Date: 
15 November 2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Venue: 
Immigration Tribunal, Taylor House, 88 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4QU

All Out for Tacko's Appeal Hearing

Thursday 15th November

Immigration Tribunal, Taylor House, 88 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4QU

Demonstrate 9am

Hearing 10am

Nearest tube stations: Angel (Northern Line) & Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines)

Tacko Mbengue is a leading activist in the Movement for Justice and one of Britain's most committed fighters for LGBT freedom, racial equality, free public education, and against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry. Like so many young men and women who come to Britain to escape persecution and oppression in other countries, he is deeply committed to preserve the democratic freedoms and rights that are now under attack in this country. He is a student at Newham College and has been a Movement for Justice speaker at university and college forums on the fight for LGBT & asylum rights. This year he was elected as LGBT representative on the NUS black students' committee.

Tacko is a 26-year old gay asylum seeker from Senegal. He has been in Britain since December 2008 and spent the first 18 months in prison and detention centres - where he became a leader in the fight against the racism of the UK Border Agency. He has been fighting for over two years for the right to live safely in Britain as a gay man and a victim of torture.

Tacko has not been granted asylum and has been forced to live under the constant threat of deportation because he is a prominent leader of the Movement for Justice and the struggle against the scapegoating of refugees and asylum seekers here in Britain.

Next Thursday, 15 November, Tacko has an appeal hearing against the UKBA's rejection of his claim for asylum and its cynically dishonest refusal to accept that he is gay.

On 15 November the movement that Tacko has done so much to inspire and build must be present in the courtroom. Each one of us in that room and demonstrating outside Taylor House is a living testimony to Tacko's right to asylum. Each one of us will be making it clear that our movement values leaders like Tacko and will not allow them to be torn from us.

Upcoming events

6 May 15

Is the present debate over 'extreme energy' in Britain just about energy supply, or is it something more fundamental?

Practically, what does the actual data about present and future energy use in Britain tell us about this debate – and is current policy based upon verifiable evidence, or is the evidence tailored to fit a certain desired outcomes?

9 May 15

The

10 May 15

EL CARACAZO
Roman Chalbaud, Venezuela 2005 [Advised PG], Spanish with EST, 110 mins

The film begins at a meeting in August 2002 where a social activist, Simon Petrov, reads the sentence dictated by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordering the Venezuelan state to compensate the relatives of the victims of the 27 February 1989 riots. People at the meeting begin recalling the sequence of events and remembering some tragic events.

21 May 15

Join us on May 21 for a special screening of the film followed by a Q&A and panel discussion, looking at the global movement’s impact and legacy 12 years on.  

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow will host the discussion with guests including the film’s director Amir Amirani, executive producer and comedian Omid Djalili, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition Lindsey German and professor of international law at UCL Philippe Sands (more guests to be confirmed soon).

1 Jun 15

Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique Café Diplo at The Gallery, 70/77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. Nearest tube station Farringdon. 6.45pm (doors open 6.30).   £3, concessions £2, tickets on door. Info 07905 313 759 or see our website www.mondediplofriends.org.uk

Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: When, Where and How? with Dr Aidan Hehir