Home Office: Give Albert Thompson the right to cancer care
**UPDATE: Theresa May said at PMQs yesterday that Albert will get treatment. However, the Guardian says that the status on this is ‘unclear’ and Albert’s lawyers have heard nothing about this. Please go to my twitter profile and retweet the top tweet there to get Theresa May to confirm Albert’s treatment and get it started! https://mobile.twitter.com/quiline £42k of £54k cancer bill raised so far - please donate and share with your friends! https://www.gofundme.com/cancer-care-for-albert-thompson We shouldn't need to do this, but we must!** #ActionforAlbert Albert Thompson*, 63 years old, has lived in London for 44 years. He has prostate cancer. After major surgery, he arrived for his first radiotherapy session to be taken aside and told that unless he can prove he is legally entitled to live in the UK he will have to pay the full £54,000 for his treatment upfront. For 3 decades, Albert has paid taxes to the British Government. He arrived from Jamaica as a teenager. He has no money and he needs our help. That’s why I’m calling for the Home Office to deal with Albert’s status in the UK so his treatment can be approved right away. Cancer doesn’t wait. Having been a primary carer for loved ones who have had cancer, I know that it is expensive, frightening and depressing. People who do not have a lot of savings or support from elsewhere struggle massively financially, and Albert has been unable to work for some years now due to cancer so has nothing. Even with appropriate support, cancer is a lonely and terrifying journey. I can't imagine the despair that this man must be feeling right now. This is part of a much wider issue too, of people who originally came from Commonwealth countries now not being recognised as legal citizens - despite living in our country for many, many years and contributing in the same way we do. Let's stand up for their rights - and stand up to the increasingly harsh landscape that the Home Office is creating for innocent people that are relying on their country's support at the hardest times in their lives. Please sign and share this petition. *Not his real name Original Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/10/denied-free-nhs-cancer-care-left-die-home-office-commonwealth
Help Jennifer stay in the UK with her family and continue doing valuable research
Dr Jennifer Wexler has worked at the British Museum as a Bronze Age archaeologist for four years and is married to my colleague Dr Sam Nixon. He excavates on some of the most exciting sites in Africa. The Home Office have said Jennifer must leave the UK and I’m calling for her to be allowed to stay. Jennifer is originally from the USA and the Home Office say that her application to remain has been rejected because she has spent too much time abroad. This time though was principally for her archaeological research, which was approved by the Home Office via a series of highly-skilled visas. By leaving, she would be separated from her husband of 3 years. The Home Office suggest that he also leaves the country with her, even though Sam is a British citizen, with no work permit for the US. The UK has been Jennifer’s home for over 11 years. Not only has her Indefinite Leave to Remain been rejected but so has her appeal. Her lawyer said she was “bewildered” by the Home Office’s refusal. And Jeremy Corbyn is also supporting Jennifer’s case by writing to the Home Office, saying the decision puts UK’s research reputation at risk. He said: “Dr Wexler is an obvious asset to the UK due to her expertise and education” and “This is far from a one-off case: there are many academics who have to travel overseas to properly conduct their research and the Home Office should be more flexible.” Archaeologists around the world are shocked and appalled that Jennifer and Sam are both being asked to leave the UK. We would end up losing two highly valuable members of the UK research and academic community, who contribute to UK society in entirely positive ways. Please sign and share this petition, so that the Home Office can see how many people consider Jennifer, and her British husband Sam, valued members of the United Kingdom and help keep them in the UK. Thank you! #KeepJenniferinUK Guardian article on Jennifer’s case: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/03/corbyn-visa-policy-puts-uks-global-reputation-research-risk BBC London News coverage: https://youtu.be/D39kL5ZaSRw
Stop risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe
As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours. I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting. We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time. A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives. An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker. It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline. Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families. We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives.
