• Stop the Met Police using facial recognition surveillance
    The Metropolitan Police has announced it will use live facial recognition across London, despite an independent review finding its previous trials "likely unlawful" and over 80% inaccurate. The Met is the largest police force in the democratic world to roll out this dangerously authoritarian surveillance. This represents an enormous expansion of the surveillance state and a serious threat to civil liberties in the UK - and it sets a dangerous precedent worldwide. We urge the Home Secretary and Met Commissioner to stop it now.
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  • Restorative Compensation Scheme for Windrush Scandal
    As we approach the 2nd anniversary of the Windrush Scandal in April 2020 we must remember the public support where over 180,000 people signed my UK government petition and 100,000 38 Degree members who also signed petition demanding to establish an amnesty for anyone who was a minor that came to Britain between 1948 to 1973. The media stories of the victims sharing experiences of the hostile environment and the lobbying of Caribbean diplomats and race equality and migrant charities all contributed to a perfect storm to force the government not only to apologise but to publicly humiliated at an international level by causing one of the biggest human right abuses of British citizens since WW2. In April 2019 the government launched the Windrush Compensation Scheme. There are many thousands of people that have still not come forward to resolve their status as there is still lack of trust with the Home Office and public bodies who implement the hostile environment policy and procedures. In addition, many of the survivors are frustrated with the implementation of the Compensation Scheme. In the Big Issue in 2019 I interviewed several survivors to share their experiences: Michael Braithwaite who was born in Trinidad but lived in Barbados but came to Britain in 1961. After working for over 15 years as a teaching assistant in a local school in Islington he lost his job as a result of the scandal. After 12 months since the Windrush Scandal he is still traumatised, but he is now sharing his experience at through media interviews, community and trade union events to campaign for justice. Michael states: ‘Over the last two years my life has been turned upside down . The mental stress and turmoil that caused me I’ll health still impact my daily life. The government compensation scheme has not been fairly documented , it was constructed behind closed doors, no public input and no one to represent the Windrush victims.’ Stephanie O ‘Connor and her siblings are still coming to terms as result of the death of their mother Sarah O’Connor who at the age of 57 died of hypertension in September 2018 as result of the stress involved in losing her job and facing bankruptcy. Sarah came to Britain in 1967 as a six-year-old and worked for most of her life till losing her job in 2017. Stephanie states: ‘The Windrush scandal impacted my mum, Sarah not only on her health but emotionally. Before the scandal was exposed, she felt on her own and like she had done something wrong despite contributing to the country for many years. For my mum the compensation scheme has come too late and I’m so disappointed that it is still taking this long for people to get what is owed to them. I just hope that people get compensated fairly for everything that they have been through. This scandal has ruined people’s lives and in today’s world it is terrible that we have allowed that to happen to this extent.’ We now need MPs to lobby Priti Patel MP when it comes to the 2nd Reading of the Windrush Compensation Bill in Parliament in February to make the following amendments for restorative justice and fairness below for proper compensation to the survivors of the Windrush Scandal. 1.The Compensation Scheme needs to be managed by another government department or independent body along the principles of restorative justice and fairness as the Home office is still implementing the Hostile which is a conflict of interest which is clearly inherently racist in nature and breaches the Public Sector Equality Duty. 2. The Home office needs to create immediately easy read and make accessible Windrush Compensation forms application forms for survivors of the Windrush Scandal and community organisations in line with best practice under the Equality Act. The current forms act as deterrent to the vulnerable and family members who are traumatised. In addition, the scheme should not discriminate with anyone who has a criminal record. 3. Home Office to fund community groups, faith and small civil society organisations to support ongoing or planned outreach and advice work intended to help people affected by the Windrush crisis. 4 Anyone that has been directly affected by the Windrush Scandal should have an automatic payment of £10,000 without proving any documentary evidence of hurt or financial loss 5.Remove all tariff and caps on all compensation claims and that all claims to receive interest payment as results of costs incurred for immigration and legal fees on the same basis as PPI awarded by banks for mis selling financial products. 6. All offer letters for compensation should contain have a full apology recognising the failure of the Home Office treatment as a result of the scandal. 7. It has been estimated that over 500,000 individuals were given wrong official advice regarding naturalisation and gaining British citizenship since the creation of the 1971 Immigration Act. The government needs to issue a formal apology and to repay back with an interest the costs incurred to legal and immigration fees. 8. The government should fund a Windrush Endowment Fund of at least £1 billion to support the preservation and legacy of the Windrush Generation and the history migration. The Fund Provide could provide core funding to organisations like Black Cultural Archives. 9.The current Windrush Day Grants and Memorial Committee which is sponsored by the government department DCLG needs to be an independent organisation like the Holocaust Memorial Education Trust. A £5million to support Windrush Day activities, develop learning resources for schools and to influence the national curriculum. 10. We require a nationally funded health and wellbeing programme programme on post traumatic impact of the hostile environment on the Windrush Generation and their descendant for culturally relevant and specific organisations who can provide range of therapeutic, art therapy and counselling services.
