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Old 02.09.2011, 13:14
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Re: How Much Political Activity Can a B/C non-Citizen Engage in?

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What kind of activities could an immigrant engage in? Canvassing? petitioning? And I guess petitions is a big one... can non-citizen immigrants sign petitions and be counted?
You can sign petitions.
You cannot sign initiatives.
So before signing, do ask which it is.
A friend of mine (a German) once signed an initiative and they did check the signatures and he got a letter from the city hall explaining this and confirming that he was welcome to sign petitions but asking him not to sign initiatives in future.
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Old 02.09.2011, 14:00
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Re: How Much Political Activity Can a B/C non-Citizen Engage in?

You could always join these guys
http://www.ohne-uns-keine.ch/Home.5815.0.html

Sorry if this was already posted.............
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Old 02.09.2011, 15:13
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Re: How Much Political Activity Can a B/C non-Citizen Engage in?

I feel the issue is not whether or not foreigners (non passport holders) should be allowed to vote. I think it's quite logical that, if you're not a naturalized citizen, you're not allowed to vote.

As far as I am concerned, the real issue is that it takes 12 yrs to become a naturalized citizen !
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Re: How Much Political Activity Can a B/C non-Citizen Engage in?

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I'll admit to having considered forming an Immigrant Party here in ZH, to counter some of the otherwise-left-unchallenged SVP propaganda. I'm willing to bet that the average non-Swiss resident of ZH pays as much in tax as the average Swiss resident (possibly even more given the way Quellensteuer works) but gets far less in return and has no say in Switzerland's vaunted direct democracy.

Not, of course, that I believe it's unfair to pay for services you don't use as that's pretty much what progressive taxation is *about*, but the incessant attempts to promote a popular view that foreigners are just about the grabbing-for-the-big-piles-of-francs-and-passports rather mirror the kind of odious anti-immigrant sentiment the UK is plagued with at the moment, and I wish people were more forthright in challenging it constructively.

http://www.thelocal.ch/999/20110830/
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Swiss trade union Unia has launched a campaign against xenophobia as it seeks to counteract what it describes as the “current climate of exclusion in Switzerland”.

Unia said the goal of the “Without us – no Switzerland“ campaign is to demonstrate the importance of having foreigners living in Switzerland.

The union, the largest trade group in Switzerland, said it wants to give a voice to people who have had enough of “smear campaigns“.
Surprised no one has picked up on this so far. Seems like the biggest union in Switzerland is starting a campaign against the SVP's campaign. They state that without foreigners there would be no swiss chocolate, no nurses, no builders etc... good to see something finally being done about the blatant racism that is the SVP.

I find it funny, there was an article in the 20min about the SVP new campaign and my work colleague said oh yeh their my party, I don't like foreigners in Switzerland" but yet he has being working with me for the last 6 months with no problem such hypocrisy
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