19 September – 17 October 2020
SANS-PAPIERS MARCH ACROSS FRANCE
TO DEMAND #PapersForAll
Sans-Papiers - undocumented immigrants - will march across France from 19 September. From cities in the South (Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Grenoble) to the North (Rennes, Le Havre, Lille, Strasbourg, Rouen) converging in Paris on 17 October, to demonstrate at l’Élysée, home of President Macron.
While Sans-Papiers have been keeping society going during the pandemic, as carers, health workers, cleaners, agricultural workers, food deliverers and more, they have not been financially supported. They have not been protected, often living in overcrowded houses or homeless, racially profiled by police, and face systemic racism daily. Women Sans-Papiers pay an even higher price, doing more caring and survival work, facing more violence in the home and outside, and doing justice work protecting loved ones from racist violence and immigration controls.
Today - like millions other immigrants in Europe, in the Americas, in Asia and Australia – Sans-Papiers and all immigrants demand what is our: #PapersForAll. We want the same rights, entitlements, and resources as everyone else, and to reclaim what is owed for centuries of stolen resources and unpaid work for Europe.
The Sans-Papiers movement has a fantastic tradition of organising that we can learn from – more here including an historic video La Ballade des Sans-Papiers (1996) documenting their church occupation and hunger strikes led by African women. When they win, we’re all stronger.
STATEMENT: Regularization of Sans-Papiers, Close down detention centres, Housing for all
From all cities, from all migrants shelters, from all neighbourhoods
We are marching to Elysée!
Act 1: On May 30, thousands of Sans-Papiers and supporters defied the ban on demonstrations in Paris and several other cities.
In the days and weeks that followed tens of thousands of people demonstrated against racism and police violence.
Act 2: On June 20, tens of thousands of Sans-Papiers and supporters demonstrated in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Rennes, Montpellier, Strasbourg and in many other cities.
But Macron had nothing to say for ‘essential workers’, nothing to say for the Sans-Papiers, exploited in the worst conditions or losing their jobs without financial support, held in detention centre, living on the street or in precarious and unhealthy accommodation. Nothing to say for young isolated migrants. Nothing to say against racism, nothing to say for the victims of police violence.
We say that a society which refuses equal rights because of nationality, origin, colour of skin will be more and more plagued by racism and state violence.
We say that a society that accepts unequal rights, overexploitation, repression, detention, deportation of Sans-Papiers because of the crisis, will be disarmed in dealing with all social attacks.
So we are organizing Act 3 of the Sans-Papiers.
In September, Sans-Papiers and supporters will leave from Marseille, Rennes, Toulouse, Lille, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bayonne, Grenoble, Le Havre… from all our districts, from all our municipalities and will cross the country.
These marches will converge on October 17 in Paris to go to the Elysée, siege of government.
Because this is about freedom and solidarity, we will demonstrate on October 17 to pay tribute to all victims of colonialism, racism and police violence, to pay tribute to all victims of anti-immigrants policies and racial profiling.
Because this is plainly a question of equality, we will demonstrate to finally impose the regularization of all undocumented immigrants, the closure of detention centres and housing for all.
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or as an individual http://chng.it/SdJk6vjQFx
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