Archive | February 2017

Join with Oxfam to bring back funding to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

 

What’s happening?

Australia’s First Peoples have a powerful vision of a country where every family has the opportunity to thrive. The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. They are the national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with members from each State and Territory. Their members are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations. Through their participation and decision-making, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples defend their rights and protect their unique heritage as the First Peoples of Australia. Congress strives for equality, freedom and opportunity. They are focused on their peoples’ ability to make decisions and to control their lives and communities.

Oxfam’s efforts

The Australian Government is failing Australia’s First Peoples, making unfair decisions that are condemning communities to acute poverty and injustice, to poor education and poorer health, and to places like Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

Our First Peoples still experience unacceptable levels of disadvantage. They continue to be isolated at the margins of the national debate. Policies relating to them continue to be made for, and to, but not with them. Yet, transformation of this situation is possible. The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is a vital voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s speaking out and leading the charge for positive change, but the Government has slashed its funding.

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 specialise 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

Stand with Australia’s First Peoples. Add your voice to Oxfam’s cause and tell the Prime Minister to respect their leadership and fund the National Congress now.

The PM must act now or risk condemning another generation of Aboriginal Australians to acute poverty. Show your support and sign the petition.

https://actions.oxfam.org/australia/en/actions/fundcongressnow/?utm_source=OAus&utm_medium=homepage

 

 

 

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Join with Avaaz to protect half our planet

 

What’s happening?

It has been projected that by 2020, two-thirds of wild animals will be gone. Life is being extinguished as fast as when the dinosaurs disappeared and the fault lies with humanity and the destruction we have wreaked on our planet.

The Earth’s delicate biodiversity is in danger of a completely collapse, leaving our planet deathly silent and uninhabitable for humans. But there’s hope – top scientists are backing an ambitious plan to put half our planet under protection and restore harmony with our home.

We’re testing the boundaries of our planet’s ability to sustain us and all life, but the biodiversity crisis still isn’t high on the political agenda. Scientists say our best chance to save our ecosystems and 80-90% of all species is giving them enough safe space to thrive, then nature uses its wisdom to regenerate. The 50% plan sounds ambitious, but in fact it’s totally viable, and likely the best way to sustain our intricate web of life.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. Avaaz is only five years old, but has exploded to become the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network.

We have to show our governments now that people overwhelmingly want to protect 50% of our planet from deforestation, dirty energy, and industrial fishing and agriculture. If we implement this plan properly, in a way that protects indigenous people from exploitation and land grabs, we can save 80-90% of all species.

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 specialise 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 with Avaaz to call on our world leaders to take action for our dying planet.

“We global citizens are deeply concerned by scientists warning that ecosystems critical to sustaining life on Earth could collapse in our lifetimes. We call on you to meet existing targets to protect biodiversity, forge a new agreement so that at least 50% of our lands and oceans are protected and restored, and ensure our planet is completely sustainably managed. This must take into consideration the needs of human development and have the active support of indigenous peoples. This long-term goal for nature can restore harmony with our home.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/protect_half_our_planet_loc_sus/?slideshow

 

Join with Amnesty International to free Indonesian teacher Johan Teterissa

 

What’s happening?

Johan Teterissa is a primary school teacher in Indonesia with a passion for human rights. He has been jailed for 15 years in Indonesia – for waving a flag banned by the government.

It was in June of 2007 that Johan led a group of 22 mainly teachers and farmers in a peaceful protest in front of Indonesia’s president. They performed a traditional war dance and unfurled a “rainbow” flag, the historical symbol of independence for the people of Maluku province, in eastern Indonesia.

Police immediately removed Johan and the others, punching and beating them. They took the men to several police stations, at one point forcing them to crawl on their stomachs on hot asphalt, whipping them with electric cables and beating their ears with rifle butts until they bled. The torture continued during official questioning.

Then, after an unfair trial, all the men were convicted of ‘rebellion’. Johan was sentenced to life, reduced to a 15-year sentence, and he is currently still in prison, 10 years later, thousands of kilometres from his family and friends.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is taking charge in a mission to get Johan Teterissa released from prison. The petition will call on the President of the Republic of Indonesia to unconditionally release Johan and his co-protestors.

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 specialise 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 with Amnesty International and sign the petition to release Johan and his co-protestors from prison. Send your message to the President of the Republic of Indonesia.

“I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release prisoner of conscience Johan Teterissa and all of his co-protestors imprisoned solely for their peaceful political expression.

Johan, a teacher from Maluku, has spent nearly 10 years in prison for the simple act of waving a flag. He led a group of men in a “cakalele” dance protest in front of the former President which ended with them raising a flag banned by the government. The men were taken by the police, whipped, beaten and imprisoned following an unfair trial. Johan was sentenced to life, reduced to a 15-year sentence.

Johan and his co-protestors remain imprisoned thousands of kilometres from family and friends. Pending their release they should be immediately transferred to a prison closer to their families.
Please take action today to end this injustice.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/w4r-indonesia-johan-teterissa/

 

 

Join with Amnesty International to protect Máxima Acuña from violence and intimidation

 

What’s happening?

Máxima is in a legal battle with Yanacocha, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, over the ownership of her land.  She is a peasant farmer in northern Peru, and she has braved violent attacks from local police for refusing to leave the land where she lives with her family. She believes the police’s harassment is an attempt to drive her away from her home.

Police have attacked her family, including beating her and her children, damaging her house and demolishing an extension she was building. On several occasions, Yanacocha’s own armed security guards even destroyed her crops. She still refuses to leave and her bravery has won her the 2016 Goldman Prize, the world’s most respected environmental award.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International’s campaign hopes to ensure that Máxima and her family can live in peace on her land until the courts make a final decision on it, and to protect her from violence and intimidation.

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 specialise 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 with Amnesty International and let your voice be heard to protect Máxima and her family from violence and intimidation. Sign the petition to Peru’s Minister of Interior;

”I urge you to protect Máxima Acuña and her family from violence and intimidation. I also ask that you promptly investigate the attacks that have already been carried out against her, bringing those responsible to justice.

Máxima, a peasant farmer in northern Peru, has braved violent harassment and intimidation from local police for refusing to leave the land where she lives with her family. She is in a legal battle with Yanacocha, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, over the ownership of the land. She believes the police’s harassment is an attempt to drive her away from her home.

Please make sure the police do their job and protect her and her family.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/w4r-peru-maxima-acuna/

 

 

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