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.

Grenfell Tower, two years on: Forever in our hearts

Grenfell Tower, two years on: Forever in our hearts

Jun 12 2019

  On the 14th June 2019, our local community in North Kensington  will remember our beloved ones who lost their lives in…

Refugee Week 2019: London Premier of Ai Wei Wei’s ‘The Rest’

Refugee Week 2019: London Premier of Ai Wei Wei’s ‘The Rest’

Jun 11 2019

Two London Premieres: One Mission to Shed Light on Refugee Journeys Next week two headline documentaries telling the stories of refugees’ journeys…

Walk with us so refugees and migrants never walk alone!

Walk with us so refugees and migrants never walk alone!

Jun 10 2019

On Monday 17th June Migrants Organise will join the #LondonLegalWalk to raise funds for our front line support services. Show your solidarity-…

Join us in recognition of Migrant Domestic Workers on 16th June

Join us in recognition of Migrant Domestic Workers on 16th June

Jun 04 2019

There are approximately 18,000 Overseas Domestic Worker Visa (odwv) issued every year according to the Home Office’s data. UKVI estimates that 32%…

Alternatives to Indefinite Immigration Detention Event  6 June 2019

Alternatives to Indefinite Immigration Detention Event 6 June 2019

Jun 03 2019

This is the third annual immigration seminar organised by Migrants Organise and UCL Centre for Access to Justice. Registration and venue details…

FROM HASTINGS  WITH LOVE EVENT on 13 June 2019

FROM HASTINGS WITH LOVE EVENT on 13 June 2019

Jun 03 2019

Rossana Leal, Founder and Director of the Buddy Project, is 2019  Women on the Move Awards winner for her outstanding work  organising…

Patients Not Passports is Launched – Join the Campaign!

Patients Not Passports is Launched – Join the Campaign!

May 30 2019

Over the past month, together with our partners at Medact and with the campaign group Docs Not Cops, Migrants Organise has launched…

MAKE ME A NEW CULTURE – THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT AND THE CULTURAL SECTOR

MAKE ME A NEW CULTURE – THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT AND THE CULTURAL SECTOR

May 28 2019

‘You work in culture. Make me a new culture.’   It’s something that Zrinka Bralo has said to me a few times.…

HELP MIGRANTS ORGANISE RAISE £8K FOR FRONT LINE SERVICES

HELP MIGRANTS ORGANISE RAISE £8K FOR FRONT LINE SERVICES

May 22 2019

Migrants Organise members, supporters and staff will be walking 10k this June 17th at the London Legal Walk to raise money for…

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…