Saturday, 15 February
Freedom of Movement 2.0
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT 2.0
Freedom of Movement 2.0 is a day of imagining a world without borders, a world of freedom of movement for all – not just for capital and a privileged few.
Now is the time to step up and act in solidarity with migrants and communities of colour.
***MIGRATION IS LIFE. OPEN THE BORDERS***
EDUCATE: learn how to join the struggle to fight for open borders and an end to the hostile environment.
FUNDRAISE: donations will go towards groups supporting those on the sharp end of Europe’s border regime.
PARTY: come together and celebrate “…if I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution”
Solidarity Tapes ft. live music/dj’s
***TICKETS/MUSIC/WORKSHOPS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON***
Across the world, the walls are rising. From the Calais border fence to detention islands in Greece to the militarisation of the US-Mexico border, governments are spending billions to keep migrants out.
But what if this whole system was unnecessary? What if we created a world of free movement for all? The rich already have free movement – how can we justify giving rights to some but not others? What if the best way to reduce global inequality is to give people the right to move?
Freedom of movement is the right to leave where you live, or to be able to stay if you want. It is a right that we have seen violently withheld and commodified globally, steeped in a racist and xenophobic logic.
Physical borders to migration were created and therefore they can be dismantled. We must also challenge the anti-migrant rhetoric that has spread throughout our society. The demonisation of migrants has been normalised by the far right and institutionalised in the hostile environment policy by the Tory government and their mouthpieces in the billionaire owned media.
That is why our vision for the road to freedom of movement centres itself on the simple idea of being bold, brave and loud in our celebration of migrants and migration. As a movement we will platform migrant stories and challenge discrimination. We must take the struggle from our communities, to the streets, from social media to influence party policies. We must stand in solidarity by listening by those who have been oppressed by the system of borders and taking action to challenge borders in our everyday lives.
Organised by Global Justice Now’s youth network, Freedom of Movement 2.0 is a day imagining a world without borders, a world where freedom of movement is a universal right. There will be workshops, panel discussions, poetry, live music and DJs from migrant-led activist groups, creative collectives and bands. The event will be an opportunity to find out more from activists and campaigners fighting borders the UK and worldwide and to join them in their struggle.
Join us at DIY Space for London on February 15th 2020 and let’s celebrate Freedom of Movement 2.0 where we will be building the movement to dismantle borders and demand free movement for all.
*In association with Solidarity Tapes*:
A group of musicians of different backgrounds and different genres who have come together to use their music to raise awareness and funds for people on the front lines of the UK’s ‘hostile environment’ and Fortress Europe. As well as supplying the music for the event they’ll be launching their mix tape and accompanying zine which addresses the issues of borders, detention and deportations. Vitally exploring how to confront the systems that enforce and the companies that profit from these brutalities.
All money raised through the event will go to the following migrant grassroots organisations:
All African Women’s Group – a self-help group of women asylum seekers & immigrants, many of whom have been detained in Yarl’s Wood.
Migrant & Asylum Seeker Solidarity Action – supporting grassroots projects with dignified and sustainable initiatives for migrants and asylum seekers. (https://www.massaction.charity/)
Project Play – working with displaced children in Northern France. (http://project-play.org/)