[noborders-brum] No Borders UK Gathering in Glasgow: CONFIRMED

noborders-glasgow noborders-glasgow at riseup.net
Thu Jan 25 09:09:19 UTC 2007

Okay all, this is to confirm that the gathering will take place IN GLASGOW

Venue is confirmed, help is at hand, but any support from anyone would be
much appreciated. 

Pasted below is resend info from before, on suggested things we need to get
talking about beforehand. GET IN TOUCH.

In addition, it would help to know about interpreting requirements
beforehand. We have already had volunteer offer from Voice Forum, we can
arrange some more, but need to know what languages people need, and what
interpreting you are able to supply. GET IN TOUCH.

If anyone is going to be at the No Borders film festival in Newcastle this
weekend, perhaps we can have a meeting about the Glasgow conference? GET IN

So, lets make this happen. Glasgow in the springtime is truly a beauty to
behold, so book yer cheap train tickets now (e.g. you could get the sleeper
from London on Friday night for £24.50 if you book now. But that's a single,
so you might have to stay forever)

Please, let us know soon if you are intending to come, what assistance you
may need that we might be able to help with (no guarantees, except a
fully-accessible venue and a weekend of debate, information sharing,
learning, mutual aid and practical solidarity, with a chance for direct
action if required) GET IN TOUCH.

In solidarity,

Glasgow No Borders
(did I say GET IN TOUCH?)

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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

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