Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum

Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum, based at the Sycamore Centre in St. Ann’s, offers advice, support and friendship to Nottingham’s refugees and asylum seekers.

There are lots of ways to help NNRF. Volunteering, working there or donations.
Volunteer opportunities and Job Vacancies are advertised on the NNRF website. Donate via the website: http://www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk/

Find NNRF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nottsrefugeeforum/

Follow @NNRF1 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nnrf1

Miriam Hollis

Many people involved in No Borders and anti-deportation activities will already know about the passing away of Miriam Hollis in her sleep just after midnight on Saturday 26th February 2011. Miriam coordinated the Sankofa Foundation and in her professional capacity counselled survivors of war and torture. She was also involved with the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns and gave support to many asylum seekers and refugees in Nottingham and Notts and elsewhere.

The family has decided to have a small and private funeral. They however would like to invite everyone to Miriam’s wake which is going to be held on Thursday 3rd of March from 6.30pm onwards at:

The Polish Eagle Club
2 Sherwood Rise
Nottingham
NG7 6JN

Tel: 0115 962 4859

Everyone is welcome. We’ll there until 11pm (maybe later). It was Miriam’s wish that people brought some food and ate together so please feel free to bring what you can (vegetarian food only please – daughter’s request)

There will be a commemoration book for people to leave messages and a mic for people to share memories and stories.

I look forward to seeing you on thursday so we can all pay tribute to the very special woman Miriam was. Gone but never forgotten. Always loved & always in our hearts.

No Borders Camp Brussels – Nottingham activists tell their story

Here is an article about the experiences of those that went from Nottingham to Brussels at the end of Sept/start October 2010, and lots of links to information about the camp and what took place.

No Borders Camp Brussels

At the beginning of October a group of us in Nottingham went to the Brussels No Borders camp. In many ways it was interesting and inspiring, and at the same time tiring and frustrating. Since returning to Nottingham we’ve tried to piece together our thoughts on the camp, its successes and failures and how it might be relevant to those living in Nottingham who aim to live in a world without borders.

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Ex Libris – booksale in Carlton supporting NNRF Destitution Fund – 4th/5th Sept 2010

This is the fourth year a Secondhand charity booksale by ExLibris (The Masked Booksellers) taking place in Carlton, Nottingham on Saturday September 4th 12-7pm & Sunday September 5th 12-6pm.

ExLibris run charity fundraising events several times a year. You may have seen them at the Green Festival. This time it’s in aid of Nottingham charities:Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum Destitution Fund (supporting destitute asylum seekers)& Hayward House Cancer Care.

Details and a flyer can be found on the Sparrows’ Nest site.

BREAKING BORDERS #2 – The Maze, Nottingham – Saturday 21st August 2010.

Come to BREAKING BORDERS #2 at The Maze, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, on Saturday 21st August 8pm – 3am. A night of eclectic music and poetry from different parts of the world! All live. Bar open till late. Money raised for Nottingham Refugee Forum Anti-Destitution Group and similar campaigns. View event poster.

FEATURING (click on Read More for details):
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Osman Rasul Mohammed – tribute and appeal

Osman Rasul Mohammed
Osman Rasul Mohammed
The death of Osman Mohammed has come as a shock to many of the people who knew him. It is imperative that, through all of the political attention that will come from his story, we remember the human side – the wonderful person that Osman was. (please click on Read More or here for background and links to press). Continue reading

Living with Illegals – Film screening & Discussion at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham – Thursday 5th August 2010

Living with Illegals (50mins, Director: Sorious Samura)

Film screening & Discussion at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham in collaboration with Long Journey Home. Thursday 5th August, 7pm.

Venue: New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, Nottingham, NG7 6BE

Tickets: £3/2 (concessions) – available at the Box Office on 0115 924 8630.
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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

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