17 September | London | Refugees Welcome 2016
Solidarity With Refugees Demonstration
Sat 17 Sept | 12:30-17:00
Park Lane, London
Many British people have responded to the tragedy they see unfolding on their doorstep with extraordinary displays of humanity and generosity. They've been moved to act after seeing many thousands trapped in camps in Greece without running water or baby formula; thousands of people drowning in the Mediterranean as refugees seek increasingly dangerous routes to safety since the closing of borders and the sea route from Turkey; the continuing misery of the camp in Calais; the injustices and inefficiencies of Britain's own asylum system.
80% of Britons want our government to do more to help. Polls now show that 1 in 4 of us would welcome a refugee in our own home. We want to tell the government that we are waiting to help. The UK should be leading the way and working with other states to give refugees safe, legal routes to asylum, ending the trade in people smuggling.
Since the referendum campaign and vote, divisive rhetoric has been ever more prevalent from a small but vocal minority. In the light of this, the need to come together in a spirit of welcome has become even more acute. Most of us are keen to welcome refugees, and we need to make it clear to everyone that this is the case.
Last year, in the week of our demonstration, the government agreed to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees. We know that public pressure can make a difference.
So save the day to help refugees on September 17th: Join us and make your voice heard!
This event is supported by:
Amnesty International UK
Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)
Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
The Children's Society
Churches Refugee Network
City of Sanctuary
Doctors of the World UK
Faiths Forum for London
Health Poverty Action
Islamic Relief UK
Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE)
London City Sikhs
Migrants Resource Centre
Migrants Rights Network
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK
North of England Refugee Service
National Union of Teachers (NUT)
Praxis Community Projects
The Refugee Initiative
Scottish Refugee Council
Stand up to Racism
Stop the War Coalition
Syria Solidarity Campaign
Women for Refugee Women