Thursday, March 06, 2008

Action Day is today!

Today is the highly anticipated Action Day 2008 and looks like being our best Action Day ever! Find out more about what individual groups across the country have got planned for today….

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This year STAR have teamed up with Amnesty International UK to hold a series of mass sleepouts across the country in support of the Still Human Still Here campaign that is dedicated to ending the forced destitution of refused asylum seekers. Click here for more information on why we are campaigning about this issue.

There are about 40 groups across the country who are holding events on 5th March in support of the campaign; below are some examples of what they’ve got planned!

Oxford STAR have teamed up with Asylum Welcome to hold a huge event in the centre of Oxford. Their sleepout has been confirmed as taking place in the Church Yard on the main street in Oxford where they are estimating there will be approximately 100 participants!!

Warwick STAR have teamed up with Warwick Amnesty along with People and Planet, the Hindu Society, the Islamic Society, the Christian Union and the drumming society. They are planning on having music and speakers at the event as well. The Coventry Observer has also shown an interest in running a post-event report!

In London STAR and Amnesty groups from LSE, KCL, SOAS, Imperial and UCL are joining together for one mega event at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. The event will be starting at about 6 pm and with such a fantastic location there should be lots of interest. Click here to visit the Facebook event page.

Sussex STAR have big plans for their first sleepout… They are starting with a Question Time style event with guest speakers at 7pm followed by food and samba! Then to round the night off, a night’s sleep on the grass! Click here for their Facebook event page.

Southampton STAR and Southampton Amnesty are teaming up with Engineers Without Borders to hold their sleepout on 7th March.

Sheffield STAR, Sheffield Amnesty and Sheffield Hallam Amnesty are all teaming up to have a mammoth 24 hours of events including a stall in the city centre during the day and a sleepout in the evening.

Leeds STAR are also having a bumper 24 hour Action Day and are teaming up with students from Amnesty, Medsin, Crossing Borders and Leeds No Borders. They also have one intrepid student reporter who is hoping to get involved. In the week running up to Action Day they will also be holding a Journey to Safety session, a performance of the Asylum Monologues and some will be spending the week living as destitute asylum seekers. Not only this but they also have a double page spread in the student newspaper to report on all of this!

Members from Glasgow STAR spent the week of the 11th February living as destitute asylum seekers and are working closely with Glasgow Amnesty to hold their sleepout on the 5th at the Kelvingrove Museum.

Essex STAR will be holding their sleepout on campus on 6th March.

There are plenty more events taking place in Bristol, Hull, Cambridge, Bath, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Leicester, Newcastle, Plymouth, Exeter and Cardiff to name just a few!

Here’s to a fantastic National Action Day 2008!

Posted by STAR team on 06/03/2008 at 12:13 PM