Radio Melting PotLaboratorio radiofonico per la promozione dei diritti di cittadinanza Laboratoire radiophonique pour la promotion des droits de citoyenneté Radio laboratory for the promotion of citizenship rights Hosted by: Anna, Arturo, Eleonora and Leonardo Direction and post-production: Pino Music selection by Jerry and Simon Radio Melting Pot: la trasmissione del 25 luglio 2020
For many years, lawyer Angela Maria Bitonti, has been involved in immigration law, in particular focusing on international protection, anti-discrimination and migrant workers’ protection. She collaborates with several local associations that work with migrants. She is a member of the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI), for whom she represents the Basilicata Region. She discusses boat landings during Covid-19, food vouchers, rent discounts and the regularisation of domestic work (the so called ‘sanatoria’). The interview was edited by Federica Torta.
Avvocata Angela Maria Bitonti, Foro di Matera e socia Asgi
Lawyer Giulia Crescini talks about the report published on the 15th July  regarding the Sciabara and Oruka projects, the interventions of some Italian NGOs in migrant detention centres in Libya. These projects, some still ongoing, were funded with 6 million euros from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). The report investigates the legal consequences of the partially Italian funded interventions in Libyan detention centres. In particular, it highlights that the Italian interventions directly functioned to contain flows of irregular migration, with no consideration for the respect of human rights. The interview was conducted by Arturo Raffaele (read his article on Melting Pot here).
Avvocata Giulia Crescini, Foro di Roma e socia Asgi
The Caravana Abriendo Fronteras and CarovaneMigranti collectives come together in the European Caravan 2020 to condemn the Spanish and Italian governments and European institutions: the Covid-19 pandemic has provoked and continues to provoke new waves of discrimination against migrants and refugees, who are accused of spreading the virus and threatening the lives of the European population. The pandemic has not stopped discrimination and repression against migrant populations, revealing similar processes of exploitation in Italy and Spain. There will be five days of denunciations and first-hand testimonies in which the Caravan will not physically cross national borders, but will nonetheless exist. We recommend the interview between Anna Toniolo and Marta Peradotto on the European Caravan 2020.
Marta Peradotto sulla Carovana Europea 2020
“The conversion into law of the “Rilancio (Relaunching)” decree, article 103 of which is designed to counter migrants’ involvement in the black market, is a joke” comments the “We are here, Sanatoria now” campaign, after the issuing of the final text in the Official Journal of the Italian Republic. “Very few people will benefit from it, the obstacles are infinite, the discretionary power of the police and employers to determine people’s lives are huge”. We asked for comment on the situation from Stefano Bleggi from the Melting Pot project and a promotor of the campaign.
Stefano Bleggi, progetto Melting Pot Europa
For our usual section dedicated to the Levoscalling campaign, we asked for a contribution from Silvia Maraone, coordinator of psycho-social projects in Bosnia for Caritas and the NGO IPSIA. The organization is part of “RiVolti ai Balcani”, an Italian network of organisations and NGOs through which organisations can coordinate their actions of condemnation and solidarity in a broader context, thus achieving a greater impact. The interview was edited by Leonardo Galletti.
Silvia Maraone, coordinatrice dei progetti psico-sociali in Bosnia per la ong IPSIA
Casa Don Andrea Gallo is a project carried out by “Casa Madiba”, an activist group from Rimini featured in our last episode. The project deals with housing rights and aims to provide housing for homeless people. Their activities include a help desk for people with housing issues. This is an interview between Makan, an activist from “Casa Don Andrea Gallo”, and Tommaso Pieri.
Makan, attivista di Casa Don Andrea Gallo (Rimini)
Melting Pot Radio Laboratorio radiofonico per la promozione dei diritti di cittadinanza Laboratoire radiophonique pour la promotion des droits de citoyenneté Radio workshop for the promotion of citizenship rights This workshop initially planned to produce 10 broadcasts. Our editorial staff, born out of two public calls for participation, includes about 30 people, from multiple countries including Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, Iran, Italy, Bolivia, Argentina and Senegal. In these meetings, including an initial meeting discussing how to develop the radio programme, we decided to separate into two groups: one dealing with technical aspects and the other handling editorial. The broadcast is divided into several sections corresponding to the sections on our website: Sans Papiers, Cittadinanze and Un Mondo Molti Mondi. The project is sponsored by Melting Pot Europa in collaboration with Open Your Borders – a volunteer association that operates in the city of Padova, running several social inclusion projects – Radio Sherwood and ParoleInMovimento, the Italian school for migrants in Venice supported by the student group LiSC. If you are interested in participating in the project, email email@example.com.