Croydon Voluntary Action writes,
Refugee Public Debate
“Sad; angry; distressed; ashamed; sick; numb; frightened.” These are some of the sentiments our member organisations and users of our services have conveyed since the brutal and senseless attack on the young Kurdish man in Croydon last week.
This young man / child came to the UK alone, like many asylum seekers, seeking our safety and protection. We as a society failed him. This vicious attack, fuelled by hatred and ignorance has no place in the Croydon that we are proud of and that our families live in. We as a community need to learn lessons from this incident and look to how this can never happen again on our doorstep.
To start the dialogue, a community event, #We Stand Together, has been organised for Tuesday 11 April 2017 to bring agencies and groups from private, statutory and voluntary sector together to show their solidarity and commitment to showing that Croydon is a borough where refugee and asylum seekers are welcome. To show that Croydon is a borough where those fleeing persecution and injustice will be protected and given sanctuary. The event is also, most importantly, an opportunity for members from refugee backgrounds to share their experiences and stories. An opportunity to have their voices heard by those who have the power to determine the level of protection and support that they receive if they come to Croydon.
Please share this event (download a flyer here) and encourage people from refugee and migrant communities to attend so that they can feel reassured, and also they can guide those in authority on solutions to improve the quality of life of minority communities in Croydon.
#We Stand Together
Tuesday 11 April 2017
CVA Resource Centre
82 London Rd, West Croydon CR0 2TB
6pm to 8pm.
Doors open 5.30pm
Spaces are limited so please arrive early.
Invited speakers include the Leader of Croydon Council, the Metropolitan Police Borough Commander, the Refugee Council, local MPs, faith leaders and volunteers from refugee organisations. The Mayor of London has also been invited.
For more info contact Bhupendra at CVA, Bhupendra.firstname.lastname@example.org