[noborders-brum] we need to discuss the 3rd day of action,

Dejongh03n at aol.com Dejongh03n at aol.com
Wed Jun 21 08:37:44 UTC 2006

we need to do something on the 3rd day of action, maybe  picket at solihull 
home office, not sure what was done in the past.


do we want to add NCADC's name to list of supporting  organisations ?

thanks, emma


On 19  Jun 2006, at 07:59, <mailto:hagen at kein.org>hagen at kein.org  wrote:

Call for a 3rd Day of Migration-Related Actions -
on 7  October 2006, all over Europe and beyond ...

"In the name of fighting  clandestine immigration, governments are
adopting repressive policies and  are expanding the frontiers of wealthy
nations through centers of  detention, ejections, expulsions and
selection of the labour force." (from  the migration-related Appeal of
Bamako/Mali at the Polycentric World Social  Forum in January 2006)

The European migration regime makes migrants  'illegal'. One of the main
measures of the European Union authorities  against the movements and
struggles of migration is currently the  establishment of camps and
other instruments of migration control outside  Europe, in African and
east European countries (their  'externalisation').

When thousands of migrants and refugees  collectively stormed the border
fences of the Spanish enclaves in Ceuta and  Melilla in October last
year, the crucial demands for freedom of movement  and for equal rights
were clearly brought to public attention, at least for  the moment. The
inhuman, barbaric reactions, the fatal shootings and mass  deportations
to the desert, mirrored the escalating level of conflict and  the crisis
of the European migration regime.

But there is an ongoing  process undermining this migration regime, not
only from 'outside' the  borders, but also from the inside. All over
Europe, almost every day, there  are social and political struggles,
protests and campaigns against camps  and deportations, for asylum
rights for women and men, for legalisation,  for European citizenship
rights based on residence rather than nationality  and against the
exploitation of migrant labour. These struggles go far  beyond any
narrow understanding of European identity.

Our new joint  call for a Day of Action follows the mobilisations on 31
January 2004 and  on 2 April 2005, when we held the first and second
days of action on  migration in more than 50 cities across Europe. At
the European Social  Forum in Athens in May 2006, the issue of migration
for the first time had  its own thematic 'axis'. A growing network of
migration-related initiatives  decided in the final assembly to take
another step and coordinate actions  around 7 October.

Taking into account specific regional and national  conditions and the
circumstances of various struggles, our Day of Action  aims for
resistance at European and even transcontinental levels.  Our
mobilisation will make the first moves towards Europe-wide  central
activities in order to develop the idea of a common demonstration  in
2007, either in Brussels or at another place of public interest.  Our
aim is to address Europe as a whole and not only national  governments.

In addition the chosen date in October is a reminder of  the events in
Ceuta and Melilla in 2005. We will make a particular effort  to build
cooperation with initiatives in Africa. A simultaneous day of  actions
in European and African cities in October would help to promote an  axis
on migration in the next World Social Forum, which will take place  in
Nairobi (Kenya) in January 2007. This corresponds with the Bamako  Call
which we have already quoted from: 'In the period from the Bamako  Forum
to the one in Nairobi, we propose a year long  international
mobilisation in defense of the right of all people to  circulate freely
around the world and to determine their own destiny...  Finally we call
for an international day of mobilisation that could take  place in the
sites/symbols of the frontiers (airports, detention centers,  embassies,

Above all, we are determined to stress the global  dimension of migrant
struggles today. Thus, we intend to connect our Day of  Action with the
initiatives and ongoing mass mobilisations of the American  migrants
movement in the next future.

The 3rd Day of Action will be  directed against the denial of rights,
against the criminalisation of  migrants and against all immigration
controls, articulating clear demands  within the framework of freedom of
movement and the right to stay:

-  For a European unconditional legalisation and equal rights for  all
- For the closure of all detention centers in  Europe and everywhere
- For an end to all deportations and of the  externalisation process
- For the uncoupling of the residence permit from  the labour contract and
against  'precarity'.

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