Get Grenfell Tower victim's parents to the UK
After the horrific inferno fire that engulfed the residents of Grenfell Tower Mohammad Alhajali passed away by choking to death from the smoke. I have started this petition on behalf of Omar Alhajali as I am their family friend and would like to reunite them with their family. Mohammed al-Haj Ali was trapped inside London flat for two hours after being separated from his brother during the inferno. His brother Omar was taken to hospital after escaping and remained in contact with Mohammed, who was still trapped inside the flat. "The smoke is getting in, the smoke is getting in, we are going to die, we are going to die," were Mohammed's last words to his brother. Friends who were close to Mohammed told Middle East Eye that he was in contact with them till 5am. Before dying, Ali asked his friends to tell his family in Damascus that he loves them. After leaving Syria, he had not seen his family for five years and was forced to limit communication to ensure their safety amid the crackdown against the opposition. His parents are currently applying for an emergency visa to visit Omar their son in hospital and attend their son Mohammad's funeral. We need to get their voices heard to the Home Office so that we can persuade an acceptance of the visa. Please help us collect as many signatures as possible to get them to the UK
URGENT: Stop Deportation of Reza Maghsoudi (age 27)
Reza is a shy young man, who at the age of Thirteen (13) escaped the War in Afghanistan, trekked across Iran, Turkey and through Europe to England; where he arrived alone and with nothing but a handful of photographs. He’s built a life here but has been forced into a detention centre and could be deported to Afghanistan at any time. I have come to know Reza through the wide circle of friends he has built in Salisbury who were distressed at his treatment and his threatened deportation. Reza was born in 1990 in Afghanistan, close to the border with Iran. His family were of the Hazara ethnic group - a group that has been systematically oppressed and massacred by the Taliban. From this place of persecution and murder Reza escaped alone for the hope of freedom and life in England. Despite having no family to return to in Afghanistan, and despite having been in the UK since he was a child, and despite being a Hazara Shia Muslim at risk of murder by the Taliban, he has been refused asylum, been placed in detention and could be deported without your help! Now 27 years old, he has friends in England. He went to college, in Croydon, studying Mathematics and English, and was apprenticing voluntarily as a Tailor in Salisbury (Wiltshire) at no cost burden to the state, before he was arrested at a scheduled case meeting for deportation. I met with him in Tinsley House (Immigration Removal Centre), and had a really good conversation and took him some personal items; including some books by American author George R. R. Martin, which he had been reading. Please sign this petition to change the decision to deport Reza and have him granted asylum. Reza’s Case ID: 014978534
Home Office unfairly deporting talented academics
Dr. Ernesto Schwartz-Marin and Dr. Arely Cruz-Santiago, both talented academics at Durham University and a married couple from Mexico on March 10th were asked to leave the UK within 14 days due to time spent abroad despite this being their home since 2007. Though the Home Office has now put a temporary stop on deportation proceedings to 'try to find a way forward for them to stay in the UK', their original reasons for deportation of the couple were unfair because the time Ernesto and Arely spent abroad was because of humanitarian fieldwork as part of their research in Mexico. As a close friend of the couple, I am calling on the Home Office to continue to re-consider the decision to deport them. Under the Home Office guidelines (art 266) the time abroad can be waived for ‘attending to a national or international humanitarian or environmental crisis.’ From July 2014 to July 2015, Ernesto and Arely spent 270 days working in Mexico where they pioneered a project called Citizen-Led Forensics. This involved training and helping communities build a DNA database for Mexican families whose loved ones had disappeared due to gang related and/or drug violence, thus fulfilling an important role in an increasingly desperate humanitarian crisis. However, the Home Office does not see it as such, and they have issued Ernesto and Arely with a deportation letter. Arely has just finished her PhD and is embarking on a promising academic career. Ernesto is a young and very successful researcher who has been awarded more than £1,000,000 in UK research grants, including the ESRC transformative (2014-2016) and Newton Fund (2016-2019). The work he does in collaboration with Arely and other UK and international scholars addresses social and political aspects of the disappeared in Mexican communities, issues that are left unaddressed by the authorities in the complex and corrupt political landscape in Mexico. Ernesto and Arely’s work has been featured on the BBC, the Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera news. They also worked with the BBC in developing a two-part episode of the BBC drama Silent Witness series finale ‘The Awakening’ in 2017 (inspired by their research). Their work is an asset to the UK. They now face the prospect of abruptly leaving their current academic posts and tearing their 11-year-old daughter away from the life she knows. Their case is very distressing on a personal level, but it also sets a dangerous precedent for other non-UK academics working in universities and doing humanitarian fieldwork abroad. We are therefore calling for the Home Office to continue to re-consider the decision to deport these two talented academics and their daughter. Please sign this petition to fight for justice for Ernesto and Arely as well as for other non-UK academics doing humanitarian or any other academic fieldwork abroad. Below are some examples of the couple’s opinion editorials and public engagement materials: audio-visuals, animations and written pieces 2014 Schwartz-Marin, E., & Cruz-Santiago, A (2014) How citizens lead the search for Mexico's disappeared. Al Jazeera, World News, 20th of November, available at: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/11/how-citizens-lead-search-mexi-20141120143451575931.html (Opinion Editorial) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj2JS5kamQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/11/how-citizens-lead-search-mexi-20141120143451575931.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljQvB14nISg 2015 ‘Promise’: a song for the disappeared at: http://cienciaforenseciudadana.org/escucha-la-cancion-promesa/ Mexican Forensics, Al Jazeera (10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVF4Vr0PRoc&feature=youtu.be http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02g5sx 2015 Didactic Materials on how to take a DNA sample and engage in Citizen-Led Forensics: www.cienciaforenseciudadana.org (website in Spanish)
Please, let Ahmed finish his PhD in the UK
My name is Alvin and I am asking you to help me. My colleague and friend Ahmed is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. After completing a Masters at the same University he started his doctorate but he is now in a position where he might not be allowed to continue his studies Ahmed is from Mosul, Iraq, a city torn apart by the presence of ISIS, he has lost his dad and his family has been greatly affected by the occupation. He was detained for ten days by the Home Office, treated like a criminal, with limited facilities. His case is still not certain - and we still fear he may be deported. Ahmed applied for an PhD extension but before the University could finish processing this request he was detained by the Home Office... He is facing deportation at any time. All his friends and colleagues know him for the kind-hearted person he is, a selfless friend who has always been there for everyone, in any circumstance. Let's support him by asking Amber Rudd and the Home office to reconsider his case and allow him to complete his studies. Please consider donating on the crowdfunding page to help Ahmed with the solicitor costs, estimated to be £15k by the lawyers. Thank you so much!
