A grassroot collective is planning a day of action against COVID on Sunday. A small vigil at Parliament House in Canberra will mark this week's tragic milestone of 16,000 Australians dead from COVID 19 while a social media action will drive home the reality, suffering and exclusion of untold numbers of disabled, sick and vulnerable Australians trapped behind our front doors.
Parliament House Canberra Vigil:
Sundav 26 November 2022 from 2pm AEDST
What: Speeches, Candle Display and Minutes silence (socially distanced with masks)
Where: Grassed AAA Outdoor Public Assembly Area Parliament House Canberra
When: 2.00pm — Arrivals and laying of flowers beside candle memorial display
2.15pm — Group Photos with signs
2.20pm — Speeches
3.00pm — Reading of the death toll. Minutes silence. Event concludes
Online Vigil and Action all day:
People shut in by COVID will be taking pictures of their front door and tweeting it to the Prime Minister @AlboMP demanding they Set us Free, Stop COVID and mourn our 16,000 dead -#VigilAgainstCOVlD. Join us in a minutes silence at 3pm.
Australians Against COVID spokesperson Craig Wallace said: "this week marks the tragic milestone of 16,000 Australians dead from COVID19. Uncaring Governments have ignored our call for a minutes silence in Parliaments for the families, friends and elders who have died so we go to Parliament on Sunday to pay our own respects and protest the removal of protections and the lack of support for vulnerable people.
"Untold numbers of sick and disabled people are trapped in our homes without end. With
governments abandoning protections, 13% of vulnerable people in the UK continue to shield. If Australia follows, then over a million could be shielding here. We're going to show Labor Prime Minister Albanese we are sick of being trapped behind our own front doors.
"This isn't about lockdowns — its sensible measures to put lives before profit. We want a public commitment from all governments to end the current uncontrolled transmission of Covid in Australia through clean air, masks, distancing and sensible health measures. We seek guaranteed rights to work, study and operate from home, essential spaces to be COVID safe, health and disability supports for people with long-COVID, community development for the isolated, access to care, in-reach, testing and treatments and better access to RATS, PCR's and free masks and HEPA filters.
"We want disabled people and other vulnerable groups to be allowed to address National
Cabinet. We urge Governments to pay attention to our call to action and the White Paper on
COVID issued by Advocacy for Inclusion widely supported in the disability community".