Just a reminder that there will be a meeting TODAY 5pm in the Kings Arms
Come along if youre thinking of getting involved...
Hello lovely STAR people
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If any of you are interested in helping STAR out with Refugee Week at the end of this term - you can do everything from football tournaments to putting up posters - then please do come to the King's Arms Pub at 5pm on Thursday. We will be the friendly-looking group with 'STAR' stickers on.
In other news, there is a panel discussion on Monday 18th May (4th week) at 7.30pm on the topic of 'Healthcare for Asylum Seekers' (see below)
7-9PM Week 1 Wednesday 29th April at THE HOUSE COCKTAIL BAR
(Blue Boar Street, OX1 4EE...down Wheatsheaf Yard, just off the High Street).
Interested in getting involved with projects ranging from street theatre to
rallies to 5-a-side football with Asylum Welcome’s youth team? On the
mailing list but unsure of how to actively get involved? Or are you a member of
another group interested in hearing about possible collaboration with STAR’s
activities? STUDENT ACTION FOR REFUGEES is launching its trinity term card
with an informal gathering at THE HOUSE cocktail bar (upstairs), and we would
love for YOU to drop in for a chat. ALL are welcome! Look forward to seeing you
For more information/queries please see our facebook group page
gid=2418522144&ref=ts) or email email@example.com
Welcome back all, hope you had a great vac. Plans for next term are well underway, there will be a social, speaker event, Union debate, Campsfield demos, and it culminates with Refugee Week in 8th week which is an UK wide programme of events which celebrate the contributions of refugees.
We'll be having a meeting to discuss all this this Wednesday at 5pm in the Kings Arms, new faces welcome as always.
PS And here's a couple of simple things you could do to make a refugee's life better.
Help abolish voucher schemes
Neil Gerrard MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for an end to the use of supermarket vouchers to support asylum seekers, see:
Help generate support for this EDM to see the voucher scheme abolished for good!
Simple Acts Campaign – Refugee Week
If everyone does at least one of these simple actions, we could make a big change to the way refugees and British born people see each other.
Do a Simple Act
There are a couple of events tomorrow night that people might be interested in (which, for all those who are really keen and wanted to go to both, unfortunately clash). 'The Illegals' is testimonies of undocumented migrants, while Citizens for Sanctuary are a grassroots political charity working to change the British asylum system.
There are also a couple of things that it would be great if everyone could do when they have a spare minute - signing a petition supporting the Let Them Work campaign, and if you have a few more minutes, get your MP to support the early day motion. More details on this and other events are below.
Also, plans for next term are well underway, there will be a social, speaker event, Union debate, Campsfield demos, and it culminates with Refugee Week in 8th week which is an UK wide programme of events which celebrate the contributions of refugees. Look out for a termcard.
Hope you have a great end to Hilary,
Thanks to all who made it to the rally yesterday, it was brilliant!
One more notice of a protest today that you may be interested in:
EMERGENCY PROTEST - GORDON BROWN IN OXFORD
Oxford Radical Forum, Oxford Students' Stop the War Coalition, Oxford SWSS and other
student groups are calling for a demonstration against UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown who is speaking at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on Friday 27 February (TODAY):
In the last week we've seen 850 job losses at the BMW plant in Cowley. Billions have been spent bailing banks, but Brown hasn't acted to save the jobs of thousands of people. People not Profit!
As a key architect of Britain's occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, blind supporter of the 'War on Terror', self-avowed 'friend of Israel', and supporter of immigrant detention, Gordon Brown must know how passionately Oxford students deplore his policies:
Please be outside the Sheldonian at 12:30pm- bring banners, placards,
whistles, leaflets and BE PREPARED TO SHOUT!
Somehow 6th week is almost upon us, which means it's time for STAR Action Day. Whoop! This year we're going to holding a rally protesting against the detention of refused asylum seekers. This is a particularly pressing issue for Oxford, with Campsfield Detention Centre just a few miles away from us, and there being proposals for a new huge centre in Bicester, which isn't far away either.
The rally is THURSDAY 6th wk (26th) 1:30, we'll be meeting outside the Sheldonian and then marching to Bonn Square where a couple of speakers will give their views on why detention is so wrong.
As usual we'll be meeting on Sunday at 5 in the Mitre if anyone wants to come and help with last minute preparations. We're hoping to plaster posters all over the city so please let us know if you can help out with getting them around your college/department/wherever and we can pidge them to you.
It's very late notice, but if anyone's interested there's a meeting about the detention centre in Bicester tonight. Bill, firstname.lastname@example.org, has one spare car seat if required.
In light of the government's proposal to build an 800-place immigration
detention centre, the local campaign in opposition has called a public meeting
tomorrow Monday evening in Bicester. All are welcome! As of now the roads are
open and passable and public transport running!
Bill MacKeith, Treasurer CABIRC
NO DETENTION CENTRE IN BICESTER!
IMMIGRATION DETENTION: THE REALITY
7:30pm, MONDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
St Edburg's Church Hall, Bicester
Apollo Milton Okello, a refugee from Uganda, on the realities of detention,
Andrew Hornsby-Smith, Kidlington Parish Councillor, on the UK Border Agency's
Peter Townsend, visitor to Campsfield House for local charity Asylum Welcome,
Organised by Coalition Against Bullingdon Immigration Removal Centre (CABIRC),
PO Box 377, Bicester, OX26 9FT www.cabirc.org.uk
Just a quick message to say we'll be meeting as usual on Sunday (tomorrow) at 5pm in the Mitre to discuss our upcoming events, hope to see you there.
And if you haven't already, read the article in the Cherwell about Campsfield (and get all your friends to read it too.)
This term is going to be full of events concerning detention, with street theatre (see the OUDS website or contact email@example.com if you're interested), a huge poster campaign, a debate and more, with details coming your way soon.
We'll be having another meeting on Sunday (1st Feb) at 5pm in the Mitre (corner of High Street and Turl Street) to discuss our progress, would be great to see you there.
Below are details of some other events you might be interested in.
This term we're going to be focussing on detention (just like Obama). With Campsfield Detention Centre just outside Oxford, and plans to open a new centre in Bicester, it's vital that we show that many of us are oppposed to the unjust and indefinite detention of refugees and asylum seekers.
So we're planning on having a series of events drawing attention to the shocking policies pursued by the British government and bringing the stories of forgotten people to the public's attention. We're looking at having a number of days of street/guerilla theatre, and combining this with a big poster/leaflet campaign and more, aiming to really spread the word about the inhumanity of detention.
We'll be meeting on Sunday at 5pm in the Mitre (corner of High Street and Turl Street) to plan the term's events. It would be great to see many of you there, this could be a really powerful movement and we need your help.
This is just a reminder about events this week as well as to let you know that we'll be meeting on Tuesday at 6pm in the Mitre (on the corner of Turl St and High St) to discuss STARry stuff. Please do come along, even if you've never been before, we're all very friendly and would love to see some new faces!
PS Last time I meant to welcome all those who hadn't been getting our emails before, and apologies that you've missed out on half a term's worth of communication.
Dear all STARry people…
Some dates for your diaries below.
For more information on any of these events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking to set up new volunteering projects, especially with this group http://www.ocvc.ac.uk/bridging-project
If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an email to email@example.com and include any areas you may be interested in – working with young people, teaching English, drama groups, playing football – anything really!
Lots of love,
PS As you'll all probably notice, we've finally switched to using groupspaces and hopefully email addresses have been transferred properly and everyone who's asked to be unsubscribed before has been. Apologies if not, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).