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Great turnout for Refugee Week vigil at the Home Office with London Catholic Worker on 20 June. Moving testimonies in memory of all those killed by the hostile environment, with speakers and songs.

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NO MORE DEATHS

END DESTITUTION, DETENTION & DEPORTATION


Join our vigil in remembrance of those who have been killed by militarised borders and the hostile environment, and to stop further suffering and loss of life.
12.30-2.30, Tuesday 19 June
Home Office, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF

Remembering:  Fesha, Netsereas, Kidan, Abrehale, Filimon, Salina, Tiegsti, Diakon Milat, Robel, Fitsun, Helen and & her five children, Samrawit, Mazoo, Jimmy Mubenga,
Lillian Oluk & her two year old daughter Lynne Matumba among many others.

Even though the UK is one of the world’s richest countries and its foreign interventions and arms trade help perpetuate the wars from which people are fleeing, the government refuses to welcome refugees. Instead, militarised borders force migrants and refugees trying to reach the UK and Europe to take dangerous routes, for example across the Mediterranean Sea, causing the deaths of thousands every year. In Calais, young people and children attempting to cross the border into the UK are constantly harassed, assaulted and robbed by military police. In the UK, asylum seekers are disbelieved, detained, and left destitute. Women face sexism and other discrimination – disbelieved as victims of rape and discounted as mothers and other carers of precious human beings.

END the “HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT”

 We demand:

  • Stop destitution, deportations and detention.
  • The right to work, housing and benefits.
  • Abolition of laws that recruit  landlords, employers, banks, etc. to report on migrants.
  • No collaboration by charities and NGOs with deportations, including “voluntary return”.
  • Reinstate legal aid – lives are at stake.
  • Abolish fees for Family Reunion etc. – stop the government making money out misery
  • Safe passage for refugees – no more deaths – every life matters.
  • Stop arms sales, proxy wars and the continuing theft of resources causing wars and environmental devastation that force people to flee.
  • Stop privatisation of asylum services.

We all have the right to be here. From the Windrush, to the rest of the Commonwealth, to asylum seekers, to EU citizens . . . We have suffered enough through imperial conquest, slave trades, proxy wars, Western backed dictatorships, rape and other torture.  Every bomb that falls on the population anywhere creates death, destruction and refugees. As long as most people are denied access to the world’s wealth we will all be looking for places – other towns, cities or countries – where we can get enough to feed our families.

Organised by: London Catholic Worker & Women Against Rape’s Refuge from Rape & Destitution Campaign

Supported by: All African Women’s Group, Black Women’s Rape Action Project, Women of Colour in the Global Women’s Strike, Legal Action for Women.