Forest responds to Refugee crisis


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Calais Migrant Solidarity

Some people in the Forest of Dean are planning a solidarity trip to the migrant camps in and around Calais, and to work with the ‘No Borders’ political struggle. The No Borders movement operates on the anarchist principles of freedom, equality and mutual aid. This forms the basis of the belief that people should be free to migrate where they want; that this freedom applies to all regardless of race or nationality and that ordinary people should by-pass the state to support those who do not have this freedom.

There has been much in the news recently about a ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe. Over the past years there has been an increase in the numbers of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to famine, war, climate change and persecution. Conditions are only made worse for them by the increasingly lethal nature of global border control as industrialised economies struggle to fortify their havens of wealth and scapegoat migrants.

With this in mind we would like to help assist people in gaining autonomy. This means we are looking to supply the tools by which people may improve their living conditions and realise their goals.

To start with we are asking for donations of the following:

– Bikes, bike parts and bike tools

– Wood stoves, flues, cooking equipment, carbon monoxide alarms

– Solar panels, 12V batteries, LED lights, 12V sockets, charge controllers

Old phones, laptops

– Metal and woodwork tools

Please contact 07778424822/jazz42@riseup.net if you are interested in getting involved or have something to donate. We are setting up a drop off point for donations at Crooked End farm.

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There is also a fund raising event for Syrian Refugees on Saturday 10th Oct 7pm at Yorkley Community Centre-                   its a pot luck supper please bring a dish to share sweet or savoury-suggested donation £5

Adele Owen director of GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) will be speaking

Please rsvp to eohaire@yahoo.co.uk