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

Dejongh03n at aol.com Dejongh03n at aol.com
Wed Jun 21 08:39:53 UTC 2006

In a message dated 21/06/2006 09:37:44 GMT Daylight Time, Dejongh03n  writes:

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. i am  not sure if i sent this 
to the right email  address


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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