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STAR Newsletter 07/10/13 October 7, 2013

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“A Sacrifice” film screening hosted by STAR, GU Amnesty and Students for a Free Tibet October 7, 2013

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After our usual Wednesday night meeting STAR members rushed from the Queen Margaret Union over to the Boyd Orr Building to take part in a truly engaging and moving film showing experience.  The evening began with an brief introduction to the situation in Tibet by Aime from Students for a Free Tibet, followed by the screening of Theo Hessing’s documentary film “A Sacrifice” which  looks at the experiences of the Tibetan refugee Lhamo Kyab as he discusses his activism and the self immolations in Tibet.  After the film there was a great discussion in the theater lasting over an hour – with many people staying behind afterwards to continue discussions!

Thanks to the 70+ people who came along!  It was a truly memorable night!

For more information on the film visit – http://asacrificefilm.com/

For more information on Students for a Free Tibet – http://www.sftuk.org/

For more information on Glasgow Uni Amnesty – http://www.guamnesty.org.uk/

STAR meeting 02/10/13 October 7, 2013

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This week was STAR’s volunteering fair!

Many people we spoke to at the Fresher’s Fair were very excited about this meeting, and as we expected we got a great turn out!  Each organisation present was given five minutes to talk to the group each, and after all the talks were done our members could wander around the meeting and talk to each representative individually.  A fair like this is a great way to get to know all the local groups working in your area and we were lucky enough to have representatives from the Red Cross Glasgow, the Bridges Programe, Scottish Detainee Visitors, Positive Action in Housing and Unity in the Community!

Our next meeting is “How to win an argument about the asylum system”, where we will give you the tools to dismantle racist and ignorant arguments and challenge negative misconceptions about asylum seekers!

Event page here – https://www.facebook.com/events/746761798674401/

STAR newsletter 28/09/13 September 28, 2013

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STAR Social – Mazloom play September 28, 2013

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Last week six members of STAR journeyed out to the south side of Glasgow to see the short play Mazloom.  

Mazloom was created during a series of workshops with young afghan men who are seeking asylum in the UK, as a means for them to explore their feelings through art and as such the play was based on an amalgamation of their experiences in the UK and, in particular dealing with the UKBA.  It was a very powerful play to watch, although difficult too, but I think we’re all glad that we had the opportunity to see it in Glasgow.

After the play there was music and spoken word by one of the founders of “Seeds of Thought” a regular event in Glasgow, who is a Zimbabwean refugee and finally, the event was closed with a discussion on the subject of forced removals of young people and the unfair reality of the asylum system in the UK featuring representatives from NCADC, GRAMNet and Young People Seeking Safety.

STAR meeting 25/09/13 (FIRST MEETING!) September 26, 2013

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Tonight was STAR Glasgow’s first official meeting of the 2013/14 academic year and to get the year started we invited Jasmine, a volunteer caseworker with Unity to give a brief overview of the whole asylum system including it’s pitfalls and traps – with some really shocking stories that she has seen from her time as a volunteer.  Discussing something so large (and ever-changing) is no mean feat, but Jasmine did a great job!  

Following this we heard more from Jasmine, along with members of the Justice for Somalian Bajuni campaign about the importance of their campaign and how it came about that the home office is trying to deport them to Kenya.

After these talks we invited everyone to stay for a quite social in our meeting room with juice , crisps and biscuits!  It was a really nice opportunity for returning members to say hello to people they hadn’t seen over summer and gave new members the chance to ask any questions they had about the asylum system, STAR or volunteering, and get to know every a little better!ImageThis was taken during the social, after the meeting.   

STAR Newsletter 20/09/13 September 20, 2013

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Hello everyone!

With freshers week now drawing to a close I hope that you’re not too tired out or inundated with the deadly freshers flu to get start getting excited about the next few weeks ahead because there’s lots going on!
Our official plan for Semeter 1 is now online!  We’re still waiting on some confirmations though, so it is subject to change!  
(https://starglasgow.wordpress.com/events/)
-Chrissy
 
IMPORTANT – there has been a mix up with room bookings at the QMU and as such for the first meeting we’ll be in COMMITTEE ROOM 1 but for all meetings after this we will be in the TV ROOM.
 
