Campaign groups are uniting to stop the deportation of Osime Brown

Osime Brown's mother holds a photo of her son

On 12 June, campaigners are demonstrating against the deportation of Osime Brown. Brown is a Black, autistic 22-year-old who hasn’t set foot in Jamaica since he was 4-years-old. Campaigners are calling on those who can’t make the protest to take part in a Twitterstorm at 7pm on 10 June.

Osime Brown’s case

Osime Brown is a Black, autistic, and learning disabled young man facing deportation by the Home Office. He was imprisoned in 2018 under the joint enterprise act for being present when someone else stole a mobile phone. As a result, he lost his leave to remain. Now, the Home Office intends to deport Brown from his home in Britain to Jamaica, a country he left when he was just four years old.

Explaining that her son’s “whole life is like a conveyor belt, from bad to worse”, Brown’s mother said:

Right now, the priority is Osime’s health and to lift the threat of deportation from off his head; it’s destroying him and he is struggling to cope with this uncertainty; for him it’s a torture, like being on death row, not knowing why or when.

She added:

Each time the doorbell rings he would say they are coming to get me.

Reflecting on the injustice of the planned deportation, she said:

My grandparents came to this country 1960 and contributed and I do too. My grandmother went to Jamaica and could not return, she died there and I am looking at history repeating itself. With the situation my son finds himself; there is no shadow of a doubt that he too will die if he is sent to Jamaica.

Protest to stop the deportation

In December 2020, over 100 public figures signed a letter to home secretary Priti Patel calling for her to stop Brown’s deportation. In February 2021, MPs called on the Home Secretary to halt the deportation. The judicial review on his deportation is expected to announce its findings soon. Justice for Osime Brown is now gearing up for a protest at midday on 12 June ahead of the judicial review decision:

Sisters Uncut announced that the group, along with the Kill the Bill coalition, will be attending the protest in solidarity with Brown’s family:

Labour for Free Movement announced that Labour MP John McDonnell, journalist Owen Jones, University and College Union president Vicky Blake, No More Exclusions, and Neurodivergent Labour will be taking part in the protest:

Sharing a reminder about safety at the protest, Justice for Osime Brown shared:

Join the Twitterstorm

Justice for Osime Brown has asked anyone who isn’t able to attend the protest on 12 June to take part in a Twitterstorm to raise awareness about Brown’s case on 10 June at 7pm:

Urging people to take part in the Twitterstorm, the Black Liberation Alliance tweeted:

People looking to get involved in the campaign can also sign and share the petition calling on the government to allow Brown to stay in the UK.

Featured image via @FreeOsimeBrown/Twitter

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    1. If the UK is a racist, ableist state as claimed, surely this lad would be better off in Jamaica. Why would anyone want to live in this awful country? Obviously we should be deterring the refugees and immigrants coming here being as The Canary is frequently telling us how shit the UK is. Still waiting for The Canary to issue a list of better countries to live in..

      1. I suggest you spend a year in Jamaica experiencing the conditions this man would be subjected to & then send a detailed report. You Tories have made UKania into a racist, ableist state, & plunging it into being the most corrupt country in Europe.

        As for better countries: I suggest Finland. It has superb health & social care & services & certainly the best education system in the world……oh, and it doesn’t have corrupt self-serving politicians like UKania’s Tories.
        Also, English is widely spoken as it is in all Scandinavian countries & they all have a much higher standard of living
        than UKania does. But – perspicacious people know all this…..you don’t, which says it all……………..

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