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Migrants Organise is a platform where refugees and migrants organise for power, dignity and justice www.migrantsorganise.org @migrantsorg


Migrants Contribute is a campaign that seeks a more truthful portrayal of migrants by stopping the escalating demonisation of migrants in media and political speeches www.migrants-contribute.org.uk

Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants https://www.facebook.com/lgsmigrants/

Heart & Parcel brings women from migrant communities together by making dumplings and developing ESOL skills. www.heartparcel.wordpress.com

Akwaaba is a Sunday social centre for refugees and migrants based in Hackney. www.akwaaba.strikingly.com @AkwaabaHackney 

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. www.cityofsanctuary.org

Unlocking Detention is a ‘virtual tour’ of the UK’s immigration detention estate – and of the impact of detention on communities across the UK. www.unlocked.org.uk

Movement for Justice by any means necessary — building an independent, integrated, mass, youth and student led civil rights movement. www.movementforjustice.org

Refugenes - a film campaign by Help Refugees www.helprefugees.org.uk/refugenes

AFRIL - Action for Refugees in Lewisham - is a grassroots charity in South East London that works with refugees and asylum seekers to relieve poverty and social isolation. www.afril.org.uk/en/

Social Workers Without Borders - www.socialworkerswithoutborders.net

Women for Refugee Women challenges the injustices experienced by women who cross borders to seek safety. www.refugeewomen.co.uk


Seeds for change offers training on collective organising and consensus decision making. www.seedsforchange.org.uk

Against Borders for Children (ABC) is a coalition of parents, teachers, schools and campaigners. Their aim is to reverse the Department of Education’s (DfE) policy to collect country of birth and nationality information. www.schoolsabc.net

North East London Migrant Action (NELMA) brings together activists from across London to campaign on issues faced by migrants in vulnerable positions in our communities. www.nelmacampaigns.wordpress.com

South London Refugee Action supports and empowers refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in South London in order to relieve poverty and distress. www.slr-a.org.uk

The Manifesto Club campaigns against the hyperregulation of everyday life, supporting free movement across borders, free expression and free association. www.manifestoclub.info

Living Staff Living Wage Campaign by BECTU members at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton for all staff to earn at LEAST the London Living Wage https://www.facebook.com/RitzyLivingWage

Precarious Workers Brigade are a UK-based group of precarious workers in culture & education. www.precariousworkersbrigade.tumblr.com

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is a New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions www.wageforwork.com

Undivided are a group of young people who came together in the wake of the EU referendum to ensure that our generation has a say in our future. www.weareundivided.co.uk

Plan C is an organisation of people who are politically active in their workplaces and communities.www.weareplanc.org

Unite Against Fascism www.uaf.org.uk

Post-ref racism is a space to share experiences of racism/xenophobia post-Brexit. Resources on reporting an incident: @PostRefRacism

The Monitoring is a leading anti-racist charity that promotes civil rights.www.tmg-uk.org

HOPE not hate exists to provide a positive antidote to the politics of hate. www.hopenothate.org.uk

European network against Racism (ENAR) is the only pan-European anti-racism network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racism actors in Europe. www.enar-eu.org

Hass Hilft (Hate helps) turns hate-comments into involuntary donations for refugees and against the far right. www.hasshilft.de/index_en.html @RechtsgegRechts

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. www.eff.org 

#UnisResistBorderControls wants to see a fundamental end to UKVI and PREVENT surveillance and the intimidation of non-EU international students, scholars and university workers #UnisResistBorderControls 

Everyone who is here is from here is organising a forum against racism and for migrant justice www.facebook.com/everyonewhoishereisfromhere

Sisters Uncut – taking direct action for domestic violence services. www.sistersuncut.org

Justice 4 Domestic Workers is a self-help grass-roots organisation made up of multi-national migrant Domestic Workers.www.j4dw.com

Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful www.globaljustice.org.uk

Liberty campaigns for civil liberties and human rights in the UK. www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk

The European Movement is co-ordinating several grassroots campaigns, supporting our place in Europe post referendum. www.euromove.org.uk

Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. www.tellmamauk.org/

United Families and Friends Campaign is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody, supports others in similar situations. www.uffcampaign.org

We Stand for Peace And Justice is building a new international movement that is intersectional and participatory www.standforpeaceandjustice.org


Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre


Annette Mees/Future Assembly


Cooking Sections www.cooking-sections.com

Krabstadt by Jeuno Je Kim/ Ewa Einhorn www.torinofilmlab.it/projects/6-krabstadt

Rubber Bandits www.therubberbandits.com

David Cross www.culturesofresilience.org/rethinking-an-institution

Qisetna: Talking Syria is a non-political social and cultural project aiming to engage Syrians and people with a connection to the country to share their stories. www.talkingsyria.com

Nicole Crentsil www.un-masked.com

gal-dem is a creative magazine comprised of over 70 women of colour www.gal-dem.com

Initiated by Ellie Harrison in 2015, the Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund (RRAAF) aims to be a new and autonomous funding scheme, which will use renewable energy to offer ‘no strings attached’ grants for art-activist projects in the UK www.ellieharrison.com/rraafund

In the shadows of the bipolar transatlantic global disorder we build something new www.handsoffourrevolution.com

OOMK is a multidisciplinary collective and bi-annual zine celebrating the creativity of women of diverse ethnic and spiritual backgrounds www.oomk.net

Arts organisations

Idle Women is an organisation that initiates and creates contemporary art with and by women. Founded by its two caretakers Rachel Anderson and Cis O’Boyle in 2015. 


Culture+Conflict is a not-for-profit agency focusing on art produced in, or in response to, conflict and post-conflict situations across the world. www.cultureandconflict.org.uk

GAPA Global Arts and Politics Alliance aims to build a bridge between arts and politics by providing a unique platform and community for artists, activists and change-makers to meet www.ga-pa.org

The theatre/ dance/ video production outposts of resistance II goes back to the international peace activists’ campaign Human Shields of 2003 that intended to prevent the impending war on Iraq outpostsofresistance.net

Platform combines art, activism, education and research in one organisation to create unique projects driven by the need for social and ecological justice. www.platformlondon.org

Arts Against Cuts (no longer active) www.artsagainstcuts.wordpress.com

Arts Emergency runs mentoring, networking & speaker events for state schools. An Arts degree is NOT a luxury! www.arts-emergency.org

DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London. www.diyspaceforlondon.org

Rabbits Road Institute is a new public space for community, educational and creative activity. www.oldmanorparklibrary.org/rri

This Is Not A Gateway develops platforms for critical projects and ideas that interrogate notions of ’cities.’ www.thisisnotagateway.net

European Cultural Foundation bridges communities and cultural change-makers across wider Europe www.culturalfoundation.eu

Occupy London Tours is a volunteer run walking tours collective seeking to throw open the secretive world of finance and politics for all to see. www.occupytours.org/


Schooling and culture www.theshowroom.org/projects/schooling-and-culture

Year Here is a year to test and build solutions to some of society’s toughest problems. www.yearhere.org

You Press empowers young people to find their voices through writing and creative arts. www.youpress.org.uk

Prof Maggie O’Neill is researcher in residence at Counterpoint Arts www.york.ac.uk/sociology/our-staff/academic/maggie-oneill

The Silent University is a solidarty based knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. www.thesilentuniversity.org

Antiuniversity Now is a collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the 1968 Antiuniversity in a programme of events. www.antiuniversity.org

Shades of Noir (SoN) was created by Aisha Richards. SoN is an independent program that supports: Curriculum design, Pedagogies of social justice through representation, Cultural currency, Accessible knowledge www.shadesofnoir.org.uk

Art Sexism Racism Resistance Women of Colour Catalogue needs to be recognised in art education and art history, as an important and crucial source of reference. www.Asrrart.wordpress.com

The Stuart Hall Foundation seeks to support new generations of creative thinkers to challenge the status quo. www.stuarthallfoundation.org/


Newspeak House is a community space for political technologists. www.nwspk.com

Techfugees is a social enterprise coordinating the international tech community’s response to the needs of Refugees. www.techfugees.com/ 

Alaveteli is an open-source platform for making public freedom of information requests to public bodies. www.alaveteli.org


New Economics Foundation is the only people-powered think tank. Sign up and help build a new economy where people really take control. www.neweconomics.org 

Brick Lane Debates is a left-wing radical collective, hosting a series of events in and around London. www.bricklanedebates.tumblr.com


#LondonIsOpen is a campaign launched by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan www.london.gov.uk/about-us/mayor-london/londonisopen

ResPublica is an independent non-partisan think tank, that seeks to establish a new economic, social and cultural settlement for the United Kingdom. www.respublica.org.uk

