[noborders-brum] [Fwd: No Borders UK Gathering: GLASGOW?]

Shiar shiar at riseup.net
Fri Jan 12 22:25:02 UTC 2007

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Subject: [noii-uk] No Borders UK Gathering: GLASGOW?
From:    "noborders-glasgow" <noborders-glasgow at riseup.net>
Date:    Fri, January 12, 2007 7:34 am
To:      "'Unity Centre'" <theunitycentre at btconnect.com>
         noii-uk at lists.riseup.net
         "NWAsylum Seekers Defence Group" <fightback_05 at yahoo.com>
         noborderswales at riseup.net
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         stuart.hodkinson at gmx.net
         noborderslondon at lists.riseup.net
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         "'David Reilly'" <david at paih.org>
         noborders-glasgow at lists.riseup.net

No Borders UK Gathering proposed for Glasgow late Feb/early March 2007

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And reply with comments, questions, suggestions, confirmations, negations,
complications, explanations etc, please.
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The No Borders gathering planned for Leeds on the weekend of 24-25 February
has been cancelled.

Glasgow No Borders has proposed hosting the event in Glasgow instead. We
have confirmed today free use of a suitable venue which can also be used for
accommodation (for those who don't mind sleeping on the floors of a
community centre).

We can have the centre basically any weekend that isn't booked. At the
moment it is available on the weekend of 24-25 February and the two
following weekends, 3-4 March and 10-11 March. But we will need to confirm
booking as soon as possible.

People have already put together a draft agenda, from the Leeds email pasted
below and on the Make Borders History wiki at www.makebordershistory.org .
There are also regular actions in Glasgow, so there is a good chance there
will be opportunity to join/initiate one (although it may be very early in
the morning...)

We have had had a few people from No Border networks intimating that they
would be happy to come to Glasgow for this gathering. What we need to know
now is:

- How many people are up for travelling to Glasgow for this gathering?

- What dates are suitable or unsuitable?

If Glasgow is confirmed and a date is set...

- How many people are definitely coming and how many need accommodation?

- Who wants to do workshops?

-  does anyone need childcare? If so, where do we get money to hire a mobile

- can people contribute to cover costs for food on the two days?

- And (particularly people in Scotland), who will volunteer to assist with
organisation, publicity, helping at the event?

Please pass this on to relevant groups, networks and individuals, and get
back to us at this email address as soon as you can.

In solidarity,

Glasgow No Borders

-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart Hodkinson [mailto:stuart.hodkinson at gmx.net]
Sent: 17 November 2006 09:53
To: noii-uk at lists.riseup.net
Cc: Leeds No Borders; Unity Centre; socialcentrenetwork at lists.riseup.net
Subject: [noii-uk] No Borders UK Gathering


No Borders UK Gathering Proposal - Leeds, February/March 2007

The No Borders network in the UK is expanding all the time.
Its principles of self-organised, grassroots, direct action against
the racist asylum and immigration system are attracting a wide
coalition of people who are becoming radicalised by the horrific
treatment of migrants in Britain. We are stopping deportations,
ending detentions, fighting individual campaigns, exposing the
prison-like conditions of so-called 'reporting' and 'removal' centres
and the companies that profit, organising marches and demonstrations,
providing mutual support and solidarity and educating others
about what is really happening in this country...

...but it is not enough. We are not winning; we are not even treading water.
Deportations and detentions happen every day that none of us will ever
know or hear about. Destitution is getting worse. Each time we get
a small victory, the government simply steps up another gear. And at
every turn we question what we are doing, whether we should be doing
something different, how we can improve, where we are heading and how.

Leeds No Borders marked its first anniversary last Wednesday with a
look back on all we had achieved in the past 12 months. We've gone from
being a largely white group of 'activists' to a genuine rainbow coalition of
people from different backgrounds and continents. The discussion
was positive but realistic - we are getting hammered and either we stand
and fight or we give up. The second option is not up for discussion.

As a group we have drawn strength and inspiration from the work of
London No Borders, Glasgow Unity and the National Coalition of
Anti-Deportation Campaigns. We feel there is a strong and powerful
solidarity network in the UK but that it is fragmented, lacking in strategic
cohesion, failing to communicate and unable to see the bigger picture and
how we can and must link our struggles into all others for global justice.

Gathering Proposal

Leeds No Borders is thus proposing a face to face gathering of the No
Borders network
and its allies in February or March of next year - 2007 - in Leeds. So
that we can:

- share our stories, struggles and experiences
- teach each other what we have learned
- discuss what works and what needs to work
- place our struggle in a wider global context
- think strategically and tactically
- improve our communications and collective work
- meet each other and build up friendship and mutual understanding
- plan joint actions and campaigns

We are proposing a major weekend gathering - Friday to Sunday

We are proposing that No Borders groups and other networks and
organisations discuss amongst
yourselves this idea and feedback to us your thoughts.

If you are supprortive, what weekend dates would be ok / or ones to
definitely avoid.

Please email these suggestions to: stuart.hodkinson at gmx.net

in solidarity

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