Archive | March 2015

Help stop the cuts to Aboriginal communities

 

The story so far

Global campaign network Avaaz is running a petition to stop the Australian Government’s cuts to Aboriginal communities. The government wants to shut down 150 remote communities and is cutting frontline services for Aboriginal people, and this will leave people with nowhere to go. The move is part of wide spread cuts to services that will harm the most vulnerable.

“Some of the most vulnerable people in Australia could be left without water and electricity, without a safety net and without basic services — unless we act now.” – Avaaz

The government has previously backed down on its most controversial policy ideas, like the medicare co-payment, due to sustained public pressure. With this issue now in the spotlight, due to the insensitivity of the comments by the Prime Minister suggesting that living in remote communities is a lifestyle choice, now is the time to push for action and stop the cuts.

“These people are actually living on their homelands and it affects a lot of things, it affects their cultural activities, it affects their native title, it affects a number of areas…It’s about their life, it’s about their very essence, it’s about their very culture.” –  Indigenous leader Noel Pearson

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Sign the petition now to stop the cuts to Aboriginal communities. When we reach 50,000 signatures, Avaaz will deliver the campaign to parliament together with indigenous elders from affected communities to bring the true stories of these cuts direct to decision makers.

“More than 40,000 years of connection to the land is not a lifestyle choice. We call on you to continue to fund essential services to remote communities in Western Australia and to restore funding to frontline services under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.” – Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_shut_down_loc/

 

 

You can help stop animals being exploited in the wild

 

The story so far

Animals are being exploited for our entertainment. Wild animals are captured, taken from their natural habitats or bred in captivity, and suffer a lifetime of cruelty and abuse. Some are beaten into submission, deprived of food and water or trapped in concrete cages. All because people love to see animals when they are on holiday – demand for the animal entertainment industry is so high, these animals continue to be used and abused for profit in ever increasing numbers.

“For so many people, travelling is a time when they have had the most memorable animal experiences – both positive and negative. Seeing wild animals in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience to be treasured. No doubt, as you read this, you may recall how an animal encounter has enriched your travel experience.

However, people are often unaware of the dark side that lurks behind some animal experiences. Animal cruelty can be a by-product of tourism. Animal circuses, bullfights, marine park programmes and poor welfare zoos are all examples of animal exploitation in the name of ‘entertainment’.”

– World Animal Protection

World Animal Protection works to protect the animals

World Animal Protection are working towards reducing the demand for animals in the entertainment industry, because animals belong in the wild, not in entertainment. They have put together a pledge that you can sign so we can work together to educate ourselves and others to make animal friendly choices when we are on holiday to reduce demand for animal entertainment.

Supporting World Animal Protection

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

Make your pledge today

Pledge your support to stop the cruelty and abuse suffered by wild animals used for entertainment:

http://tourism.worldanimalprotection.org.au/

 

 

 

 

 

Join with Greenpeace and help stop overfishing in Kiribati

 

What’s happening?

Kiribati is an Island nation in the Central Pacific Ocean. The people of Kiribati are surrounded by the ocean and rely on the healthy ocean for their survival. Fish is essential to Kiribati for income and employment – but more crucially for this developing state, beset by poverty and the impacts of climate change, fish is essential for food security.  Seafood makes up almost one-third of the average Kiribati diet and provides most of the protein. As coral reef ecosystems become less healthy, that diet is increasingly made up of pelagic fish such as tuna.

Unfortunately, the island has now become a magnet for huge commercial fishing operators from Europe, Asia and America. Over 250,000 tonnes of tuna is caught there each year making it the second largest provider of tuna in the world, after Papua New Guinea, but this leaves insufficient fish stocks to sustain local communities.

Kiribati is a nation of sailors and fishermen – yet almost all of that tuna is taken by foreign vessels.

