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.

Moving from the Community Centre to the Online World: Lessons in Digital Activism for MRCOs

Moving from the Community Centre to the Online World: Lessons in Digital Activism for MRCOs

Jan 11 2011

In his post, Digital Activism: Overcome Fear and Increase Participation, Nick Micinski describes some findings from the evaluation of MRCF’s second digital…

This Is What A Digital Activist Looks Like

This Is What A Digital Activist Looks Like

Jan 07 2011

As-salamu alaykum, may the peace of all be with you all. I am grateful to have been included in the digital activism…

Digital Activism- Overcome Fear and Increase Participation

Digital Activism- Overcome Fear and Increase Participation

Jan 06 2011

As 2010 ended, MRCF spent a few days reflecting on our newest training programme- Digital Activism. This is the first of three…

No Volunteering Required For Citizenship

No Volunteering Required For Citizenship

Dec 15 2010

MRCF marks victory after Government abolishes Earned Citizenship policy It is not often that we claim a victory in persuading governments to…

Digital Activist TV On-Demand

Digital Activist TV On-Demand

Dec 13 2010

MRCF completed our 7 week Digital Activism course on Nov. 30, 2010. Since then we have been very active- attending the South…

Revisiting Nature at the Museum

Revisiting Nature at the Museum

Dec 03 2010

Migrant and Refugee Communities Take Part at the Natural History Museum Nature is not a common topic of discussion for most people,…

The Forum Digital Activists

The Forum Digital Activists

Nov 30 2010

A collection of videos from our digital activist participants at The Forum, introducing their specific social/political area of intrest that aim to campaign for change through the use of…

West London Citizens Celebrates 5 Years and Pushes For Change

West London Citizens Celebrates 5 Years and Pushes For Change

Nov 20 2010

On Thursday night, MRCF took a massive delegation of 60 individuals to the West London Citizens Assembly in Hammersmith Town Hall. The…

Green Paper Proposes Changes to Legal Aid

Green Paper Proposes Changes to Legal Aid

Nov 19 2010

On 15 November 2010 Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke unveiled a programme of wide-ranging reform to legal aid and civil litigation costs as…

Who Watches the Watchmen? Immigration Inspectors Can Be Your Friends

Who Watches the Watchmen? Immigration Inspectors Can Be Your Friends

Nov 18 2010

This Tuesday I attended an Inside Government conference on Immigration in the UK: Ensuring Cohesion and Protecting Public Services, tackling in detail a…