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Opening of exhibition WE WILL RISE in FHXB-Museum


6 August 2015
Exhibition Opening WE WILL RISE – REFUGEE MOVEMENT – Exhibition and Archive in Progress danach „SoLiDaRiDaNcE #10: A DAY OF REFUGEE CULTURE

14 Uhr
Exhibition Opening WE WILL RISE
afterwards: guided tour to Oranienplatz, Ohlauer Schule
FHXB-Museum, Adalbertstraße 95A, 10999 Berlin (Kotti)

17 Uhr
Cultural evening, Political discussion and party by ARU
Jockel Biergarten, Ratiborstraße 14C, 10999 Continue reading

Ein Mann hat sich am 01.05.2015 am Rande der Demonstration zum 1. Mai schützend vor das Tor der von Flüchtlingen besetzten Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule in Kreuzberg gelegt. Foto: Matthias Balk/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

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Press Review : Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule – Kampf hinter verschlossenen Türen

Besetzte_Flüchtlingsschule_in_Berlin___Kampf_hinter_verschlossenen_Türen_-_taz_deAfter a lot of one sided articles about ohlauer school, in which they portrait people of school as criminals and those who are stealing the public money, finally we are happy to see a more neutral and in depth article in taz,.

Please check it out here, on It’s in German.


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Refugee Conference 2015 – Hannover

The first German-wide Refugee Conference is going to take place in Hannover. „Refugee Protest Camp Hannover10830660_520906638060557_3795585757210560014_o“, „Lampedusa in Hamburg“, „Refugee Movement Berlin“ and „Refugee Bus Tour“ are inviting you!

Since 2012 self-organized refugee-protest has grown in Germany. Protest marches and protest camps, e.g. in Würzburg, Berlin, Hamburg and Hannover have shown, that refugees can bring their voice to the streets. And now we want to find common strategies together. Continue reading

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Oplatz: Open letter to district and senate

FullSizeRenderToday the Senate of Berlin and the District Council Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg ordered the removal of the info-point container at Oranienplatz. But be aware:


Open letter to the Berlin Senate and Friedrichshain / Kreuzberg District Council

(francais en bas – deutsch unten)
Date 13.07.2015
As you know, “The House of the 28 Doors” at Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg was attacked on the night of 30/31.03.2015, in what was probably an arson attack. The solid wooden structure burned down completely in no time at all. The small
information-centre container provided by the District suffered serious fire damage and can no longer be used. The material damage amounts to several tens of thousands of Euros; the weatherproofing materials for the “House of 28 Doors” were funded entirely through donations and all the work on it was done by volunteers.
Fortunately no-one was hurt in the fire.The perpetrator(s) have not yet been identified. Continue reading


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6.7 – Cultural evening, Political discussion and party by ARU


African refugees union

Cultural evening with drum performance, solidarity barbecue, T-shirts and more
Political discussion and party

Dear friends and enemies, we invite you to our evening due to take place on the above mentioned date at Jockel Garten, Ratiborstr. The evening is designed for refugee existing groups and other solidarity groups based in Berlin and Brandenburg. All invited groups and Individuals will have a platform to introduce themselves and exchange ideas. We want to have an open discussion on the refugee struggle and possible actions against the new asylum laws. How can we make the movement more visible and strong again after the eviction of Oranienplatz camp and school. We want to plan the program for the day and therefore we request you to send us your topics to discuss.

Please! For more information contact: for English speakers, or for German speakers.

Date & time: 6th of August 2015, 4.30 p.m
Location: Jockel Biergarten, Ratiborstraße 14C, 10999 Berlin, Bus M29, Station Glogauerstr.⇓

Program one outside- Jockel Biergarden:

  • 16:30 Arriving
  • 17:00 welcoming word from ARU and solidaridance present
  • 17:15 Drum performance
  • 17:30 Introductions from the invited groups
  • 18:00 Round table discussions
  • 19:00 Break
  • 19:15 Presentations from the round table discussions.
  • 20:15 Time to talk and chill

Program two inside- Jockel hall:

  • 22:00 A live concert: performed by Bahati
  • 11:00 Music and dance

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Bundestag Passed the new asylum law. What will change?

The law has now been passed officially in the Bundestag (federal parliament) and gets operative on August 1st 2015.

Threat of expansion of Deportation detention: Law for the Right to stay and termination of the residence permission adopted.

On the 2nd of July the Bundestag adopted the redefinition of the right to stay and the termination of the residence permit. Parts of the law shows the intention of making the lives of those already residing in Germany better. At the same time legal opportunities will be created to act more rigorously against newly arrived asylum seekers. An overview of the changes and its consequences: Grounds for detention in the Dublin procedure will be limitless The new law creates the legal possibility to detain asylum-seekers for the sole reason that they entered Germany from another EU country. According to Continue reading

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Statement of the GHS regarding the district’s eviction plans and the decision of the Administrative Court

We want to stay in the school, but self-organized!

Never try to fool, the people from the school!

We, the inhabitants of the Gerhart-Hauptmann-School in Kreuzberg, want to make again clear that we want to stay in that half of the school building that was promised to us in the agreement of the roof occupation (July 2014).

