July 2019

1 Mon  

2012: Commencement of the Fair Work Amendment (TCF Industry) Act, ensuring fair pay and conditions for outworkers in the garment industry. - ACSJC resources on Workplace Justice

Tartan Day (Australasia)

2 Tue

1970: Death of pioneering Australian feminist Jessie Street

2016: Election of Linda Burney as first Aboriginal woman member of the Australian Parliament

3 Wed  
6 Sat

International Day of Cooperatives

1935: Birth of the Dalai Lama in Tibet

1839: Massacre of Aboriginal people at Chimney Pots, Grampians, VIC: 60 people estimated killed - ACSJC resources on Justice for Indigenous Peoples

7 Sun

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday - ACSJC resources on Justice for Indigenous Peoples

Beginning of NAIDOC Week - ACSJC resources on Justice for Indigenous Peoples


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. The focus city, National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee …

Wherever you live, you can take part in NAIDOC Week celebrations. To find out about NAIDOC Week activities in your area, contact your nearest Regional Office.


1945: Blessed Peter To Rot – martyred in Papua New Guinea

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10 Wed

1985: Sinking of Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland

11 Thu

World Population Day

12 Fri

1971: Aboriginal Flag first flown in Adelaide 

13 Sat


14 Sun

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sea Sunday (Apostleship of the Sea)

1995: Proclamation of Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag as official flags of Australia - ACSJC resources on Justice for Indigenous People

15 Mon

World Youth Skills Day

16 Tue

1945: Detonation of the first atomic bomb, New Mexico, USA - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

17 Wed


18 Thu

Nelson Mandela International Day - ACSJC resources on World Poverty


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the General Assembly of the United Nations decided to convene a high-level plenary meeting, to be known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, focusing on global peace. The Summit took place in September 2018, attended by nearly 100 heads of state and government, ministers, member states and representatives of civil society. A United Nations report on the Summit said:

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, remembered Mr. Mandela as ‘one of humanity’s great leaders’ who embodied the highest values of the United Nations. As a political prisoner, he refused to allow his dignity to be undermined, and as President of his country, he championed women’s rights and its 1996 Constitution, which remains a beacon for human rights and equal opportunity. Beyond South Africa’s borders, Madiba [as Mandela was respectfully known] was a profound influence for peace and democracy, including helping to broker the Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Burundi. ‘Everywhere, he was a champion for peace, forgiveness, humility, compassion, dignity and human rights,’ he said …

Noting that 2017 marks the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Mr. Guterres recalled that Mr. Mandela spoke in the General Assembly about that document almost exactly 20 years ago, urging world leaders to build a world consistent with its provisions. Today, with human rights under growing pressure around the world, the international community should reflect on the example he set. ‘We need to face the forces that threaten us with the wisdom, courage and fortitude that Nelson Mandela embodied,’ he said, emphasising that that is the only way to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world as envisioned in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

1918: Birth of Nelson Mandela

19 Fri


20 Sat

50th anniversary of the first moon landing (1969)

21 Sun

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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26 Fri

Schools Tree Day - ACSJC resources on the Environment

1833: Approval of Emancipation Bill, abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire - ACSJC resources on Trade Justice

27 Sat  
28 Sun

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

National Tree Day - ACSJC resources on the Environment

Bible Sunday

29 Mon


30 Tue

International Day of Friendship

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - ACSJC resources on Trade Justice


The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.

According to the UN, every country in the world is affected by human trafficking ‘whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims’. In 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Report on Trafficking in Persons stated that a total of 62,251 victims were detected in 106 countries and territories between 2012 and 2014. These victims were moved through more than 500 different trafficking flows, with trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labour the most prominent type of trafficking.

To mark the day in 2018, UN Secretary General António Guterres released the following message:

Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict. Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair. They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights.

Children and young people, migrants and refugees are especially susceptible.

Women and girls are targeted again and again. We see brutal sexual exploitation, including involuntary prostitution, forced marriage and sexual slavery. We see the appalling trade in human organs.

Human trafficking takes many forms and knows no borders. Human traffickers too often operate with impunity, with their crimes receiving not nearly enough attention. This must change.

On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us come together around the key issues of prevention, protection and prosecution to build a future where this crime cannot exist.

To learn more about the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons visit: https://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/index.shtml

31 Wed  



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