You understand that the mandatory detention and torture of adults and children seeking asylum is entirely and deeply wrong. Okay, we're on the same page. You may have signed petitions or attended protests against immigration prison camps. Us too. But what else can we do? Join us for an evening dedicated to some practical steps we can take towards abolishing Australia's cruel detention policy and practice. We know it won't change overnight, and we're not saying these are the only solutions, just a couple of things you may not have got around to yet. We haven't.
Letter writing is a by-the-book approach to contesting policy. Nathan Gray will guide us through the process of writing to your MPs urging compassion, action and accountability. We'll have all relevant addresses (your local MP, the Minister for Immigration, and opposition MPs), stationary and stamped envelopes ready so the job is done on the spot.
Sadly, immigration detention is a multi-billion dollar industry. The camps are operated by private companies, that are possibly funded by your money. Divestment stops the flow of money, and sends a clear message in language that big business understands. Liz Thompson, who has worked as a migration agent at the Manus Island detention centre, guides us through the ins-and-outs of divesting from immigration detention.
As always, dinner is time to come together and talk (with our mouths full). It's chilly, so we're making chilli sans carne. Vegan with vegetarian options.
Photography by Caitlin Littlewood