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… Read more »

Manchester and Liverpool stand in solidarity with the Yarl’s Wood strikers

By Lauren Cape-Davenhill, These Walls Must Fall campaigns coordinator At the University and College Union International Woman’s Day rally in Liverpool last week, the These Walls Must Fall banner made its way through sunny streets with about 400 passionate and noisy academics, students and university staff. On arriving by the waterfront just down the road… Read more »

Shocking inspection report of Harmondsworth detention centre

Harmondsworth detention centre

An inspection report published today reveals the dark, unacceptable nature of immigration detention in the UK. Harmondsworth is Europe’s largest immigration detention centre, with a capacity to hold up to 676 people for the purposes of immigration administration and enforcement. A new inspection report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons has found  “considerable failings” in safety… Read more »

Video: Yarl’s Wood protest at the Home Office

On Wednesday 28 February, over 200 people braved the freezing weather and took to the streets in London in solidarity with the men and women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. They gathered outside the Home office headquarters. Solidarity actions also took place outside of Home Office buildings in Leeds and Glasgow.… Read more »

Yarl’s Wood women protest

Around 100 women in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are protesting at their continuing incarceration. Their demands are listed below. The protest coincided with a visit to the notorious centre by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abboot MP. You can read a report of that visit at the Guardian here. For up to date info and… Read more »

Write to your local newspaper

newspaper

A great way of raising awareness of detention as a local issue, and showing that local people are against it, is getting a letter published in a local newspaper. Here’s some tips.

Template letter to send to your MP

letter writing

You can use this template letter to raise the issue of immigration detention with your MP.  Remember, it’s best to send personalised letters to your MP – wherever possible using local, individual examples of the impact that immigration detention has – so feel free to add and amend to this letter!  You can use the… Read more »