Thursday, January 31, 2008

Campaigns Update: Action Day drawing ever closer…..

Action Day 2008 is drawing ever closer and in just 5 weeks students across the country will be sleeping out in solidarity with the thousands of refused asylum seekers who are forced to live destitute in the UK.

The Still Human Still Here campaign is dedicated to highlighting the plight of tens of thousands of refused asylum seekers who are being forced into abject poverty in an attempt to drive them out of the country. STAR and Amnesty are working together and on 5th March groups from both organisations will be holding a series of mass sleepouts all over the country to show their support for the campaign.

  • 18 STAR groups who have shown a definite interest in holding a sleepout on 5th March. If you’re one of those groups, what are you waiting for?!
  • 40 groups from both STAR and Amnesty definitely planning to have a sleepout. Our target is 50! So those that aren’t organising one yet…. The more the merrier!
  • 45 members of the Action Day Facebook group. If you’re involved with Action Day and haven’t yet joined the group go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6762838532 to get involved.
  • Just 2 posts in the Action Day Facebook group. LSE STAR and SOAS STAR have got the idea and are already sharing and discussing plans for 5th March. Now lets have more people letting each other know what they’re doing!
  • 3000 signatures wanted for our Still Human Still Here campaign petition… A petition is a great way of illustrating the support for the campaign. Remember you can start collecting signatures at any events/stalls in the run up to Action Day to get a head-start! After the sleepouts we will be collecting these all in and presenting the petition to the Home Secretary on your behalf. So don’t forget to send them to us.
  • 34 days to go until the great day!

Action Day briefing packs have been sent out to all STAR groups. If you are a registered user of the website (as all STAR committee members are) then you can access all the documents included in the briefing online in the Resources section of the website (please contact us if you have trouble logging on).

February will see a second mail out, with more materials such as banners, stickers and leaflets. Resources will be sent out to all those groups taking part in Action Day so make sure you don’t miss out by letting us know of your interest by the 11th February at the latest (the sooner the better!).

Posted by STAR team on 31/01/2008 at 12:09 PM