The joint Cambridge effort towards the Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June, a moving demonstration of solidarity with refugees, is taking shape. We want an impressive convoy with as many vehicles as we can find – and as many passengers as we have seats to help unload the food, clothes, and other needed materials the convoy will transport to the warehouses that support the Calais camp.
If you want to join the convoy, as a passenger or a driver, please register on the Eventbrite page. (Remember you must have a passport to go to Calais, though anyone's welcome to accompany the convoy as far as Dover.) You can keep up with news by joining the Facebook event.
The Cambridge convoy is being jointly organized by the Cambridge and District Trades Council, Cambridge Area Momentum, Cambridge Green Party, Cambridge Love Music Hate Racism, Cambridge People's Assembly, Cambridge Stand Up to Racism, and Cambridge Stop the War Coalition.
We're seeking donations of goods, and of money to spend on goods to deliver to the warehouses maintained by the charities Care4Calais and L'Auberge des migrants. (This isn't a trip to see the camp.) It's very important that we only take things from the list of desired donations supplied by their volunteers. Please bring goods from that list
- to the Trades Council stall at Strawberry Fair on Midsummer Common (near the Fort St George pub) between 12 midday and 5 p.m. tomorrow, on Saturday 4 June, or
- to the Convoy to Calais stall in Market Square between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday 11 June, or
- to the Daily Bread whole food shop at Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, during its opening hours.
The Trades Council is also collecting money donations by bank transfer for the convoy: its bank account number is 20114277, with the sort code 08-60-01. Cash donations at the Market Square stall are equally welcome.
The next organizing meeting is on Tuesday 7 June at 7.30 p.m. The final venue is to be confirmed but we'll meet in the first place at the CB2 Bistro, 5–7 Norfolk Street.
[Updated on 9 June to add Daily Bread as a collection point.]