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Homes for Refugees – 26 May, 19:00

For the last end of the Refugee Film Festival we have saved the premiere of a documentary film on a local art-community project: Homes for Refugees. What do refugees need to feel at home? What spaces can we create for refugees within local communities? What types of houses could we design? What buildings could be used? What structures could we build? What should they contain? Over the last months our home artists and activists are asking the local community to discuss those issues effecting both refugees looking for safe homes and existing inhabitants who may feel their communities are changing. Homes for Refugees is the film recording Brighton’s reply to the above questions.

This event is part of the MARS Refugee Film Festival. See here for a full programme. All our events are FREE. Screenings take place in room G7, at the ground floor of 10-11 Pavilion Parade.  (not wheelchair accessible – BN2 1RA – opposite the Pavilion and next to the Marlborough pub)


Freedom from Torture – Brighton branch


Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters Group meet regularly to organise local events fundraising for Freedom for Torture and raising awareness of its work and issues around torture in general. We have organised a musical evening, a singing ‘busk’ in Brighton’s Open Market and are planning more events, from tea-and-cake get-togethers to film nights and discussions.

Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters Group: https://www.facebook.com/BrightonFreefromTorture/
Twitter: @FfTBrighton
Email: FfTBrighton@gmail.com

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Free Brighton HOPE not hate Community Organising Training

Want to overcome division in your community?
Do you want to transform mistrust and hatred into unity and hope?
Free Brighton HOPE not hate Community Organising Training Course
Date: 15th October. Time: 10am
email: hopenothatebrightonandhove@gmail.com
Hope not hate in Brighton & Hove are putting together a Community Organising training day on Saturday 15th October 2016 and would like to invite any students interested in community organisation. It may be of interest to the students who have community modules and volunteering as part of their courses.

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SPACE 4 ALL festival

Thousand4£1000 to host #SpaceForAll Fundraising Festival 13th August 2016 to support housing for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers

Date: Saturday 13th August 2016
Venue: The Rose Hill Tavern, Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JL
Times: 2pm – 11pm
Tickets: £7 or £5 unwaged, includes an evening meal (vegetarian/vegan-friendly). Available at www.spaceforallfestival.eventbrite.com or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern

Line-up of confirmed musical acts:
Koma Bênav  – Kurdish and Turkish folk music
Harry’s Tricks – Brighton’s futuristic swing ensemble
Sam Berkson – Settled Wanderers feat. Jules Arthur and Nick Wilsdon, poems from Western Sahara
Kora Mbye – Kora music from West Africa
Elsewhere Cinema – Silent films from across the globe
Bryony Bird’s Badge Station
Plus AfroBass DJs -Tropical DJ duo John Warr and Guy Morely playing new and old, rare and scratchy, dance and funk friendly tracks from the African continent and its diaspora. As heard on Totallyradio and Radio Reverb.

The Space for All Festival on August 13th begins at 2pm and goes on til late. As well as music throughout the day there will be games and activities for children in the afternoon, a vegetarian and vegan-friendly meal included in the cost of the ticket, and a raffle. Tickets for the event can be found at www.spaceforallfestival.eventbrite.com or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern.


The festival is to raise awareness of Thousand4£1000’s efforts to house destitute migrants in the city. Thousand4£1000 is reaching out to the local community, asking a thousand people to donate £1 per month (or more!) in a unique micro funding social enterprise. With that income the project plans to provide the rent for secure accommodation for vulnerable migrants in the Brighton and Hove area – people who have been made destitute after arriving in the UK and who without this support have absolutely no means of finding stable and secure accommodation.
Thousand4£1000 began in 2015 and has grown as a response to the increased number of refugees and immigrants coming to the area without support or the ability to build a life.  Rejected or left in limbo by the UK’s immigration system and its ‘border everywhere’ policy, they are not allowed to work or claim state support and are left homeless with no options or means to contribute to society.

“By providing a safe and secure place to live, we can take care of some basic needs to enable this vulnerable community to thrive in the area,” said Jacob Berkson, who is involved in the project. “We had met so many people who were either street homeless or sofa surfing simply because they had the wrong sort of immigration status. By not taking care of these people we are making the problems worse, increasing homelessness and crime. These people have escaped war and persecution to come here to live in safety. If the government won’t help, we can take matters into our own hands and help make our city a safe and welcoming place for everyone.”

To become a supporter of Thousand4£1000 visit www.thousand41000.org and set up a monthly micro-donation.
Thousand41000 is the only migrant housing project that is involving the local community in taking collective action to house vulnerable migrants. Communities can take direct action to assist with basic housing needs for some of the most vulnerable people in society: those who have arrived from persecution or war torn regions. By accepting donations of only £1 per month, Thousand4£1000 can rent accommodation in which these people can have a safe and secure home in the UK. To donate, visit www.thousand41000.org.

RadioReverb on Brighton’s Syrian community

A 4-episode RadioReverb series takes us into the homes of Brighton’s Syrian community. In each episode, presenter Gilly Smith cooks and chats about food, music and memories from the old country, and the humanity and warmth of the Syrian people.

Gilly Smith is an author, journalist and biographer, lecturing in media at the University of Brighton.

episode 1 — To Calais, from Brighton with Love
episode 2 — Jaibli Salaam: A Syrian Story, from Brighton with Love. John and Juliet’s Story
episode 3 — Jaibli Salaam, A Syrian Story, from Brighton, with love: Nadine’s Story
episode 4 — Jaibli Salaam : A Syrian Story, From Brighton with Love : Mothanna’s story

solidarity in Brighton

Here is a list to the groups working in solidarity with the migrants and refugees in UK and abroad

Brighton2Calais: organises convoys of essential supplies from Brighton to refugees in the camp in Calais.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brighton2Calais/

Brighton Migrant Solidarity: a grass-roots community and campaign group working to support migrants in Brighton and beyond.Brighton Migrant Solidarity run the Thousand41000 campaign which aims to recruit 1000 donators to each donate just £1 per month to provide secure rented accommodation for vulnerable migrants in the
Brighton and Hove area. They also run a Destitution Solidarity Fund and the Spare Room Network. Continue reading solidarity in Brighton