Something special happened on the 13th of May 2021 on Kenmure Street in Glasgow. After a peaceful protest lasting over eight hours, our neighbours Lakhvir and Sumit were released from an Immigration Enforcement van.
The neighbourhood came together spontaneously because we thought what was happening before our eyes was wrong. We were not a mob – as some have called us – but a concerned community. Our story has gone around the world.
What is #NotAMob?
#NotAMob is a new community group created after the protest to try to create long-term positives and to support existing organisations and our neighbours.
Many people have said it would be good to find a way to stay connected and plan for the future. In COVID times that’s a bit difficult. This website is a first step.
What Can I Do?
- Hit the green button and fill out our survey. It will help bring us together and find ways to create lasting good from a difficult day.
- Share this site with your friends and neighbours and encourage them to take the survey too.
- Use the hashtag #NotAMob on social media to help grow our community.
- Get in touch if you support the idea. We are a small band at present – but very friendly.
We will use your input to build #NotAMob, create activities to strengthen our community, and support existing projects.
What People Are Saying
“There are moments in life when you have the chance to be on the right side of history. On that day, I believe that Glasgow showcased the best of our city loudly and clearly.
DR SHARANDEEP SINGH, DIRECTOR, SIKHS IN SCOTLANDSource: Metro, 18/05/21
“This was a disciplined, determined crowd, none of whom lifted a finger in physical aggression. The power of it was a sight to behold.”
EILEEN REID, WRITER AND LOCAL RESIDENTSource: The Scottish Review, 19/05/21
“The response of the Home Office was to refer to the people of Kenmure Street and Pollokshields as the mob. They’re not the mob. That’s the community. The peace-loving diverse community that lives there.”
AAMER ANWAR, HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERSource: The Sunday Show, BBC One Scotland, 16/05/21 (Starts at 20:19)
Latest from the #NotAMob Blog
Interest in the Kenmure Street protest continues to grow. Glasgow University’s School of Social & Political Sciences has released a podcast in its Recovering Community series that considers the protest within Glasgow’s tradition of community activism. Head of school Professor Anne Kerr joins sociology lecturer Dr Teresa Piacentini (who was at the protest) and herContinue reading “Glasgow University’s Recovering Community podcast focuses on the Kenmure Street protest”
New Home Office Statement on Kenmure Street Protest is Completely Inadequate and Fails to Address Community Concerns
To mark three months since the Kenmure Street protest and to highlight the lack of engagement from the Home Office, #NotAMob put out a press release that repeated the key issues and questions that local residents, our elected representatives and many other stakeholders have raised following the dawn raid in May. Holyrood Magazine covered ourContinue reading “New Home Office Statement on Kenmure Street Protest is Completely Inadequate and Fails to Address Community Concerns”
PRESS RELEASE: KENMURE STREET RESIDENTS CHALLENGE HOME SECRETARY TO VISIT POLLOKSHIELDS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE 13 MAY DAWN RAID
EMBARGO: 00:01 FRIDAY 13 AUGUST 2021 Friday 13th August marks three months since the community protest in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, which made national and international headlines. After a peaceful protest lasting over eight hours, our neighbours Lakhvir and Sumit were released from an Immigration Enforcement van. The spontaneous protest by the community took placeContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE: KENMURE STREET RESIDENTS CHALLENGE HOME SECRETARY TO VISIT POLLOKSHIELDS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE 13 MAY DAWN RAID”
How Did We Get Our Name?
Read about where the name for our group came from on the #NotAMob Blog
Remembering the Day
The day ended positively and peacefully. Here is a video that shows the scale and demeanour of the crowd. You will see we were #NotAMob.
We remain concerned for our neighbours and continue to contact governments and politicians to ensure our voices are heard. We would love it if you joined us. You can reach us through the contact form on this site.