Osime Brown – a Black 21-year-old autistic man with learning disabilities – is facing deportation from his home in Britain to Jamaica. He was imprisoned in 2018 under the joint enterprise act for the theft of a mobile phone, and lost his leave to remain. The Home Office now intends to deport Brown from his home in Britain to Jamaica, a country he left when he was four years old.
Throughout his tumultuous life, Brown has been systematically failed by the services that were supposed to protect him – the education, health and social care, and criminal justice systems. Brown has a learning disability, has high support needs, and now suffers from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his distress. Regarding the Home Office’s plan to deport her son to Jamaica, Brown’s mother said:
He doesn’t have anybody there. He hasn’t been back to Jamaica, he doesn’t know Jamaica. When he found out the Home Office wanted to remove him he said: “Mum, is there a bus that I can come back on?” His removal would be a death sentence.
She told the Independent:
He wouldn’t cope. If he can’t even cope here, how is he going to cope in a environment and a culture he doesn’t know? He would be exploited because of his vulnerability.
34 MPs have signed a letter calling on home secretary Priti Patel to halt the planned deportation of Brown, saying:
If Osime is deported, it is our and his mother’s belief that he will die.
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Brown’s family have taken to social media to call for a twitterstorm at 7pm on 25 February to raise awareness about his case and stop the planned deportation:
They have shared a useful thread on how people can get involved in the online campaign:
— JUSTICE FOR OSIME BROWN (Official) (@FreeOsimeBrown) February 25, 2021
They encourage those taking part to tag the official @FreeOsimeBrown page and to use hashtags to ensure the campaign is impactful:
— JUSTICE FOR OSIME BROWN (Official) (@FreeOsimeBrown) February 23, 2021
Who will be joining?
Emma Taylor shared some information about Brown’s case and how to get involved in the twitterstorm:
Hey beautiful twitterpeeps, 7pm Thursday 25th February #OsimeBrownTwitterstorm. Please follow and tag @FreeOsimeBrown in your posts and use the # #OsimeNeedsHisFamily #StopTheDeportation #JusticeForOsimeBrown pic.twitter.com/EikngeLCL4
— 🍂Emma Taylor 🍂 (@Emmakat83) February 24, 2021
One Twitter user has shared a reminder for those taking part in the twitterstorm to tag their MPs to make sure the word gets out:
Please remember to join or schedule some tweets ahead of 7pm tomorrow (Thurs 25th) to help #StopTheDeportation of #OsimeBrown – tag your MPs, tag accounts that could help, tag @FreeOsimeBrown, and use the #’s #StopTheDeportation#OsimeNeedsHisFamily#JusticeForOsimeBrown
— AMH (@admhgn) February 24, 2021
Another user has shared graphics that people can use to draw attention to the cause:
Don’t forget to join us tonight at 7pm for the #OsimeBrownTwitterstorm
— Spartan 👊🏽 #JusticeForOsimeBrown (@SpiritoSpartan) February 25, 2021
Bill Ward shared a helpful reminder that users can schedule tweets using sites such as Tweetdeck:
— Bill Ward💙 #PeaceandJustice (@BillWard60) February 24, 2021
How else can I help?
As Aimee-Nicole has highlighted, people can sign the petition to halt the deportation:
— Aimee-Nicole ❄️ #Blacklivesmatter (@AimeeNicole234) February 24, 2021
Another Twitter user has shared the template people can use to write to the Home Office and their MP, calling on them to end the injustice:
also, please continue to email your mp and the @ukhomeoffice to demand osime’s deportation order to be stopped!!
— karo (@greenplantday) February 24, 2021
Supporters can also donate to the campaign fundraiser.
However we choose to support the campaign, we must use our collective voice to demand justice for Brown and send a loud, clear message that we do not accept the Home Office’s plans to put a vulnerable young man into an extremely dangerous situation.
Featured image via @FreeOsimeBrown/Twitter
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