On Sunday 23rd August our Red Gallery Aid Van leaves East London for Calais.
Our small mission aims to bring to the those in Calais the basic necessities. As there are limited storage facilities available in Calais, we would like to ask you to bring only daily use products, sleeping bags, blankets, waterproof clothing, books, dictionaries, used phones with chargers, used digital cameras and for the little ones - toys and coloring books.
Hygiene products are the most important products to collect and should be put in toiletry bags.
For women: 1 toothbrush, 1 toothpaste, 1 soap, 1 sanitary towel pack, 1 wide tooth comb, 1 kleenex pack
For man: 1 toothbrush, 1 toothpaste, 1 soap, 2 razors, 1 shaving foam, 1 kleenex pack
It is our duty to help people in need. Especially when it happens on our doorstep and the state is failing to deal with the issue responsibly.
Drop off point: Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT
Monday till Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm, please press the buzzer for Red Gallery office or leave the parcels at Material Bookshop
Parcels to be marked: Aid For Calais
Contact number: Yarda 07880638524
Our government officials are using all kinds of shameful statements relating to the current migration problem. Scaring citizens that migrants are a threat to the UK's and EU's standards of living and social structure. The real threat is not helping the migrants, the threat is the creation of an atmosphere of hatred and fear. The only way to protect our European civilization and dignity is to look into those people’s eyes rather than turning our heads away.
We talk about living in a modern Europe but the actions implemented by our countries leaders are quite the contrary. Populism, racism, and nationalism are on the rise, we are building walls, sending out police forces, dogs, surveillance technologies to fight the migrants as opposed to accepting this problem from its depth. Ultimately these people are the same human beings as we are. They are escaping their countries for many different reasons. It is not up to us to judge if they are suitable to join our communities or not. They have decided to start this migration because their countries are on the brink of collapse. Some of them are genuine war refugees, some of them are economic migrants, but all of them just want to live in a better, democratic society where the word future still has a meaning.
For decades our governments have been trying to implement our economic and democratic policies into their countries. On many occasions, these countries collapse as they simply cannot deal with such pressure. People are forced to flee looking for a help in the countries that are presenting themselves as the ones that care to which they are suddenly being treated as criminals, as cattle, as a security threat to our communities and a threat to our culture and our social structure.
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