El Kilombo Mayday Statement (2007)

On this May Day 2007, El Kilombo Intergaláctico once again raises our voice against the global system of exploitation and subordination called capitalism, which many years ago ceased to respect borders, including all of us in its misery. Today in 2007, like the martyrs of Chicago in 1886, we unite not only with migrants of our own nationalities, and not only with those that have arrived at this (so-called) nation. Today we live in a world in which the wake of capital and its free trade treaties has created immense flows of migration from North Africa to Europe, from rural China to urban China, from Bolivia to Argentina, of Asians to Australia, and of Latin Americans to the United States. We consider all of these people, who live in similar conditions to our own and who fight the same struggle, our compañer@s. (None of this comes as a surprise. It is worth remembering here, as just one example, what hundreds of studies and thousands of voices predicted at the beginning of the 90s, that the changes required by the free trade treaties, especially in the Mexican agricultural sector, would have as their principal effect rural poverty and massive migration.)

Unfortunately we cannot simply echo the Italian anarchists and libertarians who organized the first Mayday in considering ourselves citizens of the world. Today we are rather people in a world without citizens. That is, with or without papers, the nation-states that before we called home are now mere warehouses to store the riches that have all over the world been robbed from those below and to project media simulations in which we are treated as mere spectators invited to vote on who will stay and who will go on American Idol. And although today we demand total amnesty for all of the “undocumented” in the United States, we understand that a solution to what is a truly global situation must go deeper. Citizenship has been converted into a cheap merchandise, that in any case many of us can’t afford to buy.

Given this situation, the problem of the migrant is not who is in government, democrat or republican, conservative or liberal. On the contrary, the problems that migrants face today are how to exercise the power of decision-making when the place previously designated for this exercise (the nation-state) exists mainly as an apparatus of repression? (Take a look at the telling images that came out of Los Angeles this afternoon.) How to delink political action from government when governments govern only for those above? How to organize a society from below and for below? How to be a nation when the only nation possible—today, that is—is the self-determination of all of those below?

If capital and its governing administrations have created an incessant war that has been called the international of terror, we as migrants from below must go further, incessantly creating global networks to erase today’s most significant border: that which divides those who create and are left with nothing from those who live off others and take everything.

Total Amnesty!
They can take our papers, but they can’t take our dignity.

From “El Hoyo,” our hole in the ground, very much below and to the left.
El Kilombo Intergaláctico
Durham, NC

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