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Reflection: “Fear? Put it! A discussion on fear and how to overcome it in Refugee protest”

A discussion on fear

Bino Bwansi Byakuleka (Activist, Artist and Radio-Maker), Napuli Paul (Activist and Non-Violence-Trainer), Erez (Activist) and Lisa Doppler (Researcher and Activist)

Lisa Doppler: In interviews we did some month ago you, Napuli, talked about the situation in Lagers where a lot of people get aggressive, start to hate everybody but also that this changed for a lot of people when they joined the protest movement of Refugees. And you, Bino, wrote in your “We are born free manifesto”2 about fear and how we can work on overcoming that for creating more humanity. Can you elaborate on that?

Napuli Paul: When I came to Oranienplatz, the first thing I saw was fear. Maybe in the Lager people learn to fear one another. First of all people fear that they are in Europe now, because from that moment on the system is the one leading them. The first thing when you come to seek asylum is that you loose your right and are now lead by them. They tell you from now on you follow the given rules. If you do something that is not according to these rules, you get a crime record in your file. Then we fear that we get deported or get other problems because our file is dirty. Therefore I want to appear as a very good person and I always stay in the Lager, I don’t go anywhere.

Bino Bwansi Byakuleka: I don’t want to get a Strafe.

N: And then some Refugees become very crazy.

L: What do people do when they become crazy?

N: In the Lager some people threaten other people. Some people kill themselves because they were in that kind of fear for years. They are aggressive or drink just to calm themselves down. And then there is no trust anymore to anyone. Because different people tell so many different stories- if you do this you can get that. These stories keep you calm, prevent you from getting active, and at the end you are under deportation. So for us, the activists, we came from that fear, too. But we said no. I can’t be like this, I am a human being. And most people who already were activists in their countries, they totally rejected this system from the beginning. They said we have to do something. So my friends said no, we don’t accept the Lager, we go. Together we broke Lagerpflicht3 and we came to Oranienplatz, Berlin Kreuzberg in 2012. From there on, we didn’t fear the police or whoever is there, we just said no way. We broke the fear because we are illegal. We came together as illegal people – that’s power already. We support one another, we are illegal. That’s also why they did not come to Oranienplatz to arrest someone, they already knew that we are illegal.

B: But for me, I was legal, I conceived myself as legal.

N: Yes, but they saw us as illegal. Also when we make protest, we don’t register it. We just do it like that. Same with the lawyers, we ask them later, not before. We create the activities first. Because if we consult them before the activity, they will tell us all the risks and recommend not to do it. So we say, we just do it and consult them later so that fear cannot stop us.

Every year we have an information tour and we visit activists from other cities and people living in Lagers. This year it is even a transnational tour and our slogan is “World Refugees let Fear go”4. We chose the title because fear is the main enemy: With fear you control yourself, you plaster your mouth and put a rope on your eyes so that you cannot see. In the end, you chain yourself and you support the government to control you because actually you control yourself before.

B: I think it’s an instrument the capitalist system is using to keep people down, it’s a tool of dehumanisation. And I think since from the beginning when the idea of capitalism came in and some people became superior to others, that’s when the people lost their consciousness of what they are. And when people loose their consciousness, that’s when fear comes in. Today people are talking about it, but it’s still very difficult to understand it. When we talk about fear, people only mean fear of people coming. Fear of sharing. Fear of giving away. But also fear of being independent.

L: I agree. Because I also think when we talk about fear we first of all have to talk about the fear that everybody in this capitalist consumer society has. And everybody is participating in creating this situation. That’s also what social philosopher Herbert Marcuse, with whose theory I am working, was writing about: All your work and all your free time is just directed to creating needs and then fulfilling them and then there is a new need, you think you need something else, more stuff. Through this mechanism more and more people develop anxiety disorders and panic attacks but they don’t know why. The fear is an echo of the failed attempt to integrate into the system, because nobody can deal with this system.

B: Exactly. Because first of all what fear does to you is to loose your being, and you become helpless, vulnerable, which means you are powerless.

N: And fear can also let you attack.

Erez: But how do I loose fear? When I am afraid, I am attached to something I want or have – a work, food, anything. So how do I loose my fear? When I have nothing to loose, I cannot be afraid of anything. The system needs us to have something to loose, makes degrees of how much people get that they can loose. The fear is directly attached to the possible loose. But when you resist, you find yourself in a point of having nothing to loose. The moment you are there completely, the system cannot control you.

B: So once you realise that you have nothing to loose and you keep calm, you stay calm is that the solution to overcome fear?

E: For me yes. This is my zero point.

B: Is this not the point where you have to fight for your independence?

E: This is my zero point. I am just here. I don’t move. I am not afraid to loose something on the way.

N: But the fear also can come to you even if you are just there. Like for example in 2015 when the Syrian Refugees started to come, people switched automatically to the right side. Why? Because the system used the media to let people have fear. Without seeing the root of the problem they just attack that people – we don’t want Muslims, you are terrorists and so on. For me fear means when you are not moving.

B: I think then you are contributing to it.

N: Yes, when you keep silent you contribute. Because of that in the non-violent philosophy does not mean that you just let people continue with their violence and go away. Then you contribute to that violence. No, you are supposed to interfere. There are different levels of fear: the state has fear, the public has fear, but the fear of Refugees coming and taking whatever is really a psychological fear and direct fear that kills people. We all have fear, even in our family. For example the rules that your father puts up already create fear.

