Global Solidarity Officers Report

The murder of 17 year old refugee Reza Berati at the Manus Island detention centre this year sparked angry rallies across the country in response to the Abbott government’s inhumane refugee policies. The rally in Sydney attracted hundreds of people and ended with an angry convergence outside the Immigration Department with protestors demanding justice for refugees and the closing down of these detention centres. As Global Solidarity Officers we attended this rally as the fight for refugee rights is incredibly important with figures such as Scott Morrison in government who seem to feel no remorse for the murder of a refugee at the hands of their government. Join us at the next refugee rights rally on Palm Sunday (April 13) to continue
the fight.

We have also been working hard to build for the National Day of Action against the Liberal government’s $2.3 billion in education cuts. Abbott and Pyne are set to privatise HECs debt,
axe courses and jobs (with 350 jobs already on the line at La Trobe University in Melbourne) and attack the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) which funds clubs and societies at universities. These cuts will be extremely detrimental to universities across the country and fit into an agenda of neo-liberalism sweeping the world which treats universities as a business to pump out workers not a place where students can explore ideas and work to change the world. We have been leafleting, banner painting, lecture bashing and generally going crazy about this issue and would love to see you all at the rally this Wednesday March 26, starting at 12 pm
at Fisher Library.

Another issue we work around is that of women’s rights, a global issue of equality that continues to be fought worldwide. We attended the rally for International Women’s Day on the 8th of March which focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights against the potentially detrimental Zoe’s Law, which seeks to grant foetus’s personhood, and on equal pay for women which is unfortunately still an issue on a global scale.

USyd Students for Justice in Palestine will commence meetings and activities in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we have been taking part in the city-wide Palestine Action Group to prepare for the upcoming al-Nakba rally on May 15th. We have confirmed Professor Jake Lynch of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies’ to speak at a fundraising dinner in Marrickville on April 12.

Anna Sanders Robinson, April Holcombe, Kenan Toker and Mason Andy

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