Nearly 100 people, mostly those fighting deportation campaigns, attended the annual meeting of the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns in Manchester on Saturday of last week.
Hostile media campaigns, particularly from the Mail and Express, mean the campaign’s lottery funding is constantly under scrutiny and threat.
The conference overwhelmingly opposed the option to become a charity and therefore lose the ability to continue to campaign politically.
Asylum seekers from Congo, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Uganda attacked the hypocrisy of the government and the G8 in posing as champions of the poor in Africa while imprisoning and trying to deport those who have escaped violence and poverty.
Dritan Dauti, a Kosovan asylum seeker, is facing his appeal to stay in Britain on Monday.
The home office has recently refused Dritan’s application for leave to remain.
Dritan has lived in Britain since 2000, arriving here after Serbian soldiers destroyed his village in Kosovo.
Dritan has made a new life in Hackney, east London, where he has made many friends.
He is a printer and a member of the Amicus union.
Dritan’s supporters are calling for people to join the protest on Monday 13 June at 9.30am, Sessions House, 17 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6.