L: Yes, that is the same mechanism seen from the psychoanalytical view, what was once the father is society now. That’s controlling you.

N: Yes. For me it’s the same mechanism on different levels. There is the father, there is the community, there is the state. The state is the maximum level. So we have to know what kind of fear the state is creating. This fear we are talking about, the fear of moving freely, that’s really cutting a basic human right.

B: I also explained in my writings that fear is a virus which spreads to most of the humans and this virus comes from inside, the self-ego but also from external forces as Napuli was saying about the society and family. So when this comes together you find that the person is spoiled completely because of not being able to handle or overcome it. That’s why people are raising up, going on the streets, protesting that they don’t want Refugees to come here. People are becoming racist. These people were not born racist, but their self-ego and the pressure of the society they are living in pushes them into this dilemma and they become totally spoiled and dangerous. So the only way is to overcome it. I liked your explanation, Eraz, your spiritual way, but for me it is not spiritual, more a kind of meditation. What’s going on with me can be realised by having time to think about myself, who am I and what is surrounding me, what is important.

L: And you also have to come to value yourself and then the people around you.

B: Exactly. Because it comes from you, the disease is from you. Until people have this consciousness we can’t overcome it.

N: I think this is where the German society rejects to think. They block everything. Don’t talk about Hitler, it’s finished, it’s the past. And then you can see history repeating itself.

L: The problem is that the remembrance in Germany has become ritualised. That people say it was horrible, but it’s finished, we are the champions in overcoming it. It’s not true at all, it’s not real, people have not dealt with themselves. It’s just a ritual.

B: For me, I even say that I’m happy that this Pegida came out. Those are our friends.

N: Haha, yes.

B: Because they revealed the true image of Germans. Not just to cover everything and saying “Alles klar, alles klar”, people are rotting in the camp, people are dying over the sea, the army pushing people back in the sea.

N: I even call it concentration camp. Of course it is not the same like when they killed millions of Jews in the camps, but for us the whole Western system is a kind of concentration camp, too. Frontex, Fingerprint, Residenzpflicht – if you count it together, it is a concentration camp. People are dying, people are committing suicide.

L: But it is still something very different if you are killing people systematically or if you implement an inhuman system where people are dying but murder or genocide is not the official agenda.

E: Both is a division of the people. They first divide the people, don’t give privileges, control. In concentration camps it was going a lot further. Today not all who are divided and stigmatised are dying, but it’s an alarm bell. We have to reask the question how to prevent not to come to such a situation again.

L: There are always legacies in history. Frantz Fanon5 was writing that under colonialism people have to go somewhere with their aggression, they tried to resist but they failed so the aggression goes against yourself, you destroy yourself but also the others, what he called “Black on Black violence” and another thing that he observed was that people had very strong dreams about running, about getting away. Because the dreams were the only realm of freedom. That’s what I wanted to ask if you see similarities in the mechanisms of what was happened under colonialism to what is happening to people living in Lagers for example.

N: Yes, of course. I can still see it in the old people in my country. There it is also fear that prevents more people to talk about it, a lot of them say, no, let history be history. The fathers in Africa still beat their children, it is still there. So how can we overcome it? We have to understand and think about what we can do now with these people to come to peace:

B: Similarities are still there and I think there is no way to end it until there are strategies to end capitalism. Because we are enslaved ourselves. People are not taking time to realise who they are instead of running away. In case of the Black people, we don’t see ourselves as powerful persons, humans. We can do everything, we have the knowledge, the resources, but the people don’t believe in themselves, they are enslaved, even if not physically, than mentally. And for the whites, too, you are enslaved because of the privileges you have you can’t speak out the truth, you can’t speak out loud. Even if you try to speak, as we saw in the protest, you have limits. That’s what we saw during the arrests, the police was trying to separate us, they said you have German passport, what are you doing here with these people? So people had to rethink about their own privileges, about the consequences when they get involved in that. I also had a big argument with a Black man who was saying: You have the privilege to do it because you don’t have the German passport. But when you get the papers you will realise that it’s not possible to fight against them.

L: That’s what you, Erez, also said. When you have something to loose… And that’s also what Marcuse6 was writing about, the integration through privileges, goods.

B: So the people don’t see themselves first, but they are dependent. People can’t fight the system because they think that they need the system to survive, which is not true. That is enslavement. Therefore we need strategies to deconstruct that. And I think what we are doing here is one of the strategies- to open the talk instead of having big conferences, big podiums.

L: Take more time to talk?

B: The more time we take, the closer we come and the more we realise that we are humans who can do something by ourselves. In this process of realisation we can combine our effort together and break these chains. The believe in the system is based on our isolation.

N: There are a lot of small things that can separate the people. That’s why we say we have to trust each other, first.

B: We have to find a common goal we are fighting for. That’s why I came out with the concept of humanity. That’s the only thing I see that connects me to you. Because this is what we are, this is what humans are, you can’t take it away.

N: But we cannot come to that point, you know why? Because-

B: I can answer it myself: self-ego.

N: Aha, selfishness and our interest, different interests.

L: Can we be real humans in this system?

