Parramatta Amnesty and an expert panel will discuss Australia’s asylum seeker policies and how the community can get involved at Parramatta on June 2 at 7pm.
The Asylum Seekers – Better Conversations, Better Policies event will feature key details from Amnesty’s report on the Manus Island offshore processing facility and ‘activism training’ tips and tricks.
"Its important people know the truth about Australia’s offshore processing facilities and for those that want to take further action, we hope to give them some options,” said Parramatta Amnesty convenor Bela Moore.
"It's a great opportunity for those that are unsure about or agree with Australia's asylum seekers policies to learn more, and an opportunity for those that disagree with them, to find out how they can be a part of better conversations and better policies."
Guest speakers include Mark Isaacs, a former Salvation Army humanitarian aid worker at Nauru and author of The Undesirables, and Lucy Fiske from UTS. The event will take place at the Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta.
An Parramatta Amnesty spokesperson said Amnesty hopes the event will shine a spotlight on asylum seeker and refugee rights in the lead-up to Refugee Week and give the community alternative policy options and practical information on how to create change.
The following Sunday on June 8, the group will screen Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea as part of its monthly documentary initiative, Meaningful Movies out West.
Both events are free but attendees are encouraged to register via Eventbrite.