Calais people to people solidarity: action from the UK

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

  1. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

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  2. panpete

    panpete Blokes name, birds body.

  3. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    Hi panpete, it's the only link I could find about detaining people at borders. I too had a problem with the link that manter put on.?
     
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  4. panpete

    panpete Blokes name, birds body.

    maybe fb took it down
     
  5. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    When I tried it said server was down?
     
  6. panpete

    panpete Blokes name, birds body.

    i've got page not available, using firefox.
     
  7. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Sassy McFlashy

     
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  8. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Tripadvisor are doubling donations to the international rescue committee today. Just in case anyone is feeling flush :)
     
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  9. SpookyFrank

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

    Donate today and help double David Miliband's already ludicrous salary.
     
  10. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I know people have reservations about big charities because of overheads etc but I think they have their place as well as grassroots efforts. They have access and infrastructure that well meaning people with a van don't have. I know they could do a lot of good in Calais if the French government would let them in- the nightmare of trying to establish waste management without the relevant expertise or supply chain (and fielding emails about cleansing crystals and illuminati) has to be experienced to be believed. I think there is a role for both.
     
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  11. SpookyFrank

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

    IME big charities, especially those with political agendas, avoid Calais like the plague. I have never heard of them having any involvement in anything to do with humanitarian work over there, not even in a hands-off, logistical support role or whatever.

    As for the government 'letting them in', the French government doesn't really 'let' anyone in. The people and organisations on the ground working in Calais are the ones who don't give a fuck what the government is prepared to allow them to do.
     
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  12. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    You may be right- I am not a charity professional, and I don't know they history etc out there. Red Cross, IRC and people who worked for UNHCR have been v good to me so far with time and advice (though my mum used to work for the Red Cross and she has very little good to say about them)... Of the other charities I contacted who have experience running/working in refugee camps to ask for information and recommendations most just didn't prioritise me, and one were staggeringly rude and patronising and basically told me not to dabble. Which would be fine if they were actually doing something that meant a grassroots campaign of 'dabblers' wasn't needed.
     
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  13. tony.c

    tony.c Well-Known Member

    Some of the bigger charities like Doctors of the World and the Catholic charity Secours Catholique - Caritas France are working in the Calais camps.
    DOTW
    http:www.caritas.org/where-we-are/europe/france/

    A small local Calais charity, run by a local woman called Maya is doing a lot of support work, and trying to provide two meals a week for the people in the camps. It is called L'auberge des migrants international.
    L'auberge des migrants international

    If people are thinking about making financial donations it is worth considering these as they can buy supplies in bulk in France, which might be better value than buying stuff here and taking it over.
     
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  14. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    Can i quote that on our community fb page please tony.c ?
     
  15. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

    I thought it was Doctors of the World operating there, not Doctors without Borders?
     
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  16. tony.c

    tony.c Well-Known Member

    Of course tufty79. I think people should also be aware that money collected by individuals over here is likely to be taxed by HMRC at 20% as they do not have charitable status.
     
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  17. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.


    Two different groups maybe? I may be getting confused or having ultra realistic dreams, but are medicins sans frontiers or something involved? Or is that just me getting the name of existing support mixed up? :hmm:
     
  18. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

    Yes, they are two different groups I believe it is Doctors of the World not Medecin Sans Frontiers who are there.
     
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  19. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

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  20. tony.c

    tony.c Well-Known Member

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  21. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    It is- medecins du minds. Though medicins sans frontiers are apparently looking at opening a hospital in n France for refugees
     
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  22. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Fucking autocorrect made a meal of those names!
     
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  23. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Are you on the Calais solidarity page? There is some good stuff on there eg the appeal for tents. £438 buys a unhcr standard tent which is heat-able, weather proof etc and sleeps 10. Clément B, another of the tireless campaigners, has raised about £15k so far. Then there is a guy who has managed to get huge discounts on arctic sleeping bags from millets.... And has about £7k raised to buy them. There are some really good bulk buy things going on.
     
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  24. tony.c

    tony.c Well-Known Member

    Yes Doctors of the World is the same as Medecins du Monde.
     
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  25. tony.c

    tony.c Well-Known Member

    There's a lot of good advice and updates on what is currently happening and what is needed now, Geri has posted a link to the fb page in post #1 on this thread.
     
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  26. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    My pet hate is American TV hosts talking about doctors without borders and doctors if the world :D they have perfectly good French names, and they are French charities. Incidentally it would be interesting to know why both of the bravest frontline medical charities are French....
     
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  27. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

  28. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Does the link still work as it has been renamed? If I click on it it takes me to my newsfeed ( which is mostly Calais related at the moment!)
     
  29. tony.c

    tony.c Well-Known Member

    It just worked for me, though when I tried to add it to my last post it wouldn't work.
     
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  30. tony.c

    tony.c Well-Known Member

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