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The Caribbean community and the National Windrush Day of Action

On 23 February, a public meeting will take place as part of this special demonstration day in the presence of people that have been directly impacted by the scandal.

 

Nathan Raia

 

Last year the British government stopped all charter flights to Jamaica because of the Windrush scandal.

This scandal was a 2018 British political embarrassment, regarding people from the Windrush generation: people who arrived from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1971, who were wrongly detained and denied legal rights.

In around 63 cases wrongly deported from the United Kingdom by the Home Office.

The public meeting is organised by Windrush Action & Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK, supported by BAME Lawyers for Justice, and according to them, last year the government stopped all charter flights to Jamaica because of the Windrush scandal, but have organised one for this February.

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This has been considered by the Windrush community as “an absolute disgrace and premature given that the Windrush scandal and related injustices are still continuing, the government have not yet published the outcome of the compensation scheme consultation and the Home Office ‘lessons learned’ initiative is still ongoing”.

The event is organised by Windrush Action, Black Activists Rising against Cuts (BARAC) UK and supported by BAME Lawyers for Justice and it is linked to several meetings organised in different cities across the country, as agreed at their national conference last November in Nottingham. They have chosen the 23rd of November as it is the nearest Saturday to the United Nations Day for world social justice.

Different speakers will attend the meeting: people who have been directly impacted by the Windrush scandal and people who have campaigned to challenge this injustice, such as Martin Forde QC, Jacqueline McKenzie (Windrush & Immigration Lawyer), Sentina Bristol, and Elwaldo Romeo, among others.

Date and place: Saturday, 23 February 2019 from 1 pm. to 5 pm. at the Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD, London, United Kingdom. For further information, visit the Facebook event page.

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