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Your Monthly Update - February 2020

Dear <<First Name>>, 

One of the impacts of the UK's exit from the European Union is the removal of the right for child refugees to be reunited with their families within the EU. Lord Dubs' campaign for the Commons to reconsider this was overturned in January, leaving lone child refugees across Europe even more vulnerable. 

However, in Brighton councillors backed plans to welcome more child refugees to our communities in Brighton & Hove at a session at the end of January. 
Sanctuary on Sea members attended the session to show support (pictured above) and our board member Ahmad Yabroudi asked the councillors 'What can the Council do to help children avoid dangerous journeys and find sanctuary in Brighton and Hove?'

The motion received cross-party support from Labour, Green and Independent councillors and proposing the motion, Green Councillor Leo Littman said, ’Here in Brighton and Hove, we pride ourselves on our humanity. We have so much to offer young refugees. We have the first sports club of sanctuary, the first youth club of sanctuary, schools, colleges and GPs of sanctuary.' He added 'We are proud to be a City of Sanctuary that is a refuge to all in need.'

Labour councillor Amanda Grimshaw, the council’s lead member for equalities said: 'I am pleased to continue to work with the City of Sanctuary on our growing network of schools of sanctuary to improve the situation for refugee children in the city.' The Conservatives abstained from the vote.

We're extremely pleased with the support that councillors have offered, and look forward to welcoming those seeking sanctuary to our community. You can listen to Councillor Littman's speech in full here.

In other news, we have a new post up on our website where I report back from my recent trip to Calais. I also wanted to flag a useful new resource produced by the BBC, a detailed briefing on immigration which you can download for free here.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Best wishes,

Ruby Cardona Senker
Sanctuary on Sea volunteer 

In the newsletter this month:

We try to promote any refugee or migration-related event going on in the city by sharing on our Facebook page. If you would like us to promote your event or flag a campaign, just drop us a message.

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Local Updates 
Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 event
To commemorate this year's Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, Brighton & Hove Jewish Community's Holocaust Education Project, rYico (Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation) and Brighton & Hove City Council organised an event in Brighton.

A packed audience listened to Bryan Huberman recall the experiences of his late father, Alfred Huberman, who had been moved between concentration camps across eastern Europe during the Holocaust before coming to Britain as one of 'the boys' - a group of unaccompanied children taken to the UK in the
1945. Alfred lived the rest of his life in Brighton, where he worked as tailor. Bryan showed part of a documentary filmed with Alfred later in his life, where he spoke about his habit of repeating all his cousins and siblings' names to himself because he was the only person alive to remember them. It was thanks to 'the boys' scheme and Britain's willingness at the time to take orphaned children from Nazi Germany that Alfred was offered a chance at a new life.

Vivenie Mugunga, founder of rYico, then spoke movingly about her personal experience of genocide in Rwanda, where her brother was killed when violence erupted. “Our neighbours were our friends before they sharpened their machetes to kill us” she said. She spoke of the importance that we remember genocides, concluding with a quote from Spanish philosopher, George Santayana: “He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it.” 
Working with local authorities
We have been featured on the national City of Sanctuary website after being asked to share how we work with our local authorities. This is part of a series of case studies from cities around the country looking at how groups interact with their city's authorities. You can read our case study and others here.
Ambigo searching for refugee speakers
Do you know somebody of a refugee background who has achieved an ambition or dream? Or are you that person yourself?

Ambigo is looking for three speakers for their Refugee Week event in Hove on Monday 15th June 2020. With 'imagine' being this year's theme, Ambigo will be holding an evening to help people imagine a better future for themselves. After the speakers, there will be fun and dynamic activities for attendees to exchange and support each other's goals, ideas and ambitions. 

