Two days of action against racist press – Nottingham report and pictures of banner drops

No Borders Racist Press Day of ActionThis morning, three banners were dropped in various locations across Nottingham city centre as part of two days of action against racist press, organised by the UK No Borders network ( http://noborders.org.uk/node/1 )

No Borders Racist Press Day of Action
The banners stayed up for varying lengths of time, with one still being there late into the afternoon. One of the banners was directly facing the offices of the Nottingham Evening Post in order to highlight their practise of distributing prejudice around Nottingham on a daily basis (see article here: http://nottingham.indymedia.org.uk/articles/125 )

Elsewhere, London No Borders produced a spoof Metro newspaper: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/07/454790.html

No Borders Racist Press Day of Action

BREAKING BORDERS – Live Music and Arts Performance Night FRIDAY JULY 9TH, 8pm

Breaking Borders event - 9th July 2010

BREAKING BORDERS – Live Music and Arts Performance Night FRIDAY JULY 9TH, 8pm till 12am at The Polish Centre, 2 Sherwood Rise, Nottingham with bar open late, food available.

Includes eclectic music and poetry from many parts of the world. Visual artists will have works on display and some live demonstrations! Stalls about different issues.

Featuring…

  • Aistaguca – Balkan Band
  • NOLKLON, a Romanian Rock band
  • The Gentlemen, lively music from different parts of Africa
  • Nyam, playing Traditional Mongolian music
  • Black Feather – music and poetry
  • Nottingham Tribal Drumming Group (tbc)
  • Unique World, performing a varied range of music from different countries
  • Lance Hulme, on sitar, and Beance on Tabla
  • DJ EARTHPIPE (Sweetpotato Soundsystem / Subdub / Exodus)

Poetry from…

  • Frank McMahon (plus other DIY poets tbc)
  • Geoff Curl
  • Sharon Walia from Prose of the Occupation (tbc)
  • Ben of the Green, humorous wordsmith. (tbc)


Artists displayed:

  • Ahinee Mensa, Jeffer M-Garib, Jasim Ghafur, Mirela Bistran and Obediar Madziva

Other acts to be confirmed, listen out for updates!

Door £2/£3/£5 ( unwaged / low-waged / waged )

Money raised after expenses will go to Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum Destitution Group

UK Borders Agency office doors locked up in Derby as part of Week of Action against deportation

The UK Border Agency offices in Derby were reported ‘d-locked’ on the night of 2nd/3rd June 2010.
Full story on Notts Indymedia: http://notts.indymedia.org.uk/2010/06/452780.html
Elsewhere in the same ‘European week of action against the deportation machine’, G4S (Group 4 Security) were reported having pulled out of a Brighton jobs fair after a campaign to highlight their heavy role in detention and deportation:
http://nobordersbrighton.blogspot.com/2010/05/statement-against-g4s-recruitment-in.html
No Borders South Wales dropped some banners in the city of Cardiff. The UKBA there are currently having to carry out a internal investigation into racism there.
http://noborderswales.org.uk/2010/06/03/banner-drops-against-deportations/

At its main offices in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire on 3rd June, travel agents Carlson Wagonlit Travel were awarded ‘Deportation Profiteer of the Year’ title for their major role in booking seats on deportation flights. Campaigners from the Stop Deportation Network presented the company with the ‘award’

Protests were part of a European Week of Action Against the Deportation Machine, from 1st to 6th June 2010.

There will be a Mass demo against deportations in Parliament Square this Saturday in London, 5th June, 2-4pm. This will be followed by a solidarity evening with Kurdish and Iraqi refugees, organised by the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees @ the Ringcross Community Centre (60 Lough Rd, N7 6RH) from 6-11pm. Details: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/06/452758.html

Visit Indymedia UK for more reports.

