It looks like it is going to be the kind of day to cuddle up with a good book, eat hot soup and enjoy a nice glass of mulled wine, as the clouds are pretty dark and a heavy shower just rolled over Beaconsfield.
I took these two photos in Fremantle port around 6.40 am this morning and it was cold with a strong easterly blowing.
If the clouds break up and the rain stops, or if you are truly dedicated, join the Freo Safe Port refugee rally at Pioneer Park. It starts at noon!
City of Fremantle Councillors, staff and the community will show their support for refugees by marching in the annual Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees this Sunday 20 March.
The group will gather at 11.30 am at Pioneer Park (opposite Fremantle Train Station) and board a train to Perth to join the main event at 1.00 pm outside St George’s Cathedral.
Fremantle councillor and refugee rights advocate Cr Sam Wainwright said the Walk For Justice aimed to shed light on the injustices refugees face when attempting to seek refuge in Australia.
“Overwhelming evidence indicates severe and systemic abuse of asylum seekers’ human rights is occurring within Australia’s immigration processing system,” Cr Wainwright said.
“We’ve seen a recent surge of concern about the conditions in Australia’s offshore detention centres in particular as a result of the impending deportation of 267 asylum seekers. A lot of this attention was focused around the fate of “Baby Asha”, who doctors in Brisbane only agreed to release on the condition she would not be returned to Nauru.
“It’s completely unacceptable to detain people like this and I’m really proud of the actions the Fremantle council has taken recently to help defend the rights and raise the profiles of these innocent people.
“We’re now calling on our famously compassionate local community to stand together to support refugee rights by attending the march with us,” Cr Wainwright said.
A large crowd turned up on Sunday for the annual REFUGEES FIESTA at the Fremantle Esplanade. Whadjuk Nyoongar Elder Theresa Walley gave a welcome to country while Deputy and Acting Mayor Josh Wilson welcomed the people to the city.
There was a drumming circle and food and information stalls and live music entertainment after the march through the inner city.
This welcome to country sign on the ‘wedding wall’ at Fremantle’s Cliff Street is a welcome reminder that Australia embraces multiculturalism and immigration and that we are not a mob of racist bigots. On June 14 the annual Refugees Welcome Fiesta will be on at the Esplanade, so come and say hello to new Australians and get to know them.
I realise I will be criticised for being a loony Fremantle ignorant, left wing, do-gooder for promoting the WALK TOGETHER event on October 25, but showing more compassion to asylum seekers and boat people is something I am very passionate about because I believe we need to share better with those whose lives are threatened or who live in poverty.
I watched part of a doco on how Italy deals with boat people and the humanity of it made me feel ashamed about how Australia treats these people.
Anyway, check out where the events are held all over Australia on my birthday on http://www.welcometoaustralia.org.au.
PHOTOS COPYRIGHT RICHARD WAINWRIGHT!
There is a tiny but very powerful photo exhibition at Fremantle Kidogo Arthouse by Richard Wainwright that should not be missed. His photos of refugees in Afghanistan, Sudan, Jordan, etc. are very disturbing, and a reminder to us in the wealthy and peaceful western world how well off we are compared to the millions of displaced people around the planet.
The two photos here touched me deeply. A family in an empty room with just a rug on the floor, behind a suitcase that has all their belongings in it. No child deserves to grow up like that. No child should have to experience war, persecution and the loss of home. It is very wrong.
The second photo shows a group of people on the top floor of a bombed out building. What kind of ‘home’ is that?!
Australia’s lack of compassion for asylum seekers is very disturbing to me, because I know we can and should do better than that.
FREE FROM FEAR is an art exhibition as part of REFUGEE WEEK 2011. Paintings and photos by students with refugee background, from the Balga, North Lake and Aranmore Senior High schools are on display in the foyer of Central Park, George Street, Perth.
“Be treated fairly no matter who you are, where you are from, what language you speak, what you believe or where you live” UN Convention on The Rights Of The Child.
It is so heart warming to hear good stories about generous and caring people, especially when the media would like us to believe that the world is a bad and dangerous place to live in.
This morning I got some tyres put on my old bomb at the Bridgestone Tyre place next to the Norfolk Hotel in Fremantle and overheard owner Dave telling how a refugees family at his children’s school had problems getting the kids to school, and do shopping, because they had no transport, so Dave simply decided to buy them a second hand car.
As I was in the workshop he was struggling to get a public servant at a department to allow him to be the mediator to transfer the car ownership, because the new owners had language problems. All that while running a busy business.
How generous and inspiring is that!
The 80th national day of Saudi Arabia was celebrated for the first time in Western Australia at the Fremantle Esplanade today. It was a colourful spectacle of dance, music, food and information, in a very friendly atmosphere.
Interesting to see the men doing the dancing and serving. Emancipation at its best, if it wasn’t for the, often confronting for Westerners, full body black garments of the women and the hijabs and burqas they wear.
Photos copyright Roel Loopers. Profile Photography