No previous speaking experience is required. Whatever the goal or ambition, it’s valid. It doesn’t need to be something huge, it just needs to be meaningful to the individual. It will be a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and all speakers will be fully briefed and supported. Email Adam at or call 07488 912 331.
Refugee charities ask for Brexit coin donations
Shortly after the new Brexit 50p coin entered circulation on 31 January, a movement sprang up on social media encouraging people to donate them to causes which help refugees. #fiftypeesforrefugees trended on different social platforms and people all over the country pledged online they would donate the commemorative coin to causes that help foster genuine friendship and solidarity. If you get one, how about donating it to Sanctuary on Sea?
Local charity Refugee Radio featured on Latest TV
Refugee Radio's Steve Silverwood spoke to William Ranieri about the charity's work supporting refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Brighton and their latest book, Castaway Heritage. Watch the video here and support this fantastic local charity by buying your copy of their new book
Hummingbird Young Leader applications now open
Applications for the Young Leader course with the Hummingbird Project are now open. Over a 12-week period you'll learn new skills, go on trips to places like Parliament and learn to make a difference in your community. The next course will start in early March and will last for 12 weeks. Applicants must be under 25 and come from a refugee or asylum-seeing background. The deadline for applying is 29 February. See more information about applying here.
Why do we need borders? A TEDxBrighton talk 
Dr Jacob Berkson, co-founder of Thousand4£1000, gave a TED talk recently in Brighton, examining what is meant by 'the border' and the violence inherent in our current system of border controls. The talk has now been made available to watch on YouTube - watch it here and remember to give the video a 'like'.

Jacob also organised recently a walking tour exploring the hidden but ubiquitous borders of Brighton. The hostile environment walking tour took people around the city to the many places where the border - and resistance to it - occurs. Activists spoke at different points along the way, including Sanctuary on Sea's schools organiser, Angie. 
We are happy to offer a platform for those seeking to advertise products or services helping refugees in the Brighton and Hove area. However, this does not mean we endorse them or can guarantee their quality.
Interpreting service in Brighton
Mohamed is an interpreter offering his skills to UK residents who need help with translating from English to Arabic or vice versa. He can offer support in writing formal letters and understanding official documents. His rate is £13 per hour and you can find out more by getting in touch with him at 
Coming up in Brighton & Hove
Board games in the library, Tuesdays
Jubilee library hosts board games for adults every Tuesday for free, 10.30 - 12.30pm in the Ground Floor Community Area. The library is located at Jubilee Square, BN1 1GE.
Conversation café, Wednesday 8 Jan - 25 March
Do you want to practice English in a safe, fun group and meet other women? Would you like to be able to speak everyday English more easily? Jubilee Library in Brighton have a new regular English language class for women. It's free and runs on Wednesdays 1 - 2.30pm to 25th March 2020. The class is suitable for people at all levels of English. The library is located at Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE.
Refugee Valentine, Friday 14 Feb
Love has no borders! Join Thousand4£1000 and the Sussex Refugee and Migrant Self Support Group this Valentines Day (Friday 14th Feb) for a celebration of love and diversity. A line up of local refugee and migrant bands will be the soundtrack of the night, bringing you sounds from around the world. Headliners Bakk Lamp Fall will bring their lively West African Fusion and Jamal and Alaa will play traditional Syrian and Arabic Folk songs. 

Tickets sold out in previous years so get yours quick!
SCMR migration seminar series, Tuesday 3 March
The Sussex Centre for Migration Research are running a series of seminars with academics from around the world. The next one will be on Wednesday 19th February where Tasnima Uddin (Restless Beings) will discuss the citizenship crisis in Assam and the displacement of Rohingya people. You can find the full seminar series on Facebook here.
Hostile environment book talk with Maya Goodfellow, 3 March
Come along to the Cowley Club where writer and journalist Maya Goodfellow will be discussing her new book "Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats".  Under current immigration policy, the UK government is trying to make border guards of nurses, schoolteachers and landlords. Maya will discuss the colonial roots of these policies and their shameful human costs. The evening will start at 6.30pm and the Cowley is located at 12 London Road, Brighton, BN1 BN1 4JAMore event details here. Free entry.

Calais Action Brighton collection, 7 March
Calais Action Brighton are hosting another collection for items to take to refugees living in dire conditions in France this winter. Please see the Facebook event page here for a list of items they will be taking - they will only accept those listed. The collection is at St Andrews Church, Hove, Church Road, BN3 2AD on Saturday 7 March from 10am - 1pm. The upcoming collection also featured on Brighton's Latest TV which you can watch here.
Regular events in Brighton & Hove
Sanctuary Café, Saturdays 
The new Sanctuary Café runs once a month on Saturday afternoons at the Hove Methodist church (Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5NF). The idea is to create a space where people can share food and friendship with people seeking safety in our city. Food is veggie and free or with donation. The next one will be Saturday 14 March from 5pm.

