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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:18 pm    Post subject: MRN Roundtable Discussion – 12th October Reply with quote

Dear Friend

MRN Roundtable Discussion – 12th October

You will know from previous emails that the Migrants’ Rights Network will be hosting a roundtable discussion for organisations in London during the afternoon (1:00 – 4:00, sandwich lunch provided for those not fasting) of Thursday 12th October. The meeting is intended to provide a discussion forum for migrant and refugee community organisations and other organisations working in support of the rights of migrants and refugees, to review work being undertaken in London, to share information, and generally help set priorities for future campaigning activity.

The venue for the meeting is in the Waterloo area. If you would like to attend, please send an email to, with ‘MRN London Roundtable’ in the subject box, with your name, organisation, address and phone number. If you would like to indicate any issues you would like discussed on the agenda, please do so.

The provisional agenda for the discussion is:

1:00 Lunch and informal networking
1:30 Welcome and introductions
1:45 Introduction to the MRN project and discussion
2:30 Campaigning for migrants’ rights in London – what are the target areas?
3:15 Undocumented migrants – what options for campaigning work?
3:45 MRN National Networking event – Monday 6th November – what input from London?
4:00 Close of meeting


Migrants’ Solidarity March – Saturday 7th October

Hopefully you will have received all the details of this event, but this is a further reminder to let you know that the march will start at 12 noon from the gardens of the Imperial War Museum (Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park) and proceed through south London towards the city.

Also, on Sunday October 8 2006 10am-5pm, the organisers of this march – the Migrant Solidarity Network - a conference will be held at Queen Mary University where migrant communities, activists and specialists in the field will discuss the possibilities and implications of a regularisation in the UK.

For further information about both these events, contact Sarah Parker at


What do we want out of “European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, 2007” ?

The European Union has declared that 2007 will be a ‘Year of Equal Opportunities for All”. What do community-based organisations think might be got from such a Year? Will it provide opportunities to raise issues about discrimination against migrants?

The UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) is organising a discussion for groups likely to be concerned about these issues, taking place on 20 October, from 2 to 5.30 at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The roundtable is organised in partnership with NCVO’s Eurogroup network and the European Commission’s Representation in the UK.

If you are interested in participating in this discussion, contact UKREN’s Programme Director, Sarah Isal, at


Solidarity with the families of the victims of the Morecambe Bay tragedy

A new website has been established to commerate the lives of the lives of the 23 victims of the Morecambe Bay tragedy of two years ago. Called ‘Ghosts’,, the website has grown from an initiative of filmmakers Nick Broomfield and Jez Lewis. Working with community organisations in the UK and China, the website is seeking to raise £500,000 to go as direct aid to the families of the victims. Details of this campaign and the people involved are available on the website.

The Morecambe Bay Victims Fund has asked that organisations in a position to help put up a link to ‘Ghosts’ on their websites. Check ‘Ghosts’ for details on how to do this.


Migrant Resource Centre appeal to aid destitute asylum seekers

The Migrants Resource is launching a new appeal collecting food parcels and hygiene packs to assist asylum seekers who are not in receipt of any benefits (mainly destitute).

They would appreciate any food that does not need refrigeration, preferably cereal boxes, tuna tins, soup tins, biscuits, long life milk and juices, etc. If you are to bring tins, a tin opener will be very useful.

For the hygiene pack, some of the following will be extremely beneficial: tooth paste and brush, shampoo, soap, wahing powder, tissues, etc.

A couple of sleeping bags are also urgently needed.

Kindly bring the packs to MRC as they are unable to collect – address below. They would be grateful if you could send your donated packs by October 12th to enable them to offer them to attendees of the Refugee Media Action Group. A special meal/Iftar will be provided at the evening meeting, if you are attending, you are welcome to bring something to share with the group.

Contact Nazek Ramadan –
Migrant and Refugee Empowerment Worker
Migrants Resource Centre
24 Churton Street
Tel: 020 7834 2505 ext: 101
Fax: 020 7931 8187 <>

Best regards,

Don Flynn

Project Director

Migrants' Rights Network (MRN)

c/o Barrow Cadbury Trust

25-31 Tavistock Place

London WC1H 9SF

Tel: 020 7391 9229 (switchboard)

Mobile: 07845 147502

E-mail: d.flynn@barrowcadbury,
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