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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Support BARAC UK and other good causes supported by trade unions - Union Lotto launched

In association with the General Federation of Trade Unions GFTU, BARAC UK has launched a union lotto page. Play the lottery with a 1 in 50 chance of winning and at the same time raise funds for BARAC UK . Tickets cost just £1 per week. 






Playing the lottery

Union Lotto is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in affiliated Trade Unions. All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit affiliated Trade Unions and its residents.

Play the lottery, support affiliated Trade Unions - it’s that simple!

Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 a week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000! That’s a better chance of winning than the National Lottery or the Health Lottery.

Each ticket has six numbers and each number is between 0 and 9. There will be a draw every Saturday night when a six digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2 to 6 numbers from the winning combination. Match all six and you win the jackpot!


Find out more and purchase a ticket for just £1 here 



BARAC UK provides a much needed  and valued service for communities, workers and service users, campaigning  for equality  and justice, including  against the disproportionate impacts of cuts and the pandemic on Black, Asian and minority ethnic and migrant communities  for justice for the Windrush Generation and their descendants and for human rights. We organise  regular solidarity and humanitarian  aid missions to support  refugees  and displaced people in Northern France who have fled the impacts of persecution,  climate change, poverty and conflict. and people with no recourse to public funds. 

We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our  campaigning,  solidarity and support.

Thank you for your support and good luck!

Yours sincerely,

BARAC UK



https://www.unionlotto.org/support/barac-uk

Support BARAC UK in our humanitarian aid work and campaigning against racism and injustice and for human rights

 We have started a new crowdfunder to continue our work bringing solidary and humanitarian aid to people who are displaced and refugees in Northern France. Our next mission will be in November so we are seeking your support to maximise the food and essentials we are able to take. 





Click here to donate


For several years, we at BARAC UK have been organising humanitarian aid missions to support people who are displaced  and are refugees.  These are people who have fled persecution, the impacts of climate change, conflict and poverty. They are stuck in limbo in France, with the hope of being reunited with loved ones in the UK, following months of perilous journeys.

We believe in practical solidarity so as well as campaigning for migrant and refugee rights we wanted to do something that was practical  also.

Over recent years we have facilitated regular bi-monthly or quarterly missions to take aid and solidarity and support people, organising fundraising events and activities and then travelling to France to distribute food,  clothes, toiletries, camping equipment, blankets and sleeping bags and what ever is most needed at the time.  Joining BARAC have been other grassroots race equality groups and students to support the work we are doing and to go with us to France.  We have worked directly with people who are refugees and with charities on the ground to cater for cultural, dietary and religious needs in addition to urgent and practical needs.





During the pandemic over the past 18 months plus, we have been unable to carry out an aid mission so instead we did fundraising and donated directly to the Refugee Community Kitchen as well as supporting people here in the UK with no recourse to public funds who were destitute.

We are planning to take aid and solidarity in late November, working with our regular partner organisations in France, the Refugee Community Kitchen, L'Auberge des Migrant and Help Refugees.

We will spend the funds raised on food  and cooking ingredients and if we raise enough also  on warm clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries and other essential items.  

People who are refugees in France have no shelter, no camp, they are living out in the open and it becomes very wet and bitterly cold during the winter, especially at night.   Most of them are children  or young people in their early twenties, many have lost their parents and are alone.   They have experienced trauma and loss. 

We have been supported over the years by both grassroots migrant rights and race equality organisations and the trade union movement including the TUC Black Workers Conference and PCS Union.

We appreciate that the pandemic has impacted financially on everyone, but for those who are refugees or with no recourse to public funds, it has been even harder so no donation is too small as they all add up. Our fundraising support has always been facilitated by people power.  We have raised over £20,000 since we started doing this. 

We thank you for your support as we can't do this without you. 


https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-raise-funds-for-food-essentials-for-refugees





We Want Freedom, Thursday 25th November 6pm, online event, co-organised by BARAC UK - oppose the Nationality and Borders bill

 BARAC UK has partnered with other migrant rights groups to oppose the Borders Bill and co-organise this event, We Want Freedom,  taking place on 


Thurs 25 November 2021

Online event, part of the Solidarity Knows 

No Borders week of action







Join us on 25th November 18:00-20:00 for ‘We Want Freedom!’, a national These Walls Must Fall online event at this crucial time in the fight for migrant justice.