B: We can, I believe so. But there is no space to realise. I do not believe in these negative strategies and thinking. For example you, Lisa, sorry for pointing at you, I am pointing at you as the white, not personally: We can be human if we are ready to reflect and to give away our own interest. If you are ready to give away your whiteness and ready to see yourself inside Black, if I meet you I see myself white. If I meet you, Napuli, I see myself a woman. If I meet you you see me inside yourself a man. Then there is a breakdown of the system.

E: It’s all like addiction. I learned from drug addicts that people don’t want to be strong. People want to stay with the other weak people. Why do I say this? I can’t loose my Israeliness, my whiteness and my maleness. But I can go and use it for my believe to break the politic of the privilege and find other solutions. The point is, the system uses the fear to make people protect the resources of the system.

N: For me, I don’t agree on Black and White. What we have is beyond that. Imagination of power makes you white. We should not target single persons but the system. For example I don’t hate Donald Trump. He is honest, he is just representing the system. So why do people target him? I don’t believe that we all come together, we have different interests. But we have to give everybody what he wants. For example in the left there is fight about eating meat or not, but that is ridiculous, we are fighting ourselves. Some eat meat, others not. What’s the problem? And we have to talk more, we need more floor to talk.

L: I interviewed about ten activists from different cities where Refugee protest was strong in the last years and what a lot of them said is that it is important in the movement to create spaces to really reflect and to have longer meetings, workshops also across the cities to talk about what happened and how to go on. To work against the divisions in the movement. It does not help to have these big conferences, we have to find more time and the supporters also have to stop inviting the same people again and again but to create spaces – it is very similar to what you just said, Bino. Maybe to conclude you could point out what your strategies in the movement now are to overcome these divisions and fear? How do you create other spaces?

N: This is what we are doing now, we do this transnational tour and we take along with us the workshop. It’s not just explaining, but we have to go deep. About four to six days in the same place to create a discussion about what was going on and then to concentrate- this fear thing is something that you cannot understand in five minutes. It has to go to your blood. Really practising. That’s why we do this workshops, let it come from you. How can we solve? It’s not to give you solution. It’s not that you see a film and then go out and forget everything you saw. In a conference there are maybe 1000 people but only very few can really concentrate. We have to involve them in everything. At Oranienplatz we were learning everyday.

E: Fear is a result of confusion. As I said, if you are attached to material things you cannot move. When people came to Oranienplatz, they found other things, really other things to be connected with and then they lost the fear.

B: Me, to finish, I will still remain with humanity. For me it is very important to meet a common point in us. If not we are just joking, playing devil games, we will never solve anything. That’s why we have to see ourselves beyond what we are physically. What society made out of us. What the system forced us to be and what we forced ourselves to be.

N: I will call upon the institutes that have power to give a floor for discussions like this. Schools for example. Because the children grow up with these pictures like of the poor people in Africa. So they also have to meet Black persons in the schools and talk in a different way. And universities, theatres, they have to open the floors for discussions like this.

L: The point is that they are also part of what is creating the problems.

B: That’s why I say we need not to rely on these structural spaces, but we can create our own spaces. Why don’t we create a theatre? A university? A free clinic? Why don’t we create this knowledge that heels?

 

A discussion on fear

 

1The article was originally produced for the journal “Psychosozial” where it will appear in a longer, German version, soon.

3Obligation to live in a certain, mostly mass accommodation under bad conditions.

5Fanon, F. (1961/2004). The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove Press.

Gibson, N.C. (2003). Fanon. The Postcolonial Imagination. Cambridge: polity.

6E.g.: Marcuse, H. (1964). One-dimensional man. Boston: Beacon Press.

Refugee-Migrants Community Debate & Soliparty in Munich

Refugee Community Debate & Soliparty

Eng/Deut] 27-30.04 in Munich: Refugee-Migrants Community Announcement from Refugee Struggle For Freedom

Discussions and workshops on Solidarity, Networking, Mobilization and Community structure will begin:
At 4pm on Thursday , 27.04. To continue on 28-30.04 at 10.am in the morning.

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Saturday / 29.04.17 / 20 h/ Kafe Marat / Refugee-Migrants Community Debate & Soliparty

While the German politics declares states like Senegal, Afghanistan or Sierra Leone as “safe”, people from these countries have to deal daily with the threat of a deportation. They are taken the opportunity to work or to educate themselves.

The panel discussion is about their experience and their survival, as well as the political resistance against these conditions. A topic will be also the hierarchical structures within the antiracist struggles – why do refugees trust German activists often more than each other? Why do many ask for help instead of fight for themselves?

Representatives of The Voice Refugee Forum (Jena), Karawane Wuppertal, Refugee Struggle for Freedom (Munich https://refugeestruggle.org/de), Refugees for Change (Frankfurt a.M.) and “Street Roots” from Berlin will be discussing. After the discussion, there is music from:
– MC Faytal (Rap, HipHop)
– Teuglife Kane (Rap, HipHop)
– Bigger Arize (Raggae)
and DJs.

