Firstly, thank you so much for the information and advice you have shared with us over the past two weeks in relation to accommodation, particularly barracks. We are still working to secure a successful pitch for a media story. As of 9.45am on Thursday we are waiting for a thumbs up from the Guardian. The evidence provided has been as compelling as it has been heartbreaking.
As previously flagged, we are coupling any media coverage with the launch of a new Email Your MP e-action
that calls for MPs to write to the Home Secretary to ask that barracks be shut down immediately, hotel use to be strongly restricted and the entire accommodation estate to be urgently repaired and new housing acquired.
To promote the e-action
we have put together two mini-videos
that juxtapose Christmas warmth with the reality of how people seeking asylum are currently being treated (“we can’t stay silent
when this is where they spend the night
”). You can download these videos here
In case helpful, below are some draft tweets to accompany the videos and promote the media story. Alternatively, you can retweet Refugee Action here
for convenience. We have linked to the story about the open letter to Home Office Minister Chris Philp. Please use #CloseTheBarracks in your posts
Thank you in advance for your help to promote the e-action today.