The tragedies of death in the Mediterranean and along the USA/Mexico border are prominent examples of how man-made boundaries are turned into places of death. Still, members of the human family will always seek to cross these borders when fleeing from persecution, seeking safety, and searching for a better future. Migration is as old as humankind itself and a fundamental human right --- as is the right to resist those regimes and actors which control or prevent migration.
In recent years, we have witnessed increasing militarization of the western border regimes, an expansion of migration control, and the externalization of European and US borders to the Asian, African and Latin American continents. Also, we see an increased public presence of immigrant-led and civil society groups raising attention and demanding action to stop the brutal, racist, and xenophobic practices and policies of border regimes. Faith-based communities in North America and Europe have used their power and privilege to support people on the run, during asylum procedures, and against deportation. Yet, only few provide sanctuary as a necessary tool in the toolbox of resources for justice and dignity confronting border regimes.
In our webinar series, we seek to explore different perspectives on these issues and realities, and learn from each other’s struggles. We will raise and discuss the following questions:
1) How do people manage to be safe despite the violence of global migration regimes? 2) What can faith communities learn from immigrant-led struggles and activism against border regimes? 3) How can we not reproduce inequalities while trying to overcome the racist division that nurtures those border regimes?
4) Who is saving whom from whom?
PART 3: CREATING SPACES OF SAFETY WHEN FACING DEPORTATION AND BUILDING TRANSFORMATIVE ALLIANCES
Stay tuned for information and an invitation to PART 4, which is participatory meeting !!!