There will be also nice food from Sierra Leone!
Saturday 29.4.17 / 20:00 / Kafe Marat (Thalkirchnerstr. 104) / Entrance
3-5 Euro

Contact: Mustapha in Munich, tel.: 017626679536
The VOICE Jena: Tel. 017624568988

Donation code: “Refugee Munich”

Förderverein The VOICE e.V.
Sparkasse Göttingen
Kontonummer: 127829
BLZ: 260 500 01
IBAN: DE97 2605 0001 0000 1278 29
BIC: NOLADE21GOE

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Saturday / 29.04.17 / 20 h/ Kafe Marat / Refugee-Migrants Community Debate & Soliparty

Während die deutsche Politik Staaten wie den Senegal, Afghanistan oder Sierra Leone als „sicher“ deklariert, müssen Menschen aus diesen Ländern tagtäglich mit der Gefahr einer drohenden Abschiebung umgehen. Ihnen wird die Möglichkeit genommen, zu arbeiten oder sich zu bilden. Bei der Podiumsdiskussion soll es um ihr Erleben und Überleben gehen, sowie um den politischen Widerstand gegen diese Zustände. Auch die hierarchischen Strukturen innerhalb der antirassistischen Kämpfe werden thematisiert – warum vertrauen Geflüchtete deutschen Aktivist*innen oft mehr, als einander? Warum fragen Viele nach Hilfe, statt sich selbst zu verteidigen?

Es diskutieren Vertreter*innen von The VOICE Refugee Forum Germany (Jena), Karawane Wuppertal, Refugee Struggle for Freedom (München https://refugeestruggle.org/de), Refugees for Change (Frankfurt a.M.). und “Street Roots” from Berlin
Nach der Diskussion gibt’s Musik von – MC Faytal (Rap, HipHop)
– Teuglife Kane (Rap, HipHop)
– Bigger Arize (Raggae)
und Aufgelege.

Ausserdem gibt’s leckeres sierra-leonisches Essen!

Samstag 29.4.17 / 20 Uhr / Kafe Marat (Thalkirchnerstr. 104) / Eintritt
3-5 Euro
Contact: Mustapha in Munich, tel.: 017626679536
The VOICE Jena: Tel. 017624568988

Donation code: “Refugee Munich”
Förderverein The VOICE e.V.
Sparkasse Göttingen
Kontonummer: 127829
BLZ: 260 500 01
IBAN: DE97 2605 0001 0000 1278 29
BIC: NOLADE21GOE

Black History Month 2017 Thursday 23rd of Feb, 7 pm in Aquarium

Black History Month Berlin Greetings

Is poetry Enough?

In this time of anixiety fueld by fear we decided to have a BHM event for the sake of sanity and humanity-

We are doing this to see how and what we can do together in the future-

Black History Month is the history we all share whether we know it or not-

Poets

Kwame Write Aidoo is a writer from West Africa. performer- word artist and social- cultural commentator-

He is the author of the folk science fiction chapbook  Ananse Makers- He is the founder and creative director of inkfluent; which organizes the annual project- The write Experience and Nkabom Literary festival in Ghana. He has collaborated in contempoary art installations- i.e Aurora Ekvatorialis National Museum, Oslo- He is currenty working on a audiovisual poetry album- We are  looing forward to hearing him-

Peter Rose– Peter is an icon in  abstract theater here as well as in New York

Cecile Rossant– poet – that is active on many fronts- her poetry will make you think and ask why do i feel as I do-

EB Davis – Known world wide as a The Blues Man- A great man with a heart of gold-

Anthony Baggette– Worth hearing-

Panel discussion afterwards- What can we do?

Clear Blue Water e.V    Black History Month

Location-   Aquarium          (Direct at Kotti subways station next to Sudbloack)

Skalitzer Str 6

Date Thursday 23rd of Feb

Time 7-10 pm

Entrance is a donation to help pay for the flight of Kwame

Please pass this along

Anthony Baggette

2nd transnational refugee tour in London

Freedom of movement world tour Freedom of Movement tour London flyer

Migrant-led activist group from Oranienplatz in Berlin are now touring the world, or at least some of it. Here to connect the movement across borders, the first stop is London!

Gain and share insights and experiences during these events.

Where are these places?

LARC (London Action Resource Centre): 62 Fieldgate St., E11ES

SOAS (University of London):

Thornhaugh Street, Russel Square, WC1HOXG

Thursday 26th January, 6pm:

Screening of Island 36 documentary followed by discussion at LARC

Friday 27th January, 10:30 am:

Workshop on migrant activism and anti-colonialism at LARC

8pm: Screening of Island 36 documentary followed by discussion at SOAS

What?

We plan to travel through England, Spain, Italy, Uganda and South Sudan to meet refugees and migrant activists. We want to share our experiences at info panels, workshops and film screenings and build a movement across borders!

Who?

We are from the self-organised Refugee Movement Berlin that started occupying Oranienplatz in central Berlin in 2012 to demand our rights. Even after the eviction we continue fighting. This is the second transnational refugee tour to make our voices heard!

Why?

We believe in freedom of movement for everybody, meaning the right to choose where to go and where to stay whenever you want. With transnational exchange of ideas we can fight deportation, stop detention, resist being held in refugee camps, end isolation from the communities and throw the fear away! Together we are strong!

 

Find our events:

Follow on Facebook

Phone: (+44) 07424643883

Languages: We speak Arabic, English, German, French

Island 36 documentary trailer:

How to support?

Donations sustain this activism. Any support you are able to give will be greatly appreciated and wisely used!

Use www.transferwise.com to avoid the costs and the faff of the banks:

Blacks and Whites Together for Human Rights e.V

IBAN: DE39 4306 0967 1174 7644

BIC: GENODEM1 GLS

 

 

Break the Deportation DNA Chain: “Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted” – Beyond the Court rooms!

