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*CALAIS NO BORDER CAMP 23-29 JUNE*

9 Apr

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No Borders Northeast is currently co-preparing an activist camp in Northern France
in the upcoming June 2009. Calais might seem far away from the Northeast, but…

The Calais border is an important focal point for the struggle between
those who would see an end to all migration into the EU (by enforcing ever crueler
borders control regimes) and those trying
to break down the barriers between peoples, the borders that prevent the
freedom of movement for all, not just the privileged few.

The Calais No Border camp is an exciting joint venture between French
activists and migrant support groups and the UK No Borders Network. It
aims to highlight the realities of the situation in Calais and Northern
France; to build links with the migrant communities; to help build links
between migrants support groups and lastly, but not least, to challenge
the authorities on the ground, to protest against increased repression
of migrants and local activists alike.

This camp is not just about Calais: we are calling for the freedom of
movement for all, an end to borders and to all migration controls. We
call for a radical movement against the systems of control which divide us
into citizens and non-citizens, into the documented and the undocumented.

But why a protest camp in Calais?
While Europe is tightening its border controls to the outside of
Europe, and especially to Northern Africa, one of its internal borders
is often overseen. Many migrants who come to Europe aim to reach the
United Kingdom, but after the closing down of the centre in
Sangatte/Calais, people are forced to sleep rough in the woods around
the harbour, getting pushed around and often finally sent back to Paris
where they are forced to sleep rough in their hundreds.

Furthermore the UK Border serves as a mechanism of internal control and filtering in Europe. By pushing the UK border onto French territory, the British government has made it impossible for many people to claim asylum in the UK and forced those that do try into the hands of people smugglers. This situation can only be changed when we start a public discourse about the UK Border regime and the humanitarian situation of the people who try to reach the UK from France.

The Border regime can be only understood in its political and economic context, i.e. the exploitation of cheap work from migrants. Therefore we think that the struggle for equal rights for migrant workers and the struggle against the European detention and asylum system are closely connected. We also believe that we need to intensify the transnational cooperation between initiatives made by people on both sides of the border who find the current situation unbearable.

no one is illegal. freedom of movement for all!
act against british and european borders and inhuman border controls.
Come to the Calais protest camp 23-29 June.
There will also be a transnational demonstration on Saturday 27th of June in Calais.

NEXT NO BORDERS NATIONAL GATHERING

7 Jan

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Following on from the gathering hosted by No Borders North East in November. The Bristol No Borders group are hosting the next network-wide No Borders Gathering, on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February at St. Werburgh’s Community Centre here in Bristol.

The Gathering will be a chance to discuss, network and plan, and to build on the discussions held at the last network-wide gathering in Newcastle. It’s is a collectively organised event with shared responsibility for content and organisation, being co ordinated this time by people in Bristol with help from South Wales. Although you don’t have to be active in an existing group to attend and the gathering is open, it is a working meeting rather than a place to necessarily find out more about the network in general. A better place to do this would be at our local meetings. The no borders north east group meets regularly in Newcastle. To find out more or get involved in what we are doing click on the link on this page and send us an email.

Accomodaton will be available in people’s houses. Please email bristolnoborders@riseup.net with your email subject as GATHERING asap with details of how many people need accomodation for which nights, Friday to Sunday. If anyone has friends or contacts in the area they can stay with, and possible room for anyone else, this would be very much appreciated.

Agenda
To suggest items for discussion please write to noborderswales@riseup.net as they will be preparing draft agenda.

Anyone who is willing to help with faciliation please also let us know.

Cost will be kept as low as possible (donation of between £10 and £15 tbc to cover venue and vegan food) and free to asylum seekers.

Travel: nearest rail station to both Easton and St Werburgh’s is Stapleton Road. Connections from Temple Meads station. nearest coach stop Eastville Tescos on Mega Bus. More detailed travel info
will be provided nearer the time and maps will be available.

No Borders is a network of groups struggling for the freedom of movement for all and an end to all migration controls. We call for a radical movement against the system of control, dividing us into citizens and non-citizens. We demand the end of the border regime for everyone, including ourselves, to enable us to live another way, without fear, racism and nationalism.

Demo in support of AMEY workers

6 Dec

amey-034No Borders North East have decided to answer the national call out for a demo outside the AMEY offices to support the sacked migrant workers. We will meet at 8.30am at the Central Station on Monday 8th December and go on to picket the Newcastle office.

National Call Out: SOLIDARITY WITH SACKED MIGRANT WORKERS

There will be a noisy demo outside Amey PLC’s Corporate HQ in Oxford called by the Campaign Against Immigration Controls, and the No Borders Network. In September this year 5 migrant cleaners were sacked by Amey Plc for “bringing the company into disrepute”.  How were they damaging the company image? By belonging to a Trade Union and telling other staff at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London where they work what was happening to them. Since them they have had their appeal against dismissal rejected.

Julio (one of the sacked cleaners) recently described how Amey were contracted by the National Physical Laboratory to do the cleaning work. Originally there were 36 Latin American cleaners. When Amey took over the contract at NPL the cleaners were paid £7.10 per hour. The company were surprised at this rate of pay and so attempted to get rid of those workers contracted at this rate of pay.

Their first act was to reduce the levels of staffing. When the workers resisted the company responded using intimidation. On one occasion the workers were invited to a health and safety training session. Once in the room 60 police and immigration officers entered. Some of the workers did not have the papers needed to work and have since been deported.  But this did not deter the other workers who knew their rights and continued to show a tremendous spirit of solidarity and courage.

No Borders Groups from Bristol, Oxford, London & South Wales are attending. It would be great see other groups and individuals there.