Sam Banks, Chair of Council, explained there has been an extensive amendment to the motion by the proposers:
In Notes 3, replace "Movement for Justice (MFJ)" with "Oxford Migrant Soildarity (OMS)"
Replace the whole of Notes 5 with "OMS will book one coach to transport Oxford Students to Yarls Wood, which is in an isolated location with few transport links. OMS will subsidise the cost of transport for university students."
Replace Notes 6 with "The cost of booking a coach is between £500 and £600; a current quote for a 49-seater is £565.02."
Delete Notes 7
In Believes 2 replace "like those at MFJ" with "liuke those from groups organising the protest"
In Believes 3 delete "asylum seekers and"
In Resolves 1 replace "donate £250 to MFJ" with "donate £300 to OMS"
Speech in propositon Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: Yarls Wood is a detention centre in Bedfordshire which indefinitely detains refugees. It is infamous for its human rights abuses. We have heavily amended this motion due to recent allogations against people in the central organising committee of MFJ. We'd still like to particiate in the protest and are therefore asking for some money to book the coaches as OMS.
Sam Banks, Merton: The Council Discrentiary Fund is £1500 year. So far, no money has been spent from this fund this year.
Rebecca Stephens, Hertford: How far into the turnover of the Discrentary Fund are we
Sam Banks, Merton: It runs for the academic year and this is our second meeting.
Kelli Francis-Staite, St John's: Has Oxford SU supported something like this before and if so how much money did we give?
Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: I don't think there's been a monitiary motion on this before but has been supported on Social Media
Tom Barringer, Oxford SU: We do have Policy mandating us to support campaigns to shut down Yarls Wood which passed last year.
Amelia Wrigley, St John's: Have you approached any JCRs or MCRs for funding?
Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: Yes, we have been in contact with a number of the reps. One has already passed a motion to supprt this.
Dane Rogers, Merton: How much money have you raised so far for this to give us some context please?
Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: The new situation is a slightly indeterminate one. We as OMS are going to book the coach ourselves. We have the estimated we'll have between 25 and 50 people come along which we could charge a ticket price to subsidize the cost, also looking at funding from JCRs.
Gerard, Mansfield: How many students have attended this before and how many do you expect this time?
Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: Normally book out a 40-50 seater coach. Last year it was maybe about 30.
Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, Merton College: The allogations relating to MFJ have only come to light in the last few days so we're trying to arrange this protest on very short notice.
Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: A 24 seater coach cost only a small amount less than a 50 seater coach so the cost will be within the same region anyway.
Katy Haigh, Oxford SU: So the £215 mentioned in the original motion, you don't have anymore? You're at zero?
Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: We are at zero
Katy Haigh, Oxford SU: Given the short amount of time you have, how do you hope to get the rest of the money?
Rivka Micklethwaite, St Catz: Through JCRs and maybe charging ticket prices.
No speech in opposition
Jack Wands, Wadham: An ex-detainee of Yarls Wood responded when asked about protest at the detention centre said whilst it was appreciated they felt the money could be better used lobbying politicians.
Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, Merton College: Women from Yarls Wood have spoken out about the positive impact these protests have had for the women inside. I cannot quote statistics right now though.
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