The University of Sydney Resistance club held a #LetThemStay action on campus on February 24 which was endorsed by the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) and attended by Labor, Greens, socialists and LGBTIQ activists on campus.
While the community win at Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane prevented baby Asha and her parents from being deported to Nauru, minister Peter Dutton has since stated that he still plans to send them with 267 other refugees to Nauru as soon as practicable.
It is important that all sectors of the community, whether healthcare professionals, unions or students, continue to build the #LetThemStay campaign, as we've got 267 deportations to stop and offshore mandatory detention to end. We know we can do it with enough community pressure and direct action.
The Lady Cilento Hospital community action has inspired people around the country to participate in various stunts and protests to say #LetThemStay.
Over the last few weeks, there have been a number of creative actions that continue to draw support to the campaign: the #LetThemStay banner hung from the Melbourne Arts Centre spire, mothers, babies and children occupying the foyer of Parliament House in Canberra, 37 cribs set up at Bondi Beach to represent the 37 babies the Turnbull government wants to deport to Nauru, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers fans holding signs at football games, or the numerous photos of teachers, students, nurses, midwives and other workers that have been posted on social media to say #LetThemStay
Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance members will continue to run #LetThemStay petitions at Orientation Week stalls at universities over the upcoming weeks as well as other activities around the country.
If you would like to join Resistance members in the campaign to #LetThemStay look out for our stalls at university Orientation Weeks around the country or get in touch at resistance.org.au.