We Stand Together Refugee Public Debate 11 April

#We Stand Together Refugee Public Debate

Tuesday 11 April. 6-8pm

“Sad; angry; distressed; ashamed; sick; numb; frightened.” These are some of the sentiments of Croydon Voluntary Action member organisations and users of its services conveyed since the brutal and senseless attack on the young Kurdish man in Croydon last week.

‘This young man/child came to the UK alone, like many asylum seekers, seeking our safety and protection. We as a society failed him. This vicious attack, fuelled by hatred and ignorance has no place in the Croydon that we are proud of and that our families live in. We as a community need to learn lessons from this incident and look to how this can never happen again on our doorstep.

To start the dialogue, a community event, #We Stand Together, has been organised for Tuesday 11 April 2017 to bring agencies and groups from private, statutory and voluntary sector together to show their solidarity and commitment to showing that Croydon is a borough where refugee and asylum seekers are welcome. To show that Croydon is a borough where those fleeing persecution and injustice will be protected and given sanctuary. The event is also, most importantly, an opportunity for members from refugee backgrounds to share their experiences and stories. An opportunity to have their voices heard by those who have the power to determine the level of protection and support that they receive if they come to Croydon.’

 CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Rd, West Croydon CR0 2TB.

Doors open 5.30pm. Spaces are limited so please arrive early.

Invited speakers include the Leader of Croydon Council, the Metropolitan Police Borough Commander, the Refugee Council, local MPs, faith leaders and volunteers from refugee organisations. The Mayor of London has also been invited.

Stand Up Against Racism Demonstration

The demonstration through North End attracted between 200 and 300 people according to participants, although some of the media reported 100.

Coverage mainly photographs can be seen at:

Croydon Advertiser:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/unity-protest-in-croydon-to-support-asylum-seekers-live-updates/story-30257849-detail/story.html

Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/video/video-1444221/Stand-Up-To-Racism-protest-Croydon.html

Evening Standard:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/croydon-refugee-protest-activists-gather-in-solidarity-with-attack-victim-reker-ahmed-a3510686.html

Getty Images:

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/event/demonstraion-called-by-the-stand-up-to-racism-group-in-croydon-700032184#demonstrators-gather-with-placards-and-a-large-banner-during-a-by-picture-id666110222

You can follow Stand Up Against Racism’s activities at:

http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk

Good News Stories

Councillor David Wood has paid tribute to “the Croydon I recognise” after three strangers of Nigerian, Ghanaian and Barbadian heritage waited two hours for an ambulance to arrive to help an injured Polish nurse.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/this-is-the-croydon-i-know-councillor-tells-how-mixed-nationality-group-help-injured-polish-nurse/story-30253813-detail/story.html#SuzyhaLUdvD5TtTI.99

‘This is not what Croydon is’. Croydon Young Refugee network come together at the exact spot where teenage asylum seeker was badly beaten.

Diane Abbott’s Croydon Gaffes

As well as her gaffe on BBC Question Time that the Kurdish lad attacked in Croydon had died, MP Diane Abbott pulled out of attending the Take Back Control Conference in Croydon on Saturday.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/blundering-politicians-presume-killing-of-asylum-seeker-in-fact-free-debate/story-30256585-detail/story.html

Worrying Context of Growing Youth Violence

The Financial Times report on  the aftermath of the attack raises awkward questions for the Council about the Shrublands Estate and divisions within Croydon’s community.

https://www.ft.com/content/c6727264-1b7d-11e7-a266-12672483791a

There is also a worrying context of growing violence among some young people involving knife attacks, the latest being in South Norwood

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/teenage-boy-16-stabbed-in-south-norwood-latest-updates/story-30258880-detail/story.html

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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