A powerful fighter for migrants and the oppressed

Steve Cohen, who fought so powerfully for migrants and the oppressed these past four decades, died at around 5am on Sunday morning (8th March, 2009). Steve had worked with many of us over the decades, as a member of the International Marxist Group, as a Jewish socialist and as a leading campaigner for migrants rights.  Bob Hughes sent the following comment:

He’d been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for fifteen years, and despite terrible pain and increasing disability kept on with his writing and campaigning and continued to be a tower of strength and source of inspiration to all around him, almost to the very last.

In the end, he went peacefully, with his closest friends and family beside him.

There won’t be a funeral – he gave his body for medical research. There will be a small memorial service in Manchester Town Hall at 5pm on Thursday, and a larger, suitably festive memorial event some time in July, probably in the weekend after what would have been his birthday (July 16th).

If you want to send a personal message of condolence to his daughter Rachel, his son Tom (and Tom’s wife Cecilia and their children Fintan and Ellen), to Sheila, Harriet and all those who loved Steve, please send it to Harriet’s address:
20 Danesbury Road

Phone: 01204 303467, email: harriet@obrien.net
If you want to make a donation in his memory, please make the cheque out to Arthritis Research (and send it to Harriet’s address, above, or to GMIAU – below).

If you didn’t know Steve, he was a prolific writer and campaigner, most recently the driving force behind the No One Is Illegal group (after writing a book of that name for Jessica Kinglsey Books, published in 2001). NOII has been a catalyst for the recent growth of No Borders activism in the UK and beyond.
Steve worked for years as a campaigning immigration-law barrister, fighting and winning many landmark cases and setting up the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU). Took part in numerous Anti-Deportation Campaigns: to name just a few

* Viraj Mendis
* Nasira Begum
* Anwar Ditta
* Rahman family
* Khan family
* Okolo family
* Okanlami family
* Decardi Nelson family
* Anderson family

Messages of appreciation would also be welcome there (send them to the Director, Denise McDowell):

Email: Denise McDowell <denise@gmiau.org>
Postal address: GMIAU, 1 Delaunays Road, Crumpsall Green, Manchester M8 4QS

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