Streatham Labour Party activists are staging an information evening examining Home Office immigration policies in light of the Windrush scandal and the emergence of a “hostile environment”.
Residents can discuss the issues at Brixton Hill Labour Party on Thursday, 19 July from 7-10pm with a panel of experts who work daily with individuals affected by these policies.
Panelists will include:
Professor Gus John is director of All Africa-Advisors Ltd, former Hackney education director and co-founder of the Communities Empowerment Network. He is a former advisor to London mayor Boris Johnson and Home Secretary, Jack Straw. He advised Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, on deaths in custody of African-Caribbean and Irish men.
Nicholas Beales, of Bail for Immigration Detainees which provides legal advice and representation to migrants detained in removal centres and prisons to secure their release
Neasha Clarke, director of Diaspora Support Network which supports the resettlement of foreign nationals and detainees to unlock their potential to contribute to their communities.
Akram Salhab, campaigns officer of Migrants Organise, which help refugee develop leadership and centres for refugees
Kwaku, founder of British Black Music/Black Music Congress which organises the annual British Black Music Month programme. He also teaches African British history programmes. His next book, ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Disrupting African British History Narratives?’, comes out later this year.
Jacqueline McKenzie, McKenzie Beute and Pope an Immigration and Asylum Law Practice.which acted for the family of the late Jean Charles de Menezes. Her expertise is in securing bail from immigration detention, overturning refusals and in obtaining leave to remain for her clients.
The event organisers are all migrants to this country who felt sympathy for those affected by the government’s policies. One of them said: “None of us organising this event are politicians, we are all members of the community who care about what is happening in this country. …We have got involved because we can no longer stay silent.”