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Your monthly update - November 2019

Dear <<First Name>>

This month we heard the distressing news that 39 individuals lost their lives attempting to reach the UK inside a refrigerated lorry. This is a sad outcome of the hostile environment in place in the UK, and the result of tightening border controls at traditional entry points to the country such as Dover and Calais. The lack of safe, legal routes to travel means that people are increasingly forced to take risks with their lives and embark on dangerous journeys. It is still too soon to draw any conclusions from this recent event, but what is clear is that without better provision of safe routes to the UK, more will lose their lives. You can listen to our Chair speak about the tragedy with Danny Pike on BBC Sussex. Sanctuary on Sea also co-hosted a vigil to remember the 39. You can watch the report by Latest TV here.

Inside the newsletter this month:

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Save the Date! 
Refugee Week 2020 will take place 14 - 21 June. We have a fantastic selection of photos up on the Brighton Refugee Week Facebook page taken at our big Together Day this year - see what we got up to!
Local Updates 
Refugee Tales featured on podcast 
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) based at The University of Sussex has featured on their 'Between the Lines' podcast the fantastic Refugee Tales Vol III. The book is a collection of stories told by poets and novelists based on the experiences of individuals who have directly experienced Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Emma Parsons, author of The Teacher's Tale, discusses her experience of visiting detention centres and befriending a young man who was released and then detained again. She explores what it was like for this person to suddenly have his freedom taken away and his future hang in the balance. The episode offers a window into the cruelty of indefinite detention - one that is largely hidden from the public. This would be a great introduction to anyone interested in the process or the work that detainee 'befrienders' do, such as the Gatwick Detainees Welfare groupYou can listen to it here or by searching for 'between the lines' on Spotify, iTunes or any other podcast streaming app. There is a handy guide to streaming podcasts here.
Last month Brighton welcomed its 14th Syrian family through the UK's Refugee Resettlement Programme, bringing the total in our city to over 60 people. We are also pleased to hear that Brighton is about to start hosting a small number of asylum seekers on the national asylum dispersal scheme. It is right that, as a city, we are going to be doing our bit, as the vast majority asylum seekers are placed in the north of England and Scotland and it is an opportunity to show we are living up to our City of Sanctuary name by making them feel welcome. If you are a landlord who would like to support refugees through providing affordable housing, please contact 
Refugee speaker gets standing ovation at Brighton TED talk
Majid Adin Majid, who fled Iran aged 15, described his journey from the Calais 'jungle' to creating the official music video for Elton John's Rocket Man, putting the lyrics in the context of a a family travelling to find refuge in Europe.
which. The talks will be released on YouTube early next year - we'll notify you when they are available.
Solidarity trip to Calais, 23-25 Nov
A small delegation from Brighton & Hove will travel to Calais at the end of this month to volunteer with Care4Calais. The charity have been working there for several years, where hundreds remain living rough and hoping for a crossing to the UK. Many have been there for months or years as the only way to cross the English Channel is by dangerous, illegal methods. Care4Calais provide essential aid to the refugee communities across Calais and Dunkirk and, as the weather turns colder, they are desperately seeking coats, tents and sleeping bags. Coats should be for men, but in smaller sizes. If you have any of these items you wish to donate please get in touch with Ruby via
2019 City of Sanctuary South East regional gathering 
The City of Sanctuary South East regional gathering was held in Hastings at the end of October, bringing Sanctuary groups and partners together to discuss current activities and plans for the year ahead. Groups heard about the work of Hastings Community of Sanctuary, who have grown from just one Facebook post three and a half years ago to what they are now. One of their schemes, the Hastings Sanctuary Buddy programme, has provided seekers of sanctuary the space to rebuild their lives, said Rossana Leal from the group. Regional coordinator for the South East, Ben Margolis, spoke about the importance of small acts of kindness and embedding a welcoming culture in our communities. 
New community mental health hotline launched
Brighton's Trust for Developing Communities (TDC) will be working with the Hangleton & Knoll project to deliver and facilitate services that improve the mental health and wellbeing of people from local BAME communities. The service is focused on those who have limited access to community mental health services, those living in areas of greatest socio-economic need, and those coming from high-risk communities such as refugees and migrants. The freephone service is available on 0808 196 1768 and is open Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. Callers will be given help to navigate and access relevant services.
Upstanders Network host anti-hate event
An event ran by the Upstanders Network last month to coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week looked at ways in which community members and groups can approach hate crime. The new Network aims to create partnerships across the city to reduce the incidence of hate crime and improve community responses. At the event, the audience took part in discussions about tackling these crimes and responding to incidents as they witness them. Discussions were had about how to de-escalate a situation, how to prioritise the needs of the victim and whether people may or may not feel comfortable about approaching a situation. The Upstanders network will be launching a new website soon with advice and information. 
Rise up for Rojava protests
Protests have been held in Brighton in solidarity with the people of Rojava, where a Turkish invasion has taken place. Since early October, the Turkish army has been attacking a stretch along the Syrian border, where the majority of inhabitants are Kurdish, including the autonomous region named Rojava. There have been multiple casualties as well as allegations of chemical weapon use. Find out about upcoming protests in Brighton here.  
New Sanctuary cafe launching, 12 December
Come along to a new monthly cafe where idea is to create a space where we can share food and friendship with people seeking safety in our city. Food will be veggie and free or by donations. It will be hosted at Hove Methodist Church (Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5DR) from 5 - 7pm. More info and dates here.
Coming up in Brighton and Hove
Migration Centre seminar, 6 November
The Sussex Centre for Migration Research brings in experts on migration issues to discuss the major issues around migration in today's world. In this lecture led by Dr. Caterina Mazzilli (University of Sussex), she will bring us closer to home with her talk: "I thought in Brighton we had gone over racism a long time ago: Unpacking mainstream narratives of racism in a 'tolerant' town". It takes place on Wednesday 6 Nov at 3.30-5pm, Pevensey Building (on Sussex campus), Room PEV1-1B3.
Grassroots humanitarianism - should you get involved? 7 November
The Hummingbird Project are putting on this interactive workshop to encourage people to reflect on what they are - or are not - doing and why. In the wake of migrant and refugee flows across Europe, ordinary citizens are getting involved in what has been called ‘grassroots humanitarianism’. Rather than just donating money, volunteers have organised goods collections, set up food banks, or traveled to informal refugee camps to support others. This is ostensibly a good thing – but what are the promises and pitfalls of such a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach? Join the discussion at the Friends Meeting House, Brighton, BN1 1AF, 6-7pm on Thursday 7 November. More details here.
STAR presents: Rave for Refugees, 8 November
After the success of their sell-out event at Komedia last year, STAR (Student Action for Refugees) are putting on another night of partying for a great cause. All proceeds will be going to STAR national who will use the money to directly help thousands of refugees rebuild their lives in the UK. This year they have enlisted the help of Materials to provide the sounds for the evening - including disco, house and funk to get you moving. Tickets from £3 available here.
Black history annual celebration, 9 November 