Greenpeace has heard from the locals, such as Katarek, a retired fisherman from Kiribati, who are struggling to survive and provide for their families on the meagre catch that’s left in the wake of the big commercial boats:

“Now we’re not the only fishermen in our ocean. Now, we cannot really survive.” Katarek via Greenpeace

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

You can help

Greenpeace are working towards a solution for the people of Kiribati and you can help. They are working closely with members of Kiribati and all Pacific Island countries to help put an end to exploitative overfishing, in favour of fishing that’s more ecologically sustainable, socially responsible and locally-driven.

“Our mission is to change the way commercial fishing is done, right here in the Pacific. And we’ll win too, just as we’ve done before. With your help, we will stay the course until our oceans, and the people who depend on them, have a future again.” – Greenpeace

Read more and take action for Kiribati now:

http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/oceans/pacific-tuna/

 

 

 

 

You can help fight for justice for Moses Akatugba

 

Who is Moses Akatugba?

Moses Akatugba was sixteen years old when he was arrested under suspicion of armed robbery in November 2005. Soldiers shot him in the hand and beat him on the head and back before taking him to the police station. Moses then spent more than three months in police detention, where he says that police officers repeatedly beat him with machetes and batons. He told Amnesty that they tied and hung him up for several hours, and then used pliers to pull out his toe and fingernails. Finally, Moses was forced to sign two pre-written confessions.

Moses Akatugba was sentenced to death for armed robbery, after eight years awaiting trial in prison. The sentence was based only on his forced confession and the testimony of the robbery victim, which was full of contradictions.

Amnesty International strives to help

“The pain I went through in the hands of the officers was unimaginable. In my whole life, I have never been subjected to such inhuman treatment… I sincerely hope the authorities will listen to the voice of Amnesty International. I want Amnesty International to help save my life.”

– Moses Akatugba

The criminal justice system in Nigeria is weak, blighted by corruption and human rights violations. The use of torture is widespread and widely reported in Nigeria but most of the cases of torture by the security forces remain largely un-investigated.

On 1 October 2014 the Governor of the Niger Delta responded to pressure from Amnesty supporters and said he is looking into this case.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Speak up for Moses Akatugba and send your message to the Governor of Delta State asking him to:

– Commute the sentence of Moses Akatugba, so he doesn’t face death.

– Instigate an independent investigation into Moses’ allegations of torture by the police in Delta state and ensure those found guilty should be brought to justice in fair trials.

– Stop the police and other security forces using torture to extract information or ‘confessions’ from suspects in detention.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/action-write-for-rights-moses-akatugba/

Help free Qatar’s modern slaves

 

What’s happening?

Thousands of migrant labourers from North Korea are toiling for years on construction sites in Qatar for virtually no pay – including on the vast new metropolis that is the centrepiece of the World Cup – in what may amount to “state-sponsored slavery”. Forced to work under the desert’s scorching sun, denied food, drinking water, and barred from escaping home, thousands of men in Qatar are modern day slaves.

Last year, one person died every other day building a billion dollar mega-project for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.

“The descriptions of the conditions North Korean workers endure in Qatar – abuse of vulnerability, withholding of wages and excessive overtime – are highly indicative of state-sponsored trafficking for forced labour, a modern form of slavery.”

– Aidan McQuade, the director of Anti-Slavery International.

Qatar’s treatment of its migrant labourers has come under increasing scrutiny as it gears up for the 2022 World Cup, following a Guardian report from 2013 that revealed widespread deaths and abuse among migrant workers.

A major part of the project is managed by an American company with a CEO who lives in a quiet part of Colorado. If more than 1 million of us stand together for freedom, we can confront her with our voices every time she leaves her house to go to work, or to ski, until she takes action.

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join the urgent call to help free Qatar’s modern slaves. Send your message now.

“We urge you to put in place a public policy that ensures every worker on World Cup sites can keep their passports, are granted exit visas, and protected with basic rights and safeties. We also call on the Qatari government to reform its “guest” worker programme and allow any foreign labourer the right to return home.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bloodiest_world_cup_loc/?slideshow

 

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