Break the Deportation DNA Chain: "Refugee Black BoxOfficial Announcement: Break the Deportation DNA Chain: “Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted” – Beyond the Court rooms!

27th to 29th January 2017 in Jena, Thuringen

“Our main focus of discussion will be breaking the deportation chain from within; with discussions on strategies of Break Deportation Acts: Our historical backgrounds and past political struggles against deportation and social exclusion will be the guide to our continued engagement for justice and human dignity.”

The VOICE Refugee Forum, Activists of the Refugee-Migrant Community Network together with Anti deportation activists will be presenting and discussing the very first agenda and plan of the project event: ” Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted” in Jena, over the weekend of the 27th to the 29th.

This is a Prepar-Tainment weekend meeting for the political project event:
“Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted”

What do we want to talk about?

Our main focus of discussion will be breaking the deportation chain from within; with discussions on strategies of Break Deportation Acts: Our historical backgrounds and past political struggles against deportation and social exclusion will be the guide to our continued engagement for justice and human dignity.

We want to discuss how we, the refugee-migrant community activists in Germany overcome the different faces of injustice in Europe. We will speak about our experiences, the struggles and campaigns of the refugee community against the deportation cultures of the German and European racist nationalism, against social exclusion in Germany. About how we fight against the abuse and violation of our rights, the corruption of the deportation system, societal ignorance including German elites and politicians vis-à-vis human dignity and freedom of movement.

Prepar-Tainment Agenda

Friday and Saturday (27th and 28th):

There will be Workshops and Podium discussions. During discussions the Photo Exhibition of the Refugee Community Strike protest “We will Rise” by the Oplatz Refugee Movement will be part of our political arena with Street theatre, Rallies and Demonstration. In the evenings after discussions and workshops, there will be Solidarity Music and Concerts.

Saturday evening:

Cultural Contributions and Solidarity Live Concerts in Café Wagner, Jena. Also on the list are:

– Schwabinggrad Ballett together with the performance group Arrivati who call themselves „autonomous collective of refugees and People of Colour“, from Hamburg.

– System D „a crossing borders musical experience, challenging the oppression, political situation, borders control: Reggae is not dead.“ (Leipzig)

Sunday: Continuation of the discussions and perspectives on the way forward

“Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted” is a political experiment and a process to re-create our alternative space and critical enlightenment, through the Refugee Political Solidarity X-Ray on the decades of refugee struggles against the centuries of colonial injustice of deportation.

The concept is a process of inspirations from struggles like: The Caravan Internation Refugee Congress Jena – “Unite against Deportation and Social Exclusion” – the beginning of the Residenzpflicht campaign in 2000, Oury Jalloh’s death in Police Cell No 5 in Dessau and the ensuing court trial in 2008, the Caravan Festival on Colonial Injustice in Jena 2010, Break Isolation Refugee Camp in Erfurt with the preparation of the Refugee Protest March from Würzburg to Berlin in 2012 and the Refugee International Tribunal in Berlin in 2013, which were organized by The VOICE Refugee Forum and The Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants. (See links below) It is in the spirit of continuity of The VOICE Refugee Forum struggles since 1994 from the Mühlhausen refugee camp.
Refugee Black Box actions are planned to expose the ignorance of the society on the abuses and crimes of deportation regimes and to make the colonial injustices of the system visible.

Like Marcus Garvey said, “Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent”.

Like in a tribunal, it is about charging the system and giving a platform to the afflicted to bring their own charges to public awareness. In addition, it has elements of a festival with its cultural space. The idea parodies the black boxes of aircrafts. It contains sensitive information that are vital to its functionality. The afflicted can submit their charges and these would form the basis of the next protest actions against the pervasive colonial injustice.

Join us in the 2017 grassroots struggles of the refugees community movement, to make “Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted” a concrete and empowering political solidarity weapon.

“By coming together, we will continue to learn from each other, develop our strength by continued self-empowerment to break the deportation culture and to overcome the different faces of injustice in Europe. Most of us are victims of war. Some of us lost our families; many of us are separated from their children, wives and husbands, while countless number of us died on the journey to Europe under the watchful eyes of FRONTEX. As a result, many of us remain traumatised today. Yet, instead of being given the necessary therapeutic and other support, we are discriminated against, subjected to brutal and greedy exploitation and exclusion, various forms of psychological torture and expected to gratefully accept our unspoken label of subhuman or „Untermensch“ in the name of refugees because we don‘t have bombs raining on us.” – Review on Break Deportation Culture – Deportation is criminal and we fight to stop it! http://thevoiceforum.org/node/4210

Deportation and its corruption of legal systems and regimes are criminal. Stop the deportation system! Fight racist nationalism!

Lets shake things up! – Bring down the deportation regimes! Stop the deportations!!!

Please make donations, engage and work with us for an independent refugee community and Join us for the 2017 grass root struggles of the refugees communities on our movement to make “The Refugee Black Box ” a concrete political solidarity weapon.

The events will be financed by public donation and solidarity contribution only.

