Help Hich

1. Make a donation
2. Write to the Home Office
3. Write to your MP
4. Write to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
5. Send us a testimonial
6. Join the facebook groups
7. Get your own “Free Hich” t-shirts and cartoons
8. Subscribe to Ceasefire magazine
9. Tell everyone!

1. Make a donation

Because of the hefty legal costs and the fact he is not allowed to go back to his job until his fate is decided by the home office, Hich is going through very serious financial difficulties and is already many thousands of pounds in debt because of this ordeal.

All donations are welcome (from a single pound to a thousand). So please contribute to the best of your ability and give Hich the chance to fight his case. All funds will go towards paying Hich’s legal costs and basic living expenses and nothing else. Your financial help is crucial.

The best way to donate is via an online bank transfer to the campaign fund account.

Sort Code: 400205
Account Number:81474715
IBAN number: gb44midl40020581474715
International Swift Code: midlgb2140c

Contact staffandstudents@gmail.com to ask about any related information.

2. Write to the Home Office

Hicham’s persecution might end much sooner if the Home Office is made aware of the strength of feeling within the community about his case. Please write to Phil Woolas (phil.woolas@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk), the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, to ask him to stop wasting tax payers’ money trying to deport someone the country should be doing its utmost to keep here.

Click here for a template letter. You can either post it or email it (contact details are on the letter). Please copy us into the email if you can (staffandstudents@gmail.com)

3. Write to your MP

An excellent way of putting pressure on the Home Office is by informing your own Member of Parliament about Hich’s case and getting them to contact the Home Office. Dozens of MPs have already done so and the number is rising all the time. To contact your MP click here.

Click here for a template letter. You can either post it or email it. Please copy us into the email if you can (staffandstudents@gmail.com)

4. Write to the Vice Chancellor of Nottingham University

Despite Hicham’s substantial contribution to the University of Nottingham throughout the past 13 years, the senior management has done next to nothing to support him. Please write to the Vice Chancellor, Professor David Greenaway (david.greenaway@nottingham.ac.uk), to get him to redress this serious lapse and publicly acknowledge Hich’s unique contribution. If you are a member of the University (whether staff or student, present or past) please make sure you mention the fact.

Click here for a template letter. You can either post it or email it (contact details are on the letter). Please copy us into the email if you can (staffandstudents@gmail.com)

5. Send us a testimonial

Like hundreds of Hicham’s friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have already done so. You can help Hich by sending us a testimonial telling us about Hich and your experiences of him. This has already been very helpful in stopping his fast-track deportation and ensuring he gets a fair hearing (photos welcome too).

Please send your testimonials to: staffandstudents@gmail.com

6. Join the facebook groups

Two very successful facebook groups have already been created for all those who support Hicham and want to keep up with the ongoing developments of his case.

You can join the global group by clicking here.

You can join the University of Nottingham group by clicking here.

7. Get your own “Free Hich” t-shirts and cartoons

For £20 you can get your own copy of the iconic “Free Hich” t-shirt.

You can also purchase a limited edition cartoon drawn by Hich (designs to be uploaded soon). Hich’s surreal off-the-wall cartooning work was the subject of bizarre questioning by the counter-terrorism police.

All proceeds from these sales will go towards the Free Hich campaign fund.

Please email staffandstudents@gmail.com to place an order.

8. Support Ceasefire magazine

Hich has been the editor of Ceasefire Magazine for the past five years. It has been a key part of his political and intellectual activism and was also the subject of numerous questions during his detention on terrorism charges.

You can help by writing for the magazine, and by buying a copy or subscribing. The latest issue contains interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Albert, Norman Finkelstein, and Gavin Hayes – as well as articles on imperialism, Radiohead, the corporatisation of universities and much more.

Email info@ceasefiremagazine.co.uk for details.

9. Tell everyone!

Please tell all your friends about the campaign and urge them to help in any way they can. It is essential that as many people as possible join our ranks to ensure Hich’s persecution is stopped. This is especially crucial if you know high profile individuals and people working in the media.

If you have access to a website, please add a banner or a link to ours. (Get in touch if you need help on how to do this – staffandstudents@gmail.com)