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Dear <<First Name>>, 
See below for information on lots of upcoming events in the Brighton area:
  • the Life of an 'Unworthy' migrant Gig,
  • Friendship: an evening of music and poetry,
  • the Winter Warmer with music from around the world hosted by Best Foot Music, 
  • the annual conference for the Sussex Centre for Migration Research,
  • LOSRAS fundraiser gig, 
  • the showing of Hungry Ghosts, a new documentary film about refugees' lives on Christmas Island
  • Calais Brighton Action panel
Please also sign the petition toward the end calling for the government to lift its existing ban on asylum seekers working in this country. City of Sanctuary partner Asylum Matters have collaborated with tens of other organisations to create this campaign, and they need your support.

Enthum House in Eastbourne, a place for unaccompanied refugees to live and seek support, is currently under threat following funding cuts. Any donations would be gratefully accepted via their gofundme - see the end of the newsletter for more info.
Council pledges 100 places for child refugees in Brighton and Hove
On October 19, the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, the Hummingbird Refugee Project secured a pledge from the Brighton and Hove County Council to take in 100 unaccompanied child refugees across the next ten years if the government sets up a modern-day safe-passage Kindertransport scheme. Brighton joins a list of other cities across the country to make a similar promise.
Great news - Rokia Traoré has been announced as the Guest Director of the Brighton Festival in May. Traoré is currently serving as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador.
'Homes' by Harley Weir at Fabrica
Weir's selection of photographs, taken over just ten days in the Calais 'Jungle' explore the humanity and  ingenuity of those living there, emphasising the domestic and familiar within such a chaotic and unstable environment. The exhibition is ongoing at Fabrica Gallery Brighton, and will continue to be on display until November 25.
Listen to 28 Refugee Tales 
Last month we highlighted the Refugee Tales campaign which told a new story of seeking refuge everyday for 28 days. The finale of ’28 Tales for 28 Days’ took place last week in the Palace of Westminster where Niamh Cusack read ‘The Detainee’s Tale’ by Ali Smith. They are now available to listen to for free at, featuring those read out by celebrities such as Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake. A film was also presented at the final event that includes the voices of all the actors and writers who took part in the 28 days project. It can be viewed here. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of the fact that the UK remains the only country to have no time limit on detentions - we're so pleased that they were able to exceed their fundraising target of £12,000 thanks to so many generous donations. 
Coming up in Brighton & Hove 

Life of an 'Unworthy' Migrant: The Gig, Nov 2, The Rose Hill

When the Windrush scandal broke earlier this year, a wave of sympathy emerged for those who belonged to that generation of migrants. However, this left another portion of immigrants deemed inherently 'unworthy' of being here. Brighton Migrant Solidarity are hosting a gig and fundraiser with the aim of breaking down this dangerous narrative around immigration. All proceeds will be split between  Norma and Luqman's legal funds, two people currently fighting against deportation from the UK, and the Windrush Descendants Legal Fund. 
Chapel Royal Student Drop-in Cafe, Thursdays
Are you a university student feeling a bit lost in the city? Did you know that the Chapel Royal Brighton holds a drop-in tea evening every Thursday? Light refreshments and live music from 6-7.30pm. Donations go to Freedom from Torture (although aimed at university students, everyone is welcome!)
Conversation Piece: Supporting the Unseen, Nov 6
According to 2010 figures from the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, 98-99% of gay and lesbian asylum seekers were refused asylum and told to go back to violently homophobic countries like Iran and Uganda. In detention, they face further persecution. Join in the discussion at Fabrica Brighton on November 6th, to consider how best to support migrants and discuss events during the Brighton Pride British Airways i360 protest against the airline’s complicity in migrant deportations. The event is free but reserving a space is recommended by getting in touch with the gallery.
Friendship: An Evening of Music, Prose and Poetry, Nov 10 
Thousand 4 £1000 will be putting on an evening on November 10th to celebrate friendships that are able to cross borders and professional actors will be presenting a series of performances exploring the history of friendship from the sixteenth century to the present day. Hosted at Exeter Street Hall, Brighton, Doors open 6.30pm, performances start at 7pm. There will be a bar before the performance and hot food served during the interval (also suitable for vegans). This event will raise funds for Thousand 4 £1000 who are working to eliminate enforced homelessness among migrants in Brighton & Hove. Tickets: waged £10 or unwaged pay what you can at the door, available here
Sussex Centre for Migration Research Conference, Nov 21
The Sussex Centre for Migration Research will be holding a full day conference between 10.00am - 19.00 on November 21, hosted at the Attenborough Centre, Sussex University. The confirmed speakers so far are: Professor David S. FitzGerald (Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of San Diego, US); Dr Sirijit Sunanta (RILCA, Mahidol University, Thailand); Professor Nicola Piper (Director, Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), University of Sydney, Australia); Dr Ilse Van Liempt (Utrecht, NL). More details to be announced soon. Keep up to date with the event here.

