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.

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…

“We felt we should practice what we preach” – Supporting refugees via Community Sponsorship

“We felt we should practice what we preach” – Supporting refugees via Community Sponsorship

Oct 10 2018

Over the past several months, Migrants Organise has been supporting a group of London-based volunteers known as the Welcome Committee, in preparing to…

Migrants Organise Nominated for Community Sponsorship Award

Migrants Organise Nominated for Community Sponsorship Award

Oct 03 2018

On October 2nd, at a ceremony in central London, Migrants Organise was given national recognition for our work to promote and facilitate…

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE WOMEN ON THE MOVE AWARDS 2019

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE WOMEN ON THE MOVE AWARDS 2019

Sep 14 2018

Migrants Organise and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will host the eighth annual Women on the Move Awards at the WOW –…

WE ARE RECRUITING FOR A LEGAL VOLUNTEER – APPLY NOW!

WE ARE RECRUITING FOR A LEGAL VOLUNTEER – APPLY NOW!

Sep 11 2018

Job Title: Legal Volunteer, Community Programme  Salary: Voluntary. Reasonable lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Hours: One day per week (Friday), for a minimum…

Three Years On: Has Anything Changed Since the Death of Alan Kurdi?

Three Years On: Has Anything Changed Since the Death of Alan Kurdi?

Sep 02 2018

Three years ago today, the lifeless body of the three-year old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, was found washed up on a Turkish…

Connect, Build Common Ground, Grow Power, Speak Out! Migrants in Coventry Learn Power of Community Organising

Connect, Build Common Ground, Grow Power, Speak Out! Migrants in Coventry Learn Power of Community Organising

Aug 29 2018

“Stop being afraid and get up and act. We shouldn’t live in fear. Nothing will change if we don’t do something!” Last…