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.

Want to make a big difference?  Rent your property to a refugee family!

Want to make a big difference? Rent your property to a refugee family!

May 14 2019

”It’s such an easy thing to do really!”  Migrants Organise works with refugees to rebuild their lives here in the UK. One…

From DRC to North Kensington: My journey to organising

From DRC to North Kensington: My journey to organising

May 08 2019

Organising is about doing things together – being allies, being true to each other – so you can challenge issues affecting your…

#PatientsNotPassports – join us on the 30th April to stop the spread of hostile environment

#PatientsNotPassports – join us on the 30th April to stop the spread of hostile environment

Apr 23 2019

Through successive immigration acts, the Government has introduced a border regime into the National Health Service. Migrants are now charged upfront to…

Windrush, Grenfell and Civil Rights: The Legacy of Community Organising in North Kensington

Windrush, Grenfell and Civil Rights: The Legacy of Community Organising in North Kensington

Apr 08 2019

“Never accept the bread line, fight for what you want.” Recently,  Migrants Organise gathered over one hundred community members and local leaders…

Women on the Move Awards Ceremony #IWD2019

Women on the Move Awards Ceremony #IWD2019

Mar 12 2019

photos by Beth Crosland On Friday 8th March 2019, the International Women’s Day,  we celebrated exceptional migrant and refugee women, their champions…

Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us?

Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us?

Mar 05 2019

Can you provide weekly 121 support for refugees and migrants in London?  Every year we work with incredible, dedicated volunteers who power our…

Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

Feb 28 2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, last night joined hundreds of Londoners at a citizenship ceremony at the Southbank Centre.  The ceremony…

Meet Mr Lazizi, our original Migrant Organiser

Meet Mr Lazizi, our original Migrant Organiser

Feb 26 2019

‘’We should all recall that what unites us is humanity, and strive to support one another, irrespective of background.’’ Mr Lazizi, Migrants…

Citizens Interrupted

Citizens Interrupted

Feb 17 2019

Migrants Organise CEO, Zrinka Bralo, TEDx UCLWomen talk on immigration, integration and immigrants as citizens interrupted. Watch the full video here I came London 25…

Congratulations Haringey Welcome!

Congratulations Haringey Welcome!

Feb 15 2019

It is almost a year since we celebrated the launch of the Haringey Welcome Pledge with our friends and colleagues in North…