Wednesday, 8 February 2017

One Day Without Us event

Brookes Unison is taking part in One Day Without Us, to express our solidarity with migrants.

20 February is the day to remind everybody that immigrants add tremendous value to the culture and economy of this country.

The rise in hate crime and the anti-immigrant rhetoric from both the Leave campaign and the post-referendum government have caused alarm and despondency among both immigrants and people who support an open and inclusive society.

Proposals regarding what will happen to immigrants from both inside and outside the EU have created an insecure situation and will have a massive negative effect on the UK economy and the HE sector.

We will be having a stall in the JHB Building Forum from 10 till 4. All members are encouraged to come along to find out more and (optionally) be photographed for a gallery on our blog celebrating diversity and highlighting why we believe that immigration adds value to Britain's culture and to the economy.

We will also have information about the UNISON support group for EU citizens who may be adversely affected by Brexit. And UNISON has produced a comprehensive guide for EU citizens affected by Brexit.
One Day Without Us is a National Day of Action on 20th Feb 2017 to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK, to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice.
For 24 hours, we are inviting migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, to celebrate the contribution that migrants make.
Some may choose to do this symbolically, by wearing badges and lanyards, posting selfies or pictures that show your support, or putting posters in their windows. Some may wish to have a communal meal or a party with the migrants they have known as friends, colleagues, workmates and neighbours. Workers may take a five-minute silence or a mini-rally at lunchtime or tea-time.
There are also those who may wish to highlight migrant contributions to the UK in more direct ways. Some may prefer a march or a rally. Others may decide to stop work or leave their classes for ten minutes or an hour or the whole day.
There are many ways that you can take part in this day. Do what you feel able to do and what you feel is most appropriate to your situation.
Whatever your nationality and place of origin; wherever you live and work, join us and make February 20 a day of protest, solidarity and celebration.
At 1pm we are inviting all migrants and their supporters to take part in a unifying action. Link arms and/or hold up placards. Take photos and post them on social media using our hashtag #1DayWithoutUs. We also invite you to take selfies individually before and after this action and post them with your personal messages of support using the hashtag.
We are millions. Let us stand together and show it.Let’s reject the politics of division and hatred.Let’s make tomorrow better than today.

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