Thank You So Very Much!!!!

I’ve been ill for over a week with what seems to be a persistent and nasty flu. As a result, I’ve had to cancel attending this week’s Campaign Bootcamp. Luckily the kind folks at Campaign Bootcamp have kept a spot for me for their next training session in April. Until then, I’ll be wearing a necklace of garlic to keep the germs and bugs at bay.


The best news that I’ve heard this Monday comes from two sources. On the 15th October, the Warwick Anti-Sexism Society (WASS) at the University of Warwick organized a club night to raise funds for Coventry Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre and Justice4Sanaz. I received a message while waiting to see the GP today from Amy Rafiq, one of the organizers of this fundraiser, that WASS will be donating £167.35 to the Justice4Sanaz campaign! Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this donation. I intend to use it to get a consultation with an immigration solicitor. I also will donate some of the amount to the Save Kelechi campaign. I want to thank WASS so very much for their generous support and in particular to Amy Rafiq and Georgina Baker for their hard work in making this happen!

Also, during the weekend I received another generous donation from Yasmin Mahmoudi– honestly, you are the kindest! Thank you so much for all this financial support. It helps keep the campaign going.

Solidarity and love, Sanaz xx


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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