Write to your Member of Parliament to tell them you oppose the Nationality and Borders Bill in its original form, and encourage them to approve the amendments made by the House of Lords. Here are some helpful tips:
Follow up your letter with a phone call to your MP. If you feel stuck on what to say, use your letter as a script! Remember, even if it’s a little awkward, you have to leave a voice message or you just speak with a member of staff, you are increasing the number of contacts your MP’s office receives about the Bill.
3. Sign the Petition: ‘Oxfordshire MPs: Keep Clause 11 out of the Borders Bill’
Sign our change.org petition to ASK YOUR MP to accept the amended version of the Borders Bill. Remember to write your constituency/the name of your MP when you sign, so we can see how many people signed from each constituency. Find out who your MP is here.
4. Get your family, friends, classmates and colleagues involved
Share this article and the petition with your peers, and invite those who are allies to write to and phone their MPs, too!
Show your support on social media. Share your letter, this article and any other content that centres refugee stories and refugee rights. Use the hashtag #WhoWeAre and tag us in at @AsylumWelcome
Display an orange heart on your door or in your window – this sends a message to refugees and all your neighbours that you are in solidarity with the cause.
Write a note of welcome and encouragement to refugees, and tell them you are contacting your government officials. We will add it to our collection here. You can also visit our display of orange hearts at the Community Works and add a message to the display there.
If it is safe for you and your loved ones to do so, share your story of lived experience as a refugee in the UK.
If you do not have lived experience as a refugee, consider sharing some of the stories of lived experience on our website to open conversations with your friends and colleagues about the importance of amending the Nationality and Borders Bill
Consider donating to an organisation supporting refugees either at home or abroad..
11. Support refugees locally
Find out about organisations local to you that are supporting refugees. If you want to find out how local groups are supporting Ukrainian refugees, check out the Oxford University Ukraine Society and Oxford Polish Association.
Join in the day of action on 21st March. More info to come…