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.

Migrant Organising Lockdown Update

Migrant Organising Lockdown Update

Apr 14 2020

We hope that you and your loved ones stay well and safe during this publichealth crisis.  Here at Migrants Organise we have been adapting…

Update: Home Office Response to Suspending Reporting Conditions during Coronavirus

Update: Home Office Response to Suspending Reporting Conditions during Coronavirus

Apr 09 2020

Following previous correspondence with the Home Office (which you can see in our previous posts here and here), Migrants Organise and the…

Update: Suspend Reporting Conditions During COVID-19

Update: Suspend Reporting Conditions During COVID-19

Mar 24 2020

On 17 March 2020, with the Helen Bamber Foundation, we wrote to Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, to urgently provide a clear…

Supporting Migrants to Access Healthcare

Supporting Migrants to Access Healthcare

Mar 20 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has thrown fresh light and scrutiny on our NHS. Alongside the heroism of healthcare workers and the hard work…

Suspend Reporting Conditions During COVID-19

Suspend Reporting Conditions During COVID-19

Mar 19 2020

On 17 March 2020, Migrants Organise – together with the Helen Bamber Foundation – have written to Priti Patel, the Home Secretary,…

Education is the key to a better future for refugees

Education is the key to a better future for refugees

Feb 25 2020

Guest post by Christina Melidou, Partnership Manager at FutureLearn According to the UNHCR Stepping Up report, the number of refugees in higher education increased…

We are looking for Casework Volunteer

We are looking for Casework Volunteer

Feb 24 2020

Migrants Organise is a platform where migrants and refugees organise for power, dignity and justice. We work across the UK to bring community…

Report Launch: Challenging the Reporting Conditions Regime

Report Launch: Challenging the Reporting Conditions Regime

Feb 21 2020

We are pleased to publish our report on Immigration Bail and the reporting conditions regime.

Christmas feast of memories

Christmas feast of memories

Jan 17 2020

Loraine Masiya Mponela, originally from Malawi is a migrants rights organiser at CARAG (Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group) and Migrants Organise.…

Happy New Year! Join our campaigns in 2020…

Happy New Year! Join our campaigns in 2020…

Jan 09 2020

From all of us at Migrants Organise, we wish you a very Happy New Year. We are going to have a busy…