The administrative court in Berlin confirmed on the 25th of May that we have the right to live in the school!! Therefore, the plans of the district to evict us, have been also blocked by a official German court!

Still the district is continuing its ignorant and racist policies against us. Just after the publication of court decision, the district stated that the living conditions in the building are so dangerous because we would cook over open fire?! We are not cooking over open fire! We do not have enough to eat, so we cannot even think about how we want to prepare our food!

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Women and children arriving at Calais’s migrant camps ‘need greater protection’

calaisWomen and children are turning up in large numbers at migrant camps in Calais for the first time and authorities are not doing enough to shelter and protect them, a senior aid worker has warned.

“Since last summer we started to have an increase in woman and children and families. It was not like that before,” said Jean-François Corty, director of French operations for Médecins du Monde (MdM), which runs a clinic in the camp.

Continue reading in The Guardian

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3 more deaths in Calais

A Sudanese woman was found dead in a lorry at the Tunnel this morning.
Two men died in the past two days. One was Sudanese or Eritrean according to the police, and the other Pakistani. The first man died yesterday night after being hit by a lorry. The young Pakinstani man died yesterday of his injuries after being run over on the motorway the night before.

Both men have not been named yet.
There have never been so many deaths in Calais, and that is due to the border being closed, for the will of the UK government who invested 12.000.000 euros in building a new fence. People are forced to take bigger risks to try and to to England.
There were 13 deaths since the beginning of June. 4 more bodies were found this year, thought to be of migrants who died while trying to swim across the Channel.

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Petition: Appell an Frau Aydan Özoguz: Mehr Ehrlichkeit im Umgang mit Asylsuchenden!

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Sehr geehrte Frau Özoguz,

als Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration tragen Sie Verantwortung für alle Menschen, die auf der Suche nach Schutz vor Verfolgung nach Deutschland kommen. Wir fordern Sie auf, dieser Verantwortung gerecht zu werden, indem Sie sich ehrlich für alle Flüchtlinge einsetzen:
Wenden Sie sich entschieden gegen den Vorschlag der CSU, Asylsuchende nach der Herkunft zu segregieren und in Sonderlagern unterzubringen!
Setzen Sie sich dafür ein, die Lüge von „sicheren Herkunftsstaaten“ abzuschaffen, statt die Liste der vermeintlich sicheren Staaten als Instrument der Abschottungspolitik nach Belieben zu erweitern!
Sorgen Sie für ein menschenwürdiges Leben und gleiche Rechte für alle Asylsuchenden! Continue reading


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ERKLÄRUNG zur Gedenkveranstaltung und bundesweiten Aktionen gegen Abschiebungen von Roma am 2. und 3. und 5. August 2015


Click on the photo to see the statement.

Bis heute ist die Geschichte der Verfolgung und Vernichtung von Roma und Sinti nicht ausreichend erforscht und nicht genau bekannt. Dies ist kein Zufall, es ist Ausdruck von fortgesetzten Mechanismen der Ausgrenzung und Ablehnung.

Roma und Sinti wurden während der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus in die Konzentrationslager Belzec, Siedlce, Bergen-Belsen oder Auschwitz, aber auch nach Neuengamme bei Hamburg deportiert. Schätzungen zufolge waren hier ungefähr 500 Menschen als sogenannte „Zigeuner“ inhaftiert. Als Zwangsarbeiter_innen wurden die Menschen dort körperlich ausgebeutet und bei Mangelernährung fürchterlich gequält. Von den insgesamt 100.000 Häftlingen überlebte mehr als die Hälfte diese Tortur nicht.

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Unterzeichnende: Bundes Roma Verband e.V., Roma Antidiscrimination Network (RAN), Freiburger Forum aktiv gegen Ausgrenzung, Aktion Bleiberecht Freiburg, Romano Jekipe ano Hamburg, Recht auf Stadt Hamburg -never mind the papers,alle bleiben!, Roma Center Göttingen e.V.,Recht auf Stadt Hamburg – never mind the papers, NoBorder Passau, Sahra Mirow (Stadträtin Die Linke Heidelberg),

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The 3 powerful women who found Black Lives Matter

blacklivesmatterALICIA GARZA: “… Black Lives Matter was born out of the incredible pain and rage that each of us feels and that black people across the world feel when any of our lives are taken unnecessarily, particularly in relationship to state-sanctioned violence. The phrase was coined on Facebook, and it was really a response to the responses that I was hearing after the verdict in the Trayvon Martin trial. And those responses really ranged from responses that we call kind of social justice cynicism, right, where folks were talking about how the criminal justice system doesn’t work for black people, which is true, and then, on the other hand, there was a real narrative around respectability politics and how if Trayvon had only pulled up his pants and if we just vote and if we just get a better education, then somehow we can save ourselves from untimely deaths, when the reality is that structural racism kills black people every single day. In fact, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has documented that every 28 hours a black person in this country is murdered by police, security guards or vigilantes.”

Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, director of Truth and Reinvestment at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and founder of Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization in Los Angeles fighting for the dignity and power of incarcerated people and their families.Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

FOR VIDEO PART 2, go to Democracy Now website

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