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Free the Yarl’s Wood 3! Planning Meeting

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Campaign planning meeting, 6pm-7.30pm, Fri 28 January
Fin Future, 225-229 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2DA

In February 2010, women at Yarl’s Wood immigration prison went on hunger strike to demand an end to indefinite and abusive imprisonment. The women experienced violent attacks and abusive treatment in an attempt to end their protest. Six women were accused of being ring-leaders and moved into isolation and prisons. Nearly a year later, two women remain in prison without charge: Aminata Camara and Sheree Wilson.

Denise hopes to be able to make this meeting to discuss how to take the campaign forward for Sheree and Aminata’s freedom, the demands of the hunger strike and her right to stay with her children.

Come along to this meeting and show your support. Hear messages from the women and plan how to respond to their requests for solidarity.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you need childcare for the meeting, and we’ll arrange a creche.

To find it: 2 minutes from Finsbury Park tube station – come out main entrance, go past Arsenal shop, turn right down Seven Sisters Rd, go under railway bridge and Fin Future is on your right with big windows and green window frames or come out Seven Sisters Rd exit, and it’s just on your right.

Read the recent article in the Observer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/16/denise-mcneil-yarls-wood
Stay in touch with the campaign: freedenisenow@gmail.com
Join the Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Denise-Now/174533002581566

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Yarl’s Wood Hunger Striker Released

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

‘Free at Last!’
Good news: Denise McNeil Released on Bail 1 Year After Yarl’s Wood Hunger Strike!

On Tuesday 25th Jan, Denise McNeil, was granted bail at an immigration court in Hatton Cross. Denise is one of three women who have been held in prison without charge since taking part in a hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood which demanded an end to indefinite imprisonment and abuse. She said “After 28 months, 1 week and 5 days I am finally reunited with my family and supporters. We’re going to keep campaigning for Sheree and Aminata and all the people in Yarl’s Wood until it’s closed.”

Supporters packed the court to show solidarity with Denise. A letter from Denise’s youngest son was also given to the Judge. Denise said “Tre’s letter touched the heart of the Judge” and extended her thanks to everyone who has supported her. Several groups were represented at the hearing including No One is Illegal, No Borders, Crossroads Women’s Centre, Communities of Resistance, Stop Deportation Network and members of the RMT.