Join in with this fun annual day of celebrating black history hosted by Brighton & Hove Black History Month. There will be a huge range of activities on offer including sandpainting, creating your own percussion instrument, cultural tales of Manding Empire told through the Kora (West African harp), drumming workshops with Gambian master drummer Bucarr Ndow and a film screening of the life story of Thomas Highflyer with a talk by the producers (the Black History group revealed the history of Thomas, a young black boy who lived in Brighton in the nineteenth-century). Delicious food from the Caribbean and East Africa (Kitgum Kitchen) will be served. Plus lots more activities to be confirmed! More details here.
Interfaith Week, 10 - 17 November
Interfaith week is led by the Inter-Faith Network (IFN) for the UK and runs from Remembrance Sunday to the following Sunday, highlighting the work that is done by faith and inter-faith groups, drawing new people into inter-faith learning and cooperation, enabling greater interaction between people of different backgrounds and celebrates diversity and commonality. It is hoped that the week will open up new potentials for collaboration and partnership, helping to develop integrated and neighbourly communities. Read more about the stated aims of the Week here. Find out what events will be on Brighton & Hove here.
TK4 Pub Quiz, 14 November
The fantastic local charity Thousand 4 £1000 (TK4) are hosting a pub quiz to raise money for the work they do supporting migrants to find housing in the city who would otherwise be destitute. Bring a team (up to 5 people) to the Robin Hood pub (Norfolk Place, Brighton, BN1 2PF), 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £3 entry per person. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams and raffle! More info here.
Migrations in Turbulent Times, 20 November
The Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS), are hosting their 7th International Conference this month. This year's theme is 'Migrations in Turbulent Times' and talks will bring together some of the latest research in migration studies. The full programme can be seen here. The event is free and all are welcome to attend but please reserve a space here.
More Friendship, 30 November 
Following on from last year's success, Thousand 4 £1000 (TK4) bring another evening of prose, poetry and music on the theme of friendship, presented by a troupe of professional actors. All funds raised will help support homeless refugees and migrants in Brighton & Hove. Doors open 6.30pm, performances start at 7pm. Bar open before the performance and in the interval. Hot vegan food included in ticket price - £5 unwaged or £10. Tickets here.
Winter warmer concert with Best Foot Music,
1 December

Join Best Foot Music for their winter warmer concert, featuring Yiddish and Russian choirs from London and Brighton plus stalls from the community with crafts and arts on sale. Family friendly and open to all! 
At: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE.
Doors open 6pm for a 6.30 start. Tickets from £7 here.

