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Show Your Heart for Refugees this Valentine’s Day

Over the next couple of months, it’s critical we urge MPs to oppose the Government’s plans on the Nationality and Borders Bill. If it is passed, this bill will be the largest roll back of refugee rights that this country has ever seen.

We’re using Valentine’s Day to call on MPs to get behind two specific amendments and to send a strong signal to Ministers that we stand against the bill and call for a more compassionate approach.

What can you do?

Here are a few simple steps you can take to stand along with us against this Bill.

1. Show Your Hearts – Everywhere

Put orange hearts (the symbol for solidarity with refugees) in your windows and on your walls. Make displays at work, hang heart banners around Halifax – use your imagination! Engage your families, schools and other community projects. Make sure to let us know what you’re up to so we can help get the word out.

2. Send MPs a Valentine’s Day Card with a Twist

Whether you modify a shop-bought card or one of our suggested designs, send the message loud and clear.  Inside the card call on your MP to firstly, oppose the principle of treating refugees differently based on how they arrived here rather than their need for protection. Secondly, there should be a target to resettle 10,000 refugees a year.

You can use these card designs and suggested messaging from the #TogetherWithRefugees campaign to get you started. Find your MP’s address details here.

3. Share on Your Socials!

Let’s flood social media with supportive messages to make sure MPs hear us loud and clear. You can download one of our images here and add your own message or this suggested tweet:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I oppose the #AntiRefugeeBill
And so should you 🌹

Will you be my Valentine @XXXX? This Bill represents the most significant roll back of refugee rights this country has ever seen – do the right thing and oppose it. 🧡

#ValentinesDay

Find the Twitter handle for your MP here.
While you’re at it, make sure you add an orange heart to your Twitter handle. Click Edit Profile, then click your name and copy / paste this symbol to the end – 🧡

4. Support our Campaigns

Make sure you keep an eye out for our campaigns, join in when you can and be sure to share our efforts. We’d love our Members to start their own campaigns, too – get in touch if you need support. You can also read the guidance from Together With Refugees here. 

Now is the time to put the pressure on our MPs to do the right thing!

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