Winter Warmer: Music and Dance from Around the World, Nov 23
Some of Brighton's best international musicians from around the world will feature at Best Foot Music's Winter Warmer gig to celebrate diversity in the city. Expect to hear Hungarian, Syrian, Persian, Sudanese and Kurdish music! Hosted at the Unitarian Church, November 23, 7- 10pm. Tickets £8 advance, £10 on the door - book here.
Film: Island of the Hungry Ghosts, Nov 14 at The Depot, Lewes

Gabrielle Brady's debut film, which recently won Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival 2018, depicts the cruelty and absurdity of the refugee crisis playing out on Christmas Island. Her film follows the lives of asylum seekers detained on the island, through the eyes of counsellor Poh Lin, who seeks to support those housed inside one of the island's detention centres.
The film will be shown on Wednesday 14th November and will be followed by a talk on the detention situation in the UK. See The Depot's website for more details and booking closer to the date:
LOSRAS charity gig, Nov 24
Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LOSRAS) will be holding a charity gig to support the work they do with refugees & asylum seekers in and around the Lewes area. Expect jazz, groove and blues. 8pm -11pm on November 24th at The All Saints Centre in Lewes. 
Calais Action Brighton Panel, Nov 30

Calais Action Brighton will hold a Question Time-style panel and discussion to raise awareness of the (continuing) refugee crisis in northern France (and elsewhere) and discuss the reasons for the crisis and what we can do to help both those refugees and migrants at the UK border and those living in our local community. It will also feature short films on the crisis, a session on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, a bookstall and the chance to gain insight on volunteering in Northern France. The event will take place at Exeter Street Hall, 7- 9pm.
Jollof Cafe, Tuesdays at the Cowley Club Brighton 
The Jollof cafe is hosted at the Cowley every tuesday by Brighton Migrant Solidarity and is a space where Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers can come together with Brightonians to socialize and support one another. The cafe is open from 12.30pm - lunch is free! 

Maté Café: Intercultural Social Club - Launch Event, Nov 4
The Mate Cafe are having a launch event on Sunday November 4th at 12.00 featuring maté tea, Syrian breakfast, and music and a dabke dance workshop. All are welcome, and entry is free.
Code Your Future: Coding school for refugees
The non-profit coding school for refugees, which launched in London last year, is seeking to expand. To see how you can get involved in Brighton as either a volunteer or a student see here
Peace Vigils for Pittsburgh
Last Saturday morning a gunman entered Pittsburg's Tree of Life synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people. On October 28 a peace vigil was held at Hove Town Hall to show solidarity with the Jewish community. There were readings from members of the atheist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities as well as a recital of Kaddish, a Jewish prayer, in both Hebrew and English. Sanctuary on Sea Chair Richard Williams also read out the names of the eleven victims and said: 'As a City of Sanctuary, we honour you as human beings and as people who believed in offering sanctuary to those in need. And we stand with the Jewish community here in Brighton & Hove, shocked and saddened by this terrible hate crime.'

