Posted by David Chibo (22.214.171.124) on October 09, 2001 at 21:10:14:
In Reply to: Re: Villawood Detention Centre posted by Jeff on October 09, 2001 at 19:19:20:
ThanQ, I forgot to use my spull-chicker again....:-)
The group of 9 we visited were in only one section of Villawood. There is another group that hasn't been visited by anyone of our people.
We intend to start a progressive media campaign that will create awareness of Villawood and all such detention centres and organise groups of Assyrians to visit our people on a weekly basis.
Once we handle that aspect we're thinking of joining the other anti-detention centre protestors and take to the streets of Melbourne.
After all it is an election year!
Jeff, and anyone else whereever you are please organise our local Assyrian groups to visit our people in these detention centres. It's amazing what a difference one visit can make to our people. Talk to our local priets, media, etc. For ashur's sake please don't forget them in their hour of need.
We're also due to meet with the Liberal party member for the seat of Calwell this coming Sunday. By the way the Liberal party is the current Federal government of Australia.
Last time he presented before us he began by pandering to our religous sensibilities and talked about his strong Christian background, which was followed by people standing and having one minute's silence for the victims of the WTC. I refused to move from my chair and later told him that I had no tears for the victims of the WTC. My tears will be saved for the 5,000 innocent Iraqi children that will die via sanctions. He looked stunned and shocked, partly because his indoctrination had never mentioned any of this new information to him.
I continued to unemotionally and verbally "flay him alive" in front of our local Assyrian community and asked questions that eventually forced him to admit that he was "not strong on foreign policy".
He left feeling as though he had failed and asked for another presentation in which he could be better prepared.
This Sunday when I see him the kid gloves come off.
: You and Sankho and your group down there are just great... you all inspire me. How many Assyrians AND Chaldeans do you suppose are in California, and in Mexico? You would think that they would try do help and/or visit the hundreds (if not thousands) of Assyrians-Chaldeans in INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) Detention centers across the US/Mexico border, and most recently, taken to a MILITARY camp in Mexico... they live just miles away but they do nothing.
: It's people like you and Sankho that help our people not get lost in these strange lands. Aynee Palokhon, I mean it.
: Can you imagine what would happen if those refugees were Jewish?
: P.S. It's "Semitic", not "semetic"...
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