Coming up in London & the south east
London Migration Film Festival 2019
The fourth edition of London Migration Film Festival will feature fantastic films, talks, workshops and art bringing the humanity back into the public discourse on migration. There will be an opening gala on 28 November, 7.10pm at SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, with a showing of Aga, the story of an elderly couple living in the Russian tundra. Their daughter has left their yurt to go and work in a mine, and melting ice is threatening their survival. Lots more fantastic films will be shown across London locations up until 4 December - the full programme can be viewed here. More info about the festival here
Regular events in Brighton & Hove
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
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. Based 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.
Maté Café, Sundays 
The Maté Café serves delicious vegan Syrian food and mate tea on Sunday afternoons at the Cowley Club. Entertainment is also provided in the form of live music, dance/ music workshops and activities for children. The final dates of the year will be: Sunday 3 November and Sunday 8 December 2019.
National news and updates from our Sanctuary network
The Iuventa 10 need your support

The Iuventa 10 are urgently looking for people who were rescued by them between July 2016 and August 2017 while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea on a dinghy or wooden boat. After their ship was seized by the Italian authorities under flimsy pretexts in the summer of 2017, the 10 crew members have found themselves under investigation for “aiding illegal immigration”. In the case of a conviction they could face up to 20 years of imprisonment for the 'crime' of saving around 14,000 lives at sea. The Iuventa crew has never colluded with human traffickers. This trial is politically motivated and part of Europe’s ruthless closed-door policy. A conviction would not only have fatal consequences for the crew, it could possibly set a precedent for all coming trials against people acting in solidarity - and as a result aggravate the situation of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.

In order to win this court case, the team would like to make contact with refugees and migrants who have made these crossings via the sea, so that they can give evidence and tell their story themselves.

You can help by:
  • talking to the team if you have crossed the Mediterranean Sea during this period and have been rescued by Iuventa 
  • spreading this message in your networks, either on social media channels, posters, leaflets or by word of mouth. You can find all the materials to download here. Materials are available in: Arabic, English, Farsi, French, German, Italian & Tigrinya and all can be delivered to you for free.
If you have any questions get in touch with
Help update the Schools of Sanctuary resource pack

Schools of Sanctuary are looking for great examples demonstrating welcome and inclusion to include as case studies in their updated resource pack. If you have an example of great practice or learning tools from your school or area, please email or Angie Lynn, our Schools of Sanctuary coordinator
University Scholarships for refugees and asylum-seekers in the UK
The University of St. Andrews, which recently joined the growing list of Universities of Sanctuary, has launched two new Sanctuary scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students seeking asylum in the UK. The full list of sanctuary scholarships and other bursaries is available on the STAR Equal Access website.
University of Bristol recognised as a University of Sanctuary

The University of Bristol has become the 12th university to be awarded the accolade of University of Sanctuary, celebrating the efforts of the University’s students and staff to welcome people seeking sanctuary into their community and promote a culture of inclusion and welcome. Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “This is a significant achievement for the University and a proud moment for all our staff and students. As a city, Bristol has a long-standing tradition of welcoming and providing safety for all, including people fleeing from war, violence and persecution. Here at the University, we are committed to upholding these values through our academic research, through the actions of our students and, ultimately, through offering a safe and supportive environment to those who need it most".
North West regional gathering 

The City of Sanctuary North West Regional Gathering was hosted this year by Lancashire Football Association and held at their grounds near Preston. Representatives from 12 regional Sanctuary groups came together with partner organisations to share best practices and plan for the year ahead. Because of the venue, the chosen theme for the day was “Sanctuary in Sport”. Guest speakers first outlined the enthusiasm for engaging those seeking sanctuary in training for, playing in, coaching and refereeing football, both through the efforts of the National Football Association as well as of those involved in the amateur game.Attendees enjoyed the lively interactive demonstration of the Brazilian martial art form, Capoeira, and watched an inspiring video about how this sport had greatly benefitted young refugees held indefinitely in a Middle Eastern camp.
East Sussex County Council back Lift the Ban campaign

In a meeting at the end of October, East Sussex Council voted unanimously to back the Lift the Ban campaign. The movement has been protesting the current law that prevents asylum-seekers from working. Forced to live on just £5.36 per day while the government processes their claim for asylum, a process which often takes months or years, asylum-seekers can fall into poverty and suffer poor mental health as a result of this unfair law. Lift the Ban is supported by Asylum Matters, City of Sanctuary’s campaigning arm. More about the campaign 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 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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