Friday, March 07, 2008

Action Day 2008 - The Final Report!

Thanks to all your incredible efforts Action Day 2008 was quite simply, the best yet!

Waking up with the clouds above them on a cold morning in early March were over 600 students from STAR and Amnesty groups who, whilst not having the best night’s sleep, surely had a night they are not likely to ever forget! From Plymouth to Glasgow, 19 sleepouts were held to gain and demonstrate support for the campaign to end the destitution of refused asylum seekers.

St Christopher's Drumming Group

In London, morning shoppers in Covent Garden were greeted by the yawns of over 70 STAR and Amnesty members, whilst in Oxford city centre over 125 students woke up next to graves having spent the night in a churchyard after an action packed evening of street performances, ‘people’s commissions’ and a host of other events. From capoeira in Warwick, Samba in Sussex, a panel event in Essex and speaker events in Exeter and Sheffield, not to mention 28 hours of events in Leeds the sleepouts were preceded by loads of eye catching activities. Awesome and energetic efforts from STAR groups in cities such as Cardiff, Bristol and Southampton meant that there was much photocopying of extra petition sheets as groups across the UK gathered loads of signatures to be presented to the Home Secretary in May.

Cold sleepers in London!

To capitalize on your amazing successes on Action Day a final Still Human Still Here campaign action will take place in May. Be sure to keep checking out the STAR website to find out more.

Myth-busting in Library Square, University of Sussex

Posted by STAR team on 07/03/2008 at 12:15 PM