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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 more difficult for people fleeing war and persecution.

In Lewes, last Saturday, members of the public wrote messages of hope for a kinder, fairer approach to refugees on big orange hearts. Staged by Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, participants posed with their hearts in front of Lewes Castle! See an article about the event here. They also wrote postcards to their local MP.

Yesterday, in Brighton & Hove, a spectacular stunt involved 200 people gathering together to create a big orange heart representing their call for compassion for people fleeing war and persecution. Well done to Sussex Student Action for Refugees and Sanctuary on Sea. See their video below and repost on your social media.

Do join an event in the Week of Action (18-24 October) if you can. And if there isn’t an event near you there’s other ways to show your support. You could take one of these simple actions.

Video created by Tony Conn. Thanks to Sanctuary on Sea (Brighton & Hove), STAR Sussex and Refugee Support Europe.