Birds Crossing Borders is our response to feeling outraged about the current public discourse about refugees – people who risk their lives to flee poverty, violence and war in their home countries in the hope of finding safety in Europe and Britain. We are upset about the rhetoric of fear and shutting down, we reject the narratives of ‘migrant chaos‘ and ‘migrant crisis‘: with Birds Crossing Borders we want to open up an alternative narrative rooted in compassion and trust. Birds Crossing Borders is about doing what we at deep:black do best: creating a safe space for dialogue and connection, where people can get in touch with each other, be touched by each others stories, bear witness and spread hope.
The situation unfolding from countries like Syria, Afghanistan, or Lebanon is huge; feels overwhelming to us and Birds Crossing Borders is very much a tiny bird-sized feather-light response that will not deal with all the complex layers of the situation. But it’s one thing we can do – and we at deep:black believe that if we all do one thing then a great deal will be possible.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all…”
We’ve been working with a group of artists to design a set of 6 postcards that are currently printed by Calverts Co-op. Everyone behind this initiative have given their time and resources for free and none of us are making any money from it – we are purely driven by the desire to make a contribution to a more humane response to dealing with a crisis situation.
What you can do:
You can then contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request your set of postcards designed by artists for this purpose – find friends, colleagues or family members who are willing to write a message on the back of one of them to a person in a Calais refugee camp.
Once you’ve got your set of written postcards together, you post it to us by 15 December 2015 – we will send you the directions of where to post it when sending out the postcards.
If you’ve got any questions you can get in touch with us by email (email@example.com) or phone Katharine (07816 926 907) or Petra (07963 492 880).