Migrants, Workers, Activists // Act! Demonstrate! Strike!
A day of coordinated initiatives against borders and precarization,
towards a transnational social strike!
Why a transnational day of coordinated actions against borders and precarization in Europe?
Because national social and labour policies are placed inside a European framework, precarity is organized along transnational chains of production and exploitation and migrant labour and migrants’ mobility are challenging the European order and austerity regime as never before. While the EU and its member States are struggling to control and govern mobility for the sake of profit, we need to experiment new forms of transnational organization and action. We don’t want to save this Europe, but we refuse the idea that national sovereignty can be a solution in the direction of freedom against exploitation. We don’t want to save Schengen by securing external borders, we want freedom of movement for all. For these reasons, we will take a stance on the side of migrants and we will claim a European visa without restrictions.
Why the 1st of March?
Because on the 1st of March 2010, after a call from France to organize a migrants’ «24 hours without us», in Italy a nationwide political strike against the immigration law was organized by a broad coalition. From that day, we take the strength of migrant labour and its capacity of being the point of connection among different places and conditions. On the 1st of March we want to take back the idea of the migrant strike and extend it to all the social figures that are suffering the austerity measures and border regime today, since only creating a large social front we can have the strength to fight for our rights.
The blackmailing against Greece and the so called “refugee crisis” have shaken Europe: it is now time to bring the voice of migrants and the refusal of the attempt to reorganize Europe along the nexus between a stricter government of mobility, the austerity regime and more precarization of all. For doing this, it is now the moment to take a clear stance and to overcome the borders of usual politics and labor disputing, even among social movements and unions.
Is it just another European day of action as we have already seen in the past?
The 1st of March will not be a day of action like others: it will be the first experiment of a longer process towards a transnational social strike across Europe and towards the demand of common claims. These claims can be a European minimum wage, a European basic income and welfare system based on residence, a European residence permit independent from labour contract and income levels.
What is going to happen the 1st of March?
Depending on local conditions, the 1st of March 2016 will be a day of decentralized and coordinated actions and strikes, aimed at disrupting regular production and reproduction, producing communication among different working conditions, making visible hidden situations of exploitation, targeting the border regime and the institutions that govern mobility and precarity. Be the 1st of March 2016 the day when we take a clear stance against a government of mobility that produces precarity for all. A day when we find common demands and claims.
Where is it going to happen the 1st of March?
To date, more than 20 cities across nine countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, England, Poland, Scotland, Slovenia), both inside and outside the Schengen space, have announced actions and demonstrations. More will join in the following days! See the complete list below. We will use the hastags #1M and #TSS to connect the different actions.
What is a transnational social strike?
The strike is transnational and social when it is able to cross the established borders of activism and syndicalism, countries and sectors, moving across society and workplaces outside the traditional forms of organization, addressing the political conditions of exploitation and the social questions. What we want is to take back the strike as a weapon of insubordination.
What is the Transnational Social Strike Platform?
The transnational social strike platform is not a collective nor a coordination among the proposing groups, but a political platform with the goal of involving more groups and people across Europe and beyond towards the common goal of a transnational social strike. We have neither identity nor a past to defend, but just an open process to storm the present.
How can I get more information or join the process?
The TSS platform has a website and a Facebook page for external communication.
Internal communication works through a dedicated mailing list. If you want to join, please write to [email protected]
List of initiatives planned so far:
- Benevento (Italy): action TBA. Contact: Centro Sociale Autogestito Depistaggio.
- Berlin (Germany): city walks on precarious working conditions, meeting point Potsdamer Platz @4.30pm. Evening assembly at Oranienplatz, 7pm. Contact: Berlin Migrant Strikers. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/608991909253838/.
- Bielefeld (Germany): making the unvisible visible. Contact: Solidarity not precarity project: http://www.solidarity-not-precarity.eu/
- Bologna (Italy): Migrants’ First of March against borders and precarization. Rally starting from 5pm @Piazza Nettuno. Contact: Coordinamento Migranti Bologna. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1563206103998699/ ; 6pm @Piazza Nettuno, “Our dignity not your frontiers!” Contact: TPO Facebook: https://www.<wbr style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: none; list-style: none; border: 0px none; box-sizing: border-box;">facebook.com/events/<wbr style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: none; list-style: none; border: 0px none; box-sizing: border-box;">902419846500109/
- Dresden (Germany): communicative action through bus and train stations in the morning. Rally starting 3pm @Albertplatz with discussion on political strike. Contact: FAU Dresden.
