[noborders-brum] [Fwd: A Transnational Chain of Migration Related Actions!]

Shiar shiar at riseup.net
Fri Feb 1 12:13:08 UTC 2008

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Subject: [noii-uk] A Transnational Chain of Migration Related Actions!
From:    "renegado" <renegado at riseup.net>
Date:    Thu, January 31, 2008 8:17 pm
To:      noii-uk at lists.riseup.net

... Amsterdam, Sevilla, Torino, Bamako, London, Athens, Warsaw,
Hamburg, Malmoe, Ceuta, ...

Common Call for a Transnational Chain of Migration Related Actions
In the “heart of the monster” - Fighting the borderregime!
Transnationalization now!

Between February and October 2008 a series of events, protests and
actions will take place in various cities and countries all over
Europe and beyond : against the border regime, against detentions and
deportations, against the exploitation of migrant labour and for
legalization of all migrants. This transnational chain of struggles
builds on the three action days for freedom of movement and the right
to stay, which happened in previous years. But with this chain of
events we are aiming for something more. We strongly believe that the
transnational expression of migrants’ struggles against the “monster”
of migration controls must be something more than a one day event
once a year. We believe that the transnational space must be
understood as an unified space of migrants’ struggles, happening
everyday and right now.

This transnational chain of struggles is our attempt to find out what
is “common” among the manifold differences experienced by migrants in
Europe and beyond. Ranging from temporary seasonal workers who are
exploited in the fields of Andalusia in Spain; to "legal" migrants
who live and work everyday in Eurospace; undocumented migrants
working in irregular jobs in Italy or the UK, in factories or in the
home, as many women do; "tolerated refugees" living in an isolated
"junglecamp" in Northern-Germany; migrants detained in a camp in
Greece or Poland, or even in front of the externalized EU-borders in
Marocco or Ukraine. They all are crossing and forcing the boundaries
living inside and struggling against the same “monster” which is the

Of course, we do not ignore the differences in realities and
struggles in various regions, countries or continents. But all over
the world capitalist exploitation is unimaginable without the global
differences, constructed through filters and zones, the hierarchies
and inequality, and through the external as well as the internal
borders. Illegalisation and deportations on one hand, selective
inclusion and recruitment of migrant workforce on the other hand, are
two sides of the same coin: migration management for a global
apartheid regime, whose most precarious conditions of exploitation
are based on the production of hierarchies in terms of rights and on
racist discrimination. Low wage countries in the south are used to
undercut wages through relocation of production, low wage sectors in
the north are targeting young migrant workers: trying to keep them
obedient by blackmailing them, as their right of residence is linked
to their jobs.

The increasing movements and daily fights of refugees and migrants
challenge the external borders of Europe as well as the social and
legal borders within Europe itself. The manifold struggles undermine,
crisscross and attack the brutal and murderous system of migration
control and racist exploitation.
This transnational chain of actions is a step toward the linking of
these struggles, an attempt to build communication and organization
across the borders, knowing that the demands for freedom of movement
and the right to stay aim directly at the „heart of the monster“,
which migrants everyday and everywhere are fighting against.

The stations:

--- February 2nd in Amsterdam/Netherlands: Launching point for the
chain with the conference „Migrant / Media / Metropolis - New labour
struggles in the global city“ which will be showcasing the current
union organizing campaign "cleaners for a better future" in the
Netherlands where migrants from Turkey, Morocco, Suriname, Ghana,
Capo Verde and Latin America are fighting for a living wage, respect
and full time jobs.

--- February 23rd in Sevilla/Spain : Demonstration in the frame of an
action day for immigrants rights, coordinated through the countrywide
network REDI, just two weeks before the general elections in Spain.
Demonstrations, actions and meetings will be celebrated in Barcelona,
Madrid, Valencia, Pamplona, Burgos...and the 3 demands of all events
are: 1- Regularization of all immigrants, 2-Stop the police
repression on immigrants, 3- Equal rights for all. In andalucia there
will be a centralized demonstration in Sevilla with the central
slogan: "Migration is not the problem, the problem is precarity",
with the participation of buses from Malaga, Almeria, Cadiz and
people from all andalusian cities.

--- March 8th in Torino/Italy: mass mobilization for the legalization
of all
undocumented migrant workers and refugees.

--- March 15th and 16th in Bamako/Mali: Journées Ouvertes avec des
travailleurs migrants expulsés et refoulés =Open Days with migrant
workers who were deported or sent back
The Malian Association of deported migrants (AME), member of the Euro-
African network "manifeste euro-africain", will organize two days of
meetings with migrant workers who were deported from Europe or sent
back on their way. It will be an open space for migrants to tell
their stories and for debates, where the local population and
especially people who want to migrate are invited.

---  (probably)March 29th in Athens/Greece: Actions will be organised
against border controls, police violence, detention, deportations,
against Dublin convention and in solidarity to refugees who reach
Europe. For their right to free movement, for their right to asylum
and residence in every country they choose!

--- March 29th in London/UK: Trade Union and Community Activist
Conference Against Immigration Controls, coming together to build a
campaign against the intensifying attacks on migrant workers and
their communities in the UK. This gathering seeks to develop the
capacity of migrants to resist the raids, detention and deportation
of migrants, and to challenge workplace exploitation and migrants'
exclusion from education, social services and health care.

--- End of May/beginning of June in Warsaw/Poland: Protest and press-
conference in front of the headquarter of Frontex against European
borderregime and its externalisation to East and South, combined with
a transnational online-demonstration against this European Border
Agency at the same day...

--- August in Hamburg/Germany: Antiracist actioncamp with a focus on
EU-charter-deportations to Africa from Hamburg Airport.

--- September 18th to 21st in Malmoe/Sweden: Presentation and
evaluation of the chain of actions in the frame of the next European
Social Forum, discussing further perspectives of transnationalization
of migrationrelated struggles.

--- October 7th near Ceuta in Marocco: Manifestation at the fence of
Ceuta. This is the anniversary of Ceuta and Melilla killings and was
decided as an international day of solidarity with migrants in
Nairobi (World Social Forum 2007).

--- Cleaners for a better Future/Holland; Justice for Janitors/Global
--- Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores (SAT); Oficina de Derechos
Sociales (Malaga y Sevilla), Red Precarixs en Movimiento,
Coordinadora de Inmigrantes de Málaga (CIM), Asociacion Pro Derechos
Humanos de Andalucia (APDH), Centro Social La Casa Invisible
(Málaga), Corriente Roja;
--- Tavolo Migranti/Italy;
--- Association Malienne des Expulsés (AME)/Bamako
---  Network for Social Support to Immigrants and Refugees/Athens
--- London Noborders, No One Is Illegal (UK) and the Conference
Against Immigration Controls Organising Committee;
--- Refugee Council Hamburg, No one is illegal Hanau, Caravan-Group
--- Reseau Manifeste Euro-Africain
--- Frassanito Network

Contact: frassainfo at kein.org

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