Förderverein The VOICE e.V., Sparkasse Göttingen,
IBAN: DE97 2605 0001 0000 1278 29 Code „Break Deportation“

http://breakdeportation.blogsport.de | http://thevoiceforum.org | http://thecaravan.org

Corrected: Break Isolation Refugee Camp in Erfurt with the preparation of the Protest march from Würzburg to Berlin in 2012

Links:
Flüchtlingskongress vom 21. April bis 1. Mai 2000 in Jena
The Caravan Internation Refugee Congress Jena 2000 – “Unite against Deportation and Social Exclusion”
https://www.nadir.org/nadir/kampagnen/karawane-kongress/

Refugee Struggle against Residenzpflicht 2000
Einblick in den Kampf gegen die Residenzpflicht
http://residenzpflicht-apartheid.net/download/residenzpflicht-reader.pdf

Oury Jalloh Campaign Revisited – Break the Silence Archives 2005 – 2009 (English and German) http://thevoiceforum.org/node/1213

“Unite against colonial injustice in commemoration of the victims of Fortress Europe” http://www.karawane-festival.org

Break Isolation – Refugee Protest March from Würzburg to Berlin! http://thevoiceforum.org/node/2683

Refugee International Tribunal in Berlin in 2013,
http://www.refugeetribunal.org/

Book Launch: Living in Refugee Camps in Berlin: Women*s Perspectives and Experiences

International Women Space BerlinPresentation, Reading and Discussion with authors

16.12.2016, 6pm at Werkstatt der Kulturen, seminar room 1, Wissmannstraße 32

In the summer and fall of 2015, the year that marked the beginning of what later became known as the “refugee crisis,” 1.1 million people arrived in Germany with the goal of seeking asylum. When taking a critical look at the way refugees are portrayed in media and public discourses in Germany, it is striking to note that the diversity – and the individuality – of these newly arrived persons is often reduced to certain stereotypes that go hand in hand with specific privileges and (moral) rights that are granted or denied them. Furthermore, women* are often absent in these images and discussions, and hence their specific experiences, realities, vulnerabilities and needs – not only during their flight but also after their arrival while living in refugee camps – often remain unaddressed.

This is all the more critical as according to the UNHCR, the percentage of refugee women* and children arriving in Greece and seeking asylum in the European Union increased from an estimated 27% in June 2015 to 55% in January 2016. This book provides insights into the various ways in which women* perceive of and experience their living conditions in five different asylum accommodation centers in Berlin. In particular, it explores how women* – who have fled from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania, and who have diverse socio-economic, linguistic and educational backgrounds – describe their lives in the camps with regard to health and care, administration and registration, social interactions and support, and safety and privacy.

The ethnographic research on which this book is based resulted from a collaboration between students and lecturers of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and the Berlin-based group International Women’s Space. In this regard, the book aims to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of refugee women* in Berlin and simultaneously hopes to provide a model for anthropological engagement in the face of increasingly complex socio-political challenges.

December 16 on Friday, between 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. we will be live on air in F Radio on 88,4 Mhz in Berlin + 90,7 Mhz in Potsdam and on www.piradio.de to talk about the book just before the book launch.

Here is the link of the book launch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/345213105854357/

International Women Space

Summary of research findings in PDF:

„Starting below Zero“: On the Situation of Women* in Refugee Camps in Berlin

“Anfangen unter Null”: Zur Situation von geflüchteten Frauen in Berliner Sammel-Unterkünften

 

Vorbereitungstreffen für das “Break Deportation Solidarity Aktionswochenende” Januar 2017

break-the-deportation-cultureEnglish / Deutsch:

Solidarity Aktionswochenende” im Januar 2017

Einladung zum Vorbereitungstreffen für das “Break Deportation Solidarity Aktionswochenende” im Januar 2017
Wann? Donnerstag, 08. Dezember um 18Uhr
Wo? In den Räumen des Demokratischen Jugendrings (Seidelstraße 21) Jena

Für das Wochenende vom 27. bis 29. Januar 2017 planen wir – das Netzwerk Break Deportation – in Jena eine größeres Event, um auf andauernde Abschiebungen in Thüringen aufmerksam zu machen und uns mit den Betroffenen und ihren Kämpfen zu solidarisieren. Im Zentrum steht dabei die in den letzten Wochen gestartete Faxkmapagne für den Roma-Thrüingen Aktivisten Haliti und seine Familie Ristic.

Wir wollen die Kampagne der Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen gegen die rassistische Kultur der Abschiebung des deutschen und europäischen Nationalismus, gegen die verbrecherischen Abschiebungen, die Korruption des Abschiebesystems und gegen die Ignoranz der deutschen Eliten und PolitikerInnen gegenüber der menschlichen Würde und der Bewegungsfreiheit, diskutieren.

Das ganze wird sich vermutlich v.a. auf Samstag, den 28.01.17, konzentrieren: Geplant ist bereits ein Konzert mit anschließender Party im Cafe Wagner, sowie eine Podiumdsdiskussion am frühen Abend. Für das Konzert zugesagt haben schonmal System-D aus Leipzig (https://stm-d.bandcamp.com/) und Schwabinggrad Ballet aus Hamburg (http://schwabinggrad ballett.org/category/beyond-welcome/).

Aber es gibt noch viel zu tun! Wir würden uns freuen, wenn ihr uns bei den anstehenden Vorbereitungen für das Event (Party, Konzert, Diskussion) im Wagner, sowie für weitere Veranstaltungen (Filme, Diskussionen etc) und Soli-Aktionen, die an diesem Tag möglich wären, unterstützen könnt. Kommt deshalb gerne mit euren Ideen zum ersten Vorbereitungstreffen am 8.Dezember!

