"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Sunday 11 August 2013

Let them come: We have nothing to fear from high levels of immigration


This looks like a good debate at the Royal Geographical Society in October. Reason for posting: https://twitter.com/susiesymes1 , a very good friend of migration campaigns, is one of the speakers in favour of the motion.

Susie is one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the wonderful Museum of Immigration of Diversity at 19 Princelet Street, in the East End of London.


19 Princelet Street is a fascinating building. In turn it's been a residency for Huguenots fleeing persecution in France, a synagogue catering to Jewish people fleeing persecution in Europe, and now is in the heart of London's Bengali community. The building played a key role in the dock strike of 1889, when English and Irish dockers united against oppressive bosses. Some of the early planning sessions to oppose the Fascist march through Cable Street took place in that very building. Finally, it's notable for the disappearance of the reclusive scholar David Rodinsky in the 1960s ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodinsky%27s_Room ) - his room was discovered undisturbed many years later.

Migrants Rights Network - one of the co-organising groups of the 9th July Divided Families Day of Action - launched their annual report there this year : http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/blog/2013/04/standing-our-ground-and-looking-ahead-annual-report-2012

Also speaking for the motion : David Aaronovitch of The Times ( https://twitter.com/DAaronovitch ), and Ken Livingstone ( https://twitter.com/ken4london ). Speaking against : Nigel Farage, David Goodhart, and Harriet Sergeant. It's worth attending if you can.

19 Princelet Street

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