Vote Leave Watch www.voteleavewatch.org.uk

Fact-checking by FullFact www.fullfact.org/europe

InFacts is a journalistic enterprise making the fact-based case to stay in the EU or, failing that, for strong relations between Britain and the EU. www.infacts.org

Email your MP www.breentry.co.uk

EU legislation wiki www.legislation-tagger.herokuapp.com

Unlock Democracy exists to put power in the hands of the people. We believe that a vibrant, inclusive democracy makes everyone’s lives better. www.unlockdemocracy.org

As a youth-led, grassroots democracy movement, Bite the Ballot aims to empower young people in the UK to believe in the power of their individual and collective voice. www.bitetheballot.co.uk

TheyWorkForYou takes open data from the UK Parliament, and presents it in a way that’s easy to follow – for everyone. www.theyworkforyou.com

Democracy Club aims to make the process of democracy better for everyone. www.democracyclub.org.uk

Powerbase is a guide to networks of power, lobbying, public relations and the communications activities of governments and other interests. www.powerbase.info

The New Policy Institute (NPI) is a UK research institute which produces evidence-based research on a range of social and economic issues. www.npi.org.uk

Fair Tax Mark accreditation scheme rewards businesses that are good taxpayers. www.fairtaxmark.net 

mySociety is a not-for-profit social enterprise, based in the UK but working with partners internationally. www.mysociety.org 

1989 Generation Initiative are an open policy network committed to mobilising young Europeans; or ’89ers’, to lead the long term regeneration of the European Project through the development of innovative policy proposals. www.1989generationinitiative.or

The Radical Assembly is a network of activists aiming to support revolutionary movement against all systems of oppression. www.radicalassembly.wordpress.com

Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.www.citizensuk.org


Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world. www.alliedmedia.org

Stop Funding Hate, taking on the divisive hate campaigns of the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express. @StopFundingHate

Open Democracy - Through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, openDemocracy seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. www.opendemocracy.net

Climate change

The Climate Psychology Alliance provides a forum for people wanting to make connections between depth psychology and climate change www.climatepsychologyalliance.org

Creative Climate Leadership supports cultural professionals to work on the climate challenge. www.creativeclimateleadership.com

Green and Black Cross are an independent grassroots project set up in the spirit of mutual aid to support social and environmental struggles within the UK. www.greenandblackcross.org

List about border control/detention compiled by Unity Centre

Right To Remain Toolkit

A really essential overview of the asylum system, with long sections on detention, removals and deportation


BID Self Help Guide: How to Get Out of Detention

BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) have written this handbook to provide the information to people so that they can make their own bail applications. On the BID website it is also translated into a number of other languages. They also have some other interesting bits about detention.


Other things to read about detention, removals and deportations:

Collective Expulsion Report; Coperate Watch

This briefing on deportations focuses on the Home Office’s use of charter flights.


An shorter update with new figures just released


UK Detention Centres Factsheet; Corporate Watch


Detained Voices Website

Stories, experiences and demands by people held in UK Immigration Detention Centres. It is completely open for people who are inside detention centres to contribute to this website


Unity Centre

Follow to get information on urgent action appeal, where we ask people to call/tweet airlines about to be involved in someone’s removal


Standoff Films

Short films and documentaries about detention in the UK


Visitors Groups: all of the detention centres have a Visitors Group, a list of all the available ones can be found on the AVID website. 


Medical Justice:


The AIRE Centre:

Centre that focuses on the rights of EU citizens in the UK. Espcially for Operation Nexus cases (or any criminal deportation, they are happy to look through someones case to see if there is a link to Operation Nexus). 


BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees):

They have a self help guide for people wanting to apply for bail, and they do take on some people’s cases. They have a phone line from Monday- Thursday 10-12


Roots To Return:

A group that was set by old Unity Collective members very recently set up challenge Out of Country Appeals, where certain immigration decisions are not given an in-country right of appeal. Relevant for anyone with Out of Country appeal rights. The idea is to also have support for families left behind in UK, educational programme for young people to know about their status/risk of criminal deportation and supporting groups 


End Deportations

A website set up for the fortnight of action in January 2017


Anti Raids:

We are a loose network of groups and individuals working to build the resistance to immigration raids since 2012 by producing and sharing information and materials.


Hackney Migrant Centre:

Weekly drop-in for advice and social activities, with free immigration and welfare advice. Wednesdays


Harringey Migrant Support Centre:

Weekly drop-in for advice and social activities, with free immigration and welfare advice. Mondays


SOAS Detainee Support Group:

A visitors group working in a number of different detention centres around London