Dear Friends,

As those that are fully vaccinated in Greater Sydney can now enjoy more freedoms, we remember those for whom more fundamental freedoms are so often out of grasp. You can still assist people seeking protection through the CAPSA and the Jesuit Refugee Service advocacy for the Action for Afghanistan Campaign and remember that the Archbishop’s Afghan Refugee Appeal is still collecting donations for Afghan refugees in need.

1. Shelter NSW Local Election Housing Forum – 14 October 2021 @ 4:00pm
Local Council Elections are coming up across NSW this December! If you’re keen to put affordable housing on the agenda you may be keen on attending this forum hosted by Shelter NSW to discuss how local Councils can help to develop and implement practical solutions to our housing crisis. Register now: https://shelternsw.org.au/events/

This is an open meeting, and we hope to see people from all across NSW in attendance, including Local Councillors and Council election candidates! Please share the Eventbrite link with friends, colleagues, and your local representatives and encourage them to join as well.

The Forum will be focused on discussing practical solutions to our current housing crisis, including:
·       The role of social and affordable housing, and the differences between them
·       The importance of housing affordability in Regional NSW
·       Our experience working collaboratively with Local Councils to deliver affordable housing
·       How communities and Councils can work together to deliver effective, sustainable local housing outcomes

There will also be time for questions and discussion throughout the meeting, so come along with your practical questions, concerns, and ideas! We look forward to seeing you there.

2. Laudato Si Action Platform – 40 Day Prayer Campaign 
The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announces a 40-day campaign of prayers based on the Laudato Si’ Goals, for communities joining the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. The prayer campaign supports the seven sectors joining the Laudato Si’ Action Platform with a dedicated day of prayer for each, connecting each sector with a Laudato Si’ Goal. The full set of prayers is available here. The prayer campaign begins on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis, and concludes on 14 November, the World Day of Prayer for the Poor. 14 November will occasion the next phase in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. On that date, Laudato Si’ Planning Guides and all related materials will be published, and members of the universal Church will be invited to make a firm commitment to creating their own Laudato Si’ Plans.

3. Support the Climate Change Bill
Let’s help Australia take a Climate Change Plan to COP 26 by writing to our Federal MPs and asking them to support Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill. Ms Steggall will reintroduce her Climate Change Bill to the Federal Parliament on October 18th. The objects and guiding principles of the Bill now include a target of 60% emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. Her media release about the Bill is available here. You can watch her interview with the ABC here. In this interview, Ms Steggall said that the Bill will provide the policy framework that Australia needs to “offer certainty and stability for investment. To have a clean and effective transition to the net zero economy that is coming.” If, this legislation is passed – it would ensure that Australia turns up to COP26 with a plan.  You can also sign the Climate Act Now petition https://join.climateactnow.com.au/ – click on your state, then click on your electorate then sign up. If you are taking part in the Faiths 4 Climate Justice Global Action on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 October, remember that the Bill will be reintroduced on Monday 18th, so when you meet outside your Federal MP’s office on Monday 18, maybe you could have a banner asking them to support Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill or hand in a letter?

4. Kaldor Centre Conference – 19-21 October 2021 Online
The Kaldor Centre Conference, Whose move? Addressing migration and displacement in the face of climate change is taking place online from 19 to 21 October 2021, with a morning and evening session each day (+ breakout sessions to be announced).

This is an opportunity to hear from and question global experts in all the key issues relating to people forced to move in the face of climate change. It’s a powerful lineup of speakers, on a vital issue – especially just ahead of the climate talks in Glasgow! The final session is particularly advocacy-focussed: To Glasgow and beyond: Building support for people moving away from climate change.

There are FREE tickets available to refugees, delegates from the global south, and anyone who cannot afford to pay. Register at kaldorconference.com – or access information through the Kaldor Centre website, where you can read this thoughtful piece on ‘A grassroots perspective on people displaced by climate change‘. Please join us for any or all sessions you can at the conference, and please share details with your networks so that we can ensure rich discussion throughout the #Kaldor21 sessions.

5. Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the SIEV-X sinking – Tuesday 19th October 2021 @ 7:00pm 
The commemoration will dwell on the portraits Kate Durham painted representing those who drowned. Speakers include Kate Durham; Julian Burnside, QC; Vivenne Glance and Ismail Afeif (poets in WA), and caretakers of the Canberra SIEV-X memorial. Register at https://bit.ly/3jyiK9T and then you will receive a confirmation email with a zoom link.

Please share this amongst your networks. Thanks to Amnesty for assistance, and Mahdi Graphist for poster design. Further information, background and discussion about the commemoration are hosted at https://fb.me/e/1Y9t4u7eq.

6. Story Telling from the Heart – Painting Through Pain – 28 October 2021 @4:00-6:00pm
We invite you to a very special event. For those who attended the Mission: one heart many voices conference Mass you would have seen some of Richard Campbell’s depictions of the Stations of the Cross. Richard was born in Bowraville in 1956. His mother was Gumbaynggirr and his father was a Dunghutti man. Richard was taken from his family when he was nine years old and placed in the Kinchela Boys Home near Kempsey. Richard shares with us his story of growing up with his family, the incredible trauma of being taken away and the way his artwork kept him going through the pain. Richard weaves his story through the creation of his paintings for the Stations of the Cross that are at the Reconciliation Church in La Perouse Sydney. Please see the attached flyer for more details and you can register here.

JPO Team