On Wednesday 6 May, Our Future Now (OFN) held an online fundraiser in support of the work of Calais Food Collective (CFC), an organisation providing essential food services for displaced communities in Calais and Dunkirk in France. Over 2000 refugees from various war-torn places are currently displaced in Northern France, and have found themselves in a perpetual state of uncertainty and marginalisation as European countries reject their claims to asylum.
I am here today, blockading the set-up of the arms fair with you all, because I am a former refugee and current migrant. I have seen my country and people torn apart by the companies looking to sell arms here in the next couple of days. I am a person whose land and community suffers every day from the trauma and pollution that the slow and fast violence of war creates.
This September, I had the pleasure of attending The World Transformed. All the talks and workshops I attended left me in awe of the strength, beauty, and resolve found in left-wing movements in the UK and beyond, but there was one event which really struck a chord with me.