To keep momentum and increase the pressure on decision-makers to make policy change, Lift the Ban has proposed Days of Action in June. It encourages coalition members and their partners to pick a date which works best for their local context, including during Refugee Week and organise a lift the Ban Day of Action event.
The Home Office is currently reviewing the right to work policy; and while it is still far from certain if or when the Government might make any concessions, organisers of the campaign believe now is the best chance to mount pressure and demonstrate widespread public and political support for policy change.
In coming weeks coalition members will receive resources and materials to use including a guide to organising events, template invitations, template press releases, social media packs, etc.
Meanwhile, to prepare for your Lift the Ban Day of Action, here are three things you can do right now and need to be aware of:
1) Pick a Date: Pick a date in June that works for you, your partners and other stakeholders that might want to take part. Remember that Fridays and Saturdays are usually when MPs are back in their constituencies. Consider whether a daytime or early evening event works best for those you’re hoping to invite.
2) Pick a Location: As noted in the proposal, we’re hoping events will take place in iconic locations around the UK (notable monuments, bridges, squares or buildings!) to show the geographic spread of events and make for compelling photos. But you’ll also need to consider which locations are easy to reach, whether you need permission to gather in that space, what contingency plans could be if there is poor weather, etc. Once you’ve decided, try and secure this location as soon as possible.
3) Send ‘Save the Dates’: Once you have a date and location, ask your partners, experts by experience and other community members to save the date in their diaries, while you’re working out further details. Next week we’ll share template invitations to MPs and Councillors which you can use to secure their participation. You don’t need to have all the details nailed down before asking some of your busier stakeholders to hold the time in their diaries!
Please get in touch with any questions or thoughts on the above by contacting Mary: [email protected].
MIN Voices video
The MIN Voices group at Lift The Ban and coalition member Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow have produced an extraordinary video in support of the campaign. You can view the video on YouTube; on their Facebook page; or on their website. Whichever method you use, do please be sure to watch it and share it – it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.