December 18th is only two months away; now more than ever, it is necessary to have a day of world-wide mobilization to affirm the dignity and the rights of migrants, refugees, and displaced people! The war against migrant people is becoming more and more bloody. The number of victims along national borders is ever-rising, as are border militarization and violence by the nations in the world’s north. Racist and xenophobic movements are taking hold inside institutional and political bodies, as well as within society at large. At the same time, however, whole sectors of society are rejecting the order imposed by the State, and instead support migrants in their quest to overtake national borders. Indeed, there are thousands of organizations and volunteers working to offer assistance and hospitality to migrants and refugees.

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How the Idea of a Global Day of Action Was Born

In many occasions, during different meetings at the World Social Forums or in other events, the movement in support of migrants, refugees and displaced people has verified the need of global action because the enemy we confront daily is also global. Actions of this type could also represent an important step toward becoming a worldwide movement.

This is why during the World Social Forum for Migrations in Quito, Ecuador (2010) and in the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal, last February 2011, we discussed and decided upon carrying out A Day of Global Action Against Racism and for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People. We chose the date December 18, because this is when the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Additionally this global event also wants to contribute to presenting the "World Charter of Migrants" approved at an international meeting in Gorée on February 4, 2011.