ONLINE RALLY: End The Hostile Environment! #10YearsTooLong #SolidarityKnowsNoBorders

Start: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 PM British Summer Time (GMT+01:00)

End: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:00 PM British Summer Time (GMT+01:00)

This is a virtual event

We have had enough. The Nationality and Borders Act is just the latest cruel expansion of the Hostile Environment. This month marks ten years since the Hostile Environment was embedded into policy, building on a colonial legacy of state racism to criminalise migrants and deny us our dignity and freedom.

But the state’s legacy of violence is matched by our legacy of resistance.

This summer, we’re going all out. Because in the context of Britain’s violent immigration system, there can be no bystanders. We need every person who believes in dignity and justice to take action now.

JOIN US ON 25 MAY FOR THIS ONLINE DIGITAL RALLY: WE DEMAND AN END TO THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT!


SPEAKERS INCLUDE (& MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!):

  • Ahammed Hussein - Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC UK)
  • Andrea Martinez - Kanlungan Filipino Consortium
  • Apsana Begum MP - MP for Poplar and Limehouse
  • Asad Rehman - War on Want
  • Ed Wong - IWGB
  • Erfan - Former Resident of Napier Barracks
  • Gracie Mae Bradley - organiser and co-author of “Against Borders”
  • Harpreet Paul - Tipping Point UK
  • Loraine Mponela - Migrant Voice Ambassador and Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG)
  • Lesbians & Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM)
  • Mariam Yusuf - Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) Manchester
  • Mimi Valera - Voice of Domestic Workers
  • Mary Atkinson - JCWI
  • Maya Goodfellow - journalist and author of “Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Become the Scapegoats”
  • Magda Fabianczyk - Polish Migrants Organise for Change (POMOC)
  • Nanou - Abolish Reporting Campaign
  • Rossana Leal - The Refugee Buddy Project
  • Simba Mujakachi - Justice for Simba Campaign
  • Veeca Smith - These Walls Must Fall
  • West London Resistance Collective
  • Zita Holbourne - BARAC UK
  • Zrinka Bralo - Migrants Organise

With LIVE MUSIC from AWATE!  

Read on to find out more about why we are taking action...

On 25th May 10 years ago, Theresa May announced that she wanted to “create a really hostile environment” for migrants in Britain. In this decade, doctors have been made to refuse life-saving treatment to patients and charge extortionate bills for healthcare on the basis of your immigration status. Schools have been forced to share children’s data with the Home Office, who use the data to track down, detain and deport parents. Landlords refuse to rent houses to people with ‘foreign-sounding names’. You can’t open a bank account, get married or get a driving licence without the right immigration status.

Meanwhile, migrant workers face immigration raids at work and in their homes, whilst hundreds of thousands of others are not allowed to work and have to live on £40 a week. Families drown in the Channel trying to seek safety, and lifeguards are criminalised for trying to save them. Private companies profit millions from housing migrants and asylum seekers in unlivable conditions and from deporting people who have lived here since childhood. And the Government continues to find ways to make the system more hostile every day - including the Nationality and Borders Bill and the recent announcement that asylum seekers and refugees will be kidnapped to and detained in Rwanda.

The system is not broken: UK borders are hostile by design.

The Solidarity Knows No Borders Community of Resistance (including over 60 grassroots organisations) are calling for a national Week of Action to #EndtheHostileEnvironment, 13 - 19 June.

If you are ready to stand up and fight back, register now for the rally, where we will hear from speakers on the frontlines of the fight for migrant and racial justice - and share this with everyone you know!

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