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Beschwerde vom Bezirk gegen positiven Entscheid des Verw.Gericht für #ohlauer school

the district has announced not to accept but to make a complaint against the decision of the administrative court which gave people of scholl the right to stay there.


And still the question: why does district pays 4000€/day for the school (mostly for security)? is this the way we should spend the public money? shame!



Ohlauer Bleibt! Verwaltungsgericht gibt den Bewohner_innen der Ohlauer Schule Recht!

The district is not allowed to evict the school.
Reasons: the school is no more used as an official building for the district, therefore the district had to go to the civil court to aply for their needs. the aim of the district not to spend to much money is not privileged, so that they can’t therefore apyl to the Verwaltungsgericht.

Am Freitag hat das Berliner Verwaltungsgericht beschlossen, dass die Ohlauer Schule bis auf weiteres nicht geräumt wird. 24 Menschen aus der Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Schule hatten im Februar Widerspruch gegen die Räumnungsanordnung des Bezirks Friedrichshain Kreuzberg eingelegt.

10749994_1491755517775727_2501454395657301868_oDas Berliner Verwaltungsgericht hat entschieden, dass die aufschiebende Wirkung dieses Widerspruchs bestehen bleibt. Dies ist kein endgültiges Ergebnis, doch die Urteilsbegründung ist eine klare Absage an die Bestrebungen des Bezirks. Das Argument, es läge eine Gefahr für die öffentliche Sicherheit vor, wird vom VG zurückgewiesen.

Der ewige Versuch, die Bewohner_innen zu kriminalisieren und sie als Gefahr darzustellen ist hiermit auch juristisch als Unsinn enttarnt

Der ewige Versuch, die Bewohner_innen zu kriminalisieren und sie als Gefahr darzustellen ist hiermit auch juristisch als Unsinn enttarnt. Zudem verweist das Gericht darauf, dass der ‪Bezirk selbst ‬ mit einer vertraglichen Vereinbarung vom Sommer 2014 den Aufenthalt im Gebäude erlaubt habe. Bereits zum dritten Mal versucht der Bezirk die Menschen aus der Ohlauer zu räumen, zum dritten Mal erleiden sie eine Niederlage.

Das Ganze erscheint wie eine Farce und stellt dem grün regierten Bezirk politisch und rechtlich ein Armutszeugnis aus. Es wird Zeit ernsthafte Vorschläge zu bringen, wie es mit der Schule als politischem, kulturellem und sozialem Zentrum weitergehen kann – realistisch und umsetzbar!

Thanks for all the people who supported us! By supporting the crowdfunding campagn and by helping to spread the news! Another world is possible!

Beschlusss des Verwaltungsgerichts: Beschluss_des_Verwaltungsgericht_Berlin_zur_Raeumung_Ohlauer_Strasse_-VG_1_L83_15

Pressemitteilung des Verwaltungsgerichts:

You can’t fool the people from the School!

Some questions from district:

We never got any answer from district, maybe because we don’t write in German or we don’t worth answering but still we have some questions worth asking…

  1. The district is spending more than 100,000€ for the security of the school every month. We never asked and wanted this security, as it is there to opress us, not to secure us. Why does xhein district spend so much of public money for that? Can’t we find a better use for this huge ammount of money (over 1M€ for the last year)?
  2. Why does district repeatedly announce school as a financial trouble? Did district talk to us about their financing before, or we should be also responsible for the corrupt financial decisions? Isn’t that important that district take responsibility for the decisions that they make, and not putting refugees in front?
  3. Does the district know that their continous talk about the financial trouble is directing lots of Racist hate attention to us, as they think we are getting their money by force?
  4. Why district forbids our lawyer to meet us in the school? We are scared to go out of the school as it is never a guarantee that we can go again inside. As the district silently evicts people one by one.
  5. The district has already evicted some of our friends which didn’t go to the court against 19.3 eviction. As it is clear now that the last eviction letter was illegal, We want our friends to come back to the school, and we think somebody here should say at least: SORRY!

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Statement from Refugee Activists from Ohlauer School

We are here to fight for our human rights.

Here in the school the politicians try to isolate us – no visitors, not eve lawyers, doctors, not even international activists like Angela Davis, not even our friends and supporters. Shame on them!

The politicians in Berlin try to kick us out and stop our struggle – but we continue to fight for our rights

We are fighting as part of the refugee protest movement.

We had the march to Berlin, and the the protest camp at Oranienplatz for 2 years.

