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Calais people to people solidarity: action from the UK

SpookyFrank

Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.
I have just received a message from Calais. Secours Catholique are asking for a pause of a month for donations as they can't cope. There are plans for a storage facility in the London area and maybe one over there too.
It would be wise to call SC first if you have already made arrangements to go as they may be closed. It is not advisable to turn up with stuff straight to the refugee camp. URGENT PLEASE SHARE !
When they say it's not advisable to just rock up in the jungle with a vanload of stuff they're not kidding. Your van will most likely get rushed, creating a situation that's potentially dangerous for you and for other people as well.

Hopefully there will soon be a more coherent plan for how to store and distribute donations so that nothing is going to waste and nobody is going without stuff that they need. We're going to meet up with some of the charities in Calais at the end of the month to try and organise this.

So for the time being, keep collecting stuff but maybe think more about storing stuff somewhere than finding a van to fill up ASAP.
 

tufty79

1979-2015. R.I.P.
Yep. There's a massive rush of 'give/travel NOW NOW NOW' but obvious issues with masses of people descending with good intentions at once. This isn't short term and will still be happening in a few months time and i imagine far longer term. Long/ish term storage seems to be the most requested item round here x
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
Yep. There's a massive rush of 'give/travel NOW NOW NOW' but obvious issues with masses of people descending with good intentions at once. This isn't short term and will still be happening in a few months time and i imagine far longer term. Long/ish term storage seems to be the most requested item round here x
Secours have a donated warehouse coming online in about a week iirc
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Sorry to link to the Evening Fascist but...

CalAid: Hundreds descend on social centre in Dalston to donate goods for Calais refugees
Hundreds descend on Dalston social centre to donate goods for Calais

Crack on. :cool:
I was helping out at Dalston today. So many people came along to donate stuff that it took ages to carry it up the stairs and sort it out.

Got this from CalAid:

THANK YOU!!! We're wrapped up for the day!!! Tomorrow we still require ‪#‎VOLUNTEERS‬ to help load the vans, arrive at 9am please!!! The Hive, 2nd Floor, 260-264 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG
(Tomorrow means this Monday)

Some photos. The "Hive" is an interesting place. Its old office block used as a social centre.




End of day celebration by volunteers:

 
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tufty79

1979-2015. R.I.P.
A little bit of Leeds gathered this over two days and have suspended collections temporarily until it's sorted and shipped (tomorrow) and there's a couple of days breathing space.


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All tents just about full

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A couple of volunteers sorting and shifting

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Manter

Lunch Mob
One of he pages I am on is getting a bit inundated with nutters. Lots of conspiraloon stuff, people obsessively trying to introduce mooncups to the refugees, emotional breakdowns about their efforts not being sufficiently appreciated...:rolleyes:

Anyway- question from you seasoned campaigners. Is it true that a pet right wing tactic is to put up child porn then report it to Facebook? Someone is suggesting that porn posts shouldn't be reported as they will result in the page being closed....!?
 

Fingers

From Tuscany SE22
One of he pages I am on is getting a bit inundated with nutters. Lots of conspiraloon stuff, people obsessively trying to introduce mooncups to the refugees, emotional breakdowns about their efforts not being sufficiently appreciated...:rolleyes:

Anyway- question from you seasoned campaigners. Is it true that a pet right wing tactic is to put up child porn then report it to Facebook? Someone is suggesting that porn posts shouldn't be reported as they will result in the page being closed....!?
Yes. Screenshot it and report it to the police, not Facebook.
 

ddraig

dros ben llestri
one of those banners apparently not allowed at Cardiff City stadium for Wales v Israel the other night :mad:
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Not sure if anyones going to this?

Solidarity with refugees
Facebook page here

UPDATED INFORMATION 9/9/15:

ROUTE OF THE DEMO: Route for 12th September 'Solidarity With Refugees' march

FYI: Marble Arch tube will be pretty busy, so you may prefer to use Hyde Park Corner!

National day of action, Called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network War on Want, Peoples Assembly Against Austerity, Movement Against Xenophobia, Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism and Black Out London

***Please note we have changed the start time to 12pm and assembly point to Marble Arch as we were approached by the organiser of Solidarity With Refugees to work together and co-ordinate. We think it is sensible to have one event on Saturday 12 September.
 
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