At this very moment, Parliament is going through the second reading of the devastating ‘Borders Bill’ which would bring unprecedented changes to the UK immigration system, a system which already treats people who come to the UK incredibly cruelly. We’ll have speakers from across the movement speaking about the whole system of deportation and detention, how we can fight it at every stage, and how local acts of solidarity can make a difference.

We’ll also cover how you can prepare yourself or others in case you are detained to keep as safe as possible, and how communities can give practical solidarity to those living under the government’s eye. We’ll hear the latest from the national movement to fight the government’s ‘Borders Bill’ and hostile environment.


Registration Link www.detention.org.uk/we-want-freedom/


Speakers include National Chair and Co-founder of BARAC UK, Zita Holbourne


Join us for ‘We Want Freedom!’, a national These Walls Must Fall online event at this crucial time in the fight for migrant justice. 


The devastating ‘Borders Bill’ is in Parliament for the second reading right now. It could bring unprecedented changes to the UK immigration system, which already treats people who come to the UK incredibly cruelly.


🗣️Speakers from across the movement will discuss the whole system of deportation and detention, how we can fight it at every stage, and how local acts of solidarity can make a difference.


💪You’ll hear from speakers who’ve been through detention, faced deportation, and got out, and how they did it.


💪You’ll hear about the way detention is changing, from people campaigning around the Napier barracks and against new forms of detention in the UK.


💪Local campaigners who got people off the deportation flights this summer will tell you how they did it, how you can do it too, and how we can organise together against the hostile environment and the immigration enforcement system.


💪We’ll also cover how you can prepare yourself or others in case you are detained to keep as safe as possible, and how communities can give practical solidarity to those living under the government’s eye. We’ll hear the latest from the national movement to fight the government’s ‘Borders Bill’ and hostile environment.


For more and info and to register for the event click here: www.detention.org.uk/we-want-freedom/ 



With invited speakers from: These Walls Must Fall in Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Liverpool, BARAC UK, Migrants Organise, Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe (ROHR), Wakefield and District City of Sanctuary, Enabling Nurse Daisy, NotoHassockfield, Erfan Alaei, Migrants Organise member and activist around Napier Barracks, Statusnow4All.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Subscribe to BARAC UK mailing list, affiliate, donate and support our campaigns

 



Dear BARAC family 


Here are some ways you can connect with us and support our work. 


Subscribe to BARAC UK mailing list


Donate to support our Humanitarian Aid and Solidarity with displaced people and those with no recourse to public funds


Donate to help us legally challenge Bruce's deportation to Zimbabwe


Affiliate or donate 


BARAC AFFILIATION FORM

 

To affiliate to Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK please complete and return this form together with a cheque or alternatively pay directly into our account bank account.

 · I wish to affiliate to BARAC UK annually;

£10 Individual concession

£20 Individual waged

 £50 Local organisation

 £100 Trade union branch or Trades Council

£200 National trade union or organisation

 

 · I wish to give a donation towards BARAC’s work; £250 £100 £50 £35 £25 £10 Other

 

 £ .….….….….….

 

· I enclose a cheque for a total of £ ..........

 

made out to BARAC UK or Black Activists Rising Against Cuts

 · I have paid the following amount £……….. into the BARAC Bank Account:

 

BARAC UK Bank details:

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK

Barclays Bank

Sort Code 20 67 90

Account No. 53317803

 

 

Signature:

 

 Date:

 

Name of Organisation (if applicable)

 

Name:

 

Position:

 

Address:

 

 Tel no.:

 

 Email:

 

 

 

 

Please return affiliation form (and payment) to:

 

 BARAC UK C/O Zita Holbourne, National Co-Chair BARAC UK PCS HQ 160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN

 

 Alternatively email to: barac.info@gmail.com

 

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK Web: www.blackactivistsrisingagainstcuts.blogspot.com

 Twitter: @baracuk

Facebook: BARAC UK

Instagram: BARACUKoriginal

 

