For those who've been to a Community Action Workshop, you've already got some 'Words that Work' under your belts for how to have vales based conversations about the rights and dignity of people seeking asylum. Here's what we can all do next!
There is a growing discomfort in our communities about how our Government is choosing to treat people seeking asylum - and we need to build the momentum together to act.
We know that it will be people, not Government, which will drives political change and shift attitudes in the community.
At this panel discussion, special guests Rima Flihan and Devett Kennedy will share their experiences and insights on how to identify and build influence in your local community. Following the panel will be the opportunity to connect with others in your area and start working on how to put their tips into practice. See you there!
Rima is an author, film writer, lawyer and passionate human rights activist. She worked as an opposition member in several revolutionary and political bodies in Syria, before becoming a target of security forces when she joined a peaceful uprising which was overtaken by an armed insurgency in 2012. Rima fled from Syria to Jordan in 2011, and was a member of the delegation to the Geneva Conference on Syria in 2013. She gained a humanitarian visa to Australia in November, 2014 after receiving threats against her life. Rima is currently working to support newly arrived refugees as well and studying counselling in order to continue her support of people arriving to Australia refugees and people seeking asylum.
Devett is a Community Organiser with the Queensland Community Alliance which brings together unions, faith groups, ethnic associations and community groups to work together for the common good. He is the former Secretary-General of the International Young Catholic Students movement, a global movement of 3.5 million members. Devett has over 15 years experience in developing ordinary citizens as transformative leaders in their own lives, their communities and the broader society through values-based social action. He is passionate about the rights of people seeking asylum and since visiting people in detention has built relationships with many people seeking asylum who he now calls friends.