kein mensch ist illegal hamburg

"Ihr sollt wissen, daß kein Mensch illegal ist.
Das ist ein Widerspruch in sich. Menschen können schön sein oder noch schöner. Sie können gerecht sein oder ungerecht. Aber illegal? Wie kann ein Mensch illegal sein?"

Elie Wiesel

Donnerstag, 27. Februar 2014

Another Call from Italy for Demonstrations on 1st March

Next March 1st we will return to the streets. We do this after the
political tragedy of  October 3rd 2013, when the death of hundreds of men,
women and children in the sea of Lampedusa highlighted the ruthlessness of
the European border regime. We do this after the so-called "refugee
emergency" which showed that every 'emergency' regime  is used to coerce a
'normal' subordination and silence from those who are seeking a better
life. We do this knowing that migrants should not be seen only as victims
who die at sea or who require assistance, but as a part of our society
that is able to fight in solidarity, taking possession of their own lives,
reinventing democracy. In Europe, in Italy and in particular in Bologna
migrants have struggled with determination: anti-racism for us means
struggling side by side with them to demand and affirm the opportunity to
live, study, work and move freely, in Europe and in the rest of the world.

This struggle is now all the more urgent, as austerity continues to
intensify precarity and institutional racism. The economic crisis and its
political management at the European and national level have led to the
impoverishment of labour, loss of income and housing difficulties for
everyone. For migrants the crisis has increased the possibility of losing
their residency permit, of being locked up in refugee camps, of losing
contributions paid in years of work, of fatally colliding with the border
regime. The recent Swiss referendum and the growing inter-European racism
are the effects of these policies and the institutional racism that
sustains them. These mechanisms of discrimination and exploitation are
devices that do not only affect migrants, but involve ever larger segments
of society and aim to further restrict access to income and rights.

On March 1st 2010, in Bologna and many other cities in Italy, hundreds of
workers, women and men, migrants and Italians, went on strike against the
Bossi-Fini law on immigration. They did this despite opposition from those
who argued that the migrant strike was an ' ethnic strike ", the same
forces that today continue to side with the bosses. This struggle has
continued: the battle of the workers of Granarolo continues, with strikes
in the logistics warehouses against the exploitative system of
cooperatives, migrants have shown that the blackmail of the residency
permit and salary and the complicity of the institutions with the system
that exploits them are not enough to stop them. From jobs to the squares
migrants have said no to the precarization of existence fueled by
institutional racism: they have refused discrimination in access to
health, are opposed to scholastic exclusion and separate classes, have
demanded their right to asylum. From the workplaces to the streets March 1
migrants will loudly re-state that no migrant detention centre (CIE)  must
reopened in Emilia Romagna and that all detention centers – starting from
Ponte Galeria - must be closed forever.

Stubbornly , in recent years, migrants and Italians, and precarious and
factory workers have struggled, sending a clear message to all: raising
your head against exploitation, precarity and institutional racism is
possible and necessary! On March 1st all the politically active realities
of Bologna and province are invited to pick up this message: to reinvent
solidarity, for the right to a dignified life for all, to be on the side
of the migrants without ambiguity, giving space and visibility to their
struggles and their demands.

March 1st 2014 – 3 PM , Piazza dell’Unità – Bologna

  • for the breaking of the link between employment contract and residency permit
  • for the definitive closure of all centres for the identification and expulsion of migrants
  • for citizenship for all the sons and daughters of immigrants born and raised in Italy
  • for a law that truly protects the rights of asylum applicants and refugees
  • for universal access to health care and education


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