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Friday, 4 September 2015

Refugees Welcome Here; March & Rallly 12th September & London 2 Calais Aid Convoy

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.

Painting by Zita; Poet~Artist~Activist entitled 'A place of safety'

March to Downing Street 
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

In addition to the demo, BARAC has affiliated to the London to  Calais  campaign which is sending aid convoys to the refugee camp in Calais which is known as The Jungle. 

On 19th of September there is a big solidarity event planned in Calais and BARAC will be joining the NOI taking food, clothes, toiletries and other essential items. 

London2Calais are working with L'Augberge de Migrants and Secours Catholique in Calais to distribute food and clothes. 

There are an estimated 4000 people living in the camp without adequate food, water, sanitation or shelter. 

How you can help:  

Donate on gofundme for 19th September.

Or donate items which can include food, water, medical supplies, toiletries, baby products, toys such as footballs, nappies, feminine hygiene products and mens casual clothes, jackets and shoes ( no womens or childrens clothes please as these are not currently needed) and books for the school and library at the camp in a variety of languages. 

You can drop these items to the NOI Mosque, Sunday all day, Monday, Wednesday or Friday evenings (6 pm - 9.30 pm). 1 to 5 Hinton Road, London SE24. 

Also if any BARAC members or supporters  have  cars or other vehicles  and can drive donations and people as part of the BARAC group please contact us

For future aid convoys starting with October 3rd more information about London2Calais can be found here:

and donations made here: 

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