On 24th June, we – refugees, migrants and their networks – want to demonstrate together with you for our demands and aims. Because:
We won’t get used to what is happening right before our eyes and what is declared as normal: The
situation is not getting better. Suffering and death are no exceptions anymore. They shape the daily
lives of all those who still do not belong to this country and of those who still seek to come here.
People are being insulted, spat on and beaten. The solidarity of hundreds of thousands is mistreated
and stamped on. We are looked at with a lot of suspicion. They build fences to prevent us from
entering. They deport us to make us disappear. But we are here. We will stay. We have our hopes.
We have our dreams. We live. Welcome united.
The memory is fresher than ever
We will not give up. We remember the summer of 2015. Hundreds of thousands opened Europe’s
borders. No one could stop them because they didn’t let anyone stop them. They just began to walk.
They started moving in order to arrive somewhere. From the train station in Budapest to the Austrian
border. Freedom of movement did not remain a demand anymore. The movement took its freedom.
For the right to have rights, for the right to presence, to protection, to help and to a future. The
“march of hope” remains an unforgettable event in the long history of struggles for the right to
escape and migrate.
Still today, we are many. We are still here, and maybe our number even grew. Day in day out, we
seek to resist the injustice of the current order. The small and the large protests have become part of
our lives. The hopes of 2015 have not yet been suffocated. These hopes have found expression in the
acts of solidarity of thousands of people in Germany and Europe. We continue to fight for the
refugees’ and migrants’ right to presence, and also for the right to our presence. We provide
everyday support. We protest state persecution and deportation. We rise up against the new rightwing populism and old forms of fascism. We are here and we stand with those who came. We are the ones who arrived. Welcome united!
From solidarity to politics!
Existing migration policies have to change - this is non-negotiable. This is and will remain the central
position from which we conduct our political work. And this goes out to all politicians:
- For the right to leave and to come: Stop the dying!
The dying in the Mediterranean Sea has to stop. Now. Immediately. There’s nothing to
discuss about that. We refuse to accept the normalization of death and suffering at this
murderous border: Who drowns is being killed! The deaths of thousands could end already
tomorrow if people could board a plane or a ferry to Europe. But instead the oppressors
persecute those who help and support. We demand a reversal of Europe’s migration
policies! For safe passages, freedom of movement and a welcoming Europe!
- For the right to stay: Stop the fear!
Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands have made it to Germany. But hundreds of
thousands still don’t know if they can stay. Without the right to stay they still encounter
fear, insecurity and uncertainty instead of being able to start and to create a future. This also
includes that we as women don’t have to experience discrimination and violence any longer.
Or that the countless families who were torn apart can live together again. We call for a
clear stance of all those taking part in the political decision making process: an unconditional
right to remain and an end to deportations – now! Whether you are Romany from the Balkans, Afghans or threatened by Dublin- or other regulations: All those who are here, are from here,
and will stay!
- For the right to solidarity: Break the silence!
The law differentiates between different countries of origin and classifies us accordingly:
those with a good and those with a bad perspective of staying. Countries are constructed as
safe, unsafe or half-safe. The ones affected the most by this exclusion, members of minority
groups such as Roma or people who don’t fit the norms of society, are left to stay in a
waiting loop of non-approval. We demand the extension of a solidarity which doesn’t make
any divide based on ones origin.
- For the right to equal rights: Stop racism!
For hundreds of years now, and not only for the past two years, our society has always
consisted of a diverse multiplicity. Who actually still lives where their ancestors were born
and who actually still works at their place residence? People have always been coming.
People have always been leaving. There is no justification for unequal rights. Whether you
are from Syria, Sudan, Greece or Serbia, from Nigeria, Morocco, Afghanistan or Baden-Württemberg. Whether it’s about the right to housing, education, work, mobility or the right to health care. Social and political rights exist for all those who are here. Without exceptions and from the very start.
- For the right to stay: Let’s put an end to global injustice!
For hundreds of years, some countries have robbed other countries’ resources. Slave trade,
natural resources, appalling labor and corrupt governments. The wealth of the west is built
upon exclusion and exploitation. Europe continues to export a rampant predatory capitalism
which kills every day. People escape to Europe because they are left with nothing and want
to save their lives. We demand equal rights for all. Everyone has the right to physical
integrity, to happiness and a future – everywhere in this world and not only in the west.
Nobody wants to have to escape.
WE ARE HERE!
Before the G20-summit in Hamburg, where the mightiest heads of government responsible for exploitation, war and flight will talk about their further strategies, we want to show our face. All of us, united on the streets!
We are not to be overlooked! We are loud! We are angry, because again they speak about us instead with us. We want to create spaces for all those that are usually not heard or that are supposed to remain unheard. Like us. We say: Welcome United!
When we take to the streets, we want to be many. Everyone who cares about the common good and
solidarity should come out. Everyone who can no longer bear that people are forced to stay in
miserable conditions or left to suffer and die at Europe’s borders, should come out. Everyone should come, who cannot endure to see humans isolated in camps for years, who wants to stop the division which is being made between those who were born here and those just arrived, between ‚good’ and ‚bad’ refugees. We fight for our future. Now is the time to act together. We are more than we think! We’ll come united!
We call for a demonstration of refugees, migrants and their networks for 24th June at 2pm, Hachmannplatz / Hamburg main-station.
We further invite you to participate with us in a national demonstration on the 16th of September in Berlin, one week ahead of the general elections – come and join a large parade struggling for societal participation, equal rights, and solidarity. Because: Our voices count!
Welcome united! We’ll come united!