Benefit Gigs

Several benefit events coming up in the next few weeks at Ramparts Social Centre, 15-17 Rampart Street, London, E1 2LA.

On Saturday September 9th, there's a Queers Without Borders benefit from 8pm-2am. Proceeds will be split between London No Borders detainee support group and Queer Beograds festival (Serbia).

Then on the 15th September and 7th October there will be two further benefits to help cover the costs of the International Day of Action for Migrant Rights. Watch this space for further details.

Communications House Picket

No Borders London held a small picket of Communications House in London yesterday. The anonymous office block at Old Street roundabout is a 'reporting and enforcement centre' of the Government's Immigration and Nationality Department. Asylum seekers who have to report here to sign on can be detained without notice as a prelude to being removed from the country.

No deportations to Iraq

The Coalition to Stop Deportations to Iraq and the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees has called a picket of the Home Office (2 Marsham Street, London SW1) to oppose the imminent forced deportation of a large group of asylum seekers. The picket will take place from 12-2 pm on Tuesday 5 September.

No Borders Detainee Support Group

The no borders detainee support group is part of the London no borders network.

We directly support the struggles of migrants and refugees outside and inside the detention centres

We offer practical help to people in immigration detention and/or those threatened with deportation, our aim is to work in solidarity with migrants and refugees and to empower their own struggles.

Yarl's Wood latest

At least six parents are still on hunger strike at Yarl's Wood detention centre demanding that they and their children be released (see Indymedia report). Detainees have been visited this week by people from No Borders London and the National Coalition of Anti Deportation Campaigns, and as a result of our press release we have managed to secure some press coverage, including in the Independent, Children Now, the Guardian and the BBC.

(The drawing above is a child's eye view of life in Yarl's Wood)

Parents on hunger strike at Yarl's Wood: "We want the Home Office to hear us and free us”.

No Borders London Press Release, Friday 28th July 2006

Parents of children at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire have started a hunger strike demanding that their families be released. Their protest started yesterday and followed the publication of a critical report on Yarl’s Wood by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Migrants Solidarity Network

No Borders London is supporting the new Migrants' Solidarity Network. The Network has agreed the following founding statement:

Migrants' Solidarity Network