Manifesto of the collective "The day without immigrants"
We, women and men, of all beliefs, of all political stripes, and of all skin colors, immigrants, descendants of immigrants, citizens aware of the essential contribution of immigration to our country, have had enough of unworthy words. held by some politicians to stigmatize or criminalize immigrants and their descendants.
Let us remember that an immigrant is one who is perceived as such by others even beyond his origins. We want to reappropriate and rehabilitate this term which has become pejorative by the force of political instrumentalisation.
We reject the stereotypes conveyed which threaten our social cohesion. We refuse to allow the past, present and future benefits of the immigrants who have always built France to be denied at once. And let us also hear that it is up to us to enhance them.
Immigrants and descendants of immigrants have repeatedly demonstrated to defend their rights. And in return, they received nothing but contempt! Today, since it is agreed that “consumption is the engine of growth”, we want to act on this lever to mark our indignation.
On March 1, 2005, the “code for the entry and stay of foreigners and the right to asylum” (CESEDA), more commonly known as the foreigners code, came into force. This law symbolizes a utilitarian conception of immigration, in other words, immigration chosen on economic criteria. We couldn’t find a better day to call for “a day without immigrants”. We, immigrants, descendants of immigrants, citizens aware of the contribution of immigration to our country, are all consumers and we participate daily in the growth of our country.
Our civic action aims to highlight the contribution of each of us to general prosperity. We all have the power to act on our future so let’s take it!
For 24 hours, let’s participate in the non-economic activity in companies, in associations, in the public service, in schools and high schools, in universities, in hospitals, in associations, in shops, in the industry, construction, agriculture, services, media, politics …