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Calais people to people solidarity: action from the UK

red & green

Well-Known Member
do you think the UK taking in 1600 syrian refugees last year was anything like enough?

yes that's 1600 out of the several million who've had to flee syria, so we've taken under 0.1% - that's fucking disgraceful, and by anyone's standards I can't see how anyone who isn't either a racist prick, or hopelessly ignorant of the actual figures involved can talk about it in the way you are.

Except I don't think they have - unsurprisingly
 

Bahnhof Strasse

A-wob a-bob bob
Incredibly moving images from the eviction

Calais Jungle Eviction
It's just been such a dreadful week, watching this take place. So badly organised, hardly a surprise as not been done out of any concern other than the looming election.

Utterly disgraceful scum in both the French and UK parliaments, a special place needs reserving in hell for them.

That the only care for these thousands of traumatized people has come from a disparate rag-tag collection of people who do actually have humanity is a sick stain on British and French society.

**ANGRY**
 

Mr.Bishie

Pickled Egg
The violin player, & the one where he's taken the shot through a broken window as refugees dodge the flood with the 'fuck' graff.

It really did make Dale Farm look like a picnic. Cunts.
 

alfajobrob

Well-Known Member
It's just been such a dreadful week, watching this take place. So badly organised, hardly a surprise as not been done out of any concern other than the looming election.

Utterly disgraceful scum in both the French and UK parliaments, a special place needs reserving in hell for them.

That the only care for these thousands of traumatized people has come from a disparate rag-tag collection of people who do actually have humanity is a sick stain on British and French society.

**ANGRY**

Oh that's terrible - I doubt I could cope in France...They should be admitted straight away. It must be a virtual warzone :(
 
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free spirit

more tea vicar?
the bastards have demolished the school where we'd built the first classroom of just over a year ago. 120 kids have been taught their over the last year so it's been put to really good use.

Kids were apparently sleeping in it the night before because they'd nowhere else to sleep, and with hundreds of kids left sleeping in the container site it seems fucking nuts that they've destroyed this space while so many kids are still there. What are they supposed to do with themselves?

Mix of pride in what was achieved for a year by the volunteer teachers and helpers, and sorrow and anger at how it's ended (but was ever going to be thus).
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
the bastards have demolished the school where we'd built the first classroom of just over a year ago. 120 kids have been taught their over the last year so it's been put to really good use.

Kids were apparently sleeping in it the night before because they'd nowhere else to sleep, and with hundreds of kids left sleeping in the container site it seems fucking nuts that they've destroyed this space while so many kids are still there. What are they supposed to do with themselves?

Mix of pride in what was achieved for a year by the volunteer teachers and helpers, and sorrow and anger at how it's ended (but was ever going to be thus).
It's been a tough tough week. Hope you are ok
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
So.... founding member of fat white family has written a play about an immigration detention guard falling in love with a detainee. Looks utterly appalling- the video is so bad it's funny- plus the publicity is enough to make you puke "rather than telling individual immigrants’ stories, it provides a different perspective by focusing on those whose job it is to detain them" - according to the Hackney Citizen. Because individual immigrant's stories are so widely told and shared and they aren't dehumanised and silenced at all :rolleyes:The Yard Theatre | Upcoming Events Removal Men
 

Rutita1

Council Estate Socialist
Ugh! :(

ETA. I am thoroughly creeped out by the first 20 seconds of the video....it comes over as a twin peaks styled pop video.
 

iona

makes George Orwell look like a dalek
Is there anywhere to drop off donations in Brighton at the moment? Google turned up a one-off thing last Sat but nothing more general - I'm not on Facebook atm so can't search more / message people on there.
 

Rutita1

Council Estate Socialist
Is there anywhere to drop off donations in Brighton at the moment? Google turned up a one-off thing last Sat but nothing more general - I'm not on Facebook atm so can't search more / message people on there.

I'll have a look for you lovely. :)

ETA: couldn't find anything on calaidpedia but have asked in the main group.
 
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iona

makes George Orwell look like a dalek
I'll have a look for you lovely. :)

ETA: couldn't find anything on calaidpedia but have asked in the main group.
Thanks :)

There's not much at the moment, just one sleeping bag and a couple of rucksacks with hats/gloves/scarfs and I think also a few bits of underwear and toiletries in them. I get left more stuff almost every day though so it would build up quite quickly if I wasn't getting rid of loads, especially bulky stuff like sleeping bags and coats, because I've nowhere to store it...
 
