Anti-racist and migrant solidarity activists met at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies on 20 February.
This was a summit organised by “London2Calais”, a solidarity network involved in building links with and providing practical support for migrants in the “Jungle” camp in Calais. The opening plenary featured a harrowing report, via Skype link, from Shakir, a Pakistani resident of the Jungle, who provides medical aid to refugees. He reported how much of his work involves tending to refugees injured by the French police or by the gangs of racist, far-right activists who now regularly raid the camp. Other sessions discussed the migrant and refugee crisis in the context of imperialist conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, and how migrant and refugee solidarity work fits into wider anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigning.