Holy Cross Anglican Church Hackett

Following Jesus and building community in Canberra’s Inner North

Category: Social justice

Stop the Traffik

Parishioner Toni Hassan, a director with charity Stop the Traffik Australia, traveled to Cambodia and Thailand earlier this year to see, touch, engage, laugh and cry with people impacted by modern slavery and those working to end human trafficking. She shared her high and lows with friends at an open-house event on the weekend.

Modern slavery is the fastest growing trade, the trade of people for exploitation, after illicit drugs. There are an estimated 40 million people in modern slavery, more people than at any time in human history. Poverty, poor governance, internal conflict and corruption are the perfect cocktail for modern slavery to thrive in, with women and children the worst impacted.

People often think modern slavery involves sex trafficking. Sex trafficking represents about a third of modern slavery cases. The majority involve forced labour in the high risk sectors including clothing manufacturing and seafood. Modern slavery exists in the supply chains of many of the goods we use and consume.

Watch this video produced by Stop the Traffik to know more: https://vimeo.com/324750705

There is good news. There are businesses and not-for-profits, secular and faith-based organisations working to prevent modern slavery, as well as a growing awareness among governments in the developed and developing world about the risks and how to mitigate them. Australia has adopted a Modern Slavery Act. 

Toni showcased the life-changing work of these businesses and advocates:

Outland Denim

Bloom Asia

Alongsiders International

Relentless

Thai Union

You as a consumer can ask business about their supply chains and choose to buy ethically-made goods. You can also donate to a charity making a difference


NAIDOC Conversations with Brooke Prentis

Sun 7 July,
9am and 10:30am Canberra Baptist Church,
5:30pm Holy Covenant Anglican Church.

Brooke Prentis is an Aboriginal Christian Leader from the Wakka Wakka
people, Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and
Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering.

Understanding the situation in Palestine/Israel

At the June meeting, our Social Justice and Environment group discussed the ongoing conflict in Palestine/Israel, and the urgency for us all to do whatever we can to bring about peace and safety to the suffering Palestinians and Israelis who need support to bring a lasting peace.

‘From Under the Rubble’ is an Australian award winning documentary focusing on the Samouni family in Gaza. It is a civilian perspective on the impact of Israeli armed  forces in Gaza. Directed by Anne Tsoulis it can be watched on line on vimeo on demand at:  www.roninfilms.com.au/feature/15257.

Holy Cross are hoping to host a speaker later in the year about Ecumenical Accompaniers in Palestine.

Holy Cross at the Palm Sunday 2019 Rally for Refugees

Members of Holy Cross church joined thousands of other concerned citizens of Canberra and surrounds at the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees.

Churches were widely represented, with members from the Uniting Church, Caritas, Vinnies, Baptists, Quakers, other Anglican churches, and many more in attendance.

We joined a wide cross-section of the community calling for humane treatment of refugees and an end to offshore detention: unions, including the Australian Education Union and the CFMEU, Muslims for Refugees, the Greens, Canberra Humanists, Amnesty International, the Medical Association for Prevention of War, Rural Australians for Refugees, the Refugee Action Collective, Academics for Refugees, the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and more.

Following three excellent speakers, we marched around the city, heading up to London Cct in front of the Legislative Assembly, down Akuna St then past the mall and back to Garema Place.

Why were these parishioners under the Holy Cross banner representing our parish at this rally? Jesus in his teachings always stood for the poor, the dispossessed, the weak, the sick, the unjust, the unfortunate and the refugee. The parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind. It comes down to honesty and love.

This event organized by the Canberra Refugee Action Committee took place on Sunday, April 14 2019.

Group of people holding banners and signs saying 'Safe Settlement Now" and "Indefinite Detention is Torture" in front of Holy Cross banner
Holy Cross contingent Palm Sunday rally for refugees 2019

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