Send this letter to Home Office NOW:
We teach students migration, refugee studies, human rights, development. We teach how subalterns resist authority. Here. At SOAS. SOAS academics who teach those things to their students have a responsibility in supporting the cleaners in their fight.We do interviews with migrant workers, we get funds to do research on them. Are we happy to make them the object of our inquiry, but unwilling to recognise their subjectivity? SOAS academics have a responsibility in joining the protests.Demet DinlerTeaching Fellow, SOAS
This e mail came just now: Let us show them that people who are at SOAS and from SOAS are PROTESTING at 4.30.Dear colleaguesNow that allegations have emerged concerning the visit by the UKBorder Agency last Friday (12 June), I feel it’s very important toclarify a number of points in the light of the inaccurate informationthat is currently being circulated.As many of you are aware, such raids are being carried out across thecountry by the UK Border Agency every week. Contrary to some of theerroneous allegations being made, Friday’s visit was not arranged orinfluenced by any member of staff at SOAS.Based on current Government policy regarding migrant workers, we arelegally obliged to cooperate fully with Government agencies and haveno influence over their actions.Friday’s visit was distressing for everyone and I would like toreiterate my thanks to staff for their support and understanding atthis time.The current protest on our premises will no doubt have an impact onthe day-to-day running of the School and we will do all we can tominimise disruption. The protestors include people who have no linksto SOAS.I have contacted our cleaning contractors ISS to request a full reportabout their employees and the implications of Friday’s event.Professor Paul WebleyDirector and Principal
This email is just disgraceful. Paul you coward! How about showing some backbone and condemning this raid and all that it stands for. What do you have to lose?? What are you afraid of? Stop covering your own back and show the courage and leadership that SOAS students and staff expect from their management!