SCREENING AND FUNDRAISER
Glasgow Welcomes Refugees
The Glasgow Welcomes Refugees Fundraiser aims to raise awareness about barriers faced by refugees in Glasgow, and to share some of Glasgow's recent history in which activist work overcame these barriers.
Introduction and welcome
Duration: 39 minutes
Audio-visual interview in English, no subtitles
Interviewees: Margaret Woods & Jock Morris
Videographer: Jose Maria Martinelli 2022
Speaker: Pinar Aksu
Speakers: Jock Morris
Charlotte Ahmed (Stand Up To Racism)
Thanks and closing
The Alchemy Experiment
157 Byres Road, G12 8TS
Thursday 18th August 19.00-21.00
HOW TO DONATE:
The idea for the event began when we had the pleasure of meeting South-American filmmaker José Maria Martinelli at the Alchemy Experiment. He shared a work-in-progress film with us, in which he interviews Scottish activists Margaret Woods and Jock Morris about their experience working with refugees in Glasgow in the 1990s: At this time, people were arriving in Glasgow who had fled their homes due to poverty, war, or catastrophe - but who were being met with the closed doors of countries that did not want to receive them. When faced with the obstacles imposed by Tony Blair's Westminster government in 1999, activists in Glasgow began to organise in defense of refugees with the slogan "Refugees Welcome in Glasgow”.
We felt that the stories and testimonies shared by Jock and Margaret were precious and inspiration for anti-racist action today, which needed to be shared with the community. The event starts with a screening of this work-in-progress piece.
Following the screening, we are delighted to be welcoming speaker Pinar Aksu, who is a global human rights activist and Human Rights and Advocacy Coordinator at Maryhill Integration Network. Having experienced detention many years ago as a child while in asylum process, Pinar is an avid campaigner against refugee detention and she became a Youth Advocate with the campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children in 2015. In 2021, Pinar led an emergency protest in Glasgow’s George Square to oppose dawn raids.
Finally, we welcome representatives from our two sponsored charities: Jock Morris, as the chair of Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, and a representative from Stand Up To Racism.