Tag Archives: Public Meeting

25 YEARS TOO LONG!

25th November 1993: First immigration detainees brought from Harmondsworth detention centre. Twelve demonstrators meet minibuses at Campsfield main gates and demand freedom for detainees. Ever since, people inside and outside the centre have demanded:
Close Campsfield and end all immigration detention

celebrate 25 years of resistance: Thursday 22 November 2018 7pm, Oxford Town Hall, speakers on experiences during 25 years of struggle, including people who have been detained and campaigners, exhibitions, stalls, art, music – memory, hope, action

demonstrate: Saturday 24 November 2018,  12 noon Campsfield main gates Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1RE
11 am bike ride Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford
Speakers: people who have been detained, local MPs Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon), Anneliese Dodds (Oxford East), open mic, Horns of Plenty

2.30-5pm Barbed Wire Britain gathering: Exeter Hall, Kidlington OX5 1AB, refreshments, experiences, Stansted 15 solidarity, future actions

Supported by Oxford City of Sanctuary, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Amnesty International Oxford University, AI Oxford City, Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity, Oxford and District Trades Union Council

Please share widely:
Campsfield 25 A4 Poster

22 Nov meeting Facebook event
Register for 22 Nov meeting here

24 Nov demo Facebook event

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STOP CAMPSFIELD EXPANSION – PUBLIC MEETING

There will be a public meeting about the proposed expansion to Campsfield on Monday 20 October, 7.30pm. Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB

Come to hear more about Campsfield and the plans for expansion. Continue reading

ARE REFUGEES WELCOME HERE?

As part of Oxford Refugee Week (16th – 22nd June 2014), the Campaign to Close Campsfield is holding a public meeting on Monday 16th June, 7pm at Oxford Town Hall:
‘Are refugees welcome here? If not, what can we do about it?’

Speakers include: Continue reading

No One Is Illegal Public Meeting in Oxford

Please come (and encourage others to come) to NO ONE IS ILLEGAL’S first Oxford public meeting:
7:30 pm Thursday 16th June 2011 in The Old Library, Oxford Town Hall.
Main speakers: Tracy Walsh (UNISON), Victoria Brittain and Rahila Gupta (writers and activists).

Click To Download Flyer. Please print, display and circulate.
Contact details at end.
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Statement in support of the meeting, from John McDonnell MP:
“We live in a world where the planet can be circled in days; a world in which people, seeking escape from threats to their physical safety and human rights or living in hopeless poverty, can travel thousands of miles to seek security. The walls around Europe cannot be built high enough to keep these people out and nor should they be. It is time now to accept the reality of a world without borders that is emerging and to start planning for this inevitability. We can then constructively face the vista of issues we need to address ranging from the role we must play in eliminating the push factors of poverty, oppression, climate change and war that are uprooting people from the developing world to determining how we can eliminate the brutality with which people are currently being treated.”
John McDonnell MP, May 2011

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Statement from meeting organiser, Bob Hughes:
FROM ARIZONA TO DENMARK, the far-right marches to an anti-immigrant drum, and no concession is enough for them.
For nearly 20 years, mainstream politicians have chosen not to confront, but to try to accommodate their demands. There has been apparent consensus, right across the political firmament, in all the countries of the “rich world”, that (certain kinds of) migrants are a great problem (in some way); that they must be controlled and if possible got rid of, by almost any means, at almost any cost.
The human cost exceeds our capacities to describe or comprehend it. The 15,725 known deaths at the EU’s borders between 1993 and early 2011 are just the “cherry on the cake” of abuse, precarity, overwork and ground-down bare existence on which 500,000 and one million invisible, “illegal” people subsist in Britain alone.
Instead of helping them, mainstream “left-of-centre” politicians have thrown themselves heart and soul into the witch-hunt, competing with petty racists for its leadership.
They have helped to turn a vague, abstract noun, “immigration”, into the cast-iron, un-trumpable card in a greater political game: the disparaging of human equality; the dismantling of collective provision, and the restoration of pre-1930s style inequality, elitism and brutality.
No career-minded British MP yet dares to challenge that orthodoxy, but a few brave and principled ones are speaking out (see statement from John McDonnell MP, above).
:: But can’t controls be made fair? ::
Those who’ve tried to help casualties of the new laws are ever more firmly convinced that there is no way, in practice, that they could ever be made fair or humane. They’ve never been intended to be humane. The only practical solution to the suffering they create, is to scrap them.
Yet a wishful orthodoxy has persisted, that controls could be made fair and humane, and so keep everybody happy: the fluffy humanitarians as well as the hard-liners and racists. Some otherwise resolute fellow-campaigners for migrants’ rights have argued that condemning controls would be “unrealistic”, “put us outside the political pale” or “off the radar”, or might even be “dangerously counter-productive”.
This is the thinking we want to challenge at our meeting – and create political space in which it is possible to confront racism and the Right in forthright terms, and develop an open, public discussion of what a world without borders could be like, where all human beings are treated as if they are, indeed, human beings.

In solidarity,
Bob Hughes
– No One is Illegal
01865 726804, 07968 292499
oxford@noii.org.uk, http://www.noii.org.uk