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On the closure of Campsfield immigration detention centre

Campsfield House

Campsfield detention centre will close by May 2019! This is the fourth centre to be closed since 2015. We are winning!

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University of Manchester event, 16 October

gates of detention centre, with event info text

At the University of Manchester, we are bringing together a panel of practitioners, academics and experts by experience to raise awareness of immigration detention and look at what we can do on and off campus to take action.

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“Together we can bring the walls down!”

Earlier this month These Walls Must Fall campaigners spoke with members of the public at Manchester’s Partisan Collective community day. There was great back and forth with the audience, and lots of people signed up to support the campaign. Below is the text of the speech from one of the campaigners.   These Walls Must Fall is a campaign against immigration detention in Britain – the walls are the walls of detention centres. Anybody who doesn’t… Read more »

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The Channel: voices from detention. Bristol, September 2018

Step inside a phone booth to listen to voice messages from people in UK immigration detention centres. Send messages back and forth over 6 days. Meet others in Bristol who want to learn about detention and discuss how we can end it. WHEN/WHERE Sept 15th & 16th: Broadmead: New Rooms at John Wesley’s Chapel Sept 17th: College Green 12-6pm Sept 19th & 20th: Junction 3 Library, Easton 12-6pm Facebook event here. HOW? WHAT HAPPENS? Enter… Read more »

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Manchester lawyer, Laura, on detention visiting and the campaign to end detention

Pennine from above

Laura Gibbons works at the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit. She is also a volunteer visitor at the immigration detention centre in Manchester, a facility not many locals know about. Laura writes this week on the Right to Remain blog about detention, volunteering and These Walls Must Fall.

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Liverpool Council speaks out against immigration detention

Last night Liverpool City Council passed a cross-party motion against immigration detention and in support of the local ‘These Walls Must Fall’ campaign. In a sign of a growing, community-based resistance to immigration detention, councillors from all four parties (Labour, Green, Lib Dems, Liberals) proposed a motion that called on the government to end indefinite detention, and that the system was “inhumane” and “not fit for purpose”. At the Council Chambers in Liverpool where the… Read more »

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Islington becomes first London council to pass These Walls Must Fall motion

Last night Islington became the first London council to pass a These Walls Must Fall motion against immigration detention! The motion also covers the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ and the rights of European citizens in the borough post-Brexit. It makes a strong statement of support of vulnerable groups who have been impacted by the Government’s immigration policies. Full credit to @IslingtonBC for taking a stand of this proportion to pave the way for others to… Read more »

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Two These Walls Must Fall events in Manchester for Refugee Week

Campaigners with messages outside HOME

Last night saw two great #TheseWallsMustFall events in Manchester for Refugee Week. People engaged in a performance protest raising awareness about detention at HOME, with the help of Virtual Migrants. It highlighted the injustice of immigration detention and was a tribute to the 120 women on hunger strike during March this year. Now @HOME_mcr with @VirtualMigrants @wallsmustfall. Hostile Detainment performance protest raising awareness about detention in the UK. #RefugeeWeek2018 #TheseWallsMustFall pic.twitter.com/dGg5IuplDq — Community Arts NW… Read more »

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Migrant Frontiers, Hostile Detainment: creative activism. At HOME Manchester

three suited men stare at a giant behind a fence outside HOME Manchester

Thurs 21 June. Two FREE events before and after the Human Flow film by Ai Weiwei. A semi-enacted political protest ‘action’, and a panel discussion. By Virtual Migrants and These Walls Must Fall.

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Merseyside campaign launch: “The best way to come together, fighting for rights, fighting for justice”

Pile of suitcases in Liverpool's Hope Street

Migrant and refugee rights campaigners, trade union activists, local politicians and other community members came together in Liverpool to launch the Merseyside These Walls Must Fall campaign

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Brighton & Hove and Cambridge City Councils say: These Walls Must Fall!

brighton pavillion surrounded by a fence and razor wire

Brighton & Hove and Cambridge City Councils have just joined Manchester in passing These Walls Must Fall motions to condemn indefinite immigration detention and committing to action to build the movement to end the practice.

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Hunger For Freedom day of action: one month on

women in the snow at the London solidarity action

This Wednesday 21st March will mark one full month since people inside Yarl’s Wood began their strike actions. On 21st February, 120 people detained at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire started a hunger strike. Since then, strikers have been refusing food, refusing to work, and refusing to use services inside detention, with a list of demands against the detention system. Read the demands here. There have been actions in support of the strikers in… Read more »

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