Centre for Human Ecology Press Release
28th August 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNBREXABLE: SCOTTISH AND EU CITIZENS UNITE
FOR BREXIT RESPONSE BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE
Glasgow's Centre for Human Ecology host unique event on 2nd September: an active
response to Brexit examining social, environmental and cultural impacts
On the 2nd of September, a happening takes place at the Pearce Institute, Glasgow:
Unbrexable – Connections and Caring in European Scotland. 'We' are citizens, activists,
academics, community workers, artists and migrants who wish to collectively consolidate
what kinds of initiatives and movements Scotland needs to become the kind of welcoming,
inclusive and socially and environmentally just country we want to live in. This event is
taking place because political and media elites have failed to adequately represent the
62% of Scottish citizens that voted to remain in the EU.
The end to Freedom of Movement between the UK and EU countries has been announced
for March 2019, and the future rights of EU citizens currently living and working in the UK
are still uncertain. They don't only concern migrants however - cultural workers and visitors
are also affected.
CHE director Svenja Meyerricks, a German citizen who has lived in Scotland for 14 years,
said: “European Scots are not 'bargaining chips': we have chosen to make Scotland our
home. 'Unbrexable' is in a spirit of caring, connection and solidarity: Scots, Europeans and other
migrants coming together to explore where we go from here”.
The day includes talks, workshops, and sessions to gather contributions from attendees,
with a view to a longer-term citizen's movement against a hard Brexit and increasing
xenophobia and protectionism.
The Centre for Human Ecology, in partnership with Govan Folk University, has conceived
of Unbrexable as series of events and interventions revolving around the idea of citizen
diplomacy, bypassing official channels in order to salvage, protect and strengthen the
connections with European counterparts. The Unbrexable conference will bring together
people working within migrant solidarity networks, connections between grassroots
European activist movements such as the degrowth movement which outlines alternative
narratives to economic growth, European youth exchanges, tools for collaboration,
academia, community arts or services across borders. The event will be led by (mainly
European) migrants – true to the ethos 'nothing about us without us is for us'. The day will
combine talks with participatory workshops, and a panel discussion and plenary on how
we can actively move forward through 'emotional citizenry' at home and abroad – building
bridges across newly enforced borders.
For more information please contact: Luke Devlin (Centre for Human Ecology director) [email protected]
NOTE FOR EDITOR: full programme details at www.che.ac.uk/unbrexable
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