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On 25th September at the Coventry ‘Council House’ (Town Hall) Coventry’s own movement to become an official City of Sanctuary was launched by the Mayor Andy Matchet.

At a packed meeting (which someone described to me as the best attended they had ever been to in Coventry), participants were asked to share their ideason how to build support for people seeking sanctuary throughout the city, including schools, employers, and local media.

The Mayor spoke passionately about the need for Coventry as a City of Sanctuary to offer basic standards of decency to people who are trapped by the contradictions of government asylum policy. He pledged that all of the departments of Coventry City Council would work together to respond with humanity to people seeking sanctuary in the city.

The event was also filmed by Central Vision, the new community internet TV station for Coventry.

Following the meeting, an initial task group has been formed to plan future events and activities. To get in touch, please contact: [email protected]