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A ‘Carnival of Resistance’ comes to Tottenham

An upcoming event in Tottenham is commemorating a decade of the Home Office’s hostile environment policy

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By Olivia Opara 16 June 2022

On Sunday, 19th June, a Tottenham community hub is hosting a ‘Carnival of Resistance’. On Sunday, 19th June, a Tottenham community hub is hosting a ‘Carnival of Resistance’. 

To be held at Living Under One Sun Community Cafe and Hub, the event will mark ten years of the hostile environment policies introduced during Theresa May’s time as Home Secretary. The hostile environment plan was widely criticised for introducing policies which criminalised, marginalised and denied justice to migrant and racialised communities in Britain. To be held at Living Under One Sun Community Cafe and Hub, the event will mark ten years of the hostile environment policies introduced during Theresa May’s time as Home Secretary. The hostile environment plan was widely criticised for introducing policies which criminalised, marginalised and denied justice to migrant and racialised communities in Britain.

The event also acts a protest to the govenrment's Rwanda migrant plan. If successful, the controversial five-year trial will send some refugees to Rwanda, to claim asylum there (a flight planned for earlier this week, June 14th, was cancelled following a decision by the European Court of Human Rights). The event also acts a protest to the govenrment's Rwanda migrant plan. If successful, the controversial five-year trial will send some refugees to Rwanda, to claim asylum there (a flight planned for earlier this week, June 14th, was cancelled following a decision by the European Court of Human Rights).

The carnival is being co-hosted by a variety of organisations – including the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), Regularise, Migrants Organise, Remember & Resist and Fridays for Future. It comes at the end of a national week of action, spearheaded by more than 60 migrant rights groups within the ‘Solidarity Knows No Borders’ network. The carnival is being co-hosted by a variety of organisations – including the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), Regularise, Migrants Organise, Remember & Resist and Fridays for Future. It comes at the end of a national week of action, spearheaded by more than 60 migrant rights groups within the ‘Solidarity Knows No Borders’ network. 

Zrinka Bralo, CEO of Migrants Organise says: “We have had enough. The Nationality and Borders Act is just the latest cruel expansion of the Hostile Environment. This year marks ten years since the hostile environment was embedded into policy, building on a colonial legacy of state racism to criminalise migrants and deny us our dignity and freedom.”Zrinka Bralo, CEO of Migrants Organise says: “We have had enough. The Nationality and Borders Act is just the latest cruel expansion of the Hostile Environment. This year marks ten years since the hostile environment was embedded into policy, building on a colonial legacy of state racism to criminalise migrants and deny us our dignity and freedom.”

Carnival organiser and campaigner at the JWCI, Mary Atkinson, says: “For years this government has tried to sow division and fear in our city, from its hostile environment robbing residents of dignity, to its abhorrent Rwanda deal that tries to ship black and brown refugees 4000 miles away.Carnival organiser and campaigner at the JWCI, Mary Atkinson, says: “For years this government has tried to sow division and fear in our city, from its hostile environment robbing residents of dignity, to its abhorrent Rwanda deal that tries to ship black and brown refugees 4000 miles away.

"But as this government has ramped up its hostile anti-migrant agenda, we have ramped up our resistance. From our protests against the Rwanda deal, to our mobilisation against raids in Peckham and Dalston. And while we breathed a sigh of relief when Priti Patel’s cruel and senseless deportation flight to Rwanda was cancelled earlier this week, we know that our movement for compassion and welcome has important struggles ahead. That’s why this Carnival is so important: it’s about celebrating the city’s legacy of resistance as well as helping the movement for welcome and justice and grow.”"But as this government has ramped up its hostile anti-migrant agenda, we have ramped up our resistance. From our protests against the Rwanda deal, to our mobilisation against raids in Peckham and Dalston. And while we breathed a sigh of relief when Priti Patel’s cruel and senseless deportation flight to Rwanda was cancelled earlier this week, we know that our movement for compassion and welcome has important struggles ahead. That’s why this Carnival is so important: it’s about celebrating the city’s legacy of resistance as well as helping the movement for welcome and justice and grow.”

The carnival will include interactive workshops on housing rights, healthcare rights and resisting raids, as well as lino-printing and banner making workshops. There will also be a workshop from Mitie Must Fall, a student-led campaign against the Mitie Group PLC, which provides facilities management and professional services to universities across the UK. Visitors can also look forward to an arts and crafts station, football, music, and food provided by Refugee Community Kitchen and Cooperation Town. The carnival will include interactive workshops on housing rights, healthcare rights and resisting raids, as well as lino-printing and banner making workshops. There will also be a workshop from Mitie Must Fall, a student-led campaign against the Mitie Group PLC, which provides facilities management and professional services to universities across the UK. Visitors can also look forward to an arts and crafts station, football, music, and food provided by Refugee Community Kitchen and Cooperation Town. 

The event is free and tickets can be purchased here.The event is free and tickets can be purchased here.