There are more and more foreigners in Italy. This is demonstrated by the fact that 7,0% of the total residents are foreigners.
Istat continues to churn out data on their importance and affirmation in many fields, especially the economic one. Only in Lombardy, the 7% of companies are owned by immigrants, but the disadvantage is always the same.
In Rome the 24 was presented last January, the mobilization of the movement March 1st "24 hours without us", coordinated by Cecile Kashetu Kyenge, a doctor of Congolese origins. The initiative arrived in Italy last year after the example of France and the United States. The movement was born of a need to have a say, of a group of Italian and immigrant women who through social networks have managed to create a network of local association committees, chambers of labor already engaged in anti-racism and in the promotion of human rights and multiculturalism.
The answer was immediate.
The March 1st network brought more than 300 thousand people to Italian squares. A surprise, especially in the north, where this participation convinced the unions to proclaim a real day of strike. Only in Brescia are 48 the RSUs, mainly from engineering companies, which stopped production. During the presentation in Rome, the reason for this event was clarified which has recently caused some controversy on the part of those who claim that it is only an ethnic strike. An event that instead of integrating has the opposite effect as a reaction. "This is not an ethnic strike - explains Cecile Kyenge -, we invite all those who feel part of a new citizenship to participate, Italians and immigrants together. Many do not consider that if you hit the immigrant worker, if you take him to a condition of blackmail, the Italians will suffer the consequences and all the workers will be weakened". This year, the movement March 1st, in collaboration with No-Racism Day, has decided to center the mobilizations of the next 1 March on the subject of the right to work and of rights and safety at work In the 2010 many have participated to demonstrate the facts of Rosarno. This year there are even more reasons. A year later the characters and the location change but not the problems, those remain. Those problems that often take a back seat and do not make audiences, so little is talked about in the news.
Those news that often are not reported because it is better not to know.
This year it manifests itself to give voice to the protests of the five hundred Indian workers employed in agriculture in the countryside of the Agro Pontino, Rome, Viterbo, Rieti and Terni, who demanded more rights. To support their demands to eliminate undeclared work in the province of Latina and to promote the improvement of life and work of non-EU workers employed in agriculture. It will manifest itself for the immigrants who have made "the roundabout strike" in Campania, against the "caporali" who for years offer black and underpaid work. It will manifest itself to give voice to the desperate protests of the North Africans who climbed the cranes in November, in Brescia and Milan, against what many have called the "amnesty fraud".
It will manifest itself to counter institutional racism and against the unconstitutionality of immigration laws. To ask for the right to citizenship for those born and raised in Italy (1 newborn on 5 is the son of immigrant parents), the closure of the CIE and the approval of a real law that protects refugees and asylum seekers.
All very important topics that are right under linear. Many parts of civil society have already confirmed their support for the movement, from foreigners' associations to non-governmental organizations, from individual union headquarters to some sections of political parties, such as Sinistra and Libertà Emilia Romagna, such as the PD Immigration Forum, as Communist Refoundation.
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