Friday 14th October
Rally and protest. Let refugee children in: Enact the Dubs Amendment now!
Assemble 5 pm Carfax Tower, central Oxford.
Europol reports tens of thousands of unaccompanied child refugees have gone missing and likely subject to abuse and exploitation. UNICEF reports 9 out of 10 refugee children arriving in Europe are unaccompanied and highly vulnerable. Unaccompanied refugee children urgently need a safe haven.
The recently passed ‘Dubs Amendment’ to the UK Immigration Bill should have triggered the acceptance of thousands of unaccompanied refugee children into Britain, but Theresa May is not enacting the amendment in any meaningful way.
This inaction is taking place at a time when the Calais “jungle” refugee camp is under threat of demolition. The last demolition of the southern section of the camp in February resulted in a number of child refugees going missing. It is unacceptable that children in the camp are being put at risk of exploitation as a result of the government’s lack of action around the 'Dubs Amendment'.
Stand Up To Racism has called a day of action calling for the 'Dubs Amendment' to be enacted. Help us pressure the government to act on the amendment now. Join us at the rally and help us to organise an activity in your school, college, workplace, or local community on the day to raise the amendment and lack of action on unaccompanied child refugees.
•Organise a school assembly around the Dubs Amendment/unaccompanied child refugees
•Tweet out about the Dubs Amendment using #EnactDubsNow
•Take a photo of yourself class/workmates holding a SUTR selfie poster supporting the amendment
•Get school children to write letters/postcards to Theresa May urging her to bring the children to Britain
organise a Lunchtime meeting / vigil
Stand Up To Racism conference a resounding success
Over 1,600 people packed into Friends Meeting House to hear Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Lord Alf Dubs and many more launch a new movement against racism in Britain.
Diane Abbott, President of Stand Up to Racism and shadow home secretary, said “There could be no more important time to hold this conference. We are going to continue to stand up to racism.”
Jeremy Corbyn said “Campaigning is very important. When we come together we can achieve a great deal. Think of the strength of communities together. Think of what they can achieve when we understand that diversity is not a problem, it’s a strength.”
Other speakers and participants included Malia Bouattia (NUS President), Sally Hunt (UCU general secretary), Shelly Asquith & Shakira Martin (NUS Vice Presidents), Azad Ali (MEND), Colette Levy, Claude Moraes (MEP), as well as representatives from Amnesty, Care4Calais, NUT, the Green Party, the Refugee Council and others.
The conference debated issues including defence of refugees and migrants, supporting the rights of EU nationals, challenging Islamophobia and antisemitism, and Black Lives Matter.
It launched a series of important initiatives in the coming months to challenge the rise of racism including a day of action & protest to enact the Dubs amendment (14 & 15 October), a day of action in defence of EU nationals (19 October), a week of action against Islamophobia in November and a winter appeal and day of action for refugees on 10 December.
We also highlighted the call for a national Stand Up to Racism demonstration in March backed by the TUC.
Now more than ever we need you to get involved in the movement. Please join us, donate, get involved in the Oxford group – let’s Stand Up to Racism together.
Thursday 13th October
Oxford Stand Up to Racism Organising meeting - all weclome.
7pm Michael Young Building (where Restore meets), Manzil Way, East Oxford, OX4 1YH.
People are invited to bring their ideas and enthusiasm to building a broad based group to supported by local trade unions, political parties, campaign and faith groups to mobilise against racism.
Also on Thursday at 4.30 pm Ruskin College is hosting a talk by author and campaigner Brian Richardson "Black Lives Matter: Police, Racism and the State" as part of Ruskin college Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme. Ruskin College, Dunstan Road, Headington, Room 2.10. Please check in at reception first
Saturday October 15th
Defend refugee children National Demonstration
Called by Help Refugees Worldwide , Help4Refugee Children, Human Rights4Refugees, Stand Up To Racism, Calais Action & Fuze Beyond Borders.
Assemble 2 pm Parliament Square SW1A 2, London