Migrants' Rights Network

Manchester – Northern Festival of Resisting Borders & Prisons

On the 5-6 October 2017, The Festival of Resisting Borders: Fighting Hostile Environment in the University & Beyond took place at SOAS. We had workshops involving two strands, one focused on resisting the hostile environment in education, health and everyday life and the other strand focused on migrant workers organising against labour precarity. A video that showcases the kinds of conversations that took place can be viewed here along with our evening round table session, “No Borders! No White Supremacy!” with members on the panel from the Grenfell community, Justice for LSE Cleaners, SOAS Justice For Workers – End Outsourcing, South Asia Solidarity Group, Docs Not Cops, and Haringey Anti-Raids to name a few of the many organisations that took part.
In Manchester, Empty Cages Collective, Manchester No Prisons, Smash IPP, & Unis Resist Border Controls felt the urgency of not only discussing and pushing against border regimes and the hostile environment policy, but also fighting prison injustice. As it was reported in Corporate Watch, the current Conservative government are pushing to build 6 mega prisons, one of which has already been built in Wrexham, North Wales. The crisis of violence and overcrowding inside prisons is causing huge damage to communities across the UK. Likewise, as the research of Luke de Noronha notes, the combination of border violence, the hostile environment policy, prisons, and secret charter deportation flights are disproportionately affecting Black and Brown minority communities in the UK.
For this reason we are organising a FREE event in Manchester, to strengthen the links across migrant rights, labour rights, and prison justice campaigns.
Come join us on SATURDAY 19th MAY, at The Powerhouse Moss Side where we will be having workshops and talks by the following invited groups:
Anti Raids Network
Schools Against Borders for Children
Manchester IWW
Wast Manchester
Safety4Sisters North West
No Borders Leeds
United Families and Friends Campaign
Shut Down Morton Hall
We Will Rise – Shut Dungavel and many more groups!

LOCATION: The Powerhouse Moss Side, 140 Raby Street, Moss Side, Manchester M14 4S

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