 Thank you for your support







Sunday, 5 September 2021

Help BARAC UK to reverse Bruce's unjust deportation to Zimbabwe

 We started a fundraiser  on Friday 3rd of  September with Crowdfunder UK to raise funds for legal fees for Bruce Mpofu who was unjustly deported to Zimbabwe.  Bruce has no family or friends in Zimbabwe and came to the UK with his mother aged 9.  From today, Sunday 5th of September, following a period of quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic the 7 people deported on 25th of August, on a Privilege Style airways plane will be destitute. So any money left over after paying legal fees will go towards living costs for Bruce. 



DONATE NOW TO SUPPORT BRUCE'S LEGAL CHALLENGE


Despite living in the UK since he was 9 years old, Bruce was sadly deported to Zimbabwe on 25th August.

Bruce  who is aged 29 now,  was born in Zimbabwe but came to live in  the UK with his mother when he was just  9 years old. He went to school in the UK and his mother works for the NHS. 

 He was sentenced to 11 months in prison aged 18 for a burglary and has not reoffended since. But this mistake has  impacted on his immigration status in the UK despite being here since he was a young child.  This was over ten years ago and since then he has surrounded himself with good friends, has volunteered coaching young people with an aim of keeping them on a positive track and in education  and has been a member of Wibsey Rugby Club for many years.

During a routine and regular signing in visit to the Home Office, Bruce was detained on 8th of July  and held in detention  until  he was deported to Zimbabwe on the 25th of August. This was despite efforts to legally challenge this unjust and inhumane action by the Home Office. Previously the  UK government had agreed not to deport people who came to the UK as children. 

Help us seek new legal representation for Bruce so his deportation can be overturned.

Bruce has spent the majority of his life in the UK, he went to school here, all his family and friends are here. Everything he knows and his familiar with is here in the UK. He has no family or friends in Zimbabwe. 

He made a mistake while he was still a teenager and was punished for his crime. People who are born in the UK , who commit a crime, can be punished, serve their time, be rehabilitated and turn their lives around. But for Bruce and people like him, who were not born in the UK, they face a lifetime of punishment,  impacting on their ability to study and work in the UK, made to sign in weekly / fortnightly with the Home Office, held in detention which is like being in prison again and then deported and left destitute and in danger in a country they do not know, thousands of miles away from loved ones.

Despite having legitimate grounds to remain in the UK including coming to live in the UK as a child, all his family being here and his right to family life, Bruce was wrongly deported. 

Thank you for your support from all of us at BARAC UK

As an organisation that campaigns against deportations and for justice for the Windrush Generation as well as carrying out regular humanitarian aid missions to support people who are refugees, we have started this fundraiser to help with the costs of legal representation in order for Bruce to challenge his deportation so he can be reunited in the UK with his family and to assist him with living costs such as food and shelter while he is stuck in Zimbabwe.

 Please help us to assist Bruce to get new legal representation so that he can be reunited with his family and friends in the UK. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported Bruce  thus far  and thank you for your support for our campaigns against injustice and discrimination and for human rights for all. 






DONATE NOW HERE 



https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-us-reverse-bruces-deportation-to-zimbabwe

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Take Action against the Home Office summer of mass deportations

 

The Home Office has planned a summer of mass deportations  by charter flight to Zimbabwe,  Vietnam, Jamaica, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria. 





You can support our campaign to oppose these deportations by signing our petitions and using the model letter below to write to your MP.


https://www.change.org/p/stop-all-charter-flight-mass-deportations-to-jamaica-other-commonwealth-countries-jamaica50


https://www.change.org/p/uk-home-office-stop-the-charter-flight-deportations-to-zimbabwe


Follow us on Twitter @baracuk  and on instagram @baracukoriginal for updates and actions to take.