Solidarische Grüße,
Break Deportation Jena

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Invitation to the first preperation-meeting for the “Break Deportation Solidarity Actionweekend” in January 2017

When? Thursday, 8th of December

Where? In the rooms of the “Demokratischer Jugendring” (Seidelstraße 21)

As Break Deportation Network we are planning for the end January 2017 a big Event against deportations in Thüringen and in Solidarity with Roma-Thüringen-Activist Shani Haliti, who is currently fighting the deportation of his family.

We are going to discuss the refugee-migrants campaign to Break the deportation culture of the German and European racist nationalism; to fight the deportations, the crimes of deportation, the corruption of the deportation system, the ignorance of human dignity in freedom of movement by the German elites and politicians.

We already plannend a concert, party and discussion-event on thursday (28th of january) evening in “Cafe Wagner”. Two Bands already confirmed their coming: System-D from Leipzig (https://stm-d.bandcamp.com/) und Schwabinggrad Ballet from Hamburg (http://schwabinggrad-ballett.org/category/beyond-welcome/).

But there is still a lot to do! For the preparation and Organization of the Event in Wagner and maybe also more discussions, actions and so on, we need you support and your ideas! For that, you are invited to our first preperation meeting on the 8th of December!

In Solidarity,
Break Deportation Jena

 

Break Deportation Arena and Campaign to Break the deportation Culture

the-voice-refugee-forumUpcoming events with The VOICE Refugee Forum:

Hello All,

Your are invited to join us in building “Break Deportation Arena and Campaign to Break the deportation Culture” in Germany

There will be open meetings of Break Deportation – Refugee Community to discuss the upcoming events in Thueringen.

Starting tomorrow, on Saturday, 26.11.16 in Jena at 3pm. “Break Deportation – Refugee community monthly Meeting” – There will be a meeting of refugees from Jena, Erfurt and Chemnitz to organize politically against the deportation of Haliti family. To discuss the solidarity call and refugee mobilization program for “Roma – Black Box Solidarity – Power by Break Deportation – Refugee community network” with political and light cultural events on the 17.12.16 in Erfurt.

08.12.16. at 6pm in Jena: 1st open preparatory meeting for Break Deportation Solidarity Action on the 28th of January 2017 in Jena.

17.12.16 in Erfurt: “Roma – Black Box Solidarity” – Power by Break Deportation – Refugee community network with political and light cultural program on the 17.12.16 in Erfurt.

09.12.16 at 6pm in Jena: Meeting of break deportation activists with the activists of refugee struggle for freedom and their supporters from Leipzig

16-18.12.2016 is a proposed meeting of refugee-migrants community meeting in Jena.

Oury Jalloh Remembrance, a refugee from Siberia-Leone/ Genuine Conakry in West Africa was murdered 2005 in Police cell No. 5 Dessau
07.01.2017: Refugee community mobilization to Dessau: Our community is our defence – Oury Jalloh Remenbrance is a struggle for our protection
in Germany.

28.01.2017: Reclaim the city of Jena – Break Deportation Solidarity Action in Jena. (Break the culture of deportation and Lets celebrate our struggles.) End of March in Erfurt.

Your are invited to join us in building “Break Deportation Arena and Campaign to Break the deportation Culture” in Germany

For more information, please contact:
Email: thevoicerefugeeforum@riseup.net


Please Donation // Bitte Spende:
English:
The VOICE Refugee Forum is an independent community network of refugee political activists who are fighting for the respect of our human rights in equality, freedom and human dignity:

Deportation is criminal! We Fight to stop it!!

We unite against Deportation and Social Exclusion to break the isolation culture of lager control of refugees and by detention or imprisonment, by racism and discrimination in  Germany.
We stand for organized refugee grass root resistance and campaigns against the oppression and the repression of the refugee communities, including the fight against colonial injustice in Germany and Europe

For the basic existence of life, in human dignity and For Freedom of Movement

Donation for refugee community campaign to end the deportation and social exclusion in Germany  http://thevoiceforum.org/node/3913

Deutsch:
The VOICE Refugee Forum ist ein unabhängiges Community-Netzwerk von politischen Flüchtlingsaktivist_innen, die für die Wahrung ihrer Menschenrechte in Gleichheit und Freiheit sowie für ihre Menschenwürde kämpfen:

Abschiebungen sind Verbrechen! Wir kämpfen, um diese Praxis zu beenden!

Wir stehen vereint gegen Abschiebung und soziale Ausgrenzung, um die Kultur der Isolation, des Rassismus und der Diskriminierung durch die Kontrolle von Flüchtlingen in Lagern, durch Abschiebungen und Inhaftierungen in Deutschland zu durchbrechen.

Wir stehen für organisierten Graswurzel-Widerstand und Kampagnen gegen die Unterdrückung unserer Flüchtlingsgemeinschaften und für den Kampf gegen die koloniale Ungerechtigkeit in Deutschland und Europa
.
Für ein Leben in Menschenwürde, für Bewegungsfreiheit

Spenden für die Kampagnen der Flüchtlingscommunity zur Beendigung von Abschiebungen und sozialer Ausgrenzung
http://thevoiceforum.org/node/3915

Thank you all!
In solidarity,
The VOICE Refugee Forum

Donation Account:
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Sparkasse Göttingen
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Reward 2015: The VOICE Refugee Forum – The refugee political resources
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Podiumsdiskussion „Frauen auf der Flucht“

afrika medien zentrum podiumdiskussion-frauen auf der fluchtVeranstalter/-in: Afrika Medien Zentrum e.V

Einladung zur Podiumsdiskussion

“Frauen auf der Flucht”

am Mittwoch, 16. November 2016, 18 Uhr – Eintritt frei!

Werkstatt der Kulturen (Clubraum), Wissmannstraße 32, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln

„Gemeinsam für eine Welt des Friedens“, das ist das Motto der diesjährigen Global Education Week vom 12.-20. November. Dass Frieden weltweit in vielen Ländern mehr denn je zu einem raren Gut geworden ist, beweist unter anderem die in Deutschland seit über einem Jahr andauernde Flüchtlingsdebatte. Schon immer sind Menschen vor Krieg, politischer Verfolgung oder Perspektivlosigkeit geflohen. Anders als noch vor einigen Jahren verlassen jetzt auch immer mehr Frauen und Kinder in großer Zahl ihre Heimat, um sich auf die Suche nach einer besseren Zukunft zu begeben. Sie bilden inzwischen über 30 Prozent der Geflüchteten in Deutschland, so das Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF).

Vor diesem Hintergrund widmen wir uns am 16. November dem Thema „Frauen auf der Flucht“. Hier erzählen weibliche Flüchtlinge von ihren Erfahrungen und diskutieren gemeinsam mit Expert_innen verschiedener Felder die Herausforderungen und Schwierigkeiten, welche die Flucht aus der Heimat und die Integration in Deutschland und Berlin insbesondere für Frauen bedeuten.

Referent_innen:
Eleonore Bekamenga, Ayekoo e.V., Beraterin
N.N., Aktivistin von Women in Exile
Dr. Abir Alhaj Mawas, Terre des Femmes, Referat Flucht und Frauenrechte

Moderatorin:
Miriam Camara, Gründerin und Geschäftsführerin von AKOMA Bildung & Kultur gUG
Mit ihrer Organisation begleitet Frau Camara Organisationen bei Prozessen der Organisationsentwicklung und führt für unterschiedliche Zielgruppen SensibilisierungsTrainings (Anti-Rassismus/Anti-Diskrimineirung) und Empowerment-Workshops durch.
Darüber hinaus ist sie Referentin für die Themen Flucht und Migration.

Veranstaltungsort:
Werkstatt der Kulturen
Clubraum
Wissmannstr. 32
12049 Berlin-Neukölln

Invitation to the panel discussion

“Women as Refugees”

on Wednesday, 16th of November 2016

„Together for a world of peace“, is the slogan of this year’s Global Education Week which is taking place from 12th to 20th November 2016. All over the world, peace has more than ever before become something exceptional. This is, amongst other things, reflected in the current discussion about the „refugee crisis” which is going on in Germany for more than a year
now. People have always been escaping from war, political persecution or a daily life without any perspective. In distinction to some years ago, more and more women and children are currently in great number leaving their home countries in search of a better future. They now form 30 percent of all refugees in Germany, according to the federal office for migration
and refugees (BAMF).
Against this background we are discussing the topic of “Women as Refugees” on November 16. During the panel, female refugees will report their experiences. They will speak with experts of different fields about the challenges and difficulties of escaping from one’s home and trying to integrate in Germany and Berlin, especially for women.

Panel:
Eleonore Bekamenga, Ayekoo e.V., counsellor
N.N., activist of the association Women in Exile
Dr. Abir Alhaj Mawas, Terre des Femmes, department of refugees and women rights

Moderator:
Miriam Camara, chairperson of AKOMA Bildung & Kultur gUG

Place of venue:
Werkstatt der Kulturen
Clubraum
Wissmannstr. 32
12049 Berlin-Neukölln

RAUM FÜR FLUCHT

(english // french // turkish below)

Seit November 2015 stellt die Werkstatt der Kulturen mittwochs den Club kostenfrei zur Verfügung für selbstorganisierte Refugee-Initiativen und Veranstaltungen rund um das Thema Flucht. Bei Interesse oder Nachfragen bitte unser Veranstaltungsbüro kontaktieren: veranstaltungsbuero@werkstatt-der-kulturen.de.
Informationen zum Club gibt es hier.

Every Wednesday, the Werkstatt der Kulturen offers its Club space free of charge for events relating to forced migration/#fleeing as well as to self-organized refugee projects and initiatives. Interested?
Contact: veranstaltungsbuero@werkstatt-der-kulturen.de

Tous les mercredis, la Werkstatt der Kulturen met son Club à votre disposition gratuitement pour vos évènements sur les thèmes de la fuite et pour les initiatives autogérées de réfugié(e)s.
Si vous êtes intéressé(e), veuillez s’il vous plaît envoyer un e-mail à: veranstaltungsbuero@werkstatt-der-kulturen.de

Her çarşamba Werkstatt der kulturen.de aşağıda bulunan Clubümüz ücretsiz olarak mülteciler için veya mülteci konuları için ücretsiz olarak kiralayabilirsiniz. Daha fazla bilgi için bize ulaşabilirsiniz. Veranstaltungsburo@werkstatt-der-kulturen.de

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