You can join the Brighton and Hove community to show solidarity at this time - the Interfaith Contact Group’s monthly peace vigil takes place on the first Wednesday of the month, from 6pm to 7pm, on November 7th at The Baha’i Centre at 19 Stanford Avenue, Brighton.

National News and Updates From Our Network

London Migration Film Festival 2018, Nov 29 - Dec 5

The Migration film festival have begun announcing the films to be shown as part of the celebration and you can keep up to date with their announcements on their social media here
Launch of Lift the Ban Campaign 
Asylum Matters have been working alongside a coalition of over 100 other refugee organisations, faith groups and Trade Unions to demand the Government remove its ban on the right to work for those seeking asylum in this country. This will enable them to better provide for their families during the process. 94% of asylum seekers who were asked said they would prefer to be in work, 65% had been working before arriving in the UK and over a third had a university education. Lift The Ban has produced a useful resource for organisations and individuals fighting for this right. It can be read and downloaded here. You can also sign the petition calling on the government to instigate change.

For the Diary...
The Dome and Brighton Museum have kindly agreed to host Sanctuary on Sea again for Refugee Week in June. We are hoping that it will be even bigger and better than last year’s Together Day. If you are interested in organising something in the space, get in touch.
Two Lancaster Schools become Schools of Sanctuary
Two more schools in the UK have joined the ever-expanding group of schools granted the title of Sanctuary schools. 

York St John University has also been awarded the accolade of University of Sanctuary in recognition for its initiatives aimed at making higher education more accessible for asylum seekers and refugees in this country.
Launch of Garden of Sanctuary at Stepney City Farm
On November 17 Gardens of Sanctuary will be launched as part of the Permaculture Association AGM. 

Enthum House at Eastbourne under threat
 Enthum House, a home for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, finally opened its doors this summer in Eastbourne and has been working to house and support vulnerable young people who have often been through horrendous journeys to reach the UK. Last month the house was hit by unprecedented government cuts to East Sussex Children's Services, which puts it at risk of having to close down, as it relies on their funding to be self-sustainable. There are more children waiting in line to be placed, but local authorities aren't able to pay the previously agreed day rates going forward now. Enthum House have set up a crowdfunder for an emergency bridging fund and any donation would make a significant difference to the home and the young people it supports:
Maternity Action - National Campaign
Maternity Action are campaigning for #ALLMothers in the UK to have access to high quality, free maternity care. The existing system does not work for everyone and blanket charges mean that some women are forced to avoid care, are charged incorrectly for the care they receive, or experience confusion over the charges. Ultimately this can result in significant distress for migrant women in this country. You can support the current campaign by emailing your local MP - more info can be found here.   
City of Sanctuary South East Gathering
Nov 3rd
The regional gathering for London and the South East will be held at the Friends House, Euston Road London. Julia Panton will be representing Sanctuary on Sea Ben Glazebrook and Sarah Bennett will be presenting the work of the Global Social Club, which brings together young refugees and other young Brightonians. Everyone is welcome - see information about attending here
The Stansted 15
Last March a group of people were arrested at Stansted for halting the take-off of a deportation flight heading to Nigeria and Ghana. Those people were charged initially with 'aggravated trespass' but those charges have since been raised to 'terrorism charges'. Their trial is happening now at Chelmsford Crown Court. Campaigners are hoping to attend some of the court hearings and if anyone is interested in going along too they may contact Penny Jones at:

 Meanwhile there is a letter template to send to your MP asking why the charges were raised from ‘Aggravated Trespass’ to "terrorism charges" with the possibility of very long prison sentences. The template for the letter is on the End Deportations website here:

Asylum Matters new website
Asylum Matters has recently launched a new website with information about their campaigns and how you can get involved.

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.

Best wishes, 

Ruby Cardona Senker
Sanctuary on Sea
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