Newcastle Welcomes Refugees March and Rally

Event Date: 
Saturday, 12 September, 2015

Message from the organisers

ASSEMBLE from 10.00am onwards, outside Centre for Life. 

MARCH 11.00am from Centre for Life to Newcastle Civic Centre 

RALLY 11.30am outside Newcastle Civic Centre 

Newcastle Stop the War Coalition, Newcastle Unites, North East Unite Against Fascism and North East People's Assembly are organising this march as part of the national day of action for refugees, together with Newcastle councillors including David Stockdale, Dipu Ahad, Nigel Todd and Mick Bowman. 

The national day of action is called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network War on Want, Peoples Assembly Against Austerity, Movement Against Xenophobia, Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism and Black Out London.

Here is the statement for groups to put their name to. Please confirm support from any groups - community groups, faith groups, campaign groups etc - happy to support this. 

Newcastle Unites to say: Refugees Are Welcome Here 

The national day of action on Saturday 12 September has been called - by a wide range of campaigning organisations - in response to refugees losing their lives or struggling to find a safe haven. In Newcastle - a proud City of Sanctuary - we are organising a big, high-profile and united public protest as part of the day of action. 

Refugees are fleeing war, persecution, torture and acute poverty. This includes the 200 refugees who died off the coast of Libya and around 70 refugees killed in a truck in Austria. There are on-going reports of refugees drowning while crossing the Mediterranean, stranded in Hungary and prohibited from moving around the EU. There are also those in Calais struggling to find sanctuary.

The government response to this has been disgraceful. Unlike Germany, Italy and Greece, Britain has not offered a safe haven for these people. 

On Monday 14 September Home Secretary Theresa May will be meeting with EU leaders about the refugee crisis. We must learn the lessons of history and call on the government to take a humanitarian and compassionate response to refugees, and to meet its share of the responsibility for providing protection. 

We are then supporting the public 'town meeting' called by Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes and deputy leader Joyce McCarty at the Civic Centre. We encourage people to attend this. 

It will be followed by a vigil (organised by a number of faith groups) outside the Civic Centre at 1pm. There will be a comedy fundraiser, organised by BBC presenter and comedian Alfie Joey, at the Stand comedy club at 2pm.

Let's send a strong message: we say refugees are welcome in Newcastle and the North East.