80% of humanity lives on less that $10 a day. The richest make up 20% of three-quarters of the worlds income. In a world as corrupt as this, run by the medium thieves of Rothchild & co, it is no wonder we are living in a modern distopia. Follow me to open up the crises our world lives in and the ways we can slowly make our humanity a feasible living situation.
Calais Day Two
Conspiracy theory: There was never a Jungle
Alternative theory: We all live in a Jungle
(Written on a port-a-loo, Calais Warehouse, anonymous)
Day Two: Surreal Surroundings
Twelve hours of sleep can do the world of good for an individual, a coffee can be the best pick-me-up.
Second day in and without a doubt another successful day. After spending a morning back in the sorting warehouse, we then got the opportunity to learn about the overflow. A strange realization overthrew us when we saw the piles of large clothing that isn't needed, shoved into crates awaiting to be taken. The warehouse prompted a question on where this will all go, to which this reply send a shudder down my spine;
The overflow of donations.
"So a while back, we had this big order for Syria,
we had a plan for the van to come and
collect tonnes of children, men and women's clothes..."
"The place they were going to was bombed.
No one was there to donate too."
Even the thought now makes my eyes water. Holding a baby's glove I stared at it, eyes filling up. It just is so real. I cannot fathom the pain I would have in my heart if my country was being ripped apart. I cannot believe the strength the refugees have to continue, especially the ones with no family left, clinging to their life. It is so easy to turn off the news when they discuss Aleppo or Syrian rebels or the 'Refugee Crises'. Yet if it was happening to your family would you be able to turn it off now? These people escape the warfare, come for shelter and support, have to battle demanding and critical weather conditions, to then appear and be told they aren't wanted, being told to go home.
They don't get that luxury anymore, there is no home for them left. Realise that.
9 hours of work, nails broken, runny nose, blue fingers, dusty lungs. Yet we couldn't of felt better. We understand the work we are doing, we are actually making a difference. It is so rewarding to be in a job where what you are doing is making an impact, compared to mundane hospitality jobs this work made me feel something I haven't felt in so long. Made me feel wanted.
I got talking to various volunteers today, what they were interested in, what made them volunteer. I wanted to share a few stories with you;
'Okay don't laugh! And I won't mention this again as it seems so ridiculous, I work in IT. I push buttons for a living.' -Chris, one of the 'experts' in the volunteering field, a cheerful, brilliant man.
'On my first day I showed up in high heel Gucci wellies! Honestly I didn't have anything else! I walked in and had to change them after a few hours!' -Ash, started volunteering a year ago, she came for a few days then uprooted, quit her job, removed all materialistic objects in her life to work in a charity shop in the warehouse. Truly inspirational.
'I really want to learn crochet, I am retired, I do this because I have lived an amazing life, so why can't I use the rest of it to help others? Maggie, multiple volunteer junkie, great dancer when her jig comes on. I can only dream of being even slightly like her when I'm her age.
'I did go home at one point, but it all seemed so pointless then. So I quit everything and now this is my life, and fuck me is it so much better' -Florence, incredible, incredible woman. She is in the process of helping a 16 year old unaccompanied to live with his aunt, he apparently likes transformers and has an eye on good style of clothing, and he loves the word 'Peace' in English.
2018 is a big year for Youth Stop AIDS, we plan to demand extra funding from DFID for AIDS medication and education in February, as well as bombard the Amsterdam Government meeting with all things powerful and youth-led to make sure our MPs are saying the right things in aspect to funding for HIV/AIDS.
With this in mind and more, the year kicked off to a great start, as a society in Brighton we achieved our developing status award, which was a challenge considering it was a brand new society in a very naive area (believe it or not). We also signed on new members at the Brighton SU Refresher's Fair (go us!).
In February it started with the Speaker Tour Event! A fantastic opportunity where selected speakers travel all over the country in a month speaking at various events about their own personal stories. On the 7th February, it landed in Brighton. A great chance for the society to get it's first official event, and we set up a lovely theatre hall for them to…
Refugees. People like you and me,surviving in a world that has done them no justice.
There is no better start to the New Year than to give up your time to help those in need. And in today's media the crises is refugees. A whole area of the world is fighting on the lines on politics, humans being killed left right and centre. No wonder to yourselves why they ran, they left to survive. And over 8,000 refugees escaped to Calais.
The Jungle, as it is more commonly known has closed, but this does never mean there isn't work to be done, there are people still waiting, waiting to begin their life, stuck in a purgatory of tents and donations. Just, sat in a limbo of life.
My good friend and I ventured off on the 2nd of January 2017 at 6pm to Calais, leaving from Brighton. We fundraised £500.00 for this project, so utilised the funds by taking cheap transport, which took over twelve hours. From Brighton to London Victoria we set off, after a four hour freezing break we took another coach…
Apologies for such a long wait, everything has been pretty hectic!
World AIDS Day, on December 1st, is a day to dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV and mourning those who have died from the disease.
It is also a time to celebrate the progress made and to think about the progress to come. Therefore in recognition of all this, we created a movie night. Filled with fun and snacks and singing along!
We teamed up with the Musical Theatre Society at Brighton University to create an event perfect for World AIDS Day. We incorporated some snacks, sent out flyers and formed a cute cubby for movie madness. We went with the film RENT, seemed appropriate given its theme of HIV/AIDS, but also was a great film to sing along too.
We also wanted to raise awareness of Youth Stop AIDS and also the Missing Medicine Campaign. The MM Campaign works on raising awareness of drug affordability and making drugs affordable for all. We raised £30.00 towards the cause…