- Edimburgh (Scotland): Carnival of resistance at the Duke of Wellington Statue, meeting point @6pm. Contact: Migrants’ Solidarity Network. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1690874814528792/.
- Empoli (Italy): mobilization announced, action TBA. Contact: Csa Intifada. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/896346787151728/.
- Foggia (Italy): demo of migrants’ agricultural workers on 29th February, 9.30pm @Pronao Villa Comunale Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/188902411477651/
- Frankfurt (Germany): Precarious Stations: Making precarious life and work visible. City walk and gathering. Meeting point for city walk 3pm at Kaisersack. “Gathering of the precarious“ from 7pm to 9.30pm, meeting point @KOZ Café, Studierendenhaus, Campus Bockenheim. Contact: PrekärLab Frankfurt, [email protected]
- Göteborg (Sweden): actions TBA. Contact: Allt åt Alla
- Glasgow (Scotland): surprise interventions on labour and precarization.
- Ljubljana (Slovenia): action on migration and precarity, austerity and border regimes. Details: TBA. Contact: Antiracist Front without Borders (https://www.facebook.com/FrontaBrezMeja/?fref=ts).
- Malmö (Sweden): solidarity actions TBA. Contact: Allt åt Alla
- Milan (Italy): For a first of March against border and precarization. Rally starting from 6pm @Piazza Duca d’Aosta. Contact: Soy Mendel. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1688877904721270/
- Münich (Germany): demonstration by and with homeless EU-migrants on the right to housing for all “we want to live”. Starting point 10 a.m. at Schillerstr. 25 and lead to Marienplatz. Contact: Wir wollen wohnen. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wir-wollen-wohnen-1222768504405350/?fref=ts
- Napoli (Italy): First of March for all! Details TBA. Contact: Nablus – Scuola di Migranti, LOSKA.
- Paris (France): communication actions on the Transnational Social Strike process. Meeting point 5pm @Fontaine des Innocents (Chatelet les-Halles). Contact: Union syndacale Solidaires. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=479573562245896&id=413351912201395
- Poznan (Poland): picket in front of Adecco at 12:00! Against temporary agencies and precarity! Against borders! For the rights of migrants, precarious and industry workers! Contact: Inicjatywa Pracownicza.
- Rimini (Italy): rally “our life, your borders! For the Europe we want!”, @Piazza Cavour, 6pm. Contact: casa madiba network. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1555328734781421/
- Rome (Italy): morning sit-in in front of the local Prefettura at 10am. Rally “no borders, rights for al” in the afternoon @Piazza Vittorio from 6pm to 9pm. Contact: Laboratorio romano per lo sciopero sociale. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1172745826083372/
- Stockholm (Sweden): house warming party @Ikea. Contact: Allt åt Alla Stockholm.
- England: actions TBA in several cities across England. Contact: Plan C
- Vienna (Austria), event about the situation in France. Contact: Precarity Office.
- Warsaw (Poland): action on temp agencies TBA. Contact: Inicjatywa Pracownicza.
First general assembly of the Open Borders Caravan
27.09.2015 at 10:00, at the social center ROG in Ljubljana
Since past weeks a two-fold scene has been catching general attention and will mark the history of Europe. On the one hand, police or even army on EU borders are either violently and aggressively pushing back migrants and their children, that are fleeing away from poverty and wars (that often Western countries have caused or encouraged), or are trying to subject them to authoritarian registration procedures, while aiming to deny them rights allowing full and free life. On the other hand incredible persistence and courage of refugees and migrants driven by desire for freedom and great, self-organized response of grass-roots solidarity expressing that Refugees are welcomed, shape new reality on EU borders, suspending in practice the Schengen rule and Dublin Regulation, border regime often named fortress Europe.
