An interview with Swadhin from KARB.
- What is KARB?
KARB is kids against raids and borders – a new kid’s campaign.
- Why did you want to set up this group?
Because I think there is space for one and there is a need for one. We need one. There is no real kid’s campaign in any of the movements now. There is nothing to get kids genuinely interested. Raids and borders are more of a metaphor for the state’s oppression itself in a way. Another reason is that raids and borders affect children most out of what the government does to oppress people.
- Why raids and borders?
By raids I mean immigration raids – raids are when someone knocks on your door or stops you somewhere and asks you questions or tries to force you into a van or puts you in handcuffs or arrests you in some other way with no charge and no crime committed. This is purely about the government interest in getting rid of migrants.
Borders is because the government are making everything a border, schools, hospitals, policing (that has always been a border). All public service now have become a way to subject the many to more oppression.
- Why do you think young people should get involved in groups like KARB?
Because not only are young people affected as much as adults but also our movement is pointless without a succession and children will most likely be the succession to campaign.
But also kids should participate in campaigns because we don’t get together enough and it is also just a way of talking to each other about what’s on our minds and what school’s like and human interaction really.
The first meeting of KARB will be at The Field, 385 Queens Road, New Cross on Sunday 20th November from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. There will be activities for younger children and space and a meeting space for older children and teenagers to make materials for the campaign and plan future activities.