race and immigration

Haringey Migrant Support Centre is hosting a night of music, spoken word and poetry to raise funds for the running of our drop-in centre here in the borough of Haringey.

The event will be held at 20:00 on 8th February at St. John Vianney Church Hall, 386 West Green Road, N15 3QL. There is a suggested donation of £5 but if you don't have that much, come along anyway!

Click here for a flyer - please feel free to print and distribute widely!

The Haringey Migrant Support Centre has since the 1st of October 2012 been providing a weekly drop-in service for migrants. The Centre offers advice on immigration matters, housing and benefits as well as general welfare advice and it signposts visitors to local services as needed. In addition, the centre aims to be a welcoming space helping to reduce social isolation amongst migrants that live in, and outside of, Haringey.

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Haringey Migrant Support Group is hosting a night of music and theatre to raise funds for a much needed Migrant Support Centre in the borough from 8pm at St John Vianney Church Hall, 86 West Green Road, N15 3QL

The Haringey Migrant Centre will provide a weekly drop-in service for migrants. The centre will offer advice on immigration, housing, and will signpost towards local services. The group hopes to create a welcoming and safe space, helping, to reduce social isolation amongst migrants living in Haringey.

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93 ARRESTED, 72 CHARGED, 10 JAILED SO FAR

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza of 27th December to 18th January, provoked passionate protests across the UK, including central London protests which were attended by many outraged Haringey residents.

The familiar mass demos of the anti-war movement were supplemented by large spontaneous break-away demos and a wave of university occupations. The police used indiscriminate baton charges, kettles and heavy surveillance, in an effort to impose their control on the movement.

In the months that followed, these repressive police tactics began to take a less visible form, with police carrying out numerous dawn raids. A total of 93 people have been arrested and 72 charged. Some of these were denied communication with their solicitors and subjected to physical and psychological abuse. Most of the arrested were young Asians below the age of 19, with some as young as 12 years old. Almost all have now been charged with “violent disorder” and 10 people have already been jailed for 15 months – 3 years.

Many of those arrested have not received adequate legal advice and have been approached by police officers outside court under Section 62 of the Immigration Act, with threats to revoke their immigration status.

In this climate of intimidation and isolation, and in spite of flimsy evidence, 50 people have pleaded guilty and are due to be sentenced, starting from the 12th February at Isleworth Crown Court.

Judge Denniss who has taken on all the cases, has referred to the notoriously heavy sentences given out after the Bradford riots.

These are the actions of a police state. Solidarity is urgently needed.

For more information and ideas about what we can do (e.g. posters to put up at work or college, writing letters to prisoners), visit: nomoreisolation.wordpress.com

For the first time in Haringey's history, the British National Party (BNP) stood a candidate in a by-election (see related article). Gaining confidence from the seat won earlier this year on the Greater London Assembly, and aided by the increasing inability of traditional parties to tackle social issues locally, the BNP are now trying to stand candidates in Central London.

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The fascist BNP are standing in a Haringey Council By-Election on October 9th. The ward in question is Alexandra Ward and the BNP candidate is Frederick Halsey.

This is the first time they have stood in the borough. The Haringey Trades Council meeting on 18th September agreed that it was important that visible opposition is organised to this unwelcome development.

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