First international video conference on skype for the global day of action for the rights of migrants

Dear friends and comrades

We write to you in reference to the global day of action against the racism and for the rights of migrants, refugees and displaced people on December 18, 2012.

As it happened in 2011, also this year we would like the day of global action to become a space able to contribute to make visible all activities which every day are being carried out
by networks and organizations fighting for migrants’ rights. What is more, we wish that the day of action will allow us to and continue and develop the construction of a global movement of migrants and of who supports them (we enclose the message from July 23, 2012).

This year, besides demanding the ratification and application of the U.N. Convention for the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families (signed December 18, 1991), the topic that will be highlighted on the day of action is the dramatic situation confronted every day by migrants who die or disappear (we enclose the call of this year’s day of action “Migrate to live”).

Every country, region or city will decide on their own what type of initiative they want to develop on their ground under their own slogans and contents, always in connection with the topic of this day. Some organizations have already informed us that they will give priority to the massacre which takes place on the borders, other organizations will concentrate on the trade of human beings (many female migrants disappear, forced to prostitution), others will denounce the death of people at work, caused by the lack of security measures.

What will unite all initiatives of the day will be the logo of the action which you can download from http://globalmigrantsaction.org.

In order to coordinate the day, as it was done last year, we ask you to participate in the first international video conference on skype.

THE CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER, 22, SATURDAY, AT 17, ACCORDING TO THE ITALIAN TIME GMT+1. Everyone who is interested in taking part in it is asked to send the skype address to info@globalmigrantsaction.org

The language prefered n the conference in English but we will also organise French and Spanish translation.

TO TAKE PART: we ask all organizations which yet have not expressed the willing to participate to do it via info@globalmigrantsaction.org, so that we can list them on the web side.

The web side of the global day of action, December 18, has been updated recently http://globalmigrantsaction.org/

Soon there will be a section in Arabic. We have also created a new section, NEWS, where we will publish all materials sent to us by organizations, which are being carried out in reference to the central topic of the global day of action.

We hope that all the work that will be done to organise a new global day of action will allow us to go on with deepening united relations in order to improve our battle for migrants’ rights. What is more, we hope that the day of action will allow us to go forward toward the construction of a global movement of migrants and of who supports them. We would like to reflect on it with all of you during the next Mondial Forum of Migrations which will take place in Manila in the Philippines (http://www.wsfm2012.org/), November 26-30, during a workshop called “December18: Towards a global movement of migrants, refugees and dispaced people”, organised by various organizations-promoters of the global day of action.

We are waiting to get confirmation from who will participate September 22, Saturday, in the first international skype conference to organise and coordinate the work on the global day of action: Migrate to live, no more deaths!

The global day of action for the rights of migrants, refugees and displaced people is possible: the next December 18.

Edda Pando (Arci Italia)
Sergio Reyes (Usa)

August 22, 2012