The Stansted 15 in Conversation: "Deportation, Resistance, and the Criminalisation of Solidarity", 27 March 2019

Posted by fp74 at Mar 24, 2019 12:00 AM |
A roundtable discussion with members of the Stansted 15 on Deportation, Resistance and the Criminalisation of Solidarity

When: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 5pm - 7pm

Where: Attenborough Lecture Theatre 1 (Basement), Attenborough Building,  University of Leicester

Lyndsay Burtonshaw and Nick Sigsworth, members of the Stansted 15 will be speaking at Deportation, Resistance, and the Criminalisation of Solidarity, a roundtable discussion taking place on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, starting at 5pm, at the University of Leicester (Attenborough Building, Basement Lecture Theatre 1).

The event is free and open to all.

People can register to attend through:
Eventbrite or
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The Stansted 15ers will be speaking alongside:
● Several people who have experienced life in immigration detention
Steven Cammiss who observed the Stansted 15's trial and is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Leicester
Graeme Hayes who also observed the trial, and is a Reader in Political Sociology at Aston University, and
Roda Madziva, an Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham, who has researched issues around migration and the experience of people in the asylum system in UK.

The roundtable conversation will be followed by a discussion with groups that support people in Leicester who are experiencing or going through Britain's immigration and asylum system.

The Stansted 15 in Conversation: "Deportation, Resistance, and the Criminalisation of Solidarity" is and will be chaired by Sheila Mosley from the Leicester Quakers, and Gaja Maestri and Pierre Monforte from GRASP (Group of Research on Activism, Social Movements and Protest) at the University of Leicester.

The event is organised by and with support from groups that include:

● ArtsReach, the producers of Journeys Festival International (JFI)
● CivicLeicester
● DMU Square Mile
● GRASP (Group of Research on Activism, Social Movements and Protest), University of Leicester
● Journey to Justice Leicester
● Leicester City of Sanctuary
● Leicester Civil Rights Movement
● Leicester Migration Network
● Leicester Quakers
● Leicester University and College Union
● University of Leicester Students Union, and
● Unite the Union.

Many of the groups that work with and support people in Leicester who are going through the immigration and asylum system will also have a presence at the event.

In December 2018, the Stansted 15 were convicted of endangering the safety of an aerodrome, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. This came after they had chained themselves around an immigration removal flight and were subsequently tried at Chelmsford Crown Court for an offence contrary to Section 1 of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990.

The Stansted 15 in Conversation: “Deportation, Resistance, and the Criminalisation of Solidarity” aims to find out what happened and what chartered flights, mass deportations and the criminalisation of solidarity mean for people going through the immigration and asylum system and activists alike.

Sheila Mosley, of Leicester Quakers who will be compèring the event says, “The Stansted 15 in Conversation is a free event, and we extend a special welcome to students and to those who have experience of our immigration and asylum system.

“This event will be of particular interest to all who are concerned about the injustices inherent in our immigration system, and to those who are concerned about attacks on our right to make peaceful and non-violent protest.”

Gaja Maestri and Pierre Monforte who are hosting the event say, “This event will bring together activists, migrants and academics to discuss the multiple forms resistance against the deportation system is taking in the UK and beyond.

“The roundtable will look at the recent case of the Stansted 15 and discuss the main issues around deportations and resistance and the spreading criminalisation of solidarity in the context of the ‘hostile environment’.”

Maddie Smart, Executive Producer at ArtReach, the producers of Journeys Festival International (JFI), says, “We are delighted to be supporting this event. It is a unique opportunity for us to shine a spotlight on the important stories of those who have experienced detention. Working in partnership allows us to highlight these issues and reach more people across the city, and it is great to be working with such a range of different organisations to make this event happen.”

For more information, contact: Ambrose Musiyiwa, Email: amusiyiwa@googlemail.com Mobile: 07814368606

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