Mick will revisit the UK’s historic commitment to refugees as the ‘mother of Asylum,’ a reminder of how grassroots communities have traditionally sought to offer a warm and generous welcome to those in fear of persecution and genocide. He will outline how from the 1990s onwards, a perfect storm of racism, political opportunism and media demonization have betrayed that legacy, creating in its place a ‘hostile environment’ for asylum seekers and their children. He will conclude by calling on all good people to reclaim the agenda, to restore our commitment to the Refugee Convention and to those in dire need of protection and support.
Dr Mick Wilkinson is Lecturer in Social Justice at the University of Hull and an Associate Member of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery & Emancipation (WISE)
is a monthly gathering where expert speakers bring a mixed Headingley audience up to date on current issues in society. The speakers are often drawn from local university departments or similar organisations and their talks are followed by a series of comments and questions from the audience.
Talking Heads at HEART is an initiative between HDT and HEART. It benefits the community of Headingley and beyond and aims to stimulate, inform and enliven.
Recent topics include:
• Disability and Human Rights
• From Mao to Xi Jinping – Utopias and Purgatories in Modern China
• Unlocking Sustainable Cities
• Restorative Practice in Leeds
• Food inequality and food waste – what can be done?
• The Overdevelopment of London/Underdevelopment of Britain
• Climate Change
• The Brexit Crisis
• Understanding North Korea
• Leeds: Cradle for Innovation
• Have things got better for women?
• Understanding homelessness
• Social cohesion, resilience, and community mediation
• What does culture mean to Leeds?
• The housing crisis- and how people power can solve it
• Ethics in business,
• Can we solve poverty?
• Unemployment, jobs and new technology
We meet in HEART at 7.30 on the second Thursday of each month, except August – suggested donation £3-5.
After a [usually lively!] discussion on the issues raised people often repair to the HEART Cafe or local bar.
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