Archive | June 2016

Join with Amnesty International and speak up for refugees’ rights

 

What’s happening?

Instead of tackling one of the worst humanitarian emergencies of our time, our governments are closing their eyes and turning away. Instead of finding solutions, they’re letting fear and racism poison public debate. It’s time to take the refugee crisis personally. We cannot stand by in silence while people’s lives and futures are destroyed. No one seeking safety should have to risk death just to cross a border. Refugees fled bombs and persecution believing that other countries would respect their human rights, and offer them sanctuary. We cannot prove them wrong.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Refugees need safe passage, and protection through global solutions like resettlement. Over one million people reached Europe last year in fragile, overcrowded boats and paid smugglers thousands of dollars to risk their lives because they had no other option. With borders slammed shut, few can hope to reach another country safely and legally. No one should have to gamble their life on a dangerous journey to get the protection they’re entitled to, and governments could quite easily stop this happening.

Canada, for example, has opened its doors to 25,000 Syrian refugees since last November. Every single one reached their new home country in the only obvious way: by plane. They were able to do so because of a solution called resettlement.

Resettlement is a way of protecting the most vulnerable refugees of all – people who have been tortured, for example, or women at risk of abuse. If you’re forced to flee your home and escape to another country, you register with the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, and the local authorities. Using specific criteria, the UNHCR will identify whether you are especially vulnerable and urgently need protection in another country.  Then you wait for a phone call that you might get one day, saying you can pack your bags and settle down in a third country.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

Make your voice heard: sign our pledge, then tell all your friends and family about it. Together, we’ll send a loud and clear message to world leaders at the UN in September:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-refugees-rights/

 

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Join with Oxfam to stop multinational corporations from dodging taxes

 

What’s happening?

Multinational tax dodging is starving developing countries of much needed funds for development. Billions of dollars are hidden in tax havens around the world, fuelling inequality and holding back the fight against poverty. Government action to date falls far short of what is needed to tackle this global problem.

Globally, about $172 billion* is ripped out of developing countries due to tax dodging every single year. Australian-based multinationals contribute about $2.3 billion of this staggering figure. That’s money that should be put into schools, hospitals and live-saving water for kids in Papua New Guinea.

Oxfam’s efforts

Secret ‘tax havens’ lie at the heart of this unfair tax system. They allow corporations to hide income and wealth offshore, untaxed and out of reach of tax authorities and regulators. They deprive governments of the resources they need to provide vital public services, like health and education, which are necessary to tackle spiralling inequality.

But despite talking tough on tax dodging, neither party has done enough to stop the use of ‘tax havens’. The government must close loopholes in legislation that allow multinational corporations to get away with not paying tax here and abroad. Crucial to this is tax transparency – corporations must fully disclose their profits and taxes publicly, for every country in which they operate.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

Tell party spokespeople – Treasurer Scott Morrison, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Greens Treasury Spokesperson Adam Bandt that their current policies don’t go far enough – act now to Make Tax Fair.

“I care about the people in developing countries missing out on proper healthcare and education because of these multinationals dodging tax, and I will be voting for a party that demonstrates real commitment to tackling multinational tax dodging. We’ve had tough talk, now we need real action. Can you please tell me how your party will commit to closing all tax loopholes and help to end the use of tax havens?”

https://www.hiddenbillions.org/

 

 

 

Join with Animals Australia to stop the kangaroo slaughter in the ACT

 

What’s happening?

The kangaroos who call Canberra’s peaceful nature reserves home annually become the victims of a violent and unnecessary slaughter. Every year the ACT government pushes ahead with its kangaroo ‘management’ cull program — approving plans to slaughter hundreds of kangaroos on reserves in and around Canberra. And every year, evidence has emerged of kangaroos facing prolonged and agonising deaths.

Tragically, it’s not just adult kangaroos who are affected. When shooters kill a mother who is carrying a joey, government standards recommend that the joey be killed by decapitation or a blow to the head. Worse still, although government standards require that ‘at foot’ young kangaroos be similarly dispatched, these ‘toddlers’ are often simply abandoned to die from starvation, predation or on the roads.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Despite the lack of definitive scientific evidence that the presence of kangaroos has a negative impact on other native flora and fauna, proponents of the plan claim that the kill is necessary to keep kangaroo populations at ‘sustainable’ levels. With serious questions about the evidence underpinning the Government’s justification for the kill, and with the potential for non-lethal management to be trialled, no kangaroo should suffer at the hands of shooters in the ACT.

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

The ACT government needs to hear from you that Australians don’t want kangaroos needlessly slaughtered. Contact the Chief Minister of the ACT, the Greens and Labor ACT Ministers, and the Director of ACT Parks and Conservation, and urge them to consider a non-lethal kangaroo ‘management plan’, if population control is proven to be necessary at all.

“Caring Australians everywhere are appalled by the cruel treatment suffered by such an iconic native animal during past culls. Please stand up for kangaroos and oppose the unnecessary annual cull.”

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/stop-kangaroo-slaughter-ACT

 

Join with Avaaz to help ban glyphosate and stop Monsanto from trying to re-approve the toxic weed-killer

 

What’s happening?

Glyphosate is a toxic weed-killer that probably causes cancer and is so common that studies have found it in our blood, but we have no idea when we are exposed to it. Monsanto thought renewal of glyphosate was a done deal. But now, after over 2 million of us joined the biggest global petition against glyphosate ever and massive targeted public pressure, the future of the Monsanto model is more in question than ever before. Together we forced this from a formality for a new 15-year license into a heated political debate that ended up as a vote on an 18-month emergency extension. This week, European nations rejected even that. Europe just took an extraordinary vote, refusing to grant Monsanto a license for its main product and cornerstone of its empire – the cancer-linked weed killer glyphosate.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz staff met with the office of the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety last year and secured a crucial promise that the UN study, that found glyphosate probably causes cancer, would be included in Europe’s decision-making. Last week the Commissioner’s top advisor said our push had played an important part in the debate.

Over a hundred thousand European Avaazers sent messages or made calls to their governments. Throughout the last year,

Avaaz has been all over European media showing massive public rejection of glyphosate.

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

While the battle to get glyphosate out of our parks, playgrounds and fields is far from over, this powerful step takes us closer. Like with climate change and the Paris agreement, Avaaz has mobilised people on this issue at an unprecedented scale – we’ve taken the fight against Monsanto to a whole new level, and now it’s up to all of us, over the next 18 months, to win it.

Join in the fight: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/nothing_we_cant_do/

 

 

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