No More Bricks in the Wall

No More Bricks in the Wall

No More Bricks in the Wall is a campaign to make 3 October the European Day for Memory and Welcome. CDEC is working with other development education centres across the UK (and organisations across Europe) to campaign for the recognition of this day, with a series of events in London on 3 October, and workshops and film screenings in Cumbria before hand. It is part of the much larger Snapshots From the Borders European project.

In order to raise awareness of the complex and multidimensional causes and effects of migration, CDEC and other development education centres across England will be hosting a series of workshops, film screenings and experiential opportunities for young people and communities, as well as encouraging you to sign the petition to make 3 October the European Day of Memory and Welcome - sign here! The culmination of activities will be on the 3rd October in London, where HEC Global Learning Centre will deliver a series of events throughout the day.

Local activities to support the No More Bricks in the Wall campaign

Film screening and panel discussion

Throughout Cumbria, we are hosting film screenings of Eldorado and panel discussions.

The first of these is 2 October, The Old Fire Station, Carlisle at 7.00pm. (Includes a workshop at 4.00pm and food at 6.00pm - reserve your FREE place here)

The film, Eldorado, draws parallels between the refugees of the Second World War and the current crisis. The director, Imhoof, takes his own early experience of refugees in WW2 as a point of entry to the ongoing refugee crisis, the biggest mass displacement of people since WW2.

With extraordinary access, Imhoof takes us on a journey with deep personal roots through the Italian warships of Operation Mare Nostrum, refugee camps in Southern Italy, asylum hearings with Swiss authorities, all designed to turn back refugees at all levels.

What emerges is a stark picture of an absurd and inhuman process that fails to address a human tragedy: a crisis caused by economic imbalances turning the rich countries of the North into the Eldorado that so many of the less fortunate try to reach at all cost. The “Promised Land” is based on a broken promise.

Workshops

Drawing on the film, we have developed a workshop to engage participants in thinking about the wider causes and effects of migration and how we challenge our perceptions and stereotypes so that we can build our communities as places of welcome and belonging - for all. We will deliver a series of workshops in schools in each of the regions.

Our workshops will use a Communities of Philosophical Enquiry approach to engage students, community members and decision makers in thinking about migration, and empathising with people who choose and/or who are forced to migrate and recognise the values they share. They will include screenings of the film documentary. 

Participants will be supported to asked action in support of migrants. Each regional workshop, film screening and event will generate messages to be shared on the 3 October - messages that challenge public perceptions but also decision makers.

Escape to Safety

Escape to Safety is an immersive exhibition developed by Global Link, who are based in Lancaster. It is an interactive multimedia installation that enables you to experience something of what it is like to be a refugee seeking asylum in Britain. It is designed for young people and adults from the age of 10 upwards and provides the opportunity to think about issues such as:

  • What is the welcome we want to give to refugees?
  • What is your image of asylum seekers in Britain?
  • Where does this image come from?

Each participant walks through a labyrinth of eight stations depicting the different stages a refugee experiences before seeking asylum in Britain. They are accompanied by refugee voices from Sudan, Afghanistan and Iran (via a portable MP3 player) as they interact with border immigration officials and the media.

No More Bricks in the Wall is part of the larger Snapshots from the Borders project

Snapshots From The Borders aims to improve European, national and local decision makers' critical understanding of migration flows, as well as that of the public and their opinion of the movement of people. It explores the global inter-dependencies that determine why migrants move towards European borders and aims to help our communities achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 1, 5, 10 11 and 16.

The heart of the project is “voice and experiences (snapshots) from the borders” and their broadest diffusion among European citizens. The voice of the real protagonists will travel from periphery to the centre, at national and European level, where the decisions are taken.

The project aims to inform European residents that migration is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon and a political issue which needs efforts and concrete actions taken by people and organisation/network at all level of society. A better understanding by Europeans of migration as a development issue paired with engagement fosters global citizenship and builds strong bonds of solidarity. 

Borders’ direct perspective and engagement helps raise awareness, share knowledge, encourage participation and show the people of Europe that they have an important role to play. By bringing voices and effective solutions from the borders where migration is lived directly, people will be more informed and aware of the what causes migration and its consequences determinants and they will become protagonists in calling for a fair world.

Once people are aware of the wide dimension, implication, causes and solutions, they will seek a change of attitude in terms of support for civil society.

The project is co-funded by the European Union