Refugee Week 14-20 June 2010 – Nottingham highlights

NOTTINGHAM REFUGEE WEEK 14-20 June 2010. HERE ARE SOME OF THIS YEAR’S EXCITING EVENTS…
Full details with dates and times: http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk/InYourArea/England/East+Midlands/Nottingham+Highlights.htm
*EXHIBITIONS AT NOTTINGHAM CENTRAL LIBRARY
-Famous Refugees
-Global Garden: The Caribbean & Beyond – An Intergenerational Allotment Project
-An Exhibition of Artists’ Work from Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Iran and Romania

*PERFORMANCE: WE SHARE THE SAME SKY (BANNER THEATRE)
*REFUGEE WEEK LAUNCH STALL
*LANGUAGE CAFE
*WORLD CUP AFRICA NIGHT
*ZIMBABWEAN CULTURAL EVENING: FILM SHOWING – FLAME
*LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE: THE GENTLEMEN
*NOTTINGHAM & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE REFUGEE FORUM’S OPEN DAY
*MUSIC BENEFIT: MAS Y MAS
*SNEINTON COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
*LANGUAGE EXCHANGE EVENT
*AN EVENING OF KURDISH FILMS & LIVE PERFORMANCE

Some No Borders video links

No Borders and Calais Migrant Solidarity activists gathered in Paris for a day of action for Freedom of Movement around the Gare du Nord (May 2010):
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/05/451706.html

The first ever demonstration against a detention centre in Bulgaria organised by the Bulgarian Anarchist Federation of Anarchists in Bulgaria (FAB-IFA). March 20th, 2010 (no sound):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrFEFpmkMqU

Documentary about Frontex (EU border control operation) in 2009:
Frontex: The Movie (featuring noborder camp in lesvos 2009) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOuFo5egBqE

No Borders Nottingham info-nights

As advertised on Notts Indymedia, No Borders Nottingham held the first in series of info-nights on Wed. 19 May, 7pm, at the Sumac Centre. The first info-night was on Detention and Deportation. The next info-night is on June 23rd on Capitalism and Migration, venue details to be announced.

Schedule

19 May – Detention and Deportation
23 June – Capitalism and Migration
21 July – Frontex
25 Aug. – Clandestinity and the struggle of migrants
22 Sept. – European migration policy

In preparation for the Brussels No Borders Camp in September, Nottingham No Borders is holding a series of info nights as an introduction into the topics that will be discussed at the camp. With films, food, and lots of interesting discussion, we hope to create an informal and open space for those who may be new to the politics of No Borders as well as those who would like the chance to delve more deeply into the details of the UK and European border regime and how it can be challenged.

Detention and Deportation
Wednesday 19 May, 7pm, Sumac Centre

The system of detention and deportation is one of the main ways in which the state attempts to control migration and violently curtail people’s freedom to move. What can we do to work in solidarity with those in detention? How do we challenge the private companies that make a profit from running detention centres and forcibly removing people? Is there a wider battle to be fought against the prison system as a whole?

Letter received from Zimbabwean detainee in Yarl’s Wood

This comes from a detainee we have come to know and who anti-deportation activists in Nottingham are supporting. Like many desperate Zimbabweans she came to the UK on Malawian passport. This is not illegal in international law if you are fleeing persecution. She narrowly escaped being removed last week due to a Home Office cock-up, but we can’t rely on another one of those. Please watch this space for more news of how to support her. We don’t want to give her name, but here is her experience?
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Colombian cleaners fight continues after sacking by Amey, contractor at National Physical Laboratory

To mark the New Year, please view and circulate this short video story of the inspiring ongoing struggle of the 5 Colombian cleaners sacked by Amey PLC at the National Physical Laboratory (Teddington, London) for having distributed a leaflet criticising the company. The video can be watched on YouTube: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ho7W4-RBhKc and more information can be found on the Campaign against Immigration Controls website: http://caic.org.uk/amey

This is a perfect example of the practice of companies like Amey and organisations like NPL who bring them in to cut costs. These companies are responsible for attempting to lower wages through casualisation. More solidarity action is needed to support workers who are brave enough to stand up to these attacks and so help protect the wages of all.
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No Borders network newsletter no.5 – January 2009

The latest issue of the No Borders Newsletter is out now, covering news and events from across the UK wide network and beyond. This issue, no. 5, [attachment=21] is packed with articles including;

* a report from the Newcastle gathering of No Borders groups in Nov 2008 (next one is 21-22 Feb 2009)
* actions against ID cards after their introduction for some ‘foreigners’.
* ?Conserving what for whom?? leaflet distributed at the climate march.
* actions against AMEY cleaning contractor which has sacked Columbian workers.
* the ?full circle? anti-arms trade protests in Nottingham, linking small arms to wars to refugees.
* Forthcoming and continued action against detention centres and airlines who carry out deportations.
* a round up of cross border news from Europe

Back issues 1-4 can be found through the No Borders (UK) network site: http://noborders.org.uk/
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