Syrian refugees will find a welcome in Leeds

Leeds City Council has confirmed its commitment to support refugees. Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “We have been witnessing the most devastating horror in the news as terrible human tragedy is escalating as a result of the conflict in Syria. Desperate people are battling to keep their families alive as they are displaced from their homes …

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One World Leeds magazine – winter 2013/14 edition

One World Leeds Magazine – Winter 2013-14 Challenging negative perceptions of refugees The new Immigration Bill – tip of the iceberg An asylum seeker is shattered but steadfast A journey into Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre English at Home – a formula for integration Inertia in Odyssey (a poem) Sports and leisure

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PAFRAS and CreAtive AspIRer: Clash of the Arts Fashion Show

On Saturday the 14th December people made their way out of the cold to come to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for the Clash of the Arts Fashion Show; a collaboration between PAFRAS and Leeds youth enterprise CreAtive AspIRer. Since 2003 PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) has been working in Leeds as the main provider of direct support …

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Refugees in Focus.

Human Rights Week at Leeds University does an outstanding job every year of raising awareness of a huge array of issues that endanger the basic rights of people worldwide. The week of non-stop events is led by the Leeds University Union’s (LUU) Amnesty International Society but is successful in uniting a diverse set of groups, emphasising the diversity of rights …

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Love is a Human Right

Love is a Human Right. But a right that we all enjoy?  Not even close. Imagine if you were told you couldn’t love someone because it was a crime, for gay Ugandans this is the world in which they live. On the 7th of February 2012 an Anti-Homosexuality bill was brought once again to the Ugandan Parliament. The bill makes any …

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Volunteering opportunities

DON’T BELIEVE THE TYPE Do you want to work in journalism? Press Gang is recruiting volunteers to tell the real stories of asylum seekers and refugees Leeds Asylum Seeker Support Network (LASSN) launched Leeds Press Gang in November 2008. The group is made up of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds including refugees, local workers, students and activists. The …

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Submissions wanted for next edition of One Planet Leeds magazine

We are looking for submissions of articles of 500 words or less. Our target audience is people who don’t know much about asylum issues and may not really be all that interested. Therefore we want strong personal stories, creative pieces such as stories or poems, and good public interest links such as sport, arts, food or current events. We work …

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One Planet Leeds, the Press Gang magazine, summer edition is available here: http://lassn.org.uk/category/projects/press-gang/newsletter/ This edition includes: Theatre Refugee boy To walk in your shows Football – A shared sense of belonging Media – Mispeceptions Experience – The kindness of strangers Music – United Voices Women – Refugee Group Books – Scar Tissue Volunteering – interpreters needed

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Could Mark Harper, MP, the Minister for Immigration live on £35.39 per week?

Almost half-a-million people signed the change.org petition calling for Iain Duncan Smith, the current Work and Pensions Secretary, to prove his claim of being able to live on £53 a week.He’d have it easy compared with the 2,068[1] asylum seekers living on just £35.39 per week support from the Home Office under section 4 of the 1999 Immigration and Asylum …

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