Are you thinking of going to Calais this year?
Solidarity Training weekend, 10-5, Sat 23 & Sun 24th Feb
Calais Migrant Solidarity is network of people acting in practical
solidarity with migrants and refugees in resistance to border regimes.
If you're interested in supporting people in Calais, here are some of the
things we do:
* Document police and state abuse : See 'This Border Kills' >
* Intervene in evictions, raids and arrests
* Detainee and prisoner support
* Regular demonstrations and actions
* Workshops, cinemas, language exchanges, info on asylum sessions,
music making, bike maintenance, building stuff etc
* Squatting and building shelters
* First aid
* Distribute materials : tents, blankets, clothes, food, water and
firewood to the squats and 'jungles'
* Cooking with autonomous kitchen collectives (particularly in July and
You can get involved in one project or several, stay for a several days or
several weeks. We welcome new ideas, energy and any skills.
Going to Calais can be a daunting process and we want to ensure people
have all the information they need to prepare themselves for time there.
This training weekend will be an opportunity to explore some of the
aspects of CMS work, look at how people can get involved in ongoing
practical solidarity and discuss new ideas for the future of CMS.
It is also important that whilst in Calais the information we share is
up-to-date. So we'll be running some info-sessions on UK asylum process as
well as info on detention.
This will be a chance to learn about different aspects of how border
regimes are enforced, and look at ways we can share our knowledge and
skills over different tools for resistance.
It will also be a chance to link up with others involved in the CMS/No
Borders network and hear about different groups’ projects. A space to
share ideas, speak to people who have spent time there and a great
opportunity for sharing skills.
We want to emphasise that the weekend is open for all, including people
who have or have not been to Calais before.
If you would like to book a space please contact:
Also indicate if you would like accommodation for the weekend.
A full schedule will follow soon and can be emailed to you.
For regular updates on the situation in Calais see our blog :