Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK, together with the group of organisations listed below, has called a national day of action Refugees Welcome Here and we are participating in aid convoys to Calais.
Rally at Downing Street 2pm
National day of action, Called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network War on Want, Peoples Assembly Against Austerity, Movement Against Xenophobia, Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism and Black Out London
***Please note we have changed the start time to 12pm and assembly point to Marble Arch as we were approached by the organiser of Solidarity With Refugees to work together and co-ordinate. We think it is sensible to have one event on Saturday 12 September.
This event has been called in response to various reports of refugees fleeing war, persecution, torture and poverty losing their lives or struggling to find a safe haven. This includes the death of 200 refugees off the coast of Libya, around 70 refugees in a truck in Austria and ongoing reports of refugees drowning crossing the Mediterranean, stranded in Hungary and prohibited from moving around the EU, and those in Calais struggling to find sanctuary.
The government response to this has been disgraceful. Unlike Germany, Italy and Greece, Britain has not offered a safe haven for these people.
On Monday 14 September Home Secretary Theresa May will be meeting with EU leaders about the refugee crisis. We must learn the lessons of history and call on the government to take a humanitarian and compassionate response to refugees, and to meet its share of the responsibility for providing protection. Let's send a strong message: we say refugees are welcome here.
We are also calling for a national day of action on Saturday 12 September. Birmingham, Leicester and everywhere to the South of these should come to London. Scotland, Wales and everywhere to the North should organise local events. Events could be vigils, unveiling a Refugees Welcome Here banner, launching a donation site for clothes and food. We want events anything from a vigil, to unveiling a "Refugees Welcome Here" banner at football matches or at places of worship and community centres, use your imagination!
Join us on Saturday 12 September 2015.
|Painting by Zita; Poet~Artist~Activist, entitled 'Waiting'|
London 2 Calais
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