The start of September has been a busy one for the Justice4Sanaz campaign. We recently won the Shami Chakrabarti scholarship to attend Campaign Bootcamp next month! The Justice4Sanaz campaign is excited to learn from and gain experience with other grassroot campaigners throughout the world.
In the meantime, we have been supporting many excellent causes and events in the Manchester area.
On the 3rd September, we joined forces with Manchester Palestine Action and the Greater Manchester Stop G4S campaign along with other activist groups in addition to Unite the Union in lobbying Manchester City Council to cease all contracts with G4S. As some of you may (or may not) know, G4S is a British multinational security services company, founded in 2004 that has a long record of racism, human rights abuse, fraud, incompetence and complicity with war crimes. G4s runs many of the British immigration detention centers and it was G4S guards that forcibly restrained and killed Angolan asylum seeker, Jimmy Mubenga, during a deportation flight, while 20 passengers heard Mubenga say over and over, “I can’t breathe” until he collapsed and died. In occupied Palestine, G4S supplies electronic security in checkpoints along the illegal apartheid wall, in illegal settlements, and within Israeli prisons where children are often brought to military courts in shackles. G4S supplies electronic security in Israeli detention centers and prisons where gross human rights violations continue to take place.
For these reasons, there has been a campaign happening in Manchester to get Manchester City Council to use its discretion to stop firms biding for contractions “on the grounds of grave grave misconduct including human rights abuses, anti-trade union practices, tax avoidance and fraud.”
Thanks to the consistent work for 3 years from the Greater Manchester Stop G4S along with many other groups involved, Manchester City Council has finally agreed to draw a “robust” ethical procurement policy that might see the end of human rights violators like G4S and Serco.
An imagine that Sanaz took from the demo outside Manchester City Council made it into The Morning Star along with photos from Manchester based filmmaker, Naomi Mabita:
The following day, on the Friday 4th September, Justice4Sanaz took part in a demo organized by Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST Manchester) and other migrant grassroots group to oppose the growing racist xenophobic language that the British government and media has employed against migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from Calais, the unfortunate drownings in the Mediterranean Sea, and the vile manner asylum seekers and refugees are mistreated in detention centers around the UK. We along with many other Mancunians stood in solidarity together to emphatically say, “Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants Are Welcomed Here!”
Finally, the Justice4Sanaz campaign has been lending support to the homeless shelter under Mancunian Way overpass called, The Ark Manchester. Both Manchester City Council and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are seeking to evict The Ark and make destitute homeless people who have established a community and safe space for themselves.
Recently the Justice4Sanaz campaign along with 20 other activists, academics, and union leaders signed a statement of solidarity with The Ark, deploring Manchester City Council and MMU for the threatening and vile manner in which they have been mistreating those within this homeless shelter.
We encourage supporters to please sign and circulate this petition to save The Ark from eviction in addition to potential prison sentences and fines for those inside The Ark premises.
As ever, please help to keep the Justice4Sanaz campaign. If you have any spare coins, please donate here. Many thanks for all your support!