Barnardo's! Quit the child detention business!

Activists from SOAS Detainee Support and London NoBorders today demonstrated outside Barnardo's HQ in Barkingside, Essex to demand that Barnardo's cease its involvement in the detention machine.

The protest was the latest in a campaign against the children's charity Barnardo's which will be running play facilities at the government's newest prison for migrants which will shortly open in Pease Pottage, near Gatwick in Sussex.

Demo against new family detention centre in Sussex, 30/07/11

Croydon NoBorders is calling for a demo in Haywards Heath from 1pm on Saturday 30th July to protest against a new detention centre for children and families which is due to open in late summer at nearby Pease Pottage.

Haywards Heath is the home of Mid Sussex Council which granted planning permission for the former Crawley Forest School to be converted into a migrant prison.

The migrant prison, known euphemistically as a "pre-departure accommodation centre", will be run by the infamous security firm G4S, who are facing charges for corporate manslaughter following the death of deportee Jimmy Mubenga on a BA flight in November. The prison will "normally" hold families for up to 72 hours but they could be held for up to a week in "exceptional circumstances".

Barnado's charity shop demo, 27/04/11

On 27 April 2011, campaigners leafleted customers outside a Barnardo's charity shop in Marylebone, during the busy lunch hour in London's West End, to protest against their involvement with the UK Border Agency.