Coats4Calais

Donate your coat.

Coats4Calais Poster. Features photo of a refugee wearing a warm coat and scarf. The words "Can you donate a coat to keep a refugee warm this winter?" printed in white on a red background under photo.
Over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. Some as young as 13, with no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.

We are asking everyone to look in your cupboards for a winter coat that you no longer wear.

Take a picture of yourself holding up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:
“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter #Coats4Calais”
Donate your coat at your nearest drop off point – see here

If you don’t have a coat to donate you can buy a coat to keep a refugee warm all winter for just £25 here

Let’s keep people warm this winter!

To start a collection download a poster or leaflet here

and see here for more information

“Fat Cat Friday” Reseach Published

TUC logo. Square background in purple. "TUC" printed in white and pale purple. The words "Changing the world of work for good" printed in white letters.From the TUC:

Issue date
04 Jan 2019

The High Pay Centre and CIPD’s ‘Fat Cat Friday’ research published today (Friday) is evidence that the government must redesign the economy to make it fair again, says the TUC.

‘Fat Cat Friday’ is the day in 2019 on which the typical FTSE 100 chief executive has already earned the same as the average wage for a whole year.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“There are millions of hardworking people in Britain – from shop floors to public services – who give more than they get back. But greedy executives are taking more than they’ve earned.

“We need to redesign the economy to make it fair again. And that means big reforms to bring fat cat pay back down to earth.

“Executive pay committees have to change. They should be required to include workforce representatives who can speak up for a fair balance of pay with ordinary workers. Too much wealth is being hoarded at the top.”

Demonstration #NoRacismNoFascism 09/12/2018 – Assemble 11am at the BBC, Portland Place

UPDATE: CHANGE IN START POINT for united counter demonstration to stop fascist Tommy Robinson:

Assemble 11am at BBC Portland Place.

https://www.facebook.com/events/323977288186837/

It is vital we come out in numbers, in unity and expose and oppose Robinson, who has a history of racism, Islamophobia and membership of the fascist British National Party. He of course founded the English Defence League and has made links with fascists and far right politicians from Geert Wilders in Holland to the Front National in France.

He claims his march, supported by racist UKIP, is about a “Brexit Betrayal”, but the reality is that he is a fascist who is looking to exploit May’s crisis to his own nasty ends – building a far right street movement here in Britain.
Whatever you think of Brexit, this demonstration is not about leave/remain, it is about uniting and coming out on the streets to oppose fascist Tommy Robinson.
The united counter demonstration is for all anti-fascists, regardless of their positions on leave/remain on Brexit, and the demonstration’s focus is opposing ‘Tommy Robinson, fascism and racism.

Assemble 11am at the BBC, Portland Place, and march to Whitehall.

Join us on Sunday 9 December
https://www.facebook.com/events/323977288186837/
to say #NoRacismNoFascism and stop this fascist seeking to exploit May’s crisis to build his far right street movement. We have to come together to stop him!

Get the factsheet: Ten things you need to know about fascist Tommy Robinson
http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR39Sonng-0kzB2kFzNexmf9ip8bGA63KTXVuEtedCgFTjjHeuJV6Zp8pdo

Speakers on the counter demo so far:
Julie Ward MEP
Matt Wrack – Fire Brigades Union
Kevin Courtney – National Education Union – NUT Section
Unmesh Desai – GLA member
Steve Hedley – RMT Assisstant Gen Sec
Shen Batmaz – Mcstriker and Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union – Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union – BFAWU
Yannis Gourtsoyannis – Momentum NCG
David Rosenberg – Jewish Socialist Group
Mohammed Kozbar – Finsbury Park Mosque
Anas al Tikriti – Muslim Association of Britain
Manuel Cortes – TSSA – Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association
Nita Sanghera – UCU – University and College Union
Daniel Kebede – #NEU NEC
Shahrar Ali Green Party Home Affairs Spokesperson
Louise Raw- author

Join, share and invite to the demo on 9 December!
Unite against fascist Tommy Robinson’s hate march
Don’t let the far right hijack May’s crisis
https://www.facebook.com/events/323977288186837/
#NoRacismNoFascism