Yemeni Bodegas Close down, NYC

Over a thousand Yemeni-Americans closed down their bodegas (24 hr grocery stores) in protest against Donald Trump’s executive order banning US entry to travelers from Yemen and six other predominantly Muslim countries. Around 5,000 supporters gathered at Borough House in Brooklyn (New York City)  to show their patriotism to the USA and their anger at the immigration ban. The “shut down” aimed to demonstration to the public the important contribution the Yemeni community makes to the economic and social fabric of the city.

At 5.30 as the sun set, the crowd fell silent and hundreds lined up for prayer.

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Mass Deportation Charter flights

Every week UK charter flights carrying deportees and guards depart for Nigeria, Ghana, Jamaica, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

March against mass deportation orgainised by Movement for Justice. Demanding UK government stop mass deportation via charter flights targeting the black and Asian communities.Every 2 months charter flights transport deportees to Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Jamaica and Afghanistan.

Movement for Justice marched through Brixton protesting the targeting of long-established African, Asian and Caribbean communities in Britain – dividing families and deporting people who have built lives in the UK, who have parents, partners and children here, people who have lived most of their lives in Britain, students who have not finished their courses, those who have sought asylum and protection, people with serious health problems and others who are long-term carers to elderly and disabled relatives.
The targeting of so many people who are integrated members of their communities and wider society is a divisive act of racist discrimination.

March against mass deportation orgainised by Movement for Justice. Demanding UK government stop mass deportation via charter flights targeting the black and Asian communities.Every 2 months charter flights transport deportees to Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Jamaica and Afghanistan.

In 2013, Corporate Watch published a research report titled “Collective Expulsion: the case against mass deportation charter flights”.
Today, not much has changed:
“The UK continues to make political deportation deals with governments of its former colonies and war zones. Almost 2,000 people a year are still loaded onto secretive night flights from Stansted airport, handcuffed by private security ‘escorts’, in one of the most brutal facets of the detention and deportation regime…….. https://corporatewatch.org/news/2017/jan/06/deportation-charter-flights-collective-expulsion-2017

Syrians rage against inaction in Aleppo

Syrians march to Downing Street calling for the West to do more to stop the genocide in Aleppo, London Dec17 2016

“Community is with you”

Syrians march to Downing Street calling for the West to do more to stop the genocide in Aleppo, London Dec17 2016

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‘In Transit’ Exhibition

An exhibition on the Calais Jungle and Dunkirk Refugee Camps by Jacky Chapman and myselfIn Transit Exhibition

On the same week that we hammered our photographs up on the wall, 10,000 people were evicted from the Calais Jungle and the remaining structures were razed to the ground.

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We had good feedback from our first venue which was really rewarding:

“In Transit provided us with a platform to engage student across the curriculum and wider cultural, social, global and most importantly humanitarian issues that are to often skewed by social media and the press. Jacky and Janine’s sensitive and extremely well observed photos engaged our students from Year 6 up to Year 13 into these wider global issues and our responsibilities.  

The exhibition brings the migrant crisis literally to our doorstep, the powerful visuals evoke and provoke a reaction. These are insights and detail we are not used to seeing, the day to day living in the camps, the true reality of refugee’s situations. The exhibition opens the door to wider conversations and deeper understanding and empathy.  As well as invaluable educational stimulus across many subject areas (Geography, History, PSHE, RT, Art, Architecture, English) it teaches our students about their place in the world to make positive change”.    Sue Mulholland Director of Art, Dulwich College

Below: a small selection from the exhibition. photographs © Janine Wiedel

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Irish Tinkers, Travellers in the 1970s

Very pleased to have my photographs in Life Force ‘the magazine of the photo-essay’ .

From IRISH TINKERS, A portrait of Irish Travellers in the 1970s

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Black Lives Matter – London Solidarity

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“Black Lives Matter”! Over a thousand people marched through Central London to show their solidarity with the hundreds of black Americans who have died at the hand of police officers in recent years and outraged by the most recent shootings of two unarmed black men: Alton Sterling from Louisiana and Philando Castile from  Minnesota.

 

 

 

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“Hands up Don’t shoot”

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Kurds ask Britain to Break the Silence

Kurds ask UK government to Break their Silence and Stop Supporting Turkish State War on Kurds & end mass murder of the Kurdish people in Turkey. March & Rally central London

The Kurdish march was charged with emotion and anger. The aim was to break the silence of the UK media and government regarding Turkey’s war on and persecution of this resilient community. Currently Turkey’s entrance into the EU as well its geographical position next to Syria play a major roll in silencing the West on human rights issues. Once again the Kurds were automatically blamed for the latest bombing in Ankara.

The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) have been labelled terrorists by President Erdogen. Over the years, Turkey’s long battle against them has resulted in more than a quarter of a million people being driven from their homes. In the past four months, state security forces have killed 268 civilians as tanks and heavy artillery are being used on densely populated communities in southern Turkey.

Kurds ask UK government to Break their Silence and Stop Supporting Turkish State War on Kurds & end mass murder of the Kurdish people in Turkey. March & Rally central London

The Kurdish history is long and complex and as I am currently trying to understand it myself so won’t attempt to write it down! I just spent the weekend with the Iraqi Kurds in Dunkirk and heard many personal stories of the horrifying persecution they suffered and in this case hopefully escaped from.

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Speak up and help to end the mass murder of the Kurdish people

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