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  • Conpensation
    Because a lot of these women havent got any pension savings or myself i am a widow at age 64 and struggling to make ends meet a lot of the women are struggling too
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  • ammend family immigration law
    My wife was deported in 2015 because we did not earn enough money to satisfy the new threshold for income in order with the new government regulations about immigration to the UK, for her to renew her visa. She lived in UK since 2004 and it was not an issue before, but in 2011 The Home secretary amended laws makng it more difficult. I was sick and did not earn enough money. This is barbaric. She lived in UK with me for 11 years and then had to be uprooted and sent to Japan with no money and no place to live and she still has a hard time and wants to come back here and I want my wife back. The visa application deadlines are really difficult to adhere to. Therefore, the visa application was refused for that reason last time we applied, although I have been earning enough income to satisfy the regulations. It is important for other people too. This causes a lot of sadness in this country with families living in anxiety and stress, children growing up without their parents and people like me and my wife having to face the rest of our lives getting older and without each other to look after. For example, I recently had a bad accident because I was at home on my own. This would never have happened if my wife was not deported and I am lucky to be alive right now.
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  • Safeguard the Dublin regulation when we brexit
    Boris Johnson’s withdrawal bill, which passed the Commons unamended on Thursday, leaves the children whose rights have been removed with no means of joining their family in the UK – other than using illegal traffickers or other dangerous routes. The most vulnerable people imaginable are lone refugee children - those few hundred who have family here deserve our support to come and be looked after here. They are often fleeing war, and may have witnessed horrors, torture and the destruction of their communities. If they are not traumatised when they leave their homes, then they certainly are in the aftermath. We shouldn’t allow Brexit to cost them their futures.
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  • Bristol Boycott of Murdoch media
    The future of our existence as a race is at stake. False news is clouding people's judgement. Tell the truth. No more lies.
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  • Find Our family a forever home
    This is a real situation that requires knowledge as we are trying our best to met our disabled daughters needs who suffers a extremely rare gentic disorder fumarase defincey she is only uk case with this strain and with less than 20-25 cases worldwide she suffers global development delay seizures drop attacks and requires 24 hour care we are sleeping on sofas in living room to met our daughters needs As we had adaptations 9years ago and at that time it suited her needs but unfortunately her needs have changed and this home no longer suits her needs she is unable to get up and down stairs for a bath that she absolutely loves so untill we can have a bath fitted she only as a bath at respite as parents we are trying our best to get things right so we can keep caring for her into adult hood but with out the right home this is putting our daughter and ourselfs at risk and causing a lot of strain on our family the home is totally unsuitable we can't fit wheelchair through doors which our daughter needs daily we have watch meltdowns temper trantrums due to her not understanding why she can't have bath this is heartbreaking to watch please take time to support our daughters voice we need it to be heard we need to find a forever home
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  • Support refugee families
    It is important that we make the government aware of the depth of our feeling within our community. We need to ask why the government has introduced this apparent measure to scrap a scheme designed to enable refugee children and young people the opportunity to be reunited with members of their family here in the UK. This proposal adds more confusion and uncertainty to an already confusing situation. It will not stop young refugees from trying to come to Britain, but is likely to result in them taking increasingly dangerous routes to do so, putting them at the mercy of traffickers and people smugglers. This certainly feels like an extension of the hostile environment which we had hoped was a policy of the past.
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  • Protect Child Refugees after Brexit
    Children are being left stranded all over Europe, living rough on the street, after fleeing their homes and being separated from their families due to war and violence. But it doesn't have to be this way - many of these children have aunts, uncles or grandparents in the UK that are desperate to take them in. But these family reunions are under threat. The Prime Minister’s new Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which sets out plans for the UK’s exit from the EU, has scrapped a previous commitment to protect child refugees after Brexit. The previous commitment stated that: “an unaccompanied child who has made a claim for international protection in a member state can come to the UK to join a relative” - and this has been recently dropped. We need to make sure that in amongst the Brexit chaos and political infighting these children don't slip through the cracks.
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  • Encourage Jacob Rees-Mogg to resign over his comments on the Grenfell fire disaster
    Jacob Rees Mogg went on record to suggest that those who were killed in the Grenfell Fire disaster, lacked "common sense" for not leaving the burning building. The advice the victims and residents were given was government legislation rolled out by the fire service. These comments are totally unnaceptable .The Grenfell disaster was fueled by a lack of government funding and the neglect of properties homes to some of the poorest and most minority based communities in the UK. Jacob Rees Mogg has shown his lack of sensitivity and is no longer appropriate to serve in parliament. In memory of the victims of a neglected community, abandoned by their own goverment of 9 years.
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  • Don’t scrap the Department for International Development
    Boris Johnson has just announced he plans to merge the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This will sabotage the UK’s ability to respond effectively to the global Covid-19 crisis. Over its 22 years in existence the UK’s world-leading Department for International Development (DFID) has saved millions of lives. It’s led the world in tackling Covid-19, Ebola, extreme poverty and gender inequality, and provided life-saving aid following devastating disasters. It’s world renowned for delivering value for money and impact, and is by far the most transparent department in government. It’s a national asset we should all be proud of. Rather than building a ‘global Britain’ it could see aid being spent on trade, defence and commercial interests. Undoing the UK’s place as a positive leader on the international stage and turning our back on those who need help most. Will you sign the petition asking Boris Johnson not to scrap DFID?
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  • Glasgow North stands up to hateful comments in politics
    The Brexit Party’s candidate for Glasgow North, Dionne Cocozza, is reported to have shared Islamophobic comments on her social media account. She has shared a number of posts claiming there is a planned Muslim “takeover”. What our politicians say matters. When powerful people say hateful things, it can have a real impact, spreading fear and division - and turning people off of politics. The kind of comments shared by Dionne Cocozza have no place in our politics - and we need to show her that people in Glasgow North think these comments are wrong. Will you sign the petition and demand a proper apology from Dionne Cocozza? It’s time to stand up against hatred in politics.
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