We appear to be in the midst of a revolution of sorts. In just a few days (and at the time of writing) nearly 430,000 people have signed a petition asking the UK government to accept more people who are fleeing war and 83,000 have pledged to attend a day of mass action. Thousands of people have offered room in their homes to host refugees. Thousands are lobbying their councils to accept Syrian refugee families in their area.
If you have been moved by recent events and want to join our ongoing effort to support asylum seekers in our city, here are some things you can do…. Become an ASSIST host Give money Volunteer with ASSIST
To hear the stories of Peter, who volunteers as a host for ASSIST, and of Mehdi, one of the asylum seekers he welcomed into his home, go to the BBC i-player. The item starts approximately 8 minutes into the programme.
By popular demand, we are once again running the ASSIST Big Tea Party this year! Sign up here to host a Tea Party. The launch of this year’s Big Tea Party will happen at our World Over event on 20 June, and you can hold your Tea Party any time after that date and before the end of the summer
The NATIONAL COALITION FOR INDEPENDENT ACTION (NCIA) is concerned with the independence of the voluntary sector, and protecting the capacity for dissent. This was their Sheffield event, and brought together voluntary organisations in Sheffield in a very stimulating and encouraging debate about the need for independence and the challenges of maintaining it in a contract culture.
On 2 July the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the temporary suspension of the entire detained-fast track system. To read the story of this amazing victory for justice go to the Right to Remain blog 2 July the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the temporary suspension of the entire detained-fast track system. Read the story of this amazing victory for justice.
Over the last few weeks, the author Ali Smith has taken part in the Refugee Tales project. You can read her response here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/27/ali-smith-so-far-the-detainees-tale-extract
Jupiter In Jars // Ash Gray // Robbie Thompson // Sarah Morrey // Mari-Liis Tamm. A night of intimate acoustic music in aid of ASSIST Sheffield. SHAKESPEARES – https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-shakespeare/48735485212 146-148 Gibraltar Street DOORS 19:30TICKETS £5 on the door
Our friends at COMAC urgently need to find new premises in order to continue operating. COMAC helps many people, including asylum seekers and refugees, who have difficulties affording public transport by refurbishing donated bikes for their use. It is also a place where local people can bring their bike, and access tools and knowledge to help them maintain or repair it. COMAC is somewhere where asylum seekers can volunteer, feel useful and make friends.
Sponsored Walk: Sunday, June 14th, 2015 MAGNA CARTA, 1215-2015 – Celebrate 800 years of progress on Human Rights, Oppose government plans to curtail those rights What’s this about? 800 years ago, on June 15th 1215 at Runnymede, King John agreed, under pressure from an alliance of feudal barons, to sign the “Great Charter of the Liberties”. It was the first step towards acceptance of human rights and civil liberties as crucial elements of a free society.