Calais people to people solidarity: action from the UK

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Geri, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    Just thought I would publicize this as it's an amazing thing that people are doing.

    A Facebook friend has organised a Crowdfunding page, which has already smashed it's target by over £26,000.

    In addition I have just joined this Facebook page, which is organising donations of clothing, food etc. for people to drive over with.

    Calais Migrant Solidarity - Action from the UK

    If anyone has anything they can donate then please get in touch with a local organiser.
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  2. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Sassy McFlashy

  3. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    My facebook feed is jam-packed with people loading up vans, offering to go and volunteer, putting up fundraising pages and filling their targets within hours.

    I can't quite believe my eyes. This time last year there were maybe a dozen people in the whole country doing this sort of stuff for the people in Calais.
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  4. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    I'm really proud that loads of the stuff we tatted from festival-land over the last two summers ended up in Calais courtesy of my brilliant friends :)

    More of this sort of thing
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  5. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    My sister's driving up there with a vanload of stuff in the next week. Via WorldWide Tribe that Rutita1 mentions above.

    That was £18000 yesterday. 11 grand in a day!

    There are good people out there still.
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  6. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Yeah we did some festival tatting last year. Couldn't fucking believe the amount of stuff that gets left behind. Rich kids eh? :facepalm:

    Got myself a very nice radio too. And two bottles of vodka.
  7. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    It has certainly restored my faith in humanity. I'm donating my tent, which I never use (and is an excellent excuse to get out of camping ever again) and loads of clothes. When I was sorting through my clothes I realised just how much stuff I have that I don't really need.
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  8. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Bestival's the jackpot. Go over there to work with a van and you'll eat/drink all through the winter ;)
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  9. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    Same here. They've had a tent and half my wardrobe, none of which I ever wear.
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  10. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    There comes a time when we grow out of wearing tents
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  11. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Any of the big ones really. We did V and Leeds last year and the only real limiting factor was space in the van. At V we got there on day 2 of clean up after some big charity had had first pickings so that wasn't quite as good, also they started just bulldozing stuff into piles halfway through the day so we had to get a move on.
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  12. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Besty's best cos the added factor of having to take stuff back on the ferry deters people from packing up properly. And no official clean up until at least Tuesday ;)
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  13. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Which reminds me, if anyone's going to Shambala with a van and would like to stick around on Monday morning to help gather up stuff drop me a PM. We've got a deal with the organisers already sorted but we're short on vehicles IIRC. Petrol money will be available.
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  14. Purpledawn

    Purpledawn New Member

    Really touched by the kindness of folks who are doing this. I'm going to pledge via the Worldwide Tribe as soon as I get paid. Been sharing this info on FB - maybe see you with your van posse at Shambala SF
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  15. Fingers

    Fingers From Tuscany SE22

    Myself and another urb have tentative plans to do an aid run over the next couple of months. If it happens we will keep you posted and will collect stuff from around south London area
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  16. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Let me know too- I have a pile of towels, I am happy to buy some of the stuff they have on their wishlist too- though obv won't in advance as imagine it changes quite quickly
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  17. Fingers

    Fingers From Tuscany SE22

    Cheers :)
  18. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Keep an eye on the facebook page in the OP. There are lots of missions heading out soon from all over the place, and it might be possible to join forces and pool resources if there are people doing similar stuff in your area.

    Fundraising is also going well, so there may be people who've got money that needs spending and who may be able to help with transport costs etc.
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  19. Fingers

    Fingers From Tuscany SE22

    Thanks Spooky, will do.
  20. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    This just popped up on my feed :)
    Fucking excellent stuff.


    Think i'm going to join the leeds festival salvage mission.
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  21. yield

    yield zero

    This is great. Thanks Geri been following this on bookface. I'll donate when I get paid.

    They'll need more help when the weather turns. Hope it can keep momentum.
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  22. Fingers

    Fingers From Tuscany SE22

  23. mrscooker

    mrscooker New Member

    Hi, I don't have a van I'm afraid, but will be at Shambala and willing to help if you need it.
  24. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I went down on Thursday with my tent and three bags of clothes. We arrived early as we were worried there wouldn't be enough room for our stuff, and I couldn't believe the number of people turning up with stuff! I think in the end the guy organising it filled his van three times! I'm also donating my old bike to the Critical Mass to Calais mentioned above.
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  25. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Yeah, as I said on the other thread some of the charities and volunteers working in Calais have asked people with donations for the people in Calais to think about delaying their trips for a while, as there is a LOT of stuff being brought over already and it can become a bit of a nightmare to store and distribute stuff and make sure that as many people as possible can get the stuff they need without donations going to waste.

    Migrants come and go all the time in Calais so the need for clothes, food, shelter, bedding and other supplies never goes away. It's important to keep donations coming throughout the year, but especially in winter. So if you've acquired a big pile of stuff and were thinking about loading up the car and taking it to Calais, maybe leave it for a month or two if that's a possibility. This will help the volunteers in Calais to avoid getting completely swamped with donated stuff, and it will help ensure that supplies don't start to dry up.

    But definitely keep collecting stuff and fundraising. The need for humanitarian support has not gone away. If you can get in touch with other people here in the UK and make contact with someone on the ground in Calais to ask what their needs are, and plan your efforts accordingly, then that would be a big help. Maybe some kind of centralised planning will start to happen, but in the meantime just play it by ear if you can :)
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  26. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Sadly I got rid of my two tents a couple of years ago otherwise they would be going for this.
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  27. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I'll meet you further on up the road

    there is an urban person who is going all out at the moment to find out information about all aspects of medium to long term rubbish collection at the camp
    I won't mention them by name but just to say their efforts are amazing ;):cool: as its that kind of planning that will make a longer term difference
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  28. Sue Hubbard

    Sue Hubbard New Member

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  29. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Sassy McFlashy

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    boohoo No.

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