The images that dominate the media are those of migrants in humanitarian need, while they are above all fighting for freedom of movement, resisting the border regimes, and practicing disobedience of the laws that exclude and criminalize them. On their journey to freedom and dignified life they reject to be dumped and forgotten in various detention facilities and remote refugees camps, to become permanently undocumented and illegal subjects trapped in buffer zones. They build and defend social ties and networks, that give power to cross borders and power to get inserted into societies of destination while the state is trying to individualize and isolate them. To stop such movement driven by aspiration for freedom and dignified life, national and European ruling classes are raising fences and walls on the borders, deploying massively police and military, criminalizing solidarity, suspending the rights of refugees and citizens, introducing police state. The attack on freedom of movement affects all the people living in Europe, both EU and non-EU citizens. While the attempts to stop or filter the arrival of refugees and migrants lead to violence and suffering, there are ongoing debates in several EU countries to introduce new obstacles to the freedom of movement of the same EU citizens consolidating growing inequalities and exclusion resulting from dictatorship of austerity.
It is now the time to act, supporting the movement of refugees, fighting the Europe of technocrats and austerity, and the growing of nationalism and fascism in all the European countries. It is now the time to demand a Europe without borders, of social rights, equality and dignity. For those reasons citizens should stand side by side with refugees and migrants that are neither victims nor villains, but rebels and fighters. It is time to show concrete support for the liberation struggle of refugees and migrants regardless their country of origin. Thus we believe that we must do whatever is in our power to open the borders, to construct paths, corridors and passages. For this reason we call for transnational caravan for open borders.
We are calling on all activists, collectives, affinity groups, migrant solidarity initiatives and citizens in the region and all over Europe to join the Open Borders Caravan, starting in Ljubljana on the 26th of September at 10 am, and going to the border at which migrants will be struggling for freedom of movement (depending on where the migrants will be stopped by the police or military), to build solidarity with refugees and migrants and act together for an opening of the borders.
We also invite everyone to come to Ljubljana one day before, on September 25th, to participate at festival and demonstration for open borders for everyone.
Let's build the European Open Borders Caravan showing that Europe can be a land of rights and dignity for all despite European Institutions' hypocrisy and xenophobic propaganda. Against EU and governments policies, fences, Frontex, deportations and quotas of relocation, our common action wants to open authorized paths for everybody's safe arrival to desired destinations, full citizenship for all and the end of the Dublin Regulation.
Join us for this cause!
Nothing can stop the will to live and the desire for freedom!
Let's support all together refugees and migrants!
Because their fight is our fight and their future is our future!
After an multilingual call was published and circulated in the social media, Twitter and Facebook have been boiling with support messages to Greece! From Europe to Australia and Asia!
Here the call :
Greece is facing a very European Coup. Since before the resounding #Oxi in the referendum, the so-called negotiations have been a farce. "Negotiations" have taken place against the background of the Troika suffocating Greek banks and the Greek people. Greece is quickly running out of cash, gasni medicine and several kinds of food. With #Oxi the Greek people chose democracy within Europe. European institutions have decided against democracy in Greece and in their own countries, by making their people pay to bail out banks. Join us in denouncing the Troika coup. Join us in denouncing the strangulation of Greek democracy by the finacial dictatorship of Germany and the Troika. Join us on Twitter at #ThisIsACoup.
Amongst the supporters of the outcry that takes over social media also Nobelist Paul Krugmann:
"The Eurogroup list of demands is madness. The trending hashtag #ThisIsACoup is exactly right. This goes beyond harsh into pure vindictiveness, complete destruction of national sovereignty, and no hope of relief. It is, presumably, meant to be an offer Greece can’t accept; but even so, it’s a grotesque betrayal of everything the European project was supposed to stand for."
Participate and raise your voice for Greece and democracy! Help the Greeks to leave auusterity behind.
Here some twitts you could use as inspiration:
- Greece is facing a very European
- Greece is quickly running out of cash, gas, medicine and several kinds of food.
- With #
- European institutions have decided against democracy in
- Join us in denouncing the Troika coup. Join us in denouncing the strangulation of Greek democracy by the finacial dictatorship #
Today in Dublin and Vienna activists occupied EU buildings in solidarity with Greece. We reject the actions of our governments and the creditor institutions in disregarding the democratic will of the Greek people for an end to austerity expressed in January's election.
Forcing the Greek government to sign an agreement that is unacceptable to its people and parliament is not the act of democrats. Nor is inviting leaders of the Greek opposition to Brussels to subvert a country's elected government.
It is clear to those watching the negotiations unfold that the SYRIZA government defends more than the interests of Greek people - it defends the prospects of a meaningful democracy in Europe. We call on the people of Europe to reject the behaviour of our elites and take action to defend democracy and support the Greek people.