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CAMPAIGNS
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Raise the age of legal responsibility from 10 to 14
Everyone knows that children do best when they are supported, nurtured and loved. But across Australia, children as young as 10 can be arrested by police, charged with an offence, hauled before a court and locked away in a prison. The current age of legal responsibility goes against the recommendations of medical experts and the United Nations. Yet still, about 600 children aged 10 to 13 are locked up in Australia every year – 70 per cent of them Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. It’s time for the federal, state and territory governments to do what’s right and change the laws to raise the age, so children aged 10 to 13 years are not sent to prison. Children belong in classrooms and playgrounds, not in handcuffs, courtrooms or prison cells.

Help us urge Governments across Australia to raise the age of legal responsibility to 14 years.

Sign the Petition: HERE 

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New Public Squares Project: Public Good

  • Where does joy exist in your community?
  • What does public good mean to you?
  • What should be provided for your community, and who should provide it?

Do you want to be involved in setting a new national agenda on the public good, while connecting across organisations who work collaboratively where people and planet come first?

We’re looking for Uniting Church volunteers willing to host a series of 3 consecutive conversations at your Congregation (between April and September 2021). Volunteers are provided with all the support required for deep thinking conversations that lead to big outcomes.

Click HERE for more information

Contact Tim Molineux to find out how to participate: Timothy.Molineux@victas.uca.org.au

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EVENTS/ONLINE

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Can Art Stop a Bullet? (Screening)

Widely considered to be the social conscience of Australian art, William Kelly once said: “Art can’t stop a bullet, but it can stop a bullet from being fired.” Can it? Filmed on five continents, with contributions from over 20 leading artists, thinkers and activists, this documentary explores the power of art to take a stand against violence and injustice in the world. Ticks available for a special film screening and a conversation with William Kelly.

Tickets: $22, available HERE
When: Friday 14th May, 6:45pm
Where: Palace Nova Cinema, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton

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Imagining a Better World: Richard Falk and Stuart Rees in Conversation with Joseph Camilleri

Conversation at the Crossroads invites you to a unique, international online event about two remarkable books and two inspiring journeys. The books are Richard Falk's Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim, and Stuart Rees' Cruelty or Humanity.

Richard Falk is one of the world’s leading scholars in the fields of International Relations and International Law. He is Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University. Stuart Rees is Emeritus Professor University of Sydney where for twenty years he held the chair in Social Work & Social Policy and founded the Sydney Peace Foundation.

Register: Here, free

Where: Online webinar
When: June 8, 7:00 (AEST)

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UN lecture by Senator Patrick Dodson

Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism, in partnership with Religions for Peace Australia & Canberra Interfaith Forum, extend a Zoom invitation to join the UN World Interfaith Harmony Lecture 2021
This year's lecture will is called Reconciliation & Multi faith: Aboriginal worldviews and the Australian Christian heritage. It will be delivered by the renowned Senator Patrick Dodson.

Register: Here, free
Where: Online
When: Monday 10th May, 6:00pm AEST

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School Strike 4 Climate: May 21st

On May 21 there will be another strike to tell the Morrison Government that if they care about our future, they must stop throwing money at gas.

All Strike events are COVID-safe and ask that attendees follow local restrictions, bring face masks and hand sanitiser, practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres, and stay home if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.

For an organisers guide, registration and maps, visit: SchoolStrike4Climate

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RESOURCES
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Prayers for Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea

Three Crises in our region that need our prayer now. Join in the special "Call to Prayer" as each of these nations face significant crises and the poor and most vulnerable are being severely affected.

  1. Myanmar - Military Coup
  2. Timor-Leste - Devastating Floods
  3. Papua New Guinea - COVID-19 Health Crisis

The prayer resource can be downloaded: Here

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Mother's Day Fair Trade Shopping Guide 2021

The Fair Trade Association has produced a Mother’s Day Shopping guide for those who need hints about what to purchase for Mothers on Mother's Day. Also available are resources for World Fair Trade Day 8th May, 2021.

For fair trade resources, click Here 

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Statement from the Heart Study Guide

A new resource from the Uniting Church in Vic/Tas exploring the Statement from the Heart is now available.
  • Go deeper into your Covenanting Journey
  • Explore the Statement’s three key elements: ‘Voice.Treaty.Truth’
  • Can be used over six separate study sessions, or a single day intensive
  • Additional resource for facilitators available

You can download the study guide HERE

For more information, or for help organising study sessions, contact: Timothy.Molineux@victas.uca.org.au

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Host a Screening - Backtrack Boys Documentary

In support of communities in VIC and #RaiseTheAge campaign, the award-winning BackTrack Boys documentary is available to screen by partner organisations of SJ4YP and #RaiseTheAge. Raise the age is the campaign to raise the criminal age of responsibility from 10 years of age to 14. Screenings of this powerful story can help to raise awareness, raise funds, host discussions,garner community support and help build momentum for the #RaiseTheAge campaign.Backtrack Boys impact producer will help support you in organising your event and provide all the tools you need to host a screening and discussion.

Click HERE to host a screening

 

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