Planning today a protest about Ter Apel on 13 September (Vergadering)

donderdag 8 september 2022Plaats in agenda
vanaf 18:00
Klinker, Broeckhuysenstraat 46, Nijmegen

I am reaching out on behalf of a network of activists currently organising a demonstration in Nijmegen on the 13th of September. This initiative was proposed by the Afrikaanse Vluchtelingens Collectief, but has expanded into a country-wide network of activists from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Zaandam, Groningen and Nijmegen. These protests are a response to a number of things – including the horrific situation at Ter Apel, deportations, changes to family reunification rights in the Netherlands, and a hostile narrative against refugees and the undocumented in the Netherlands. It is hoped that this mobilization will be the first of many.

I’m a recent graduate of the Social and Cultural Research research master at Radboud so I reached out to my supervisors Mieke Verloo and Niels Spierings to ask if they knew of anyone who would be interested in helping with the promotional and educational side of this event and was directed to this amazing network. We are hoping that we can mobilize some of the local academic community to help us – first and foremost by sharing the demonstration with their Twitter/social media network and attending the demonstration if possible, but perhaps also in other ways. I wondered if you could share this email with the Runomi network? We would also like to explicitly invite any interested academics to attend a meeting at the Klinker in Nijmegen (van Broeckhuysenstraat 46this Thursday 08 september 2022 at 18.00 to learn more about the current demonstration and for us to hear how they would like to get involved! The bar at the Klinker will be open on this evening to serve refreshments to anyone who would like to attend. We are trying to center the voices of refugees in our protest, but for surrounding educational events (we plan to host a talk in the near future) it would be fantastic to have some scholars on board who may like to share their work, help us formulate our demands in relation to the local and national policy/legal situation, or help out in other ways. If anyone would like to get involved but cannot attend in person, they are welcome to contact me directly.

We are planning this at very short notice so it would be wonderful to hear as soon as possible if anyone from the network would like to get on board and attend the meeting.

Warm regards,

Briar Dickey