There is a solidarity protest next Saturday 12th September - please see here.
See also Women for Refugee Women - a great organisation helping refugee women in the UK - here is a copy of their recent newsletter. (sorry the hyperlinks don't work below, but have a look at their website http://www.refugeewomen.co.uk
Move into action
Many of us are feeling great sadness as we look at the desperate situation of those seeking sanctuary in Europe.
It's time to move from grief and horror to solidarity and action.
Demonstrations are being called all over the UK and Europe in solidarity with those fleeing here for safety. We are joining this demonstration in London on 12 September, for Solidarity with Refugees.
We hope to see lots of you there and to share the day with you on Facebook and Twitter. Let's ensure the strength of this demonstration shows our government that refugees are welcome in the UK.
This petition (started by Katie Whyte) asks the government to accept more asylum seekers and increase support to refugees. It now has over 100,000 signatures, which should trigger a debate in Parliament. So please sign and show the government the strength of feeling on this issue.
When refugees arrive in the UK, they should be treated with dignity and humanity. At the moment, too many end up in UK detention centres where they are traumatised all over again.
Next week on 10 September there is an important debate in Parliament about immigration detention.
At the moment, around 2000 women who seek asylum are locked up in Yarl's Wood detention centre each year. Many of them are survivors of rape and abuse who have already made dangerous journeys to seek safety. Being locked up is traumatic for them, as well as inefficient and expensive for the government.
Please ask your MP to speak up in Parliament next Thursday, and show their support for reforming the detention system. You can find out who your MP is and how to contact them here.
We'd really appreciate it if you could copy us into your email, on firstname.lastname@example.org
, and do let us know about any responses from your MP.
There will be more actions and events coming up soon, so why not forward this email to your friends and ask them to sign up to the newsletter here?
If you tweet about anything in this newsletter, please add the hashtags #SetHerFree or #RefugeesWelcome so we can find you on Twitter. Thank you!