Sanctuary in action shows that ordinary people can speak up, speak out, and do something meaningful to protect individuals and demonstrate these politics, these policies, these hate-mongers don’t represent us.

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Back in 2017, the Unity Centre in Glasgow highlighted the risks faced by people receiving asylum (financial) support who had been issued with Aspen cards, which replaced the old system of using your Asylum Registration Card (ARC card) to collect cash from a Post Office.

It’s now clear that this is not just a possibility, but something that is happening in practice.

This episode of #TyskySour, hosted by Novara Media, is well worth a watch (or listen – it also comes as a podcast) for those thinking and talking about what a left-wing government’s immigration policy might look like. Featuring Dalia Gebrial, a PhD student at LSE and editor at Novara Media, and Omar Khan, of the Runnymede Trust.

With the operation of borders inevitably leading to racialised violence, how can we best argue for open borders? What policies might be brought in to reach that point?

When refugees and other migrants reach UK shores their struggle isn’t over, they encounter a ‘hostile environment’ that seeks to penalise and alienate them. When groups, like the Stansted 15, fight the injustices imposed by the UK Home Office they are prosecuted under terrorism offences. But solidarity can be a powerful tool.

Just released: a must-watch short film about the actions and trial of the Stansted 15, the Home Office’s brutal treatment of people, and the incredible support these peaceful protesters have received.

From the Windrush scandal to the ‘hostile environment’, to the hunger strikes in Yarl’s Wood and the Stansted 15 conviction – this year has witnessed new levels of oppression and resistance.

Tomorrow is International Migrants Day and actions in support of the Stansted 15 are planned in cities in Britain and Ireland.

We wrote for Red Pepper about local support groups that have set up systems to provide practical ‘signing support’ across the UK.

Leading Northern Irish politicians, human rights groups, academics, journalists and activists have expressed their “deep concern and disagreement” with Monday’s ruling against fifteen human rights activists who “acted to stop a brutal, secretive and barely legal deportation flight” at Stansted airport in March 2017.

The Stansted 15 successfully grounded a mass deportation charter flight in March 2017 by locking themselves down in front of the aircraft’s wheel.

They were convicted for preventing this charter deportation flight through peaceful direct action.

There are protests in several cities to show solidarity with the Stansted 15.