Stand with Refugees & Fight the #AntiRefugeeBill
It has never been more important to unite and defend the right to claim asylum in the UK.
That’s why we are calling on all local organisations, grassroots groups and activists to come together for a week of action to oppose the anti-refugee bill during the week of 18-24 October, just as the Bill reaches its next crucial stage in Parliament. By mobilising resistance in towns and cities up and down the country, we can demonstrate that the harmful proposals in the bill do not represent the culture of welcome in our local communities.
How can I get involved?
We are inviting anyone who is interested in organising an event, rally, stall, gathering, or action in their local community to get in touch with the Asylum Matters team!
Events can take any form – from large rallies or protest events to smaller gatherings bringing together local charities, experts by experience, MPs or other local leaders. They can be visual stunts or activities for local media, or simply involve setting up a campaigning stall at a local market or high street to inform members of the public about the anti-refugee bill and capture petition signatures or encourage people to write to their MPs.
The messaging of events can focus on signalling broader solidarity with refugees, for example by displaying the orange heart of the Together with Refugees coalition (see the campaign pack here). Or it can focus more explicitly on the immediate threat of the anti-refugee bill and call for the cruel reforms within it to be scrapped. We hope all events will help build momentum behind a broader movement for a kinder, fairer and more effective asylum system.
How can I learn more?
If you’re interested in organising something in your local community as part of the Week of Action, get in touchwith our team. We’re also hosting a webinar for organisations thinking about organising an event for the Week of Action, to swap ideas and hear from others on their experiences. The Webinar is taking place on Monday 4 October from 3 – 4pm. You can find out more and register to join us here.