See all the dates for 2020 here.
Maté Café, Saturdays
The Mate Café intercultural social club is now on the first Saturday of each month. It serves delicious vegan Syrian food and mate tea (2.30 - 5.30pm) at the Cowley Club (12 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JA). Entertainment is also provided in the form of live music, dance/ music workshops and activities for children. See upcoming dates here.
Global Social Club, Mondays
The GSC is a youth club for 14 - 25 year olds across the city run in collaboration between the Hummingbird Project, Refugee Council, Pathways to Independence and the Young Peoples Centre. They put on a range of fun, interactive sessions throughout the year open to all. It takes place on Mondays 5 - 7pm at Brighton Youth Centre (69 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE). More info here.
Global Tots, Mondays (monthly)
Global Tots is a 'stay and play' group for refugee and migrant mothers with children under 5. They meet on the last Monday of every month at the Friends Meeting House (Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF). The idea is to provide English and social support alongside usual stay and play group activities, including arts and crafts/ sensory play, toys, free snacks and circle time.

Jollof Café, Tuesdays
The Jollof serves delicious vegan African food at just £4 a meal in support of destitute migrants at the Cowley Club from 12.30pm every Tuesday. The Cowley is located at 12 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JA.
The Real Junk Food Café, Wednesdays
Hosted on Wednesdays at St John the Baptist Parish Hall in collaboration with Brighton Voices in Exile and Brighton Table Tennis Club, the Real Junk Food Project turn food that would otherwise have been wasted into delicious meals cooked by professional chefs. The meal is pay-as-you-feel and leftover produce is available to take away on a donation basis. The hall is located at 2 Bristol Rd, Brighton BN2 1AP.

The Network of International Women for Brighton & Hove, Wednesdays
The network provides a space for women from different cultures and backgrounds to meet, share experiences and support one another. Come along to sew, knit, make crafts and chat on Wednesdays, 10am - 12 at Jubilee Library Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE. Free to attend. Contact 

National news from our Sanctuary network
City of Sanctuary update from the Chair and Chief Officer
The Chair and Chief Officer of the City of Sanctuary movement published an update in February discussing recent changes. It's been a busy year and there's lots of things in the works for 2020 - read their statement here.
Asylum Matters to become own charity
The campaigning arm of the City of Sanctuary movement, Asylum Matters, will now become an independent charity in its own right. The movement has run lots of campaigns successfully in recent years including Lift the Ban and Sanctuary in Parliament. City of Sanctuary will continue to work closely with the charity and promote its campaigns.
University of Sanctuary stream developments
The University of Sanctuary scheme has expanded rapidly over the last few years and due to its success City of Sanctuary have decided to introduce an accreditation fee, coming into effect from March 1 2020. They have now been able to recruit Abigail Grace, who was co-author of the Universities of Sanctuary resource pack, to help grow the network. Abigail can be contacted at
Higher education scholarships for refugees and asylum-seekers
Lots of scholarships for people seeking refugee protection are now open for
applications and a
 full list of the closing dates for scholarships can be found on the STAR website here.
Lift the Ban - new briefing for MPs
Now is the time to reach out to your MP about the campaign to #LiftTheBan on the right to work for people seeking sanctuary. The coalition has produced a new briefing for MPs and a template letter for new MPs and supportive MPs to support you to take this action. Click here for information about the Lift the Ban coalition partners event on 3rd March. 
Directory of Services

Finally, we'd like to remind everyone that the Directory of Services available to refugees and migrants in Brighton and Hove is available online.

This directory lists organisations which offer support to, or are advocating on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It also lists organisations which offer specific services of interest to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, as well as a small number of refugee- and migrant-led organisations. Please read and share as widely as you can. Please let us know if you would like your service to be included in the directory, or if your existing entry needs updating.
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