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Dear Glenda Jackson: please help save Refugee and Migrant Justice

June 22, 2010

Following the recent election my new MP is Labour’s Glenda Jackson. She used to be my MP when I lived up the road in of the crustier parts of West Hampstead. Below is my first letter to her, freshly sent a moment ago.

Dear Glenda Jackson,

I would like to draw your immediate attention to the government’s recent move to shut down Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ). There is now an urgent appeal to save RMJ.

A consortium of charitable trusts and city law firms, supported by Simon Hughes MP, are putting together a proposal to Government to save Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ). The proposal asks the Government to at least pay the money that it would have to pay anyway on insolvency on the understanding that this will be matched with up to £1,000,000 by way of grants, secured loans and donations to meet cash needs to finance work in progress.

We need concrete commitments for these funds today or as early as possible tomorrow – actual cash can come a bit later.

Read the full statement about the appeal to save RMJ.

My friend has been a lawyer working at RMJ here in London for the last 4 and a half years. He is in a state of shock. He cannot fulfil his legal and moral obligation to his clients – the most vulnerable members of society including 900 unaccompanied children.

By shutting RMJ down the government is positioning itself loudly and clearly on the side of the wealthy and the secure while creating a hell for the poor and the persecuted. Of all the cuts to make to aid the budget deficit this is surely one of the most inhumane and unethical, particularly given the lack of any planned transition to other legal representation.

As a concerned constituent I urge you to take a stand and show your support however you can in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Seth Mowshowitz

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