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bristol | peace | announcement Tuesday November 20, 2012 23:24 by Bristol Refugee Rights info at bristolrefugeerights dot org dot uk
Monday 10th December 2012 7 pm Malcolm X Community Centre, BS2 8YH
We invite you to a public meeting, multi-cultural feast and artistic entertainment on the evening of 10th December, Human Rights Day, 2012
The focus of the evening will be on the enforced destitution of asylum seekers - the only group of people in UK who experience destitution as a direct result of central government policy. Enforced destitution has been a longstanding problem in all cities where asylum seekers are living, but is largely ignored. It remains hidden partly because complete destitution brings with it deep shame, and so it is rare to hear the voice of those who suffer it.
At this meeting, three people will speak – people who are either destitute now or who spent long periods with no shelter or support before their claim was resolved.
The matter is topical in Bristol. Following the courageous and desperate protest in July of one Algerian asylum seeker in Bristol, who slept rough outside the Council House to bring attention to his plight, local Councillors have joined to present a motion to Bristol City Council. The motion deplores the consequences of current legislation and expresses an intention to alleviate such destitution where it occurs in Bristol.
We warmly invite you to attend this meeting, hear about the situation first hand, meet our members and enjoy a meal (£5 - profits to Sue Njie Hardship Fund) and music together. This is the first public event in our new base at Malcolm X Community Centre and we look forward to welcoming you.
Please book if you can (catering) on email@example.com