We are using the hashtags:

#stoptheplane #Zimbabwe150 #Jamaica50 Vietnam22 #enddeportations 



Model Letter to MPs 

Dear [Member of Parliament],

I am writing as a constituent to ask that you urgently oppose the mass deportations  by  charter flight scheduled by the Home Office during the next few weeks.  There has already been one deportation flight to Zimbabwe on 21st of  July with 14 people deported. A flight to Vietnam  is scheduled for Wednesday 28th of July, another on 11th of August to Jamaica and others to Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana. Mass deportation flights are a breach of human rights. There is evidence that the Caribbean community has been targeted disproportionately for deportations in addition to the horrific impacts of the Windrush scandal.

Amongst those targeted for deportation on these flights  are young people who have been victims of modern day slavery, people who have made their home in the UK for decades, who have contributed to the British economy and society, who came to the UK as children, who are parents of British born and young children, who came to the country as refugees, including people who have had to flee persecution. 

There have been outbreaks of coronavirus in detention centres in recent months and those detained have reported a woeful and unacceptable lack of PPE and wider safety measures. People being deported are  transported in packed vans, often handcuffed to escorts to aircrafts where they then are chained to their seats and to two guards. Given that black  and minority ethnic  people have contracted and died of covid disproportionately, this is irresponsible to put people who are at high risk already, in this position.

Tearing parents apart from loved ones including children is inhumane and causes distress and trauma to children with no regard for the human rights of children. 

The fast turnaround of deportations, leaves inadequate time to access legal advice and representation which has been made worse because access to the computer rooms at detention centres have been closed or with limited access. There have also been reports of fax machines and computers not working meaning that people detained cannot communicate with legal representatives. 

Once deported, they  can face destitution trauma and persecution  impacting on physical and mental health. We know that some people have sadly  been killed or taken their own lives subsequently. 

I am also concerned that the Windrush Lessons Learned recommendations are yet to be implemented, over a year since publication.  The report found the Home Office to be institutionally ignorant of racism.  It is irresponsible to target black  and minority ethnic people for deportation when no lessons have been learned.

 I am asking that you take urgent action, including writing to the Home Secretary calling for these flights  to be cancelled and to call for an end to charter flight mass  deportations. 



Regards,

[Your Name]



Please add your full postal address to confirm you are a constituent. 


Find your MP here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/



Artwork credit: Zita Holbourne 

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Zimbabwe Mass Deportation on 21st July 2021: Urgent Action & MP template letter


BARAC UK together with 8 other migrant rights organisations  have today launched this petition against a planned deportation  of up to 150 people to Zimbabwe on 21st of July.


Stop the deportations to Zimbabwe




We are calling on our supporters to write urgently  to their MPs.


We have produced the template letter below for you to use:

 Email Subject: Stop the charter flight to Zimbabwe on 21st 2021

Dear [Member of Parliament],

I am writing as a constituent to ask that you urgently oppose the removal charter flight due to deport up to 150 people to Zimbabwe on 21st of July 2021. Mass deportation flights are a breach of human rights.

Amongst those targeted for deportation on this flight are people who have made their home in the UK for decades, who came to the UK as children, who are parents of British born and young children, who came to the UK fleeing persecution, including trade unionists, who if deported are in huge danger of losing their lives. 

There have been outbreaks of coronavirus in detention centres in recent months and those detained have reported a woeful and unacceptable lack of PPE and wider safety measures. People being deported are attached to guards, transported in packed vans, often handcuffed to escorts to airfields then are chained to their seats and to two guards. Given that black people have contracted and died of covid disproportionately, this is irresponsible to put people who are at high risk already in this position.

Tearing parents apart from loved ones including children is inhumane and causes distress and trauma to children with no regard for the human rights of children. 

The fast turnaround of deportations such as this one, leaves inadequate time to access legal advice and representation. 

Once deported, if they escape persecution, they will face destitution and trauma, impacting on physical and mental health.

I am also concerned that the Windrush Lessons Learned recommendations are yet to be implemented, a year since publication.  The report found the Home Office to be institutionally ignorant of racism.  It is irresponsible to target black people for deportation when no lessons have been learned.

 I am asking that you take urgent action, including writing to the Home Secretary calling for the flight to be cancelled and to call for an end to charter mass flight deportations. 

Regards,

[Your Name]


If you do not know who your MP is or their email address, you can find this information  here.


Thank you for your support.


Please forward any replies you receive to us: barac.info@gmail.com