Towards a Borough of Sanctuary

Campaigning to make Sutton a community that welcomes and supports refugees and migrants, and to get Sutton recognised as a ‘Borough of Sanctuary’.

Core principles of the City of Sanctuary Movement

  • Mainstream, grassroots movement – all sectors involved
  • Building bridges between ‘local people’ and refugees
  • Strengthening and broadening refugee support base
  • Dispelling the myths and getting across the real message
  • Celebrating the contribution of refugees to society
  • Creating, supporting and enhancing networks of support
  • Working in partnership to change public attitudes

To show you support of our initiative make Sutton into a recognised Borough of Sanctuary and to keep informed of what we are doing, please sign up as a subscriber or, if you represent an organisation, get them to sign up as a ‘supporter organisation’ – click on “join us” above and follow the instructions on the join us page.

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Public meeting – Refugees welcome here

Sutton 4 Sanctuary and Sutton for Peace & Justice invite you to a public meeting in Sutton on 6 April:

Refugees welcome here

Why people flee their home country

Why we should give them sanctuary and a welcome here

This meeting will examine why thousands are forced to flee their homes and face the perils of travelling across North Africa and the Mediterranean Sea to find safety in Europe, and how some of them seek sanctuary here in South London.

Come and see a short film; hear the personal experience of a refugee from Eritrea who has settled in Sutton; find out more and join the debate.

Friday 6 April 7.30–9.30pm, doors open at 7.00

Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA

There is no entry charge, donations will be taken on the night

Please reserve your place by email to
admin@sutton4sanctuary.uk
or by text message to 07740 594496

The Colloquium in Carshalton Park

Sutton 4 Sanctuary will be taking part in The Colloquium in Carshalton Park.

Throughout the day of the Environmental Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August at Carshalton Park, Sutton for Peace and Justice will be hosting a series of informal and open discussions on a range of peace and justice issues:

11.30 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.
12.15 We can have a more equal society
Inequality is bad for everyone and austerity is making it worse – but there is an alternative.
13.00 Climate Change – threat to peace & justice
Action on climate change is essential – now more than ever.
13.45 The plight of Palestinians today
How the rights of ‘the non-jewish communites of Palestine’ are ‘prejudiced’ 100 years after Balfour.
14.30 In defence of the Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Act protects us all and needs our support.

15.15 Stop nuclear proliferation – scrap Trident
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki –Trident should be scrapped.

16.00 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.

All at the Sutton for Peace and Justice stall J04–J05.

Come along and hear about these important issues, have your say and join the debate.

Colloquium – an informal gathering for the exchange of views, from latin ‘to talk together’; a seminar usually led by a different academic or expert speaker at each meeting.

 

Refugees Welcome Here – 23 June

Refugee Week meeting, Friday 23 June 2017, 7.30pm

at Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton

Sutton for Sanctuary, Sutton for Peace & Justice and Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton invite you to a meeting to hear how refugees contribute to our community and how we can make them welcome here.

Hear the story of the Basque children who came to live in Sutton during the Spanish Civil War.

Listen to first-hand accounts of four people living and working in Sutton who came here as refuges and were helped to settle by Refugee and Migrant Network Sutton.

Learn about the Sutton project that is part of the Community Sponsorship Scheme, under which community groups support Syrian refugees coming to Britain to help meet the UK Government’s commitment to take 20,000 from camps in the Middle East.

And find out what you can do to help today’s refugees find a welcome and establish a new home here.

 

No entry charge, donations will be taken.

Please reserve a place by email to admin@sutton4sanctuary.uk or text to 07740 594496.

Refugees welcome here – meeting in Sutton 23 June

Refugee week meeting, Friday 23 June 2017, 7.30pm

at Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton

Sutton for Sanctuary, Sutton for Peace & Justice and Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton invite you to a meeting to hear how refugees contribute to our community and how we can make them welcome here.

Hear the stories of how people who came to Sutton as refugees have contributed to our community.

And find out about what is being done to help today’s refugees establish a new home in Sutton.

No entry charge, donations will be taken.

