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Make this Valentine’s Day really count

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Avoid the naff gimmicks this year and instead do something that really matters.

The Rwanda scheme is soon going back to court to reconsider if it is lawful. Right now it’s up to every one of us to persuade Rishi Sunak to drop this brutally cruel plan. The fight continues…

A reminder: the Rwanda scheme flies in the face of human decency. It will tear families apart, destroy lives and undermine the Refugee Convention.

So this Valentine’s Day show your heart. Let’s make a stand against the Rwanda plan, call for a more compassionate approach and get a little bit imaginative when we engage our government.

Last year, hundreds of you took part in the Valentine’s Day action to take a stand against the Nationality and Border’s Bill. Click here to get inspired.

How you can get involved:

  1. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Put orange hearts (the symbol for solidarity with refugees) in your window and on your walls. Bake heart shaped cookies and sell them at work, hang heart banners around the town – the only limit is your imagination. This is perfect for families, schools and other community projects. Remember to invite local journalists to cover your actions. The aim is to spread the word and get more people opposing the Rwanda scheme.
  2. Send a Valentine’s Day card to your MP or Rishi Sunak. Make your own or modify a shop bought one. Get imaginative with your messaging. Some suggestions…Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I oppose the Rwanda scheme
    And so should you.I love ̶y̶o̶u̶ Refugee Rights

Inside the card call on Rishi Sunak to scrap this cruel policy and #StopTheFlights.

Remember to share photos of your card with local press and on social media.

3. Tweet your MP or Rishi Sunak a Valentine’s Day e-card, with a twist. Right click on the below images to download. Just insert the image into a tweet along with your own text calling him to scrap the scheme.

Suggested tweet:

Will you be my Valentine @RishiSunak? The Rwanda scheme is brutal. If you were serious about tackling trafficking and saving lives at sea you would urgently create new safe routes for refugees. Scrap the plan, #StopTheFlights ❤️ #ValentinesDay

Getting it in the press: Remember the aim is to raise awareness, so if you can, alert your local newspaper to what you’re up to. Here are some tips from Together With Refugees on engaging local press.

Let’s fill our streets, classrooms, Twitter feeds and townhalls with messages of love and solidarity.