Thursday, January 27, 2011
People fleeing war and torture are sleeping on the streets in the UK. But no one notices. So hundreds of students are sleeping out in over 30 areas around the country to make people notice!
The STAR & Amnesty Sleepouts to End Destitution are a national series of events around the country during 21 – 27 Feb. Student activists are sleeping outside for one night to draw attention to the scandal of destitution experienced by thousands of asylum seekers.
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Find Your Nearest Sleepout
See below for Map of Events, Campaign Action and Resources!
Map of Sleepouts
Find out if there is a Sleepout being organised near you! If you’re organising an event yourself then please add it to the map!
View Sleepouts in a larger map
The Still Human Still Here campaign is demanding the Government grant asylum seekers permission to work as a key solution in ending the destitution experienced by thousands of people refused asylum.
We’re asking MPs to support permission to work for asylum seekers by signing a Declaration.
For more information, please see the Campaign Action Briefing (link below)
Download the Sleepout Action Pack for all you need to know about why we are doing this, how to organise a sleepout and tips to make it a success!
1. Action Pack
to organising a sleepout. A comprehensive guide to organising your sleepout, from location ideas and advice on safety to what to do after your sleepout. Includes info on how to order further resources (stickers, banners, action cards).
– Overview of the ‘Still Human Still Here’ campaign (STAR and Amnesty are members) and the problem of destitution.
– The key campaign action for the Sleepout is to ask your MP to sign a Declaration in support of permission to work for asylum seekers as a way out of poverty – includes sample letters and petition.
– Tips and guidance on getting your sleepout event into your local and student press. This section also includes advice on working with journalists, and on conducting radio interviews.
– Adapt this template press release to your local area.
. An essential two-page guide covering some questions you might be asked about this campaign. Read this quick guide so that your understanding of the issues is strong.
Contact details for and groups – team up with your local group to hold a joint event
2. Materials (free)!
Make sure to order these FREE materials for your event. See page 8 of the step-by-step guide for information on how to order.
- Permission to Work Action Cards
- Still Human Still Here DVD
- Still Human Still Here stickers
- Still Human Still Here banner
- Still Human Still Here large placard sticker (can be used to create placards)
Contact STAR National with any updates or questions.
This action is a follow up to the STAR and Amnesty national sleepouts in March 2008, where over 750 students took part in 21 sleepouts… let’s make it bigger and better in 2011 with 1,000 students in 30 sleepouts!
Still Human Still Here is a coalition of more than 40 organisations that are campaigning to end the destitution of thousands of refused asylum seekers in the UK:
Posted by Communications on 27/01/2011 at 04:14 PM