STAR NEWS
*Our first meeting is Wed 25th of September at 5pm in COMMITTEE ROOM 1 The topic is “An Introduction to the Asylum system”.  It will be presented by both Jasmine Sallis, a caseworker at the Unity Centre and members of the Justice for Somalian Bajuni’s Campaign (http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/justice-for-somalian-bajunis-in-glasgow).  
The meeting will take around an hour and a half, and after this we will head to the food factory or the Hub for a chance to get to know each other and to eat some food – if you’d like too please bring some food along to share!
*Thanks to everyone who helped out or stopped by the stall for a chat over Tuesday and Wednesday we manged to sign up 82 new people to our mailing list and gave out hundreds over flyers debunking common misconceptions about asylum seekers and refugees!  (Read about it here on our blog – https://starglasgow.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/freshers-fair/)
*Mazloom play – we received an email letting us know that the Mazloom tickets are selling out quickly!  If you’re interested in coming along please drop us an email and we’ll try and make a block booking 🙂
*STAR are joining with GU Amnesty to host a film screening of “A sacrifice” after our volunteering fair on the 2nd of October.   (Trigger warning – the film contains scenes of graphic self immolation and burns injuries) “A sacrifice” is a documentary highlighting the widespread and current human rights abuses being committed in Tibet through the eyes of a returning Tibetan refugee with a focus on the Tibetan act of protest – self immolation. .  The facebook event is here – (https://www.facebook.com/events/597440403650551/) and information about the film is here – http://asacrificefilm.com/
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
*Tomorrow night (21/09/13) –  TYCI is a feminist charity club night, open to all genders and this month they are raising for the Unity Womens Project – who provide personal and practical support to asylum seeking women in Glasgow –
Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/538546762867748/
*(28/09/13) – Unity in the Community charity booksale at Hillhead Bookclub (event – https://www.facebook.com/events/158455397695205/)  Currently Unity in the Community runs a nightshelter, soup kitchen, day centre, solidarity centre, bike project, free clothing service and english-language classes.
*(18/10/13) – SRC Roller Disco Fundraiser – This is going to be a STAR Social!  It should be an amazing night! -( http://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/news_and_events/events_calendar/2163_roller_disco )
 
CAMPAIGNS NEWS
*Trigger Warning – sexual abuse  
Several detainees from Yarlswood Immigration Centre have come forward to report sexual abuse from SERCO staff working there – (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/14/detainees-yarls-wood-sexual-abuse)
There is currently a petition calling for a public inquiry – please sign it! (http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/public-inquiry-into-yarls-wood-irc.html)
*Moses Belongs to Glasgow – 
After being scheduled to be deported to Nigeria at 9pm 19/09/13 Moses was removed from the flight for causing a disruption.  He’s now back in Colunbrook detention centre near Heathrow and campaigners are now trying to have him moved back to Dungavel detention centre in Scotland so that he can be closer to his family.  For information on how you can help with this visit the campaign’s facebook group – ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/196681707179230/ )
 
VOLUNTEERING
*STAR’s very own volunteering fair is in two weeks time – 02/10/13 – come along to find out about volunteering opportunities in Glasgow and talk directly to the groups and charities yourself!
To be added to our mailing list and receive our newsletters weekly, drop us an email at starglasgow@googlemail.com

Freshers Fair! September 19, 2013

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Fresher’s fair is over for another year!

Thanks to everyone who helped out and dropped by the stall for a chat!  We signed up 82 lovely new people to our mailing list and gave out loads of flyers about STAR and common misconceptions about asylum seekers!

Now we’re going to focus on getting ready for our first meeting!  The topic of our first meeting is “An introduction to the asylum system” which we hope will give all our new members a good basic working knowledge of the asylum system and its flaws.  The talk will be presented by Jasmine Sallis, a volunteer caseworker with the Unity Centre and members of the Justice for Somalian Bajunis in Glasgow campaign will speak about their personal experiences and their campaign!  It’s set to be a really informative meeting!  We hope to see you there!

Here’s us on Tuesday

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And then braving the Scottish weather for an outdoors stall on WednesdayImage

Welcome Back! September 16, 2013

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Welcome to Glasgow, freshers and returning students and staff!

STAR will be at the Fresher’s fair on Tuesday 17th (in the Concert Hall) and on Wednesday 18th (in the Cloisters) – Come along and find us!

Our committee has been very busy over and we hope to reveal our Semester 1 plans really soon!

As well as a mailing list (email us at starglasgow(at)googlemail.com to be added) and this website we have a facebook group here!

Here’s a photo of some STAR committee members at a demo outside the UKBA last week  – covered here and here!

star ukba poster demo

STAR, GU Redcross and GU Amnesty Ceilidh – SUCCESS! March 20, 2013

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The figures are just in from the Ceilidh count-up!

In total, we managed to raise £273.30 for the Redcross International Tracing and Messaging Service (RITS), which helps to reunite families who are separated due to conflict or natural disaster!  RITS is a great cause, and the ceilidh was a GREAT night.  We had the gift of the wonderful GU Celtic Group who played all night in the name of charity, we had a fabulous array of raffle prizes, and vitally plenty of enthusiastic dancers and merry-makers!

Thanks to everyone who came out, and everyone who supported the event!  Special thanks go to the GU Redcross for organising so much of the event and again to the wonderful GU Celtic Group for playing our little ceilidh!

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