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-Led Voter Registration Campaign  Culminates in 6 days of Action

Migrant-Led Voter Registration Campaign Culminates in 6 days of Action

May 18 2017

A nationwide migrant-led campaign to register migrant, refugee and minority voters ahead of the General Election on 8 June 2017 will culminate…

Call to Action: Promote the Migrant Vote

Call to Action: Promote the Migrant Vote

May 11 2017

With the deadline for voter registration fast approaching, Migrants Organise are launching a collaborative project to support EU nationals, migrants and refugee…

Migrants Organise joins London Mayor’s Integration Initiative

Migrants Organise joins London Mayor’s Integration Initiative

Apr 26 2017

Migrants Organise are proud to be part of the Citizenship and Integration Initiative launched by London mayor Sadiq Khan, in partnership with…

We the People

We the People

Apr 23 2017

Here we go again #Elections2017 – the analysis, the campaigning, the tactics, the lobbying, fake news, real news, promises… about to overwhelm…

‘A more welcoming place’

‘A more welcoming place’

Apr 19 2017

  Migrants Organise is very proud to receive this heartfelt note of thanks from the inspiring Advocacy Academy! This came about thanks…

Patients Not Passports Action

Patients Not Passports Action

Apr 05 2017

On the morning of Wednesday April 5th, Migrants Organise joined an action organised by campaign group ‘Docs not Cops’ to protest plans…

Launch of Refugees Welcome Guidance Pack

Launch of Refugees Welcome Guidance Pack

Mar 30 2017

  On March 29th, an audience of more than one hundred and fifty gathered in St Ethelburga’s church for the launch Welcoming…

Organising Refugee Welcome

Organising Refugee Welcome

Mar 14 2017

by Akram Salhab Growing up Palestinian, the experience of refugees has always been central to my life. My own family were forced…

Women on the Move Awards 2017: Celebrating migrant and refugee women

Women on the Move Awards 2017: Celebrating migrant and refugee women

Mar 11 2017

This year’s Women on the Move Awards ceremony were held on March 10th at the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre. Delivered…

I made pathways where I found none

I made pathways where I found none

Feb 13 2017

I go by Penny  Wangari-jones but my full name is actually Peninah. I used to say it’s an English name but now…