Further details will be issued shortly.

Please reserve a place by email to admin@sutton4sanctuary.uk or text to 07740 594496.

Message from the Mayor of Denver

One of our members saw Mayor Hancock of Denver City USA on Newsnight talking about refugees and was so impressed that she sent his office the following e-mail:

I saw Mayor Hancock on BBC Newsnight last night and I strongly agree with the humanitarian policies on illegal immigrants, inclusivity and keeping families together that the Mayor talked about. Here in my London Borough we are hoping to become a Borough of Sanctuary.

She received the following reply:

Thank you for your email.

No community should be punished for the failures of the federal government to pass needed immigration reform. Unfortunately, the President’s Executive Orders are reckless, lead to confusion and create fear in our communities.

Denver’s number one priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone who lives in our city. Denver Police do not and will not enforce federal immigration laws, and Denver Sheriffs do not and will not detain people without a warrant. Denver will never violate the rights of our people – immigrant or not. And this Executive Order will not change that. If being a sanctuary city means that we value taking care of one another and welcome refugees and immigrants, then Washington can label us whatever they want. If being a sanctuary city means families and young DREAMers live with hope and not fear, then we welcome the title. If being a sanctuary city means that our law enforcement officers are expected to do the work of federal immigration authorities or violate the constitutional rights of any of our people. We reject that.

We have a history of being a city of opportunity for everyone, and we assure you, we have every intention of maintaining our character.

Team Hancock (Mayor of Denver)

Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton AGM

Refugee and Migrant Network Sutton (RMNS) are holding their Annual General Meeting
on Wednesday October 19th 12.00 midday, Trinity Hall, Trinity Church Sutton  SM1 1DZ.

The meeting will feature keynote speaker Shabibi Shah, author of Where do I belong? and Innocent Deception. In 1982 she fled across the mountains of Afghanistan with her three children arriving as a refugee in Croydon and has worked tirelessly for human rights.

RSVP:  olwenstewart@hotmail.com  or olwen@rmns.org.uk

Refugee Week 20 – 26 June

20 to 26 June 2016 is Refugee Week.

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contribution of refugees – this year’s theme is welcome. 20 June is World Refugee Day.

Refugee week logoThe Refugee Week website has more information and a national events calendar.

Follow Refugee Week on twitter at @RefugeeWeek with the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome.

Locally, Refugee and Migrant Network Sutton is holding a coffee morning to celebrate Refugee Week on Saturday June 25th, 10.00-12 midday at the Oasis, Trinity Church in Sutton (corner of Cheam Road/St Nicholas Way SM1 1DZ).

Supporters are welcome to drop in while they are in Sutton.

Refugee Action Kingston is celebrating 25 years of achievements with an evening of refugee performances on 20 June at All Saints Church, Kingston. The event is free, and donations will be taken – book a ticket here.

The South Bank Centre is marking Refugee Week with a series of talks, music and free events. Find out more on their website here.

In Brixton on 2 June, students from the Baytree Centre and volunteers from the Wonder Foundation will be celebrating Refugee Week, sharing food, activities and stories from their homes, past and present:

  • Tuesday, 21 June 2016 from 16:00 to 18:00 at The Baytree Centre, 300 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AE. Free tickets here.

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Yusuf Cat Stevens sings in aid of refugee children

On June 14 in central London, Yusuf Cat Stevens performed a special concert in aid of Syrian refugee children.

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The concert at Central Hall Westminster was staged in support of the Campaign to help Refugee Children, in association with Save the Children and Small Kindness & Penny Appeal.

Along with many of his classic songs, Yusuf performed his new single ‘He was alone’, inspired by the plight of child refugees in Turkey.

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Yusuf Cat Stevens founded Small Kindness in 2000 in response to the humanitarian disaster he witnessed unfolding in the Balkans. He wanted to see a change for the better, and be part of it.

Please support the campaign by donating to Small Kindness & Penny Appeal and spreading the word.

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Find out more about the Campaign to help Refugee Children here.

Report and photos by Mike Cooper.

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