Bringing Solidarity Home: These Walls Must Fall

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW

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EXTRACT: Coming home, it’s strange trying to figure out where you used to fit in. Media headlines about immigration stop being abstract and become about people we know. Apathy and discrimination start to hurt instead of just irritate because we’ve seen their casualties starving and cold and the empty orange life jackets floating in the sea. We know what it costs. We’re not supposed to just fit back in when we come home. We’re supposed to be opening eyes.

The fight for refugee and migrant rights out there can’t be won without a radical political shift here, in the heart of Fortress Europe. The solidarity-based approach developed and demonstrated by the best of the independent volunteers has enormous potential to achieve this.
It has the power, not just to save lives, but to change lives; to heal the divisions in our communities torn by politicians scapegoating the poor and the undocumented for a crisis they created.

It’s not about charity. It’s about recognising shared responsibility for the state of our shared world; understanding we have always been connected. By refusing to provide safe passage, refusing its fair share of refugees and detaining over 30,000 undocumented people every year, the British government is reinforcing the precedent that black and brown lives don’t matter. If that passes unchallenged, we are all forced into a more dangerous, divided and desolate world. And with states cracking down on independent solidarity work, simply saving lives is becoming a political act.

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