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.

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Sep 25 2017

A minor is denied support at a children’s services department. A heavily pregnant woman avoids seeking healthcare. A rough sleeper asks for…

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Aug 02 2017

reporting and photos by Azadeh Hosseini On  Wednesday 12th July Kew Gardens welcomed Migrants Organise members and provided us with 28 free tickets. We…

In the Shadow of Grenfell Tower

In the Shadow of Grenfell Tower

Jul 24 2017

More than a month ago, a devastating event irrevocably changed our neighbourhood of North Kensington. Grenfell Tower, one of the most prominent…

The Grenfell Inquiry Terms of Reference Consultation  – How To Have Your Say

The Grenfell Inquiry Terms of Reference Consultation – How To Have Your Say

Jul 24 2017

The Government has set up an independent public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. The Inquiry is designed to uncover the truth,…

Great Get Together In Solidarity with Grenfell

Great Get Together In Solidarity with Grenfell

Jun 15 2017

Thank you for all your messages of support and your generous donations. Along with our neighbourhood, we grieve for all lives lost.…

Make our get together great!

Make our get together great!

Jun 09 2017

On Saturday, 17th June Migrants Organise members and supporters will be at the Portobello Green organising our local get together as a part of…

Get out and vote say immigrants. For your future and ours.

Get out and vote say immigrants. For your future and ours.

Jun 07 2017

When I escaped Sarajevo under the siege at the end of 1993, there was no plan. I had no idea where I…

Migrants Encouraged to Vote as Election enters final few days

Migrants Encouraged to Vote as Election enters final few days

Jun 05 2017

In response to the General Election, migrant communities around the UK organised a series of events to ensure their voice and their…

Migrants Organise wins The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Migrants Organise wins The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Jun 02 2017

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK and we at Migrants Organise…

London landlords urged to open their doors and hearts to Syrian refugees

London landlords urged to open their doors and hearts to Syrian refugees

May 31 2017

Landlords in the UK are being urged to do their bit to help victims of the humanitarian crisis in Syria by three…