Resistance builds against the Rule Changes
Things are hotting up for the day of action on Parliament we are co-organising with the Migrants’ Rights Network for Monday. We’re marking the introduction of the new family immigration rules laid before Parliament by Theresa May earlier in June with a Day of Action centred on Parliament.
We start things off with a protest at the Home Office, Marsham Street SW1P 4DF at 4.30pm, we will be joined by activists from various groups such as Kanlungan, Action for ESOL and Unison, the trade union.
Right after that, we’re encouraging people to go and see their MP to explain their concerns about these disastrous new rules, how they will affect real lives and the dangers of generating immigration rules when thinking only about numbers and not human beings. Make an appointment to see yours now.
Parliamentary meeting will be packed
After that, perhaps the showpiece event of the day. We’ve been working with MRN and Lord Judd to pull together a meeting in Parliament, we’ve been hard at it, asking MPs and Lords to come and speak, we have people affected by the rules, campaigners and activists from all around. With almost a week to go, we’ve so far received 123 registrations for the meeting. Because of this we are having to move the meeting to the larger Grand Committee Room in Parliament, as the committee room we had previously booked would not be large enough for such an attendance.
We urge you to register for the meeting. A big show of opposition in front oof the Government's very nose is a vital stage in this campaign. The day the rules are implemented does not mark the end of our campaign, it will continue until we achieve justice for all cross-border families, regardless of income.
The new family migration rules: dividing families, disrupting integrationGrand Committee Room, House of Commons 6.30pm Monday 9 July-use St Stephens Gate entrance, be early to get through security.
MPs who have been good enough to accept invitations to speak are:
- Kate Green MP (Labour, Shadow Spokesperson for Women and Equality)
- Keith Vaz MP (Labour, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee)
- Fiona McTaggart MP (Labour, Slough)
- Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour, Islington North)
- George Galloway MP (Respect, Bradford West)
Lords coming along are:
- Lord Judd (Labour)
- Lord Avebury (Lib Dem)
- Lord Dholakia (Lib Dem)
You may have spotted the complete lack of Liberal Democrat MPs attending the meeting. This is despite the fact that we have invited every single one of them to speak. It’s an easy gig, speakers are welcome to come along, say a few words and leave. The meeting is in the same building they work in, but time and again we’re getting replies that diaries are full and previous engagements are looming.
It must be a busy time, playing such a vital role in this inhumane government.
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