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Calais people to people solidarity: action from the UK

Manter

Lunch Mob
North of Calais jungle is apparently not going to be demolished (though limited trust of French government tbh...)

Dunkirk has fire inspection Monday. May be being used as an excuse to shit them down :(
 

Bahnhof Strasse

A-wob a-bob bob
In light of the bulldozing and moves clean up weekends were suspended but now we're hoping to do easter weekend. Me Miss-shelf and Mation are hoping to go but we don't have transport. If any car owners in London area have been considering going and don't already have commitments for Easter weekend this could be the time to get involved!

In Spain for Easter, if you need help with public transport I might be able to assist.
 

Bahnhof Strasse

A-wob a-bob bob
The leisured sure stuff is help refugees (a charity) and delivered to the l'auberge (charity!) website that thy find. There is a weird Hong in France where you have to have a certain number of French trustees to be a French 'association' which is why help refugees and l'auberge work together.

Care4 have their own fundraisers etc bit are not a charity or an association which limits what I can put through them

Salaam is an association but not a charity. Also some of their cooperation with French authorities dances perilously close to collaboration imo

If something is registered with the charity commission I can get my company to donate; effectively costing me next to nothing, it is money that I would pay in tax otherwise. Not real urbanz, but there you are.
 

BigTom

Well-Known Member
If something is registered with the charity commission I can get my company to donate; effectively costing me next to nothing, it is money that I would pay in tax otherwise. Not real urbanz, but there you are.
Taking money from the UK govt and giving that to the people that should be getting it from the UK govt (albeit in a different form)? Sounds pretty urbanz to me.
 

BigTom

Well-Known Member
North of Calais jungle is apparently not going to be demolished (though limited trust of French government tbh...)

Dunkirk has fire inspection Monday. May be being used as an excuse to shit them down :(
Is that the msf place in Dunkirk that has a fire inspection? Do you know what the msf place is like?
 

belboid

TUC Off Your Knees
Is that the msf place in Dunkirk that has a fire inspection? Do you know what the msf place is like?
Was there today, part of the time putting up signs and handing out leaflets to help ensure people follow the regs so everything goes okay. It should be okay, although as its a New Year tonight, there will be a big party, together with a big fire. We set up a PA for a party, which briefly made me very popular, letting guys plug their phones in to play a tune. We meant to turn it off for a while, so the party could start properly at seven, but there might well have been a mini riot had we done so, so the party got started early.

Camp isn't quite full yet, so it's comparatively comfortable. Some of the containers have been made to look amazingly homely.
 

Rutita1

Council Estate Socialist
Was there today, part of the time putting up signs and handing out leaflets to help ensure people follow the regs so everything goes okay. It should be okay, although as its a New Year tonight, there will be a big party, together with a big fire. We set up a PA for a party, which briefly made me very popular, letting guys plug their phones in to play a tune. We meant to turn it off for a while, so the party could start properly at seven, but there might well have been a mini riot had we done so, so the party got started early.
News not so long in...

 

gosub

~#
Calais Action
1 hr ·
THE DUBS AMENDMENT TO ALLOW IN 3,000 UNACCOMPANIED CHILD REFUGEES HAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS BY 306 to 204 THIS AFTERNOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WELL DONE to all of you who have supported this campaign and spent so much time emailing peers and alerting them to the amount of support for this amendment!

HOWEVER: these amendments will now go back to the Commons for the technically-named process of "ping-pong" (probably after Easter now) - and of course this is where severe Government opposition to the amendment will set in.

Calais Action are back in Parliament tomorrow night to discuss the outcome of the vote and how we can keep this continuing through our campaigns, so we'll keep you posted on that.

The Government are ideologically opposed to any form of "pull-factor" - ie, taking children from Europe will encourage more people to come to Europe - but these children are ALREADY here! They're already disappearing - Europol estimates over 20,000 have simply "disappeared" into the drugs trade, the sex trade - and the systems in place for asylum are simply NOT WORKING.

There will be doubtless MORE fighting and lobbying to come in the Commons - but for now, let's celebrate - one step at a time!
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Calais Action
1 hr ·
THE DUBS AMENDMENT TO ALLOW IN 3,000 UNACCOMPANIED CHILD REFUGEES HAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS BY 306 to 204 THIS AFTERNOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WELL DONE to all of you who have supported this campaign and spent so much time emailing peers and alerting them to the amount of support for this amendment!

HOWEVER: these amendments will now go back to the Commons for the technically-named process of "ping-pong" (probably after Easter now) - and of course this is where severe Government opposition to the amendment will set in.

Calais Action are back in Parliament tomorrow night to discuss the outcome of the vote and how we can keep this continuing through our campaigns, so we'll keep you posted on that.

The Government are ideologically opposed to any form of "pull-factor" - ie, taking children from Europe will encourage more people to come to Europe - but these children are ALREADY here! They're already disappearing - Europol estimates over 20,000 have simply "disappeared" into the drugs trade, the sex trade - and the systems in place for asylum are simply NOT WORKING.

There will be doubtless MORE fighting and lobbying to come in the Commons - but for now, let's celebrate - one step at a time!
This is in the commons on Monday so any last minute tweets or emails go for it to put pressure on them!
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Fundraiser for the fantastic Calais Kitchens in Pop Brixton on 14th May from 6. The kitchens are based both in the camp and in the warehouse and feed 6,000 people every day. That is a *lot* of food (and a lot of money), so please do come along if you can and spread the word- should be a good fun evening and it's a fabulous cause.

Details below and anyone who wants info about volunteering in the kitchens (which is a incredibly hard work but a blast, I highly recommend it!) just shout.

 

Thimble Queen

person of tinge
Spent time in one of the small camps not too far away from Calais this weekend absolutely dire. Around 150 people are living there with no running water, no showers or working toilets. They are in great need of gas and diesel for the generator. They get food and water deliveries three or four times a week but cant cook without power and they are constantly short of water. We delivered over 300 liters of water on Friday and Sunday but it really wont last long in this hot weather. They are really quite far from the shops are a basically left to rot on a bit of wasteland out of site. Over the weekend we provided around £900 worth of supplies including food, gas, water, toiletries and household items such as washing up liquid. The situation there is terrible. I Didn't feel like i was in one of the richest countries in the world. I'm going back in a few weeks. PM me if you can help
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Update below on the clear up after the fight/fire yesterday afternoon

updated update

Bit of info on what has happened in camp over last few hours;

Last night most of the displaced Afghans slept in the mosque and the Eritreans and Sudanese slept in tents put up in the Jules Ferry Centre. Acted coordinated the emergency response, Care4Calais and L'Auberge/Help Refugees worked closely together to hand out emergency supplies

Today stated at 7am with a coordination meeting- again, coordination managed by Acted- and agreed priorities to distribute, shared stock, and handed out emergency aid. This was done through a series of community distribution points round camp, so the teams took orders from every community on numbers and needs and made sure no one was left out.

Everyone is working together- MdM, MSF, Acted. care4Calais, L'Auberge/HelpRefugees, Acted, Secours Catholique- sharing supplies and managing the community based distribution. Between them they have put up over 300 tents, and distributed over 400 emergency packs of clothing and food. MdM have delivered 500 sleeping bags, MSF are arranging 100 tents. It has been an incredible effort. All day 2 Acted bulldozers and 1 L'auberge digger have been clearing debris too.

The NGOs also met with the prefecture. The meeting was underwhelming.

In terms of what happened;
3 big fire sites and a few small ones.
Sudanese community got the worst of it, their main community tent is pretty much destroyed. Most of those in hospital are Sudanese.
47 people in hospital: 41 refugees and 6 la vie Activ volunteers.
Injuries mostly cuts and stab wounds, a few head injuries but mercifully no burns.

I'll put up a separate post about most urgent needs but a huge, huge ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐THANKYOU⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ to the long term volunteers and NGOs on the ground who have done amazing stuff over the last hours, and are all working insanely hard on next to no sleep at the moment (some got 2 hours last night). They really are all amazing people.
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Anyone have contacts with a marquee hire place that may have old ones that are going to be eroded? Maybe a wedding marquee that has got a bit grubby?! The afghan community in Calais have asked for their own mosque and an area 18x16m has been found. We have a possible marquee and possible transport and possible funding but it's just not coming together....
 

StoneRoad

heckling from the back!
I have been told, on good authority, that a load of chip-board flooring sheets (I hope the water-resistant variety) will shortly be travelling from the centre of Britain ... I'll add further details if I can uncover anything.
 

free spirit

more tea vicar?
I have been told, on good authority, that a load of chip-board flooring sheets (I hope the water- resistant variety) will shortly be travelling from the centre of Britain ... I'll add further details if I can uncover anything.
I hope it's not chipboard, that stuff is worse than useless for this sort of situation, it'll all need skipping inside 2 weeks.

OSB or plywood only, no chipboard.

(we had to skip an entire artic trucks worth of chipboard at the G8 protest campsite in stirling that someone had thought would be a good idea to bring onto site so this isn't just theoretical)
 

StoneRoad

heckling from the back!
No, I get the problem with soggy chipboard, what is going is supposed to be the waterproof kind, for fitting out / floors in the cabins and not structural. (I've not had anything to do with arranging the donation)
 

free spirit

more tea vicar?
hmm, no such thing as water proof chipboard, just moisture resistant, which isn't going to last very long in wet conditions on the camp.

I suspect this may be an error

Oh – a final word of warning: ‘Moisture resistant’ is just that. These boards are not ‘waterproof’ and will not withstand serious wetting (such as a major plumbing leak or a flood) without needing to be replaced.
Moisture resistant doesn’t mean waterproof
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
One (possibly) unintended consequence of Brexit;

Theresa May has appealed the family reunifications under Dublin 3 that have slowly but surely been bringing unaccompanied children from Calais to reunite with their families here.

Brexit and the current uncertainty about what laws we are covered by and how long for means the courts may very well not be sympathetic. So 150 children (most of whom, remember, weren't unaccompanied when they started the journey) face being abandoned in the mud, hunger and abuse of Calais.

It goes to court on Thursday.
 

Libertad

For every Tory a lampost
One (possibly) unintended consequence of Brexit;

Theresa May has appealed the family reunifications under Dublin 3 that have slowly but surely been bringing unaccompanied children from Calais to reunite with their families here.

Brexit and the current uncertainty about what laws we are covered by and how long for means the courts may very well not be sympathetic. So 150 children (most of whom, remember, weren't unaccompanied when they started the journey) face being abandoned in the mud, hunger and abuse of Calais.

It goes to court on Thursday.
And so it begins...





(Appreciating that it had it had already begun :( )
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Mohammed Hamed, who crossed 9 months ago, has been arrested.
For those of you who know Calais, his two little brothers are still there and do translation in the medical caravans- he turned up for his regular sign in session (he lives with a mate of mine) and was arrested, taken from Wales to a detention centre in Devon and is to be flown out next week. His solicitor hasn't even got the paperwork yet- so next to no time to appeal.

Everyone is devastated- the family he lives with have three young children and they don't understand where he has gone. He was costing the state nothing, was learning English, was starting to get over the unimaginable trauma he suffered. It's horrific.

Please tweet easy jet and see if they will refuse to take him, and sign the (pretty pointless) petition. The easyjet thing will make most difference. Flight is U28871 from Gatwick on 7th and he is afghan

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