What Justice4Sanaz Has Been Up To!

The beginning of autumn has been very busy for the Justice4Sanaz campaign. In two weeks time, Sanaz will be attending Campaign Bootcamp 5 as the recipient of the Shami Chakrabati Scholarship for BME Campaigners. Many other grassroots campaigners have been graduates of Campaign Bootcamp, including our friend and comrade, queer migrant right’s activist, Aderonke Apata.

Speaking of Aderonke Apata, she along with other members of Manchester Migrant Solidarity (MiSol) put together a fundraiser on the 12th September 2015 for refugees and asylum seekers stuck in Calais. Sanaz attended and put in a donation on behalf of Justice4Sanaz.  Here are some photos from the very well-attended fundraiser and raffle event. Well done to Aderonke and all those who organized and took part in the fundraiser! Also check out this piece by Naomi Mabita about the MiSol fundraiser event and importance of queer WoC/PoC migrant activism and activism that goes beyond tired slogans of solidarity.

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Aderonke Apata addressing attendees as part of Manchester Migrant Solidarity (MiSol).

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Attendees of MiSol’s fundraiser for Calais.

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Lots of delicious food was made for the fundraiser! Thank you to all who organized this great event.

On the 28th September, Justice4Sanaz attending the Manchester meet-up of Fighting Against Casualisation in Education (FACE). As Justice4Sanaz stated in August, we we keen to work with FACE around issues of abuse and exploitation of non-EU international PhD students on either teaching scholarship or self-funded and employed as teaching  assistant positions. FACE tweeted our piece concerning Sanaz’s own exploitation as a non-EU international PhD student on a scholarship tied to teaching duties while at the University of Leeds.

At the FACE Manchester meet up, Sanaz will be working with FACE activist, Xanthe Whittaker to create list of demands that reflect the issues concerning non-EU international PhD students that are put in exploitative teaching and teaching scholarship contracts. Sanaz is also part of the FACE conference subcommittee group for the next FACE national conference to take place in November.

Lastly, Justice4Sanaz took part in Sunday’s massive anti-austerity demonstration outside the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Mancunians gave the Tories the bird (erm…middle finger) with 6 days of intense protesting around the Tory party conference.   It is estimated that 80,000 people marched to send a loud and justifiable angry message against Tory party policies that have marginalized the disabled, the poor, children, women, Black/PoC communities, workers, the working class queers, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Here are some photos that Sanaz managed to take on the day of the demo.`

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As ever, help to keep the Justice4Sanaz campaign going by putting in a donation. Many thanks against for all your help and support.

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About justice4sanaz

For 3 years, Sanaz Raji, a non-EU international student from the United States, has waged a fearless and brave fight against institutional aggression, bullying, and racism from the School of Media and Communication (formerly the Institution of Communications Studies) University of Leeds. The School of Media and Communication took away Sanaz's scholarship in August 2011, only 2 weeks before the start of her third year into her PhD studies. The School of Media and Communication breached their own procedures and rules concerning evaluating student progress. By taking away Sanaz's scholarship, the School of Media and Communication prevented her from continuing her studies in addition to having a decent standard of living with food and shelter that all students expect as a human right. In waging her battle for equal rights for non-EU international students, Sanaz was evicted from her university accommodation in May 2014, threatened with an ASBO (anti-social behavior order) and now fighting against deportation. All non-EU international students should have the right to challenge their universities for their failings without the threat of harassment or deportation. Justice4Sanaz is a movement to redress the failure of the student movement to discuss the myriad of ways that non-EU students, especially those who are people of color, are silenced, bullied and threatened within the neoliberal British university system.
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