Solidarity Vigil for India
As you may know, COVID-19 is ravaging India. There are anywhere from 300 – 500 thousand new reported cases each day. Many thousands are dying. Not just because of the virus but because the country is woefully short of medicines, beds, and oxygen. The healthcare system has well and truly crumbled, and without available space in crematoriums, school grounds, and elsewhere, so many people cannot bid their loved ones goodbye.
Most of us with a connection to India have either lost loved ones, or know of people in our family and social circles, who have died or are sick. Whatever you may think about the policy or politics, hearing about jail sentences and fines for citizens trying to return from India was very painful. Being a member of the diaspora means renouncing Indian citizenship, but it does not mean renouncing family.
Tomorrow night, leaders from the Indian-Australia diaspora, Sydney Alliance, Sydney Community Forum, and Amnesty Int’l Australia, will hold a ‘Solidarity Vigil for India.’ We will bear witness to the tragedy unfolding, and stand in solidarity.
There will be candles, a multi-faith prayer, music, stories from those affected, and statements of support from NSW/Australian leaders.
Please join us and share widely.
When: Thursday 13 May, 5:45 (for a 6 PM start)
Where: Sydney Town Hall
Who: Sydney Alliance, Sydney Community Forum, The Humanism Project, Hindus For Human Rights, Turbans For Australia, Indian Red Crescent Society of Australia, Amnesty Int’l Australia, and others.