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Thousands of people marched through Sydney on May 6 as part of the Change the Rules campagin.

“Political hostages” is an apt term to describe the situation of the several hundred men on Manus Island, Greens Senator Nick McKim told a forum hosted by the Refugee Action Coalition in Sydney on April 29.

McKim gave an insight into the siege on Manus Island detention centre in October and November last year. Aziz, one of the refugee leaders on Manus Island, spoke via video, detailing the desperate situation the men are living in today.

Renowned filmmaker David Bradbury (twice Academy Award nominated) is in Parramatta for his latest documentary, America & Me, which chronicles his time in the US during the 2016 presidential election campaign. 

Medical students and professionals are taking inspiring action, in defiance of the Australian government, to assert that health is a human right as the crisis on Manus Island and Nauru rapidly worsens, writes Zebedee Parkes.

“We have a system of detention for people arriving by boat which is deliberately designed to cause harm,” psychiatrist Dr Peter Young told a rally of hundreds of medical students in Sydney on April 7.

Medical students rally for refugees in Sydney on April 7.

Medical students took to the streets on April 7 in Sydney under the slogan "Detention Harms Health". Organised by the Australian Medical Students Association they called on the Australian government to close the detention centres and bring them here.

This episode covers the protests outside Channel 7's Sunrise studio in response to the show running a segment that advocated for the removal of Aboriginal children from Aboriginal families. It looks at the segment, the silencing of the protest by Channel 7, the pressure Sunrise is under and whats happening in the campaign. Then it features the voices Sunrise does not want you to hear.

Thousands of people from across NSW marched through the streets of Sydney at the rally to demand a sustainable future — without coal and gas.

Thousands of people rallied at Sydney's Palm Sunday justice for refugees march to demand the goverment close the detention centres and

There is a global refugee crisis. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported last year that there are at least 22.5 million people seeking asylum across state borders and tens of millions more have been internally displaced.

The numbers are growing as more people become displaced due to conflict and environmental disasters.

In response, from New York to Berlin to Sydney, leading political parties are building walls, figuratively and literally, instead of coming up with humane solutions.

In this episode we cover five reasons to come to the Palm Sunday refugee rights rallies on March 25 and three things you can do to help build the rallies.

A list of all the Palm Sunday rallies across the country:

At Sydney's IWD march, protesters rallied for paid domestic violence leave, migrant workers' rights, sex workers' rights, an end to sexual harassment on campus and elsewhere, abortion rights, equal pay and for Turkey to end its war on Afrin in Northern Syria.

Thousands of people attended the Sydney's 40th annual Mardi Gras parade. A number of community and activist floats marched in the parade including Positive Life, No Pride in Detention, Amnesty International and Stop Adani among others.

Hundreds of refugee families defied a protest ban in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sulawesi on February 21.

They marched from their refugee accommodation to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with banners and placards that read “No one is illegal” “Is there any UNHCR?”. A young girl held up a placard, almost as tall as her, that read “We are forgotten”.

Students at the University of Sydney held a protest during the first day of Oweek to protest sexual assault and harassment on campus.

The rally comes in the wake of the release of 'The Red Zone Report' that details a spike in sexual harassment and assault during Oweek, especially in USYD's colleges.

In this episode I join dozens of community groups from across NSW at the "Fix NSW Transport" rally. The battle between WestConnex and public transport is explored.

To get involved in the campaign: www.facebook.com/NoWestconnex

We can fix the public transport crisis

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