150 march today to demand justice for Jimmy Mubenga

Today, Friday 12th November, 150 people marched from the Angolan Embassy near Baker Street to the Home Office near Parliament Square to demand justice for Jimmy Mubenga, the 46 year old Angolan killed during a deportation from Heathrow exactly one month ago.

Reports from the demo: | 1 | 2 | 3 |

Campsfield IRC - Anniversary demo 27/11/10

Sat 27 Nov - Campsfield Anniversary Demo - 12.00pm to 2.00pm

The Campaign To Close Campsfield are commemorating the opening of Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre (near Oxford airport) 17 years ago.

Speakers include: former detainees, trade unionists, and students.
Bring music, banners, and messages of support. (Followed by..)

Barbed Wire Britain Open Meeting at Exeter Hall Kidlington (2 miles from Campsfield) - 2.15 to 4.00 pm

2.15 Lunch (bring and share)

Calais Migrant Solidarity benefit, 13/11/10

Benefit for Calais Migrant Solidarity @ south London venue (call on the day 07962 483750 for details). From 5pm (free entry): * Workshops: Coming to Calais / Refugees and migrants in the UK and migrating to Europe * Film * Food by donation. From 9pm til late:(£5 suggested donation) * 52 Commercial Road (London) * Soundfilm (Belgium) * Spanner (Bristol) * Wildkatz * DJs from D

"Life is too short ... part II" - visiting the border

Yesterday, Saturday 30 October, London saw the second "Life is too short ..." demonstration, leading from the Westminster CCTV Headquarter in Piccadilly Circus to the UK Border at St.Pancras.

The demonstration entered St Pancras International around 5pm with a sound system playing. Several people attempted to cross the border by through the Eurostar passport controls but were stopped later by security and transport police.

PRESS RELEASE: Protest against surveillance and borders in Central London today

Today 60 people marched from Piccadilly Circus to St Pancras to demand an end to surveillance and borders.

The activists entered St Pancras around 5pm with a sound system and banners proclaiming “Life is too short to be controlled” and “Calais migrants welcome here”. Several people attempted to cross the border by trying to force their way through passport control but were stopped by security, one person was arrested.

Full Press Release

Organising against the pre-entry language requirement, 03/11/10

An organising meeting called by No One Is Illegal

Wednesday 3rd November, 7:30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Meet by the bar on the ground floor

On November 29th a law to limit immigration, punish people for having relationships outside of the EU and further link language and immigration controls, will come into effect. Spouses and partners, from outside of the European Economic Area, applying to come to Britain, will have to pass an English language test before they come to the UK. The government estimate that this will lead to a 10% reduction of people coming on the spousal visa. The new requirement will be debated again next Monday in the House of Lords.

No to Larne immigration detention centre (NI)

PRESS RELEASE - Refugee Action Group

The Refugee Action Group has stepped up its campaign against the opening of the immigration detention centre in Larne as the Home Office UK Border Agency presses ahead with plans for the centre. The Larne Borough Council meets on Friday to make a final planning decision on the centre. This would be the first such centre in Northern Ireland, possibly housing 22 detainees at any one time. The Group notes that in 2008, the Council of Europe urged the UK government “to consider the possibility of drastically limiting migrants’ administrative detention”. Despite this and the considerable recent cuts to the Home Office budget, the UK Border Agency appears intent on the very costly exercise of building an immigrant detention facility in Larne.