Speakers Event Wangaratta

On Thursday the 14th of February activists from around North East Victoria joined together to create an interesting and uplifting  event at the Wangaratta Arts Centre in Support of an Australian Charter of Human Rights. Over three hundred participants, with many travelling in from Bendigo, Euroa, Mansfield, Albury, Wodonga, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Benalla, Wangaratta and surrounds, heard from Lee Carnie, Gillian Triggs, Fr. Peter McLeod-Miller and Teela Reid speak about the importance of creating a Human Rights Charter for Australia. 
There was great interest in the Amnesty information table, people lined up to sign petitions. A pile of 258 actions were collected in support of Amnesty's My New Neighbour Campaign, and hundreds of dollars were raised to support the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. The organisers, rural Australians for Refugees, gave public thanks to Amnesty for supporting the event venue. Clare Cunnington, Amnesty Yackandandah, said ”We drove home discussing the need to turn away from the politics of fear and emergency and to stand up to be our best selves. We were buoyant with possibilities. Taking up Gillian Triggs' suggestion to write our own fridge list of  Human Rights will be on the agenda for our March meeting."
This past year has seen our regional action groups go from strength to strength, with many local councils in regional Victoria getting behind the My New Neighbour Campaign to create safe pathways for refugees to be supported in regional communities. 


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