Undoing Borders

Take action against racism in the media

Join our days of action on 4-5 November, where we will call for Specsavers to pull all its advertising in the Daily Express.

By pushing major advertisers to withdraw all financial and symbolic support from the newspaper, we are determined to hold the Daily Express accountable for their divisive, anti-migrant rhetoric.

Click here to find out how you can send a letter to your local Specsavers branch, and to download a template letter.

Why Migration, Why Now?

It’s 2016, and migration is in the headlines. From Europe’s failure in preventing the deaths of thousands of refugees, to stoked up racial hatred in the wake of Brexit, the movement of people across borders continues to dominate political conversations at every level.

The media is key in framing these conversations. However, mainstream media narratives are not neutral. They systematically exclude certain voices - the voices of those who migrate.

They also deliberately ignore the root causes of why people, particularly from the Global South, are forced to migrate. Environmental chaos, imperial wars and global capitalism creates a perpetual condition of precarity and displacement.

It is crucial - now more than ever - to organise in defence of those left vulnerable by our global political and economic system, which routinely displaces communities throughout the world, and then punishes them for leaving for a better life.

What is the Undoing Borders campaign fighting for?

Tackling racist reporting in the media.

The media campaign exists to both take irresponsible reporting on migration to task, and to reward and encourage good reporting on migration.

Resisting the border industry on campus and beyond.

It is also important to tackle the companies that make the material reality of borders possible. The border industry - which is a network of state and private companies, as well as a set of cultural and social ideas - that maintain and profit from the enforcement of border oppression.

From contracting outsourced labour, to providing security services; from building infrastructure to recruiting at careers fairs, it is not uncommon for companies heavily invested in the border industry to have a strong presence in higher and further education.

Companies profiting off violence have no place anywhere. Kick them off campus!

  • Email us at undoingborders@peopleandplanet.org to receive support to launch an Undoing Borders Campaign on your campus.

  • Download the Undoing Borders Action Guide to find out more.