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Beyond Voluntourism and Holidarity? White German Activists on the ‘Balkanroute’ – (Self)Reflections

Some of our friends who where active in the Balkan route and in the Greece last year has wrote a self-reflection about the German activists who travelled there. Mixing the words Volunteering and Turism and also Solidarity and Holiday we come to the terms Voluntourism and Holidarity. You can read their text in English and German in the blog:

https://ReflActionistCollective.noblogs.org

excerpt from the introduction:

1. Introduction: Man spricht Deutsch on the ‘Balkanroute’

Summary: Many activists from Germany started going to the ‚Balkanroute‘ during last summer to support migrants– it seemed like a new trend. After our own trips to the ‚Balkanroute‘, we wanted to reflect more about the connection between this kind of activism and our own privileges. On the one hand, direct signs of political solidarity with migrants1 seemed important. On the other hand, we realized that sometimes our presence and activities stabilized our privileges and the system of white supremacy.

Heading from Belgrade Eastwards to the Croatian border. Stopover in Adaševci, the gas station where most of the migrants are waiting for hours, before continuing their journey by train. While searching for a parking lot for our van, we recognize two other vans: German license plates, full with kitchen equipment, clothing and shoe donations. Some people in their mid-twenties with hoodies and outdoor jackets hang around the cars and smoke. As we approach them, it’s clear very quickly, man spricht Deutsch, the common language is German. The group has just arrