Transmission has been working with, around, and for a number of autonomous activist and community groups [see: With loving resistance (2019)]. We open up 28 King Street to be utilised for meetings, fundraisers and to facilitate public and private events for these groups. COIVD-19 has restricted access to the space so. we have worked with these groups to provide some online space to highlight their activities. Below you can find information on what these groups are up to, how to support them and how to be supported by them.
THE UNITY CENTRE
The Unity Centre gives practical support and solidarity to all asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. We also support anyone detained in any UK Detention Centres. The Centre is run by the Unity Centre Collective. We are No Borders. We believe everyone should have freedom of movement. Our office is based in Glasgow, less than 100 metres from the Home Office. Anyone who is required to sign at the Home Office reporting centre on Brand Street can stop by our office on their way to sign into our signing book. This means we can act quickly if anyone gets detained by the Home Office. We try to share information and training about the asylum process so that we can all be better informed about the system.The Unity Centre is an organisation than has been run completely by volunteers since it began 11 years ago, with an office open 5 days a week and a 24hr phoneline. We consciously receive no public or government funding, and are entirely dependent on donations from our supporters.
MIGRANTS ORGANISING FOR RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT
MORE is a group of migrants and members of the community campaigning for the right to work, study, good housing and to be treated with dignity.
In response to the differing needs of our communities during the outbreak of COVID 19, we (MORE, The Unity Centre and Maslows Commuity Shop-Govan ) are raising funds to support our communities that are currently experiencing the asylum system with a monthly minimum of a £10.00 phone top up and £30.00 shopping foreseeable future.
As most interacting is done virtually during this unprecedent lock-down, we know very well that many of our friends don't have any access to smartphone or mobile contracts and rely solely on pay as you go to stay connected.
UBUNTU WOMEN SHELTER
Ubuntu Women Shelter is a Glasgow based charity dedicated to meeting emergency and short term accommodation needs of women who are destitute with no recourse to public funds. We are the first service in the UK run and managed by people with lived experience of migration, asylum and destitution. We are in direct resistance to the hostile environment and have an ethos of no borders and refuse to consent to the current border regime. Our services include hosting women, referrals and advocacy and are designed to meet the unique emotional and psychological needs of women excluded from homelessness and welfare services and housing. We welcome women with failed asylum claim, who have been granted refugee status but destitute and awaiting support and housing. Our services are open to and welcome cis gender, non-binary, queer, trans people and sex workers. We welcome women from all faiths and religious persuasions. We need volunteers, donations and funding in order to acquire an asset to open our first dedicated night shelter and need volunteers to offer hosting to women in their homes.