NoBorderCamp 2013

August 2 – 10 Rotterdam
Week of action, discussion and workshops

“The Dutch No Border Network organizes a No Border Camp in Rotterdam August 2 – 10.
The organization of a militant week of action, discussion and workshops connects with the tireless actions of migrants in the Netherlands during the past one and a half year.

As many people know, a lot of migrants in the Netherlands have been involved in protest actions in a way that has never been done before in the Netherlands. People from different nationalities and backgrounds are resisting the current migration policy openly.
Undocumented people that are not allowed to stay in the Netherlands because of that, do no longer accept the fact that their struggle for a human existence remains unseen. Meanwhile the migrants and supporting activists have raised several tent camps, have demonstrated many times, and a lot of migrants are at this moment staying in the Vluchtkerk in Amsterdam and the Vluchthuis in The Hague.

Given this situation, to the No Border Network organizing a NoBorderCamp is a matter of course. This way we, No Border activists, want to connect to the need of migrants to make their problem widely known.
Recently, it has at many times become obvious that the government is only interested in political games. The trading of a halfhearted childrens’ pardon for the introduction of the penalization of illegality shows perfectly what the Dutch politicians want. Political power is a lot more important than the fate of people without the ‘right’ papers, who have been kicked out on the street!

The NoBorderCamp 2013 has several goals. First of all during this week of workshops and actions we hope to connect to the need of migrants to make their protest be heard both visually and loudly so that Dutch society can no longer pretend they never knew: kicking people out on the street without money, food and shelter. We support the rebellion of the migrants against the current migration policy.

At the same time we want to focus attention on capitalism. It is the main cause of among others war, for example for oil or resources, and climate change, that in their turn set migration going. No man flees voluntarily. In our society, pregnant with greed and selfishness, there is no room for people that are desperately seeking a better future!

We the No Border-activists stand for freedom of movement and the abolition of borders and states. Through workshops and discussion during the NoBorderCamp we want to win people over for this aspiration. We want the camp to have an enthusing effect on people to actively resist the narrow-minded migration policy of both the right-wing and the left-wing established order. Active resistance will also be initiated from the camp, with direct and public actions at several locations in the region.

An extra goal in organizing a camp in August 2013 is the Lovis boat project “Voices from the borders”, that will leave from Rotterdam in the first weekend, and that will draw attention to the problems of migrants in different harbors and wants to create more unity in groups and individuals that resist migration policy.

The Dutch No Border Network works together with similar groups in other (European) countries, among others through regular meetings and joint actions. The English title ‘Camp’ is therefore chosen on purpose because internationally there is a lot of interest in meetings of No Border-activists.
The NoBorderCamp-concept exists since 1999 and from that year on at distinctive locations in Europe (border- and harbor areas) similar camps have been organized. Last year there were camps in Stockholm and Cologne.

In the next months we will have to do our very best to organize the No Border Camp. The preparation group has already contact with groups of migrants and supporting activists. For more information, and if you want to help out, you can contact us through info@no-border.nl. Of course we need money to organize things well, you can donate to the account of Ithaka 4253090 in Utrecht, subject No Border Camp 2013.”

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May 4, 2013

“In 1998, New Jersey state troopers sent Pope John Paul II a letter asking him to call for the extradition of former Black Panther Assata Shakur, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state trooper. In 1979, she broke out from prison, and now lives in exile in Cuba. In this open letter addressed to the Pope, Assata tells her side of the story.

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“According to the United Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat (KEERFA), more than 2,000 immigrants held in detention centers in Greece have been on a hunger strike since April 6 to denounce the intolerable conditions.

KEERFA activists said at a press conference on April 8, ‘The culmination of the poor detention conditions, the mistreatment and tortures migrants have to deal with in reception centers was the three suicide attempts which happened in Amygdaleza center in northern Athens last weekend.’

Two migrants attempted to commit suicide at the Amygdaleza detention camp. One drunk a bottle of shampoo and the other one cut himself with broken glass.”.

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“Dominant classes of people are parasites, because they feed on the oppression of others. Whether or not you realize it, if you are a member of a dominant class, you are benefiting from the oppression of another class.

As a man, I benefit from patriarchy and misogyny. Members of my class of people are leeches, and that makes me a leech as well. It is my responsibility as an aspiring male ally to women to constantly critique my own participation in this culture and to do whatever I can to deconstruct the sexist and misogynistic tendencies I possess from this culture’s indoctrination. That is the minimal task of an ally, and the same applies to whites who wish to ally with people of color to combat racism. You must first admit your complicity in it.”

… and the lovely BBC

Transborder map 2012

January 11, 2013

Transborder map 2012

from http://www.noborder.org/ (Nov 17, 2012)

“The transborder map 2012 is a map of resistance against the European Border regime. The map documents the multitude of actions against the European Border regime and includes key-incidents of struggles from the last five years against the background of the repressive European migration regime and its continuous externalisation to the east and south. This regime is sketched on the back side of the map. The map is available for download as a high resolution pdf here [back side here]. please click on the image below to view the map in your browser. [about the map]”

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