We had the March for Freedom from Strasbourg to Brussels. Continue reading

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“The Refugee movement is the movement of the 21st Century” – Angela Davis in Berlin, May 2015

Angela Davis// Spanish below // Deutsch untenstehend //

“Can someone explain to me why can’t I go inside the school?” asked Angela Davis on the 14th of May, during her meeting with activists in the Werkstatt der Kulturen, in Berlin. “Is it a school or a prison?” To which people from the audience replied: “Yes”. Angela Davis and Gina Dent wanted to visit the refugee occupied school in the Ohlauer Strasse and were denied access by the District authorities. The day after, on the 15th of May, Angela Davis and Gina Dent met again with refugees and migrants at the Jockel Biergarten. This time to listen, understand and discuss how the struggle for the rights of all people to move freely and have a dignified life is going in Germany.

We, from the International Women Space, were present in both meetings and stressed about the importance of the women’s struggles inside the movement of the people seeking asylum.

Check out the video we made of Angela in Berlin:

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Demands of people of school

We want:

To create and international Refugee centre in the GHS

  • with space for information for refugees about their rights and about the refugee movement
  • with a café and exhibition space as a meeting place
  • with projects organized with refugees and partners to learn and develop skills, and help newcomers to integrate into the refugee community and into German society (e.g. German classes, sports, bicycle repair workshop, small organic garden, music, etc)
  • with projects to network for practical and political support
    • for our political demands,
    • for political and practical support for eg. asylum applications, the right to work, access to health care, recognition of refugees’ professional qualifications, skills transfer

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Canan Bayram über Ablehnung Seenotrettung im Mittelmeer

Canan Bayram (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen)

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zeigt sich enttäuscht, dass der Antrag der Opposition zur Seenotrettung im Mittelmeer abgelehnt wird. Man hätte hier eine gute Möglichkeit gehabt, vom Abgeordnetenhaus das Signal zu senden “Berlin unterstützt Menschenrettung”. Sie nutzt die Debatte, um erneut auf die Situation der Flüchtlinge am Oranienplatz hinzuweisen. Es sei unverständlich, warum es nicht gelinge, diesen 90 Menschen eine Perspektive zu bieten.

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Angela Davis’ 1972 Prison Interview Perfectly Explains the “Violence” in Baltimore


The philosopher-activist and professor was hunted down by the FBI for a crime she didn’t commit, jailed in 1970, and freed in 1972. While serving her sentence in a California jail, she gave a thoughtful interview (later included inThe Black Power Mixtape) about the state of the Black Panthers at that time, and why violence is part of protest, because it is an inherent element in the daily lives of black and brown people.

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Nigeria’s female genital mutilation ban is important precedent, say campaigners

The Nigerian government has taken the historic step of outlawing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), in a move campaigners describe as “hugely important”.

Nigeria – a cultural and political powerhouse in Africa – introduced a new federal law banning the practice, which involves removing part or all of a girl’s outer sexual organs. Continue reading…

A young Nigerian girl from the Hausa tribe stands next to the line as her mother joins others queuing to validate their voting cards, at a polling station located in an Islamic school in Daura, the home town of opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A young Nigerian girl from the Hausa tribe stands next to the line as her mother joins others queuing to validate their voting cards, at a polling station located in an Islamic school in Daura, the home town of opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa’s richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Nato foreign ministers link arms and sing We Are The World – video

It is unbelievable that the lives of so many human beings depend on the minds of these men and women, who surely see themselves as the ultimate peacemakers!

Striking a distinctly different note for a military alliance meeting, European officials ended a Nato gathering with a spirited rendition of 1985 charity song We Are The World. The officials accepted an invitation by a Turkish band to sing a ‘last song for peace’ at a dinner on Wednesday hosted by Turkey near the Mediterranean city of Antalya. The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Nikos Kotzias, were seen singing and swaying arm-in-arm. Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and others also joined in

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Mediterranean migrant crisis: ‘If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,’ says Tripoli PM

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Ferries not Frontex! 10 points to really end the deaths of migrants at sea

by  • 23 April 2015

ferries not frontex

On April 20, the Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council of the EU released a ten-​point action plan outlining their response to the recent deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Many other proposals have also been made over the last few days. We are activists who have been involved in the struggles against the European border regime for several years and who have been in touch on a daily basis with hundreds of people who have crossed the Mediterranean through Watch The Med and the Alarm Phone project. Faced with the hypocrisy of the “solutions” that have been proposed so far, we feel compelled to undermine their falsity and attempt to open up an alternative space for reflection and action.

