While the Status Now Network – SNN recognises that the swinging cuts to local government and health systems over the last decade have had profound impact on cities, SNN does not subscribe to the idea that people seeking asylum are a drain in the public purse. There is ample factual evidence about who is making money out of COVID, and it isn’t the people seeking asylum or the working class communities where they are being placed e.g. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/04/dominic-cummings-allys-pr-firm-hanbury-strategy-given-covid-19-contracts-without-tenders
See Status Now Network statement of 29.8.2020: The Status Now Network unconditionally condemns the actions of Members of Britain First, a British, Fascist political organisation formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party. Britain First members have filmed people seeking asylum placed in hotels through the Government’s sub-contracted asylum system, and are now using their film, includes inflammatory words and phrases commentary, to ferment their anti-immigration stance. [read more here: https://statusnow4all.org/press-release-from-status-now-network/
Event on 5-6pm on Wednesday 2 September 2020: Britain First have targeted two hotels in Coventry that are known to be used by the Home Office to house Asylum Seekers. Britain First are not welcome in Coventry which has a long history of fighting racism and welcoming Refugees.
We call on everyone who supports us to join us on Wednesday in Broadgate at 17:00 to show their support for Asylum Seekers and Migrants in our city.