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Migration Messaging and the Silence of Africa

by Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW “I am an invisible man…I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fibre and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man Take all […]

Bringing Solidarity Home: These Walls Must Fall

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW Click here to read the article in full EXTRACT: Coming home, it’s strange trying to figure out where you used to fit in. Media headlines about immigration stop being abstract and become about people we know. Apathy and discrimination start to hurt instead of just irritate because […]

Blurring the line between slavery & migration: Operation Magnify goes public with 97 workers arrested

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW Image: The Asian Post Trigger warning: rape Trafficked to the UK as a slave, you live an invisible life. Not only are you subjected to slavery by the traffickers, as an undocumented migrant you have very limited rights to healthcare, housing or any social support. If […]

Thousands gather to demand #ShutDownYarlsWood and #EndDetentionNow!

shut down yarls wood

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault The walls of Yarl’s Wood were surrounded by unprecedented numbers on Saturday as up to 2,000 people from all corners of the country joined a protest at Britain’s most infamous detention centre, mired for years in accusations of systematic psychological torture, deprivation, […]

“We are the people who can change everything”: immigration detention has met its match

Our double-bill of Manchester detention workshops seemed to, inadvertently, involve very inauspicious timings.  Our first workshop in the series, on preparing in case of immigration detention, was on the day that local activist Dianne Ngoza was detained at Dallas Court (the Home Office reporting centre in Salford).  Dianne is very well connected and an active member of […]

Signing support: lessons from Manchester

Yesterday on the blog, we wrote about the importance of preparing in case of being detained, and the different things you can think about and get ready in case the worst happens to you.  One of the most important aspects of this is having a system in place so that if you are detained, people […]

Preparing in case of detention

Detention generally happens very suddenly.  That’s why it’s so important to be prepared. Our Toolkit contains important information about preparing in case of detention, and we’ve been taking this information out on tour, running workshops across the UK, and hearing from groups who use these methods, on how it works best in practice, and challenges […]

Stand-off with prison profiteers at the Tower of London

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain   The Tower of London has been a tourist attraction for as long as anyone can remember. But on 15 November the infamous tower was back in action, opening its doors to host the European Custody and Detention Summit. Despite the talk of progressive reform, the £1,500 […]

“It was like I’ve been blind for years, and now I can see”

By Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain. The last few weeks has been a flurry of workshops.  Some of these have been on understanding the asylum/immigration process (based on our Toolkit, a unique guide to navigating the legal process and taking action for the right to remain), such as the session last week with Rene […]