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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to your monthly update for October! We have lots of exciting events coming up for you to put in the diary. See below: Homage to Brighton returns, Friendship: an evening of music and poetry, Journey's Festival International comes to Portsmouth, a night of Syrian culture, music and food, the London Migration Film Festal. Nominations are also open for the Woman on the Move Award 2019 - see below to nominate someone you know who has made positive changes in the local community. 

There are two important events approaching: Sanctuary in Parliament will be held on November 11 and the long awaited review of Luqman Onikosi's immigration status is due to be held on November 15. It would be great to see as much support as possible.
Success of Brighton Table Tennis Club 
Brighton Table Tennis Club recently achieved international recognition with an ECRE interview in September. The club's founder, Tim Holtam, explains how the sport can act as a universal language between everyone, and creates a space where members can escape their lives for a few hours and just enjoy a game. Read the interview in full here
Listen to 'The Arriver's Tale' by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely. To call for a change in the law, Refugee Tales is sharing the stories of those who have experienced detention. As part of their 28 Tales for 28 Days campaign, from September 11 they have been telling a new migrant story every day. Crucially, the 28th tale will be read in Westminster on October 9, taking the tales to parliamentarians who have the power to bring about legislative change and end the injustice of immigration detention. Listen to the first instalment here: and keep up to date with the project at:
Job Vacancy: Hummingbird Social Media Volunteer

Our partners at The Hummingbird Refugee Project are looking for a volunteer to assist with the management of their social media platforms Instagram and Facebook. Experience non-essential, just a passion for refugees' rights! For more details and to apply see here
Job Vacancy: Pathways to Independence 

Pathways to Independence, who work with young refugees, are seeking someone to fit a specialist social work role to join their small and dynamic team, leading PTI’s social care services and being the social work / safeguarding lead for the organisation. The position is based in Croydon and would ideally suit a newly qualified social worker Social Work Projects Manager UASC (unaccompanied asylum seeking children). For more info see here 
‘So May We Find Peace’ by Stories of Sanctuary
Written collaboratively by refugees and others seeking sanctuary in county Durham, Stories of Sanctuary has facilitated putting an album together to 'sing a bit of peace into the world'. It will feature Brighton-based viola player Raghad Haddad. The album will be released this month - keep an eye out for the release date here. In the meantime, listen to a snippet of the music here 

Coming up in and around Brighton and Hove
Dystopia at the Brighton Photo Fringe, 29 Sep - 12 Oct
SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) and the Euro Mediterranean Resources Network present an exhibition of photographs covering topics ranging from Brexit, Palestine, refugees, the current housing crisis and many more. The exhibition is open weekday 9am-5pm, and weekends 2:30-4:30pm, and is located at the BMECP Centre, 10/a Fleet Street, Brighton. Entrance is free. For more info see here.
Bright Light from Syria, 5 October, Friends Meeting House

Organised jointly by the Sussex Syrian Community Group and Brighton Quakers, this free night will feature short films, music and food from Syria. It's an opportunity for people to come together, show support for the recently arrived Syrian communities and immerse yourself in some Syrian culture. Friends Meeting House, Brighton. Doors 6.30, event 7 - 9pm. Free entry - small donation encouraged on the night. 

Maté Café Social Club 

Come and join in with the intercultural Maté Café social events hosted by the Cowley Club, Brighton. They are running several events throughout October and November:

- Saturday October 6th, Maté Tea, music and chat (with Cowley Club Jumble sale)
- Saturday October 20th, Syrian food served, as part of the Beer Festival
- Sunday November 4th, LAUNCH PARTY: Maté Tea, Vegan Syrian breakfast, music and dabke dance workshop. 
Homage to Brighton, October 6


Join Sanctuary on Sea for an afternoon of music, poetry and song celebrating Brighton and its peoples in support of religious and gender tolerance, racial harmony, equality and those in need. There will be blues 'n' folk and 15 poets with their own distinctive voices. £5 donation on door in aid of Sanctuary on Sea, First Base and Whitehawk Food Bank. Organised by local members of the worldwide group @100thousandPoets and Musicians for Change, this performance will be one of hundreds taking place around the world during September and into October. See more info about the event, hosted at the Nightingale Theatre, here:
In Conversation: On Reflecting the Suffering of Others, October 9

In this conversation with Harley Weir, the creator of Homes, and Richard Williams, Chair of local charity Sanctuary on Sea, Louise Purbrick seeks to ask what can and should photography do when approaching human struggle? The discussion will explore the artist’s initial impulse to make this photographic work, the ethical issues and parameters that have shaped its creation and what impact Homes may have had on others and the migrants and refugees whose lives Weir represents. Join in the discussion on 9 October at Fabrica Brighton, 6.30-8pm. This event is free but requires booking here
Journeys Festival Portsmouth, 19 - 28 October 

BestFoot music will be playing at Journeys Festival, Portsmouth. Syrian musicians Jamal and Alaa will be there with their oud, vocals and percussion set. It's been a busy summer for them so far, with gigs at The Royal Festival Hall and festivals around the south east. Jamal is also involved in a new project with Glyndebourne opera. Come and join the fun at this great international music festival! See here for more info about the event:
London Migration Film Festival, November 29 - 5 December
The London Migration Film festival is back for its third year running! The films are yet to be announced but you can keep up to date with the event here and it's sure to be an interesting and entertaining series of evenings.
Women on the Move Award 2019
Do you know a migrant woman who continues to work hard for the community? If so, you can nominate them for the Women on the Move Award 2019, celebrating individuals working for positive social change in the community. Nominations are to be made by October 15th.

More Information/ Nominate Here
National News and Updates From Our Network

13 schools celebrate becoming Schools of Sanctuary
Congratulations to all of the students and staff at thirteen Belfast schools that were awarded the title of School of Sanctuary. The schools have joined the ever-expanding group across the UK to achieve the status of Sanctuary schools. We're excited to see what they do next!

Sanctuary in Parliament, November 11

Sanctuary in Parliament will be held from 12 - 4 in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, on Monday 12th November. Please get in touch with your local MP and invite them to attend. The theme for this year is 'Towards a Fairer System' with the overarching aim to consider how we may make the asylum process more compassionate. Following feedback from previous events, this time round it will include a one-hour session featuring cross-party MPs and refugee speakers and a discussion. Please get in touch with us at Sanctuary on Sea if you would like to join our Brighton & Hove delegation. We would particularly like to hear from people with personal experience of the three issues being highlighted (being unable to work as an asylum seeker, detention or being separated from family).

Support the tribunal hearing of Luqman Onikosi, November 15
Tribunal Hearing Centre, London

This is the most important day so far in Luqman’s campaign to stay in the UK and we need your support! Luqman has been fighting for eight years against being forcibly deported to Nigeria. On November 15 his case will be revised by the judge - a huge moment for Luqman. Now that there is a date for the hearing, it is crucial that as many people as possible come to London to fill the courtroom and show the judge we support Luqman. We want to demonstrate what a wonderful and valued human Luqman is by the sheer numbers there by his side. We won’t disrupt the proceedings, but the more of us show up, the more we can impress upon the judge that Luqman has a strong network of support here and needs to stay. Thousand 4 £1000 are providing free coach transport to the court - for more info see here:
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 now up to date and 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.
Best wishes, 

Ruby Cardona Senker
Sanctuary on Sea
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