Transnational summer camp 9th – 14th July 2019 in ZAD near Nantes

Over the last years, the flight routes to Europe have shiften from the Balkans to the Central Med, to Spain. Each shift creates structures of solidarity in new places and lets our network grow, while old structures slowly fade away. Moreover, in the last five years about two million people arrived in Europe via these flight routes. Many are still struggling against deportations and for their right to stay. Many others achieved a status and struggle for better living conditions. We call for this summer camp, to bring together different struggles to fight for freedom of movement and equal social rights. Transborder means for us to bridge structures along different flight routes and to create common strategies to fight for a society based on openness and solidarity and not on exclusion and exploitation.

Please contact us, if you have any questions: tsc2019@protonmail.com
ZAD near Nantes: https://zad.nadir.org/?lang=nl

We are looking forward to meeting you all there!

Over the last years, the flight routes to Europe have shiften from the Balkans to the Central Med, to Spain. Each shift creates structures of solidarity in new places and lets our network grow, while old structures slowly fade away. Moreover, in the last five years about two million people arrived in Europe via these flight routes. Many are still struggling against deportations and for their right to stay. Many others achieved a status and struggle for better living conditions. We call for this summer camp, to bring together different struggles to fight for freedom of movement and equal social rights. Transborder means for us to bridge structures along different flight routes and to create common strategies to fight for a society based on openness and solidarity and not on exclusion and exploitation.

We ask all of you to save the date and to plan for your participation for the full four days (plus the arrival and departure time/day). Our main aim is to create a space for a deepening exchange and for strategical discussions on the struggles for freedom of movement, for equal rights for all and for an open and solidary society. The bases for this meeting are the networking processes all over Europe and Africa, which developed and continued during the last years along the various flight routes as well as against deportations and exclusion. Thus, we will try to make it possible, that self-organized activists with a refugee and migrant background can join and we will try to invite as many of our partner groups and organizations, who are active on the African continent, as possible.

Our approach and wishes for the summer camp: In the following five points we summarize our approach for this meeting as far as we discussed it in the preparation group:

• Attendance: All participants should stay for the full four days of the meeting, which will take place from 10th in the morning to the 13th in the evening. The 9th of July (Tuesday) is planned as arrival day, the 14th of July (Sunday) as departure day (we will organize shuttles from Nantes to the ZAD area and back only on these two days). We want to avoid a disturbing fluctuation and build a summer camp community from the beginning to the end.
• Respect: All participants should take into consideration the networking nature of this gathering: to appreciate the multiplicity of starting points, methods and political priorities or at least to respect this diversity of groups and organisations.
• Exchange: We hope for a mutual interest or expect at least respect to each other. The main format of exchange and strategical discussion will be working groups and other kind of meetings, which will foster horizontal debates and in which many different people can talk (instead of big podiums with a few lengthy speakers).
• Freedom of Movement and Equal Rights: The summer camp is open to all who share the idea of freedom of movement and equal rights for everybody and who want to contribute to the struggles against deportation and exclusion.
• Activism: The summer camp is not a space to do researches or journalism and of course no place for any kind of commercial business. We will discuss and decide in the preparation process, in which way we want to document common (interim) results or also the projects and initiatives represented in the multiplicity of participants.

The Preparation of the Program as Process: We are in the very beginning of drafting the preliminary program and it should become a collective process within next months with all participants and their various interests. So far, it is clear, that we want to start on day 1 (10.07.2019) with an open space, with maps and info-tables, with a lot of informal talk and first small workshops to get to know each other, to get an overview about the participating groups and initiatives, their geographical allocations and as well as their main topics and methods. The following three days should be dedicated to a strategical exchange and we will start soon a common process to define strategical issues from various points of views and of experiences. All this has to be developed during the next months and all groups/participants are invited to contribute to this process.

We suggest to limit all workshops to the mornings and afternoons and keep the evenings free for more informal exchange, spontaneous discussions and a cultural program.

Logistical remarks and requests: We try to organize the summer camp and the preparation bilingual: in English and French. If we need translations into other languages, we will organise this together in the camp.

Please let us know from your group and network, with how many people you want to join the transnational summer camp. We need you first registration with a rough overview at least until 15th of March 2019. Also, Let us know as soon as possible, if your group or network can NOT cover traveling costs and/or you need support in visa issues.
But keep in mind: in the preparation group we are all activists on a voluntary level without any salary and given budget. We just try to collect money to make the participation possible for all friends, who are interested in this project and where the traveling costs and visa might be an obstacle.

The preparation group includes already activists from groups and networks in Barcelona, Berlin, Bern, Bremen, Hanau, Ljubljana, Marseille, Thessaloniki, Venice, Zagreb, Zurich… We want to become more transnational and let us know, if you want to join the preparation process. We will, then, include you in the mailing list for the summer camp preparation.

Please contact us, if you have any questions.
tsc2019 at protonmail.com