Upcoming Events in our City of Sanctuary
Seeking Asylum: A Hostile Environment? – Meeting with Thangam Debbonaire
When: Friday 1st March at 7.30 pm
Where: Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Road, Bristol BS2 8YH
What: Thangam Debbonaire MP (Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees) will talk about the current asylum system and her campaign for reforms to make the system better, fairer, and more compassionate, and answer your questions.
A refugee (from Bristol Refugee Rights Voice Project) will also speak about their personal experiences.
This meeting is organised by Bristol and Bath Freedom from Torture in collaboration with Bristol Refugee Rights, Trauma Foundation South West and Student Action on Refugees (STAR).
Please register for free tickets at bit.ly/SeekingAsylum
St Mark’s Road Festival
When: Saturday 9th of March, 2pm – 5pm
Where: St Mark’s Road, Bristol, BS5 6JH
What: A free, fun, family orientated street celebration to mark Bristol being one of the cities to be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup this summer
In advance of the World Cup, the Cricket World Cup Trophy will be touring Bristol in March and so the Gloucestershire Cricket Board and St. Mark’s Road Traders have decided to organise a street festival to celebrate. There will be something for everyone and the people of Bristol are invited to come and discover the hidden gem that is St. Mark’s Road (BS5 6JH), explore the vibrant culture the street offers and the flair an independent Bristol trader provides the city. On top of that, there will also be:
- Award winning eateries
- Bat Fast batting simulator
- Fielding challenges
- Bowling challenges
- Prizes, competitions and giveaways
- PLUS pose with the actual Cricket World Cup Trophy like a champion
International Women’s Day
To mark International Women’s Day on Saturday 9th March- Bristol Patients Not Passports invite you to demonstrate for Free Maternity Care for all!
Meet outside St Michael’s Hospital 12.00, to march to BRI to hear migrants, medics and campaigners speak.
Since the hostile environment has entered hospitals, women without secure immigration status have not been accessing maternity care because they are scared of unpayable debts. This is unsafe for babies and mothers and increasing risk of poor outcomes, including death, low birth weight and the transmission of various diseases.
Women who have just given birth – are being sent threatening NHS bills and some had been chased by debt collection agencies. Women who do have the right to care are being deterred from accessing care & treatment they’re fully entitled to. This is an attempt to turn midwives into part of the hostile environment and causes extra stress for these frontline workers.