Justice for Refugees March

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In an ideal world, I guess, my kids would just enjoy being kids and not worry at all about the “state of the world”. But some kids don’t seem to be content with that. They feel deeply, they see clearly and they want to make a difference.

Molly is one such child. We don’t watch the news, and I don’t burden her with the woes of the world, but she picks up on things as she goes about her life, and it sits deeply within her soul. But it can’t stay there. Her thoughts and feelings about things not right in the world rise up into a tenacious fervour, causing her to want to do something to make a difference in the world.

As her parent in this unschooling life, I partner with her in this passion, selectively strewing opportunities before her and facilitating the ones she chooses to pursue.

She is astute in her observations of things not right with the world, sometimes referring to herself as being “like an old lady”, making comments about the problems with “this generation” and “the world these days” and passionately critiquing the latest failings of our politicians, especially when it comes to issues such as climate change, same sex marriage, women’s rights and the plight of asylum seekers.

Speaking of asylum seekers, when I casually mentioned that there was going to be a march in the city, seeking “Justice for Refugees” there was absolutely no holding her back. Not normally one to love crowds, loud noises and the general busyness of the big city, she puts all that aside when she has the opportunity to march for a good cause.

And to Molly, the rights of asylum seekers is one such good cause!

We met up with another couple of  homeschooling friends who feel similarly passionate about the deplorable way our country is treating asylum seekers, and we marched in solidarity together.

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As people gathered, there was a great vibe, and also some speeches and music. It felt great to stand with like minded people, on behalf of those without a public voice.
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I wish we’d thought to create and take a sign! Some of them sent such poignant, powerful messages in very few words.
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Some were very big!
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It was definitely what would be called a peaceful protest. So many people, and such a positive, passionate, friendly vibe.
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The police were present, but really had nothing much to do!
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I love some of the creative, quirky people we meet at these marches!
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There were LOTS of signs declaring people’s disagreement with the government’s approach to asylum seekers.
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Would you just look at those mean, nasty, scary non-caucasion people in that photo? 😉
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It was interesting to see the sign in the background, stating that the labor party are “for refugees” considering that they also want to turn back the boats! We had some interesting discussions about that!
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It was great to see lots of churches represented!
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Political parties, religious groups and individuals all united with a common message
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At the end of the march, as people started to gather again, there were more speeches and a choir. And places to buy food!
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There were also badges for sale. This was one of Molly’s favourites. 🙂

All in all, it was a great event to be part of, and it sent a very clear message to the government. Whether they heed it or not is sadly out of our hands, of course. In the meantime, it was good to have a voice and make a statment, standing with asylum seekers and letting them know we welcome them here and we seek justice for them.

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It was great to see this sign displayed so prominently on one of the most visible city churches as we were leaving. A good reminder that we are not alone in the struggle!

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.