Please see message below from Stuart Crosthwaite of SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migrations and Asylum Action Group). Sheffield TUC invited ex-detainees and activists to speak at one of our meetings earlier this year, along with speakers from SYMAAG and “These Walls Must Fall”.
Saturday 26th October Moreton Hall – national demonstration against forced detention and injustice to migrants and asylum seekers
Please join the national demonstration at Morton Hall immigration detention centre near Lincoln. 392 people are detained there indefinitely, many having committed no criminal offence. As Labour Party conference recognised this year, immigration detention centres all need to be closed down.
For coach transport from Sheffield to Morton Hall click here and join the Facebook event here. Tickets are £10 if you can afford it. If not, pay what you can or reserve a free ticket. We leave at 10am and return to Sheffield around 5pm.
The protest at Morton Hall is part of a weekend of action in Sheffield about immigration detention. When we return to Sheffield after the protest we’ll have a social at the Broomhall Centre
with discussion about resistance to the border regime and the launch of a film made by Mount Pleasant Park Football Club, Victor Mujakachi from ASSIST Sheffield and These Walls Must Fall
, around detention and football. Find out about the background to that here
The following day Sunday 27th October
Mount Pleasant Park Football Team are holding a 5-a side football tournament
at the U Mix Centre
in Sheffield 10.30am-3pm. There’ll be international teams and the event is a fundraiser for SYMAAG. Come to watch or play!
For those who want to come to the protest but aren’t sure what to expect, our friends at Student Action for Refugees have written this great document about keeping safe
and how we will be supporting each other on the day at Morton Hall.
There are lots of reasons to come to the protest at Morton Hall. Perhaps the best is this message sent to SYMAAG after the last protest there from some of the people who are detained inside: “Yesterday was full of joy and atonement as we had protesters showing their solidarity for us. It was reviving to know other people are concerned with our despicable situation and support us. Thank you for braving obstacles to come to support us”