Home Office: Grant this visa to save a young mum’s life
The girl in the picture above is May Brown. She’s 23 years old, married to a British ex soldier, she’s the mum of two-year old year old Selina May, and she’s spent the last year and a half battling Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.Doctors have said May’s only chance of survival is to receive a stem cell transplant from someone with a matching tissue type to her. Her Nigerian sister Martha is amazingly a 10 out of 10 match - but now the Home Office are refusing to give Martha a visa so she can come to the UK and give her sister the transplant she needs.The whole trip from Nigeria to the UK will be paid for by May but the Home Office are still saying “I am also aware [sic] your sponsor proposes to finance your proposed trip, but I must take into account your personal and economic circumstances in Nigeria when coming to my decision.” The visa refusal letter ends with “Given the above I am not satisfied that you are a genuine visitor and will leave the UK at the end of your visit or that you have sufficient funds available to cover your costs whilst in the UK without working or accessing public funds.” According to immigration rules it appears May’s sister Martha is too poor to visit England, and if she comes here she won’t leave.Martha has no intention of staying in the UK, her whole life is in Nigeria - she has two little kids who will be looked after by their Grandma whilst she is in the UK donating her bone marrow. All she wants to do here is save her sister’s life.I work for a blood cancer charity, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, and for the last 9 months we have been working with May. Doctors at May’s hospital have said they are “running out of time” to perform the transplant. Finding a 10 out of 10 stem cell match is incredibly rare, and having her sister come and do the transplant now is her only chance to ever get out of hospital and back home with her daughter.It is heartbreaking to see unfair bureaucratic red tape being put in the way of saving a young mum’s life.In hospital May said to me “Only a six hour journey will help save my life. My two year old daughter Selina needs me... To know my life isn't important to those who have the power to help me is deeply upsetting.”I have seen campaigns, like the one for Andrea Gada and Isaac Aganozor get the Home Office and UK Visa and Immigration to issue visas on compassionate grounds before. I know that with enough public pressure and support for this petition we can convince them to show compassion now.So please sign this petition and help us to get the decision by UK Visa and Immigration overturned. Please help us save May's life.
Home Office refuses spouse visa for mother of two British toddlers
On the 1st September 2017 we were devastated to receive notice from the Home Office that my wife’s visa application for leave to remain in the UK was refused. I am a British citizen born in North Devon and our children are British citizens also. The refusal of Glenda’s visa poses harsh consequences on our emotional well-being and family stability as the Home Office neglects our right to live as a family as dictated by Article 8 of the 1998 Human Rights Act. The refusal letter came with an unimaginable ultimatum of either leaving the country within 14 days from the decision date, or appealing to the decision by which an immigration lawyer will cost around £4000. The stress of borrowing the money on top of facing having our family split apart is unbearable, in which the outcome could leave our children to struggle growing up in a broken family thousands of miles apart from their mother. The appeal was made and we wait anxiously to present our evidence in court on the 19th January 2018. We can hardly sleep at night all huddled together in the same bed embracing each memory as a family unit like they are the last. Knowing that the impending decision may force us apart or out of our ‘home’ country and back to an uncertain, unstable, and threatened future in my wife’s birthplace Guatemala where extreme violence has escalated over the past few decades to such that the United Nations have identified it as having the third highest murder rate on the entire planet. In the UK we live as a stable and loving family; we are settled, I work and have met the spouse minimum wage requirement, our boys are going to nursery and registered with the education and health systems, and they have their family, friends, lives and futures here.To watch them develop in a safe environment, happy and free, without the threat of drugs cartels and extreme gang violence threatening their lives on a daily basis is what any parent would desire for their children, and the opportunities they have here in their home country is their right and what they deserve, as well as being able to grow up with both parents. This Home Office decision brings dread to all of our family knowing that we face being forcibly split apart, and neither of us can bear the thought of living without each other or away from our children. They are only toddlers and have no idea what is happening to us, but they are the main victims in this ordeal whose lives may be affected on such a large and negative scale. We have a facebook page with more details of our story, and we have set up this online petition to help gain public support of our appeal. So please click on the links and help us revoke the decision and allow Glenda to remain in the UK where our children and I need her, as part of our family, united, strong, and a loving unit to support each other throughout our lives.
Request Home Office license medical cannabis oil to reduce seizures in 6 Y/O Alfie Dingley
6 Year old Alfie, at one point while in the UK, Alfie had 3,000 seizures and 48 hospital visits in a year, but while abroad (where he could be given medical cannabis oil he went 24 days without a single attack. The Home Office is preventing treatment and the child, forcing the issue of steroids which will eventually lead to Psychosis. This is preventable child cruelty inflicted by The Home office and Amber Rudd.