History Acts 26: HOMES NOT BORDERS

Thursday 28 January 6:30pm-8:30pm

To register visit www.historyacts.org

ACTIVISTS

Benjamin Morgan, Public Interest Law Centre. PILC exists to challenge injustice through legal representation, strategic litigation, research and legal education. In 2017, PILC worked with North East London Migrant Action (Nelma) to bring a successful case against data sharing between homelessness charities and immigration enforcement towards the removal of migrant rough sleepers. PILC is currently preparing a legal challenge to the new Immigration Rule that makes rough sleeping itself grounds for removal. 

The No Evictions Network started in Summer 2018 to organise neighbourhoods in Glasgow against the mass eviction of asylum seekers from SERCO-run accommodation across the city. The campaign culminated in Serco losing their contract in Scotland, but being replaced by a new company: Mears. Throughout the lockdown this year the Network supported people evicted from asylum accommodation and rehoused, or detained, in hotels – whilst also campaigning against the horrendous conditions people faced.

HISTORIANS 

Dr Nicole M. Jackson – an historian of the modern African Diaspora, Black social movements, and community activism, with a current focus on contemporary Black Britain. She is interested in everyday Black people’s work to expand the boundaries of social and political citizenship. 

Amy Grant is a PhD candidate at University of East Anglia researching squatting, sanctuary campaigns and anti-deportation resistance between the 1970s and 1990s.

History Acts workshops are led by activists, who give a short talk or presentation about their work. A historian or historians working on a relevant topic will then respond, before opening it up to group discussion.

History Acts is a radical history forum, affiliated to the Raphael Samuel Centre, and based at the Institute of Historical Research. 

We bring together radical and left-wing historians and contemporary activists. We seek new ways to engage as academics with contemporary struggles, to learn from activists, and to see how we can use what expertise and institutional resources we have to provide active solidarity.

Sessions are free and open to any historian, any history student, or anyone interested in how history can work for social and political change.

 

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