  1. We are shocked and angered at the recent tragedies that have claimed at least 1200 lives in the Mediterranean Sea in the last week. We are shocked, although not surprised, by the unprecedented number of deaths in merely a few days. We are angered because we know that without a radical change these are just the first of many more deaths to come in 2015.
  1. We are also angered because we know that what is proposed to us as a “solution” to this unbearable situation only amounts to more of the same: violence and death. The EU has called for the reinforcement of Frontex’ Triton mission. Frontex is a migration deterrence agency and Triton has been created with the clear mandate to protect borders, not to save lives.
  1. However, even if saving lives was to be its core task, as it was the case for the military-​humanitarian operation Mare Nostrum in 2014, it is clear that this would not bring dying at sea to an end. Those who suggest a European Mare Nostrum should be reminded that even during its mission, the most grandiose rescue operation in the Mediterranean to date, more than 3.400 people died. Is this figure acceptable to the European public?
  1. Others have called for an international military operation in Libya, a naval blockade or the further enlisting of African countries for the policing of their own land borders. The history of the last 20 years in the Mediterranean shows that stepping up the militarization of migration routes is only cause to more death. Each and every time a route into Europe has been blocked by new surveillance technologies and increasing policing, migrants have not stopped arriving. They have simply been forced to take longer and more dangerous routes. The recent deaths in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean are the result of the militarization of the Gibraltar Strait, of the Canary Islands, of the land border between Greece and Turkey, and of several land borders in the Sahara. The “successes” of Frontex mean death to thousands of people.
  1. International organisations as well politicians from across the whole political spectrum have denounced smugglers as the main cause of death in the Mediterranean Sea. Several prominent politicians have compared the smuggling of migrants to the transatlantic slave trade. There seems no limit to hypocrisy: those who uphold the slave regime condemning the slave traders! We know very well that smugglers operating in the context of the Libyan civil war are often ruthless criminals. But we also know that the only reason why migrants have to resort to them is the European border regime. Smuggling networks would be history in no time if those who now die at sea could instead reach Europe legally. The visa regime that prevents them from doing so was introduced only 25 years ago.
  1. Those who have called, once again, for the creation of asylum processing centres in Northern Africa should be reminded of two examples that are the most accurate examples of what these centres would actually mean. First, the Tunisian Choucha camp managed by the UNHCR, which abandoned those who sought refuge there from the Libyan conflict. Even those who were recognized as needing international protections were left behind in the Tunisian desert, often without any other choice than trying to cross the sea. Second, the creation by Australia of offshore processing centres on remote “prison-​islands”, which is now hailed by many as a role model for Europe, only shows how hideous the forceful confinement of asylum seekers can be. These “solutions” serve only to displace the violence of the European border regime away from the eyes of Western publics.
  1. Faced with this situation, what is to be done? Comrades and friends with whom we have shared common struggles in the past years have been calling for freedom of movement as the only viable response to this situation. We too make this demand ours, as it is the only one that has managed to open up a space of political imagination in an otherwise suffocating debate. Only unconditional legal access to theEU can end the death of migrants at sea. And yet we think that a general call for the freedom of movement is not enough in the current context. We want to consider the freedom of movement not as a distant utopia but as a practice – enacted by migrants on a daily basis often at the cost of their lives — that should guide our political struggles here and now.
  1. These are the reasons why we call for the institution of a humanitarian ferry, that should travel to Libya and evacuate as many people as possible. These people should be brought to Europe and granted unconditional protection in Europe, without undergoing an asylum process which has lost its original purpose to protect and has de facto become yet another tool of exclusion.
  1. Is the idea of a ferry unrealistic? In 2011, at the height of the Libyan civil war, humanitarian ferries evacuated thousands of stranded migrants from Misrata to Bengasi, overcoming obstacles such as shelling, constant fire and sea mines. This shows that even in the current volatile situation of Libya, considering such an action is possible. Moreover, ferries would certainly be immensely cheaper than the prospect of a massive rescue mission at sea and of any military solution.
  1. The only reality we know is that any solution short of this will continue to lead to more deaths at sea. We know that no process of externalisation of asylum procedures and border control, no amount of compliance with the legal obligations to rescue, no increase in surveillance and militarization will stop the mass dying at sea. In the immediate terms, all we need is legal access and ferries. Will the EUand international agencies be ready to take these steps, or will civil society have to do it for them?

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Bezirk legt Beschwerde wegen Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule ein

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg darf die besetzte Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg nicht ohne weiteres räumen lassen, entschied das Verwaltungsgericht. Jetzt geht der Bezirk vor die nächste Instanz.

you cant evict a movementDas Bezirksamt hat am Dienstag entschieden, gegen das Urteil des Verwaltungsgerichts zur besetzten Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule Beschwerde einzulegen, sagte Bezirksamtssprecher Sascha Langenbach. Jetzt muss das Oberverwaltungsgericht die Entscheidung prüfen. “Das Verwaltungsgericht hat unsere Argumente nicht ausreichend gewürdigt”, sagte Langenbach.

Da der Bezirk mit den Flüchtlingen eine Art zivilrechtliche Vereinbarung getroffen habe, müsse er sich einen Räumungstitel beim Zivilgericht holen, wenn er will, dass die Flüchtlinge die Schule verlassen, entschied die 1. Kammer des Gerichts unter Wilfried Peters, die schon öfter mit dem Thema zu tun hatte. Weiter lesen…

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