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.

Have a spare room? Help Welcome Refugees

Have a spare room? Help Welcome Refugees

Sep 03 2019

Housing remains a particular challenge for vulnerable migrants and refugees. Most migrants and refugees struggle to access public funds, which includes homelessness…

We are recruiting Healthcare for All Migrant Organiser – join Migrants Organise to fight back NHS Charges

We are recruiting Healthcare for All Migrant Organiser – join Migrants Organise to fight back NHS Charges

Aug 13 2019

Job Title: Healthcare for All  Migrant Organiser Location: London with regular travel across England Salary: £33,000 per annum + 4% stakeholder pension Hours: 35 hours…

Our Legal Organiser Brian Dikoff  explains Litigation Friend Scheme in the Law Society Podcast

Our Legal Organiser Brian Dikoff explains Litigation Friend Scheme in the Law Society Podcast

Aug 05 2019
We don’t need handouts – we need to work. We need to Lift the Ban.

We don’t need handouts – we need to work. We need to Lift the Ban.

Jul 17 2019

Veecca Smith Uka is the 2018 Winner of the Women on the Move Awards, she is an organiser and tireless campaigner for…

They can’t say they didn’t know

They can’t say they didn’t know

Jul 11 2019

A distraught couple refused access to the body of their dead baby, a long-term NHS worker whose mother was refused the care…

Dr Jess Potter: ‘I am your Doctor First’

Dr Jess Potter: ‘I am your Doctor First’

Jul 05 2019

@DrJessPotter is a respiratory doctor and recently completed her MRC-funded PhD at Queen Mary University of London. She also campaigns for the…

Join UK and Syrian Human Rights Activists for Freedom Across Borders Conference on 6 July

Join UK and Syrian Human Rights Activists for Freedom Across Borders Conference on 6 July

Jun 22 2019

The Freedom Across Borders conference organised by Syria Solidarity UK with Amnesty International UK, the Syrian Legal Development Programme, Dawlaty and Migrants Organise, is an opportunity for…

Volunteer Opportunity: Arabic Speaking Caseworker

Volunteer Opportunity: Arabic Speaking Caseworker

Jun 19 2019

We are looking for an Arabic speaker to volunteer with us- can you help?  The Community Programme at Migrants Organise is currently…

Why bother about Refugee Week: Events and actions

Why bother about Refugee Week: Events and actions

Jun 17 2019

Join Migrants Organise and our networks this #RefugeeWeek2019 to mobilise support and solidarity for refugees here in the UK and internationally. Looking…

Moromoke’s Story: ”I had no one to fight for me”

Moromoke’s Story: ”I had no one to fight for me”

Jun 15 2019

Moromoke first joined Migrants Organise in 2016. After years trapped in a cruel immigration system, she was struggling to feed her family…