Together with Refugees – show your support

GIF1_07

QARN is a signatory to Together With Refugees: please get involved in the Orange Hearts campaign at their your local level.

We would be very happy to display your Quaker hearts on our website – please send them by email to info@qarn.org.uk and include a line which could be included, about which Quaker Meeting they are from.

Updated 16 January 2022: City of Sanctuary: Make this Valentine’s Day count

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Avoid the naff gimmicks this year and instead do something that really matters.

The Anti-Refugee Bill is expected back in the House of Commons in the middle of March. If it is passed, this bill will be the largest roll back of refugee rights that this country has ever seen.

The most important thing for our movement is to push some key amendments that we want to see changed in the Bill.

So this Valentine’s Day show your heart. Let’s make a stand against the bill, call for a more compassionate approach and get a little bit imaginative when we engage our MPs…

How you can get involved:

  1. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Put orange hearts (the symbol for solidarity with refugees) in your window and on your walls. Bake heart shaped cookies and sell them at work, hang heart banners around the town – the only limit is your imagination. This is perfect for families, schools and other community projects. Remember to invite local journalists to cover your actions. The aim is to spread the word and get more people opposing the Bill.
  2. Send a Valentine’s Day card to your MP. Make your own or modify a shop bought one. Get imaginative with your messaging. Some suggestions…Rose are red
    Violets are blue
    I oppose the Bill
    And so should you.I love ̶y̶o̶u̶ Refugee Rights

Inside the card call on your MP to firstly, oppose the principle of treating refugees differently based on how they arrived here rather than their need for protection. Secondly, there should be a target to resettle 10,000 refugees a year. For more information and guidance see this Together With Refugees briefing.

3. Send your MP a Valentine’s Day e-card, with a twist. Right click on the below images to download. Just insert the image into an email or tweet along with your own text calling them to support the amendments mentioned above.

Find your MPs email details here and their Twitter details here.

Read more: https://cityofsanctuary.org/2022/01/13/make-this-valentines-day-count/


The Nationality and Immigration Bill (Anti-Refugee Bill) went to committee stage in the week beginning 18th October and Together With Refugees and City of Sanctuary are launching a campaign whereby all over the country people will join in the Show Your Heart activities, showing their support for refugees by displaying orange hearts in public places. The orange heart represents compassion for people fleeing war and persecution. Inspired by the refugee nation flag, and the colours of a lifebelt, the heart symbolises hope and kindness. By recreating and sharing the heart on your social media channels you can show your support for refugees. 

On 6 December 2021, there will be a big reveal of orange hearts at landmarks around the UK. You can coordinate your efforts around these dates and share your pictures on social media using the #TogetherWithRefugees and #WhoWeAre hashtags. You will also soon be able to submit them to an online exhibition on the Together with Refugees website.


If you are a local group and would like inspiration and ideas of ways to show support please check out our campaign guide.

Lichfield Quaker Meeting
Lichfield Quaker Meeting
Hall Green
Peace Hub, Birmingham
Oxford Meeting had a craft and kindness cafe to make hearts, in preparation for a vigil on the 20th organised by a local ecumenical network.
Ludlow Meeting
Ludlow
Orleton
Ludlow
Selly Oak
Stockport meeting House hosts a Refugee support group, and some of us also volunteer with local asylum seekers