Why We Stand for StatusNow4All: An Invitation for You to Join Us
The North-West Regional group of Status Now is delighted to invite you to join us on Monday, the 4th of October from 6pm to 7.30pm when, with a keynote contribution from the MP for Rochdale, the Rt Hon Tony Lloyd, we Stand4StatusNow4All to the NW signatories. Please see the programme below:
Why We Stand4StatusNow4ALL: 4th October 2021 at 6pm
Harvey Wittika had been living and working in the UK for more than a decade before his status was revoked – he died alone in Glasgow just months later.
An organisation campaigning for the rights of migrants has called for an inquiry into the death of a man in Glasgow.
Harvey Wittika died after falling from the second floor of his flat building in Glasgow on August 6.
The 37-year-old from Malawi had been living in the city for around six months before his death while waiting for his Leave to Remain.
Before moving to Glasgow, he had graduated with a master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. After struggling to get work in the industry, he was employed as a chef in Wagamama’s and Nando’s in St Albans before the Home Office refused to renew his application to stay in the UK.
Status Now 4 All, a coalition of over 100 organisations and community action groups campaigning for undocumented migrants and migrants in the legal process, have called for a fatal accident investigation into his death and have written to Scotland’s Procurator Fiscal.
1 October 2021: Cosmopolis:Prohibition on Making Asylum Claims in UK Territorial Waters The Devil is in the detail, hiding in plain sight. Clause 12 of the Nationality and Borders Bill requires an asylum claim to be made at a designated place. Although some places may be designated later by regulations, all the places designated on the face of the Bill are on the territory or landmass of the United Kingdom. However, the UK territorial sea is excluded from being a place where a Home Office Immigration Officer is authorised to accept an asylum claim. Why prohibit asylum claims being made in UK territorial waters?
Update 29 September 2021: SNN Statement – It is time to review immigration policies
“It’s time to let all asylum seekers and undocumented migrants work and contributeto the society especially doctors, nurses, truck drivers, farmers, who are all forbidden to work.”
Atweet by member organisation Positive Housing in Action echoes sentiments expressed by many Status Now Network members keen to help the government see some sense and revisit its immigration policies.
As the country faces shortages of lorry drivers, health workers, care workers, agricultural workers, poultry farmers (and who knows what next), Status Now Network urges the government to grant Indefinite Leave To Remain to asylum seekers, those in the legal system, and those who made the UK their home but are undocumented. This will enable them to come forward because it removes their precarious status in the UK and gives them the right to work. It is a sensible, humane, and reasonable step for the British government to adopt.
27 September 2021: Here is the Motion submitted by Sevenoaks Constituency Labour Party [CLP] to the Labour Party Conference taking place right now. The Motion did not make it onto the list for discussion because there were other issues that people prioritised. It is however heartening to see that our concern is shared in that forum and we encourage Party members to use the motion in their own CLPs, Trades Unions etc for discussion:
The Motion reads:Racial Justice and Migrant Rights
This CLP notes:
Structural racism exists.
This CLP believes:
The Labour Party must seek to dismantle structural racism and campaign for racial justice in the UK and around the world.
The more unequal a society, the greater the reliance on a carceral system.
Successive governments have exploited the labour of migrants while failing to acknowledge the contribution of migration to our economy, culture, and society.
Updated 24 September 2021: Bare Life films: NHS Borderlands– An investigative documentary into the human cost of charging migrants for accessing the NHS
After fleeing persecution in Zimbabwe in fear for her life, Angela sought asylum in the UK where she has lived with her husband for 20 years. Following a vital hysterectomy operation Angela is – without warning – issued a bill for £8,000 by the NHS, jeopardizing her life in the UK forever. Angela’s story exposes the real cost of the recent introduction of NHS charges for migrants, where discrimination undermines our society’s commitment to universal healthcare. The most vulnerable are left unable to pay and scared to seek care. There are many stories like Angela’s, most untold and undocumented. This film documents how healthcare workers and campaigners are fighting alongside Angela to keep the border out of hospitals.
On 18th September, the Justice for Simba campaign are hosting a carnival of resistance to the Hostile Environment in the NHS, taking place in Sheffield. Join us to take action in solidarity against racist immigration policies in healthcare – wherever you are!
Meet at 2pm, Devonshire Green! There will be music, dancing, speeches, and a spirit of solidarity and resistance to hostile and cruel immigration policies! We will then hand in Simba’s petition to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
👉🏾 Here’s what you need to do! 👈🏾 ⭐️ Sign and share Simba’s petition on your social media and with your friends and colleagues – we want to hit 70,000 signatures to hand in! http://change.org/justiceforsimba ⭐️ Spread the word https://linktr.ee/JusticeForSimba ⭐️ Print and share Simba’s poster! So we can share pics on the day https://tinyurl.com/SimbaPosters
Our friend Simba has been charged over £100,000 for his life-saving treatment following a stroke — all because of his immigration status. Two years on, Simba is fighting for his recovery but Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is still chasing him for payment.
Updated 17 September 2021: Moses and Daisy invite you to join the walk: ‘It’s on, this Saturday the 18th!, another 24 mile walk in Pickering, let’s show support and zeal in stopping these deportations flights.’
“Together we stand very strong. The deportations will surely end, cracks are beginning to show up within the inner court of the Government. STOP DEPORTATIONS once and for all for the better of the country. Come to all to Pickering. Lets do the walk in our big numbers until victory is final…Alutta continua….!”
We long for the day when creating awards to highlight anti slavery work are completely consigned to the past…. Until then … our signatory Migrants At Work is in this frame and it’s founder and leader Ake says:
I had a dream
When I was working in the cocoa plantation; one day, my brother explained why we had hectares of plantations but struggled to feed ourselves. He also explained what a diplomat was and supposed to do to protect our interest overseas. After listening to him, I say I will become an Ambassador to end child labourer.
We are writing to you on behalf of NWTUC Black Members Committee and Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit to invite you to an online meeting to coordinate the widest possible opposition from both trade unions & community and voluntary sector organisations to this brutal & racist bill. The Bill is designed to tear up the protections offered by the Refugee Convention. The proposals are particularly aimed at people seeking asylum who arrive in the UK ‘illegally’, conflating asylum seeking with criminality, when the government well knows that there is, in practical terms, no way of entering the UK to seek asylum ‘safely and legally’.
I was delighted to watch Emma Raducanu reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon. The hope of success for the nation at the grand slam rested on the migrant teenager after Sir Andy Murray crashed out.
At the age of 18 and waiting for her A-level results, Emma Raducanu became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon in the Open era. The sheer frenzy Raducanu sent to the nation was ecstatic to behold.
As a migrant in the UK, I was quick to note that Raducanu was born in Canada to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother. Her family moved to London when she was two years old. Crucially, Raducanu was able to represent the nation at Wimbledon because of her British nationality. The UK would not have been such a great nation without the huge contributions of the migrant community.
Raducanu has become a huge inspiration for our sport mad three boys. The eldest is an aspiring footballer for Manchester United and the England national team! However, unlike the tennis ace, our boys who were born in the UK are not British nationals. And they are completely unaware of their predicament. Their precarious immigration status is a consequence of the barriers created by immigration rules.
12 September 2021: StatusNow: A grant of Indefinite Leave to Remain to people without status would help ease labour shortages
“The Government should grant status to all those who currently reside in the UK, as well as bring forward legislation to improve workers rights on pay and end insecure employment practices such as zero hours contracts. These are actions to address some of the reasons why employers are unable to recruit,” Ian Hodson, national president of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU)
Status Now urges the UK Government to offer immigration settlement status to all people who have made the UK their home. This is one contribution to easing the current labour shortage.
12 September 2021: Lucky Khambule from StatusNow4All signatory organisation MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland:
“MASI welcomes the decision by the minister to offer once in a generation Amnesty for 17000 undocumented migrants. This comes a relief to many people mostly health care workers who have contributed immensely in this country under precarious conditions, mostly living under the cloud of deportations.
However MASI hoped that the would be extended to those who also have spend more than five years in this country with their applications still in the limbo.
We congratulate the work done by MRCI and JFU Justice for the Undocumented for this achievement.“