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Government response to celebrities’ open letter

Here is the response to our open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for a kinder, fairer and more compassionate system for refugees in the UK. The letter was signed by Olivia Colman CBE, Stephen Fry, Shaparak Khorsandi, Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS, Thandiwe Newton OBE, Robert Rinder MBE and Dame Emma Thompson DBE along with…

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Year’s highlights and message from our Chair

“It has been an incredible year in our collective struggles seeking justice for those forced to flee their homes. Having arrived in the UK from war-torn Afghanistan in 1999, I know how important a warm welcome and fair and compassionate approach to refugees is. But this year we observed unspeakable tragedies in the asylum journey,…

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Candlelit vigils honour refugees who lost their lives

People in towns and cities throughout the UK came together in silence to remember the men, women and children who perished at sea. The vigils were organised following news that 27 people trying to reach safety here in the UK, drowned in the Channel. The vigils were organised by Care for Calais, City of Sanctuary…

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Week of Action in pictures

We share some of your pictures from the Week of Action last week. There were wonderful events from Iona to Abergavenny! They included rallies, beach stunts, buildings being lit up orange, solidarity walks, online discussions, rallies, meetings with MPs and other creative ways you found to show that you and your community stands #TogetherWithRefugees. We…

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Celebrities sign open letter to the Prime Minister

“…We want Afghans and other people across the world fleeing persecution and violence to find safety here as they have in the past, no matter how they arrive. Now is not the time to turn them away. Now is the time to offer our hand in kindness and protection. We urge you to think again.”…

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Press Release: Celebrities urge PM to think again on refugees

Olivia Colman CBE, Stephen Fry, Shaparak Khorsandi, Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS, Thandiwe Newton OBE and Robert Rinder are among more than 40 celebrities from stage, screen, comedy, music and journalism to have signed an open letter (1) to the Prime Minister, calling for a kinder, fairer and more effective system for refugees in the UK….

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Aerial footage of people standing in a heart shape on Brighton beach

Show of hearts in Sussex as Week of Action gets off to great start!

The Week of Action kicked off to a great start. Two groups in Sussex got in early to organise wonderful events demonstrating their support for a more compassionate approach to refugees. Both events helped to send a clear message to MPs as they debate the Nationality and Borders Bill which threatens to make life even…

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Week of Action public campaign events listing

Abergavenny – Oppose the government’s nationality and borders bill 23rd October, 11.30 – 2.30PM, St John’s Square near the Post Office Meeting with banners, information and orange hearts (the symbol of the Together With Refugees coalition). We will be giving out postcards to send to MPs and other decision makers, showing them our opposition to…

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City of Sanctuary / Together With Refugees Schools Activity Pack

The Schools of Sanctuary team, at City of Sanctuary UK, have worked with us to create a Schools Activity Pack. This pack will help schools learn more about the Together with Refugees campaign (see campaign pack here). It will help teachers to get their classes involved to show support of refugees and people seeking sanctuary….

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Week of Action and Rally 18-24 October

We’re gearing up for a Week of Action (18-24 October) as MPs return to Parliament after the party conferences, and the Bill moves to its next stage. Together With Refugees members can support this in three important ways: 1) Rally in London on 20 October Together With Refugees’ members, Solidarity With Refugees, Sisters Not Strangers,…

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