migrant community groups
Five months ago, a call for a strike by migrants was called to demonstrate what one day without them would look like. Since then it has also turned into a celebration of the contributions that migrants make to the UK. Now, it coincides with a significant parliamentary debate to exclude the President of the USA from visiting the UK because of his politics of division and hatred. Is this the beginning of a resistance to the populist narrative, and can we sustain it?
Bringing together friends and colleagues, the event marked what had been achieved through a decade of activity that has aimed to strengthen and improve the networks of support and solidarity with all migrants across the UK. The evening was compered by Colin Prescod, chair of the Institute of Race Relations and a leading writer, film producer and commentator on the politics of race and migration over many years.
Since the widely documented surge in racist and xenophobic hate crimes in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, every Brexit-related political statement and development has filled me, and many of my fellow migrants, with dread.
Last October marked London’s City Hall launch of its public consultation about the Mayor's vision of making London a Ciity for all its citizens. In his document, Sadiq Khan outlines what he considers to be the main challenges, opportunities and priorities in key policy areas over the next four years: housing health inequalities policing and crime economy environment, social inclusion All Londoners are invited to take part in the discussions.
As I said at the opening of our conference at the weekend, it’s hard to believe that four months ago Against Borders for Children was little more than a Twitter message thread between a handful of willing volunteers, a draft of an open letter, and a 2-page campaign strategy.