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Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Calaid sent me this,

We need your help sorting and packing Sunday 9.30-4.30 in our warehouse in Slough. Lunch included. If you can help then please email info@calaid

They are now sending aid to Greece.

I have done this before. Only problem is it a pain to get to there warehouse in Slough. Other than that they are good lot.

http://calaid.co.uk/
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
The need in France hasn't ended.... thousands in Paris, Lille, NF, on the Belgian border and squats in Calais.

Let's not hijack this France thread for Greece, eh?
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
So.... founding member of fat white family has written a play about an immigration detention guard falling in love with a detainee. Looks utterly appalling- the video is so bad it's funny- plus the publicity is enough to make you puke "rather than telling individual immigrants’ stories, it provides a different perspective by focusing on those whose job it is to detain them" - according to the Hackney Citizen. Because individual immigrant's stories are so widely told and shared and they aren't dehumanised and silenced at all :rolleyes:The Yard Theatre | Upcoming Events Removal Men
It's finished now. Reading the reviews it looks an interesting play. So I would give it a chance before condemning without seeing it.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
The need in France hasn't ended.... thousands in Paris, Lille, NF, on the Belgian border and squats in Calais.

Let's not hijack this France thread for Greece, eh?


I am aware of that.

Nor am I "hijacking" this thread. As this is a thread for those who want to show solidarity for refugees I don't see the problem with posting up Calaid are sending help to Greece. They were sending stuff to Calais. Some groups are now concentrating on Greece etc now the camp at Calais has gone.

Calaid had been sending help to Calais and Greece for some time. Now it's mainly Greece.
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
It's finished now. Reading the reviews it looks an interesting play. So I would give it a chance before condemning without seeing it.
Roundly condemned by anyone who volunteers or works with refugees. That's enough for me. You want to be edgy and ignore everyone with experience in the field who said it was a really worrying premise and advertising campaign, you carry on.
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Anyone who wants to support in France (calais is he main base but the squats and small camps are strung out across N France and down to Paris now)



.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
R
Roundly condemned by anyone who volunteers or works with refugees. That's enough for me. You want to be edgy and ignore everyone with experience in the field who said it was a really worrying premise and advertising campaign, you carry on.
I didn't say anything about wanting to be "edgy".
 

Thimble Queen

person of tinge
The need in France hasn't ended.... thousands in Paris, Lille, NF, on the Belgian border and squats in Calais.

Let's not hijack this France thread for Greece, eh?
I know that Calais is your pet project but you're being quite unfair to Gramsci here. Unless there's some beef prior to these posts :confused:

You're right about the play, everything I've read about it sounds utterly shit. Although being a bit more even handed, perhaps G hasn't read some of the nuanced criticisms of the play. Not everyone is as connected to the refugee support movement, and doesn't have access to the same info and sources. Maybe keep that in mind when dealing with well intentioned people who want to help :)
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
I know that Calais is your pet project but you're being quite unfair to Gramsci here. Unless there's some beef prior to these posts :confused:

You're right about the play, everything I've read about it sounds utterly shit. Although being a bit more even handed, perhaps G hasn't read some of the nuanced criticisms of the play. Not everyone is as connected to the refugee support movement, and doesn't have access to the same info and sources. Maybe keep that in mind when dealing with well intentioned people who want to help :)
I've sent you a PM.

But good call- my posts may be read by well intentioned people who want to help. I will be more supportive.
 

Rutita1

Council Estate Socialist
Thanks :)

There's not much at the moment, just one sleeping bag and a couple of rucksacks with hats/gloves/scarfs and I think also a few bits of underwear and toiletries in them. I get left more stuff almost every day though so it would build up quite quickly if I wasn't getting rid of loads, especially bulky stuff like sleeping bags and coats, because I've nowhere to store it...
Got a contact for you iona Will PM you with more details. :)
 

belboid

TUC Off Your Knees
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!
And now, our beloved leader has decided that this was far too generous, so the programme is being closed and a mere 350 children are being allowed in.
 
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