Anti-deportation campaigns

Stansted 15 sentenced but deportations continue

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 11:11 Author: Todd Hamer

The Stansted 15 have received suspended sentences or community orders. The group had already been found guilty under anti-terrorist legislation following their successful action around a plane to halt deportation of 60 migrants to West Africa on 28 March 2017. They could receive life sentences.

On the same day as the setencing the Home Office has chartered a flight to deport over 50 people to Jamaica. This was the first chartered plane to the Caribbean since the Windrush scandal was exposed a year ago.

Let boat people in!

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 12:58 Author: Ben Tausz
boat people

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott’s interview on Radio 4 Today, 28 December, marked a new, abject low in the Labour leadership’s timidity and triangulation over migration policy.

A sharp rise in migrants attempting to cross the Channel in flimsy boats and dinghies – a desperate, dangerous prospect that police have likened to “trying to cross the M25 at rush hour on foot” – saw forty people, including children, rescued from boats in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Salvini threatens to deport 500,000

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 3:22 Author: Hugh Edwards
Lega Nord poster

“The entertainment is over, now we mean business”, declared Matteo Salvini, leader of the racist National League and Italy’s new Minister of the Interior.

He has threatened to deport 500,000 “illegal” migrants and usher in a new regime of repressive” civil protection”.
Then news arrived of the coldblooded murder in Calabria of a young activist of the country’s United Base Union, long active among the half million or so migrant workers in the fields of the south picking fruit for 20 Euro a day and forced to live in hovels and shantytowns.

NUS Conference 2018: defeat the right, fight for left-wing, militant leadership

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2018 - 12:09 Author: AWL Students
Demo pic

At last year’s National Union of Students conference, NUS’s broadly leftish leadership was displaced by a new, mostly more right-wing team of officers. President Malia Bouattia, whose re-election we critically supported, lost to incumbent Shakira Martin.

"There is a world beyond the campus" - Vote Sahaya James for NUS President

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:00 Author: Sahaya James
Vote Sahaya James for NUS President

Students don’t live in hermetically sealed containers, undisturbed by the oppression and exploitation around the world. Yet too often student unions behave as if they do.

We constantly hear the rhetoric of the “average student” concerned only with the costs of printing and nights out, as if campuses aren’t implicated in the injustices which define our society.

Shut down Yarl’s Wood!

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 9:20 Author: Tony Johns

Hundreds attended a demonstration outside Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre on 18 November to show solidarity with the women detainees.

Many ex-detainees spoke about their plight, and a PA system was linked to the mobiles of detainees. They were able to speak movingly of their situation, despite obvious intimidation from the guards.

Detainees stuck up notices and waved towels and blankets at their windows.

LGSMigrants hold remembrance event for migrants

Submitted by Gemma_S on 16 November, 2017 - 2:05 Author: by Ian Townson
A person holding an orange wreath and candle

"Through immigration raids, detention and deportations, the government is trying to tear our communities apart. We must fight back together".

"As a society we desperately need to change the narrative on migration and, as LGBTQ people, we can start by challenging the notion that we should fear migrant communities and by resisting these attempts by right-wing nationalists to pinkwash their politics."
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants

On 11 November activists from LGSMigrants and others held a ″remembrance day″ for migrants.

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