As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip, people seeking protection and migrants in vulnerable situations have been left with no safety net. Our government has excluded them from all support packages and we have seen the devastating effects on the community on a daily basis.
Here at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia, our food banks are running low; people we supported years ago are returning and we are seeing now more than ever that unless the government extends its support packages, it will be making these women, children, and men destitute. Let’s make sure this does not happen.
We know that many Catholics in Australia recognise and oppose the injustice of leaving people who are losing their jobs without a safety net, when they cannot return home. Last week the Justice and Peace Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, the Diocese of Parramatta and JRS Australia co-organised a private letter from 44 Catholic leaders, including four Bishops, more than ten Congregational leaders, and CEOs of key national Catholic health and social services.
The Prime Minister is yet to respond. It is important that he know that Catholics would like to see people treated with dignity and not deliberately left to languish.
Please join us by signing and sharing the Catholic petition to leave no one behind during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The only way we will beat this pandemic is to ensure that everyone in our community regardless of their visa status is safe and well.
Please note that the “Promote the Petition” tab on the Change.org petition page solicits donations for Change.org. The most powerful way you can support the movement is to share the petition widely and donate money separately to one of the many charities around the country supporting temporary migrants and people seeking protection.
Two such charities that are providing assistance are Jesuit Refugee Services: https://www.jrs.org.au/donate-now/ and House of Welcome: https://www.stfrancis.org.au/house-of-welcome/make-donation-house-welcome
Sign and share the Change.org petition here.
With thanks to JRS Australia.