Build Common Ground

mobilsemainIn 2015, before the General Election, Migrants Organise worked with community organisations from across the world – Latin Americans, who felt invisible and underrepresented; Kenyans in West London, anxious about the opportunities for their young people; East and North African women, struggling to empower themselves following domestic violence and isolation; Ukrainians who were trying to support friends and family as conflict unfolded at home; domestic workers who were organising in the few hours they had spare on a Sunday – and many more. These diverse groups had diverse interests. Yet, we brought them together and we found common ground: shared experiences of powerlessness, xenophobia and hostility from the press and government, and tireless, thankless organising within communities. We knew that the 2015 election could change our situation, if we organised together. Some communities – Polish and Latin American – had been registering their members to vote to ensure they were a visible, powerful forces in the election. They taught other groups the lessons they had learnt. Collectively, we registered thousands of people to vote.

We knew that our power as voters was with our MPs. We supported migrant community groups in each constituency to meet, plan and organise together. Migrant groups came around the same table to meet with prospective parliamentary candidates and organise hustings. In meetings, community leaders secured concrete commitments on issues that mattered to their communities, a recognition of their power and relationship with their elected representative. More importantly, they began to understand what connected them to other migrant communities in the same area – sometimes shared challenges around buildings; sometimes shared frustrations about working with the local authority; sometimes shared anxiety about a particular local issue – gang violence, housing, racism. In every area, one issue connected migrant communities and brought each group allies in their struggles. From diverse starting points these groups have gone on to build alliances of strength in their local areas. Now, they act together for change and organise from a position of strength.

Women on the Move Awards Ceremony #IWD2019

Women on the Move Awards Ceremony #IWD2019

Mar 12 2019

photos by Beth Crosland On Friday 8th March 2019, the International Women’s Day,  we celebrated exceptional migrant and refugee women, their champions…

Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us?

Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us?

Mar 05 2019

Can you provide weekly 121 support for refugees and migrants in London?  Every year we work with incredible, dedicated volunteers who power our…

Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

Feb 28 2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, last night joined hundreds of Londoners at a citizenship ceremony at the Southbank Centre.  The ceremony…

Meet Mr Lazizi, our original Migrant Organiser

Meet Mr Lazizi, our original Migrant Organiser

Feb 26 2019

‘’We should all recall that what unites us is humanity, and strive to support one another, irrespective of background.’’ Mr Lazizi, Migrants…

Citizens Interrupted

Citizens Interrupted

Feb 17 2019

Migrants Organise CEO, Zrinka Bralo, TEDx UCLWomen talk on immigration, integration and immigrants as citizens interrupted. Watch the full video here I came London 25…

Congratulations Haringey Welcome!

Congratulations Haringey Welcome!

Feb 15 2019

It is almost a year since we celebrated the launch of the Haringey Welcome Pledge with our friends and colleagues in North…

Migrants Organise 25th Anniversary Celebration

Migrants Organise 25th Anniversary Celebration

Dec 03 2018

photos by Beth Crosland  On 22nd November we marked our 25th anniversary with a celebration event held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.…

Today we wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons: Here’s what we said, and why we said it

Today we wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons: Here’s what we said, and why we said it

Oct 12 2018

Today, as part of our Migrants Organise and Global Justice Now #MPsNotBorderGuards campaign, we’ve written to the Speaker of the House of Commons,…

MPs Must Stop Informing on Constituents for Immigration Enforcement! Join Our #MPsNotBorderGuards Campaign

MPs Must Stop Informing on Constituents for Immigration Enforcement! Join Our #MPsNotBorderGuards Campaign

Oct 12 2018

The ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants now extends to MP surgeries – since 2012, 723 people have been reported by their MPs to…

Nominations for the 2019 Women on the Move Awards close 5pm, Monday 15th October!

Nominations for the 2019 Women on the Move Awards close 5pm, Monday 15th October!

Oct 11 2018

COURAGEOUS. POWERFUL. UNSTOPPABLE. Migrant and refugee women are smashing stereotypes, breaking boundaries, and connecting communities. The Women on the Move Awards, presented by…