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Third International Day of Action for Migrant Rights, 7 Oct

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 8:32 am    Post subject: Third International Day of Action for Migrant Rights, 7 Oct Reply with quote

-if you know networks or groups who might be
interested in coming, please circulate the call to
them.
mant thanks
dagmar

>
> Dear friends
>
> This is an invitation to all interested groups and
> individuals to an
> open planning meeting to discuss London event(s) for
> October 7th, the
> Third International Day of Action for Migrant Rights
> which was
> decided at the 2006 European Social Forum in Athens.
> Initial
> proposals so far suggested include a conference, a
> march from Hackney
> to Communications House on Old Street and a
> city-wide poster campaign.
>
> Please forward to any individuals or groups who
> might be interested
> in partiicipating
>
> The meeting will take place on Saturday 22nd July
> from 12 to 4pm at
> the Transport and General Workers Union, 128
> Theobalds Road, Holborn
> WC1X 8TN.
> Nearest Tube: Holborn. Buses: 38, 55, 243, 8, 25,
> 242.
>
> Below in text format is the original call from the
> ESF.
>
> Greg
> London NoBorders
>
> *****
>
> 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, etc.)'.
>
> 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
> migrants
> - 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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