1 Day Without Us in the Media

One of the aims of the 1DWU campaign has always been to change the national conversation about immigration, and create a platform for migrants and their supporters to make their voices heard. On 17 Feb we succeeded in doing that, and thanks to our intrepid comms team at Imix, we’re very pleased to share with you some of the very positive coverage our events received in the national and local media, and also on social media.

Photo by Steve Eason

We may have had less events this time round than we did last year, but we actually generated more media attention, nearly all of which was positive. From Polish schoolchildren in Bury St Edmunds to the migrants who gathered in Parliament Square and marched in Sheffield, migrants from many different backgrounds were able to bring a whole range of messages and voices to national and local attention.

They were joined by British supporters in a demonstration of solidarity and celebration of our unity-in-diversity. All of this was picked up by the national media. Even the Mail Online chose to carry an article about us, proving that miracles do happen! All this was achieved on a budget of little more than £500 and the generosity and goodwill of all those individuals and organisations who gave up their time to make events happen in their communities.

Sheffield photo by Tim Dennell

All this proves that where there is the will to do something there is nothing that cannot be done, and we hope that those who took part in 17 Feb can look at this coverage and take some satisfaction and inspiration from the fact that, even in these difficult times, we were able to let the country know that we are proud to be migrants and proud to stand with migrants.

And as this coverage shows, that message reached millions and we hope that it will not easily be forgotten.

1 Day Without Us

Proud to be a migrant

Proud to stand with migrants

 

Channel 4 News

Thousands gather to celebrate migrants in the UK

Saturday 20th February 2018

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Thousands gather to celebrate migrants in the UK

Thousands of people across the country have joined a campaign to celebrate the contribution made by migrants to British society. The One Day Without Us movement was set up in response to fears of a rise in xenophobia after the Brexit vote in 2016.

ITV News

One Day Without Us rally celebrates ‘crucial role’ of migrants in British life

Saturday 20th February 2018

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The Guardian

Migrant adult social care staff ‘add £4.4bn to English economy’

Saturday 17th February 2018

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Migrant adult social care staff ‘add £4.4bn to English economy’

Migrants working in the adult social care sector contribute £4.4bn to the English economy annually, according to figures released to mark the One Day Without Us (1DWU) event. Now in its second year, 1DWU celebrates the contribution to the UK of migrants, many of whom say they feel unwelcome since an escalation in pro-Brexit rhetoric after the 2016 referendum.

The Guardian

Rallies held across UK to celebrate migrants’ role in society

Saturday 17th February 2018

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Rallies held across UK to celebrate migrants’ role in society

People have gathered in Parliament Square in support of migrants in the UK as part of a wider day of action. The One Day Without Us campaign set up rallies and events across the country, from London to Edinburgh to Birmingham.

HuffPost UK

As The NHS Faces Major Challenges, Vital Contribution Of EU And Non-EU Migrants Must Be Recognised

Wednesday 14th February 2018

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As The NHS Faces Major Challenges, Vital Contribution Of EU And Non-EU Migrants Must Be Recognised

On 22 June 1948, the MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks carrying 492 Caribbean passengers. More followed afterwards. These migrants and descendants of migrants have played a vital role in the construction of the NHS since its creation. Without them the NHS would not have been possible.

HuffPost UK

One Day Without Us: Let’s Have A Different Conversation About Migration

Thursday 4th January 2018

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One Day Without Us: Let’s Have A Different Conversation About Migration

The One Day Without Us campaign came into existence in the autumn of 2016, out of a conversation on Facebook.

HuffPost UK

One Day Without Us 2018

Monday 4th September 2017

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Morning Star

One Day Without Us shows solidarity across faiths and cultures

Saturday 17th February 2018

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One Day Without Us 2018

It’s just under a year since I was part of a Facebook discussion about the alarmingly xenophobic drift of post-referendum UK society. We were people from many different nationalities, backgrounds and political persuasions. Some of us were migrants, others the descendants of migrants or British nationals who know migrants as our friends, colleagues, partners, carers, workmates and classmates.

Morning Star

One Day Without Us shows solidarity across faiths and cultures

Saturday 17th February 2018

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One Day Without Us shows solidarity across faiths and cultures

SOLIDARITY with all those marking One Day Without Us this weekend and to all Britain’s foreign-born residents who contribute so much to our society. The organisers of the second national day of action celebrating migrants and highlighting the work they do can be proud that events are taking place all over Britain under the One Day Without Us banner.

The London Economic

Migrants aren’t a threat to the NHS – Losing the migrants that helped build it is

Wednesday 14th February 2018

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Migrants aren’t a threat to the NHS – Losing the migrants that helped build it is

Migrants aren’t a threat to the NHS – Losing the migrants that helped build it is That the NHS is acutely and chronically underfunded is an observation so often made as to be banal. Stats released last week showed the depth of the crisis: in January alone, more than 1,000 patients waiting 12 hours or more on trolleys and 55,000 operations cancelled.

The Westmorland Gazette

Rally celebrates ‘crucial role’ of migrants in British life

Saturday 17th February 2018

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Rally celebrates ‘crucial role’ of migrants in British life

Demonstrators have gathered on Parliament Square to celebrate UK migrants as part of a wider day of action. The One Day Without Us campaign set up rallies and events across the country, from London to Edinburgh to Birmingham. The national day of action aims to celebrate all migrants in the UK and “stand against hatred, xenophobia and intolerance”.

Open Democracy

One day without us: mining Twitter, framing solidarity

Friday 16th February 2018

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One day without us: mining Twitter, framing solidarity

According to its organisers, the 2017 One Day Without Us action sought to emphasise the variety of work migrants undertake to help keep the UK afloat. The movement, organised online under the hashtag #1DayWithoutUs was being tweeted about 85 times per minute at its peak on the 20th of Feb 2017, while nearly 20,000 tweets went out under the hashtag in the 48 hours leading up to the event.

Open Democracy

Brexit: whose will, which public?

Monday 5th March 2018

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Brexit: whose will, which public?

One of the most interesting developments to come out of the Brexit referendum was that, far from being demotivated and resigned, many of those who voted to remain in the European Union began organising to reaffirm internationalist values in the UK, pushing back against the populist, anti-immigration dog-whistle politics that came to dominate so much of the debate around the EU.

The Star (Sheffield)

Historic ‘one o’clock time signal’ to sound at 2pm in Sheffield on day of action for migrants

Thursday 8th February 2018

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Historic ‘one o’clock time signal’ to sound at 2pm in Sheffield on day of action for migrants

Sheffield One Day Without Us is happening next Saturday, February 17, and is part of a national campaign intended to celebrate diversity and the contribution immigrants have made to British society. The initiative launched last year, when tens of thousands of people across the UK organised more than 160 events including rallies and protests.

Bournemouth Daily Echo

Campaign celebrates contribution of EU migrant workers

Thursday 1st March 2018

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Campaign celebrates contribution of EU migrant workers

A GROUP of passionate campaigners took to Bournemouth Square to show ‘solidarity’ for their co-workers in their ‘One Day Without Us’ campaign. One Day Without Us is a day of ‘national action’ that celebrates migrant workers, and migration in the UK.

Jersey Evening Post

Rally celebrates ‘crucial role’ of migrants in British life

Wednesday 21st February 2018

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Rally celebrates ‘crucial role’ of migrants in British life

The national day of action aims to celebrate migrants in the UK and ‘stand against hatred, xenophobia and intolerance’.

Bury Free Press

Children can talk to relatives thanks to language lessons at Saturday school

Friday 23rd February 2018

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Children can talk to relatives thanks to language lessons at Saturday school

Youngsters learning to speak Polish in Bury St Edmunds showcased their talents to visitors as part of the One Day Without Us campaign on Saturday. The Polish School, at the St John’s Centre, teaches children born and educated in this country to speak Polish so they can communicate with relatives overseas.

Mail Online

Cheddar Man ‘shows Britain has hosted migrants a lot longer than we think´

Friday 16th February 2018

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Cheddar Man `shows Britain has hosted migrants a lot longer than we…

Cheddar Man is a reminder that Britain has been home to migrants “for a lot longer than we think”, the leader of a migrant solidarity campaign said. Matt Carr, founder of One Day Without Us in support of migrants in the UK, said the fact that the first modern Briton had dark skin challenges “extreme right-wing” ideas about British origins.

FreeMovement.org.uk

Migrants to mark “One Day Without Us” on 17 February

Thursday 1st February 2018

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New Economics Foundation

Migrants in the care sector contribute £17 million to the English economy every day

Saturday 17th February 2018

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Migrants in the care sector contribute £17 million to the English economy every day

Today people of all nationalities will be coming together to celebrate the contribution of migrants to UK society. 1 Day Without Us is a day of action that invites us to dance, cook, volunteer, or protest – to take part in any way to show a belief in the power of migration to change lives for the better and to take a stand for migrants’ rights.

Migrants’ Rights Network

ONE DAY WITHOUT US: Celebrating Migrants. Celebrating Migration

Saturday 17th February 2018

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UK-wide: One Day Without Us – Migrants’ Rights Network

ONE DAY WITHOUT US: Celebrating Migrants. Celebrating Migration National Day of Action. February 17, 2018 On February 20 2017 migrants and their supporters from across the UK took part in One Day Without Us, the first-ever National Day of Action to celebrate the contributions of migrants to British society.

Explore the Past

1 Day Without Us – An Historical Perspective

Saturday 17th February 2018

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1 Day Without Us – An Historical Perspective

Saturday 17th February is 1 Day Without Us – a national event to celebrate migration, migrants and the contribution they make to society. Migration is the source of much discussion in the UK at present and, for some, invokes strong opinions. It is sometimes portrayed as a new phenomenon with a clear division between…

 

 

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