Echo Shout
Emerald Community House
Enough Room
Fighting with Peace
Free the Children Nauru
Free Mojgan
The Gandhi Experiment: World peace through education
Geelong Combined Refugee Action Group
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
Gosford Anglican Church
Grandmothers Against the Detention of Children
Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
Great Lakes Friends of Palestine
Greek Ambassadors
Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat
Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy
I Am A Boat Person Inc
The Greens
Jewish Labour Bund
Joyous Birth
Jump Up and Down 4 Kids
Justice for Refugees SA
Law Institute of Victoria
Law Students for Refugees
Lebanese Muslim Association
Love Makes a Way
Mansfield Rural Australians for Refugees
Medical Association for Prevention of War
Mercy Refugee and Asylum Seeker Network Victoria
Multicultural Youth Affairs Network
Mums 4 Refugees
Music for Change Inc
Music for Refugees
Muslims for Progressive Values
Myrtleford Refugee Support Group
Northam Welcomes Asylum Seekers
One Community SA
People Just Like Us
People's Democratic Party
Picton Uniting Church
Pilgrim Uniting Church
Pitt Street Uniting Church
Queenscliff Uniting Church
Refugee Action Coalition
Refugee Action Collective
Refugee Action Committee
Refugee Council of Australia
Refugees Welcome Glen Innes Support Group
Regal Records
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Queensland Regional Meeting Inc
Right Now magazine
Rural Australians for Refugees
Rural Australians for Refugees - Bega
Rural Australians for Refugees - Bendigo
Rurual Australians for Refugees - Grampians/Gariwerd
Rural Australians for Refugees - Manning
Rural Australians for Refugees - Phillip Island
Save the Children
Serbian Ladies Auxiliary
Sisters of the Good Shepherd (Australia)
Socialist Alliance
South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees
Stand Up
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
St David's Anglican Cathedral
St George's Anglican Cathedral
Sunday Assembly Sydney
Sydney Alliance
Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS)
Sydney Girls High School social justice group
Tassie Nannas
United Nations Association
Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association
Wayside Chapel
Welcome to Australia
Welcome to Australia (Hobart)
The Welcome Group
Wesley Uniting Church
Unions NSW
Unitarian Church of South Australia
United Religions Initiative
United Sikhs Inc.
Uniting Church Synod of Victoria
Young Liberty for Law Reform Steering Committee
Young Mercy Links
1 Million Messages To Malcolm
12 Buckets Inc

To include your organisation as a supporter, email


Where: Town Hall Square
When: Monday 8 February
Time: 6pm
Bring: Posters, family and friends!

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