Remembering Eddie Barns: fighter for justice

May 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm (Anti-Racism, civil rights, class, Disability, good people, Human rights, humanism, immigration, Jim D, socialism, solidarity)

  • Eddie Barns

I don’t think I ever met Eddie Barns, who died in late April,  but he was clearly a fine comrade and exceptional human being. A comrade who’d just heard the news today emailed:

“I didn’t know that Eddie had died. I’m shocked and very sad. He was a top guy. He was one of the Labour councillors in Hackney in the 1980s who voted  against cuts when the rest of them caved in; he continued to be active on the  left; he was friendly and supportive to us; and for the last few years had  thrown himself into defending immigrants both through campaigning and through legal support. The last time I met him was in my kitchen, discussing defending a  cleaner who was threatened with deportation.”

Below is an invitation from Eddie’s friend, Kate Adams of Kent Refugee Help.  If you are unable to attend please make a donation to the Eddie Barns Memorial Fund (emergency assistance for vulnerable refugees threatened with expulsion). There is no doubt in my mind that the demands of Eddie’s work contributed to his early death.  Your contribution will help Eddie’s much needed work to continue.
Please forward this on to all friends that believe refugees must get justice and are able to help Eddie’s  work. If you have a means of distributing the attached that will be of great help.
Wes McLachlan
Community Action for Young Refugees
Dear  Friends,
A reminder about the Memorial Gathering for Eddie Barns,  former Hackney Rebel Councillor and Kent Refugee Help’s first caseworker.
This is our event for Refugee Week. We  are launching a fund for emergency welfare payments to refugees  in Eddie’s name.
Please see the attached leaflet for details of the fund which you can print  off if you wish to donate and are unable to attend the Memorial.
Please send cheques:  Co Sue Powell,  Trustee , Kent Refugee Help 6 Church Street, Wye, TN25 5BJ.
Eddie Barns Memorial leaflet.pdf Eddie Barns Memorial leaflet.pdf 74K   View   Download
We do hope you are able to come to celebrate Eddie’s life and his wonderful  activism and compassion which defied borders.
All Welcome. Note the link to the obituary in the Guardian, Other Lives  written by Eddie’s friend Patrick Mc Glyn
Other obituaries appear in Labour Briefing  April 2013 and Labour  Briefing Magazine of the Cooperative.
Date : Saturday  15th June, 1 pm
Venue: 6 Church Street, Wye, TN25 5BJ
Lunch provided.
Speeches and songs
Open Mic- share your remembrances of Eddie with us
For those not local to  Kent, Wye is a beautiful village in the north downs. Sue Powell, KRH trustee is  opening up her home for the event.
Trains from London  Charing Cross direct 1 hour 31 minutes, from London St Pancras, change at Ashford International, 59  minutes 
No Disruptions from  Engineering works that day.
if you are coming by  train, turn left out of the station exit and keep straight and turn left for  Church Street- 10 minutes. A lift can be arranged from the station for anyone with  mobility difficulties.
If you have not already done so RSVP to Kate:   Mobile:07703788773
Best wishes and in  solidarity
Kate Adams
Kent Refugee Help

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