come camp with us! The Gatwick No Border Camp 19th to 25th September 2007

An Invitation To The Gatwick No Border Camp 2007

>From 19th to 24th September 07 we will gather at Gatwick Airport for the
first No Border Camp in the UK. This camp will be a chance to work together
to try and stop the building of a new detention centre, and to gather ideas
for how to build up the fight against the system of migration controls.

Gatwick Aiport - The Border Point

Gatwick is a border in the middle of Britain. People arrive here everyday.
People are forcibly deported from here everyday. It is a place where people
are imprisoned for unlimited lengths of time without trial, where people are
forced to hide underground and be invisible, where people are treated as
criminals for the 'crime' of crossing the border.

In Britain, the government has recently announced its intention to build a
new detention centre, near Tinsley House, another detention centre at
Gatwick airport. This will be another in a long line of barbarous prisons
across the world, imprisoning people who migrate.

Unless we stop it from being built.

Not far from Gatwick there are other border fortifications: the immigration
reporting centre at Croydon, the airline companies who charter deportation
flights and the ID Interview centre in Crawley. And a few miles away are the
border posts at Dover and Folkstone, where fear of detection by the border
police forces people to risk their lives hiding under lorries, or in
suffocating containers.

While the physical borders get fortified, governments also tighten up the
internal controls: from international databases to video surveillance,
biometric ID cards to electronic tagging. Just recently, the UK government
has announced the introduction of the Sirene System.

This will grant Britain access to the SIS (Schengen Information System), a
EU wide police database for refugees and migrants, planned to be extended to
keep protesters from moving around.

A Tactics Laboratory

How does daily life, from the need to work for survival to the welfare
system, reinforce these borders? How can we fight against the common
acceptance of borders, the idea of an inside and outside? How can we claim
freedom of movement as a basic right? How do we assert our ability to decide
whether to go or stay, according to our needs and desires, not the needs of
the state or the economy? How can we escape control, and start building a
movement powerful enough to challenge the divisions between people?

We need to share knowledge with those who have broken these borders, the
hackers who escape control, those who survive without work and money, those
who fight the detention system , those who question identities, those who
have learnt to organise themselves without hierarchy or divisions.

Camp(aign)ing Against Borders

This camp is continuing the tradition of the No Border camps across the
world since the late 1990s, and like the camps taking place this year in the
Ukraine in August and on the US/Mexican border in November. It will be a
space to share information, skills, knowledge and experiences. A place to
plan actions together against the system of borders which divides us.

We are aware that the struggles for "no borders" reach far beyond "open
borders". Without borders the idea of states will become obsolete, without
states the national economies will be history. In a world without borders,
nobody will ask for papers anymore.

The camp will also be a laboratory of political and practical
self-organisation. The camp will consist only of people's contributions to
this. We are aware of the borders, which divide ourselves from each other,
be it sex, class, race, nationality, or whatever. The border camps are
experiments in how to overcome these artificial and separating identities.

No Borders

No Borders is a network of groups struggling for the freedom of movement for
all and an end to all migration controls. We call for a radical movement
against the system of control, dividing us into citizens and non-citizens.

We demand the end of the border regime for everyone, including ourselves, to
enable us to live another way, without fear, racism and nationalism.

We move, we meet. We talk, we fight.

Come camp with us.