30 October 2021 Status Now Network newsletter

Work with Status Now Network

The Status Now Network (SNN) is hiring a Network Development Coordinator (NDC). Application deadline is 5pm, Friday 19 November 2021.

The NDC will be central to the SNN’s work in the coming period as it makes its transition from a bottom-up alignment of concerned groups into a focused and efficient campaign body with the potential to make an impact on government policy.

The post will initially be a 3 day a week position with potential for becoming full-time in the near future. Much of the organising work will be online so location in the UK is flexible.

For further information, job description and job specification. Please email admin@statusnow4all.org

‘Little Amal’ coming to UK – 19 October to 3 November 2021

Little Amal – photo by Don Flynn

Little Amal is a giant puppet at the heart of The Walk, travelling 8,000 km in support of young refugees.

The Walk is a once-in-a-generation international festival of art and hope that will bring together hundreds of celebrated artists, major cultural institutions and humanitarian organisations from around the world to create one of the most innovative, adventurous and ambitious public artworks ever attempted.Shape 2

Stephen Daldry, Producer for The Walk (The Crown, 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony)

Amal will be walking across the UK, her walk culminating in Manchester for a grand finale on Wednesday 3 November.  The choir of Status Now Signatory Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) will lead the procession into the Bowl at Castlefield For full event details, please visit the Walk’s website.

Refugees Welcome – 20 October 2021

The Government’s Anti-Refugee Bill is progressing through Parliament, and is currently in Committee stage. A demonstration took place near Parliament on 20 October 2021. By standing together outside Parliament, the Government cannot fail to hear our opposition to the Bill and our calls for a fairer and more welcoming society. 

RAPAR Leaders arriving on London.   

The demonstration was organised by Solidarity With Refugees, Women for Refugee Women, IMIX, and other solidarity groups, with speeches at the demonstration given by people with lived experience of the asylum system in the UK. A few reference groups of SNN (Kanlungan Filipino Consortium, Migrants Voice, RAPAR, Women Asylum Seekers Together ) were also at the rally.

Christ and Francesca of Status Now reference group, Kanlungan, at Parliament Square

Little Amal joined the rally too.

Zero Covid Coalition – Monday 1 November 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

SNN will be participating in Zero Covid Coalition’s online public meeting on the evening of Monday 1 November, sharing the perspective of migrants who are undocumented or have precarious immigration status. SNN will be speaking alongside Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, Diane Abbott MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, and representatives from trade unions, and community organisations.

Please register through Eventbrite here.

JCWI Parliamentary Training, 24 November 2021, 6:00-8:00pm

SNN is pleased to be offering training for its members and supporters on Parliamentary procedures and campaigning, delivered by JCWI on Wednesday 24 November from 6 to 8pm.

The training will cover:
– How to write a briefing / how to use case studies
– E-petitions, Early Day Motions and other tools for getting your voice heard in Parliament
– How to build relationships with MPs
– Safeguarding concerns with MPs

To sign up go here: , How to get your voice heard in Parliament – 24 November 2021 | Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (jcwi.org.uk)

Parliamentary Roundtable Session (w/c 6 December – exact date and time TBC)

A roundtable discussion with migrants and parliamentarians is being developed by Status Now Network members from Kanlungan, JCWI and RAPAR.  This will be an opportunity to share learning – with and about – people currently in the UK with precarious status. Please get in touch by email, if you would like to get involved or with suggestions/ideas.

Activities of SNN Signatory Organisations

Thursday 28 October 2021

6:00 pm – Mobilising and Action Working Group (the Organising Committee) will be meeting for its first group (online). For zoom link and more details, email aliya@migrantsorganise.org or maymuna@migrantsorganise.org

Friday 29 October 2021

4:00pm – Anakbayan UK and Kanlungan: The Philippine Struggle to Climate Justice (London). In person and online. For more info and to register, please visit this link.

12:30pm – NESTAC: Hearing the silenced stories of slavery (online). For more info and to register for the event, please visit this link.

Saturday 6 November 2021

11:30am Assemble, 3pm Rally – Migrant Justice Bloc (Glasgow). In person and may have a live stream. For more info and register for the event, please visit link or email glasgow@cop26coalition.org

For Manchester, details are here: Manchester – Global Day of Action for Climate Justice 6th Nov (actionnetwork.org)

Please have a look around the Status Now Network website and send us your stories if we have missed them. The website is one of our outfacing sources of information, alongside Facebook and Twitter. Amongst other information you will find new and updated posts, our statements and related Early Day Motions, the Faith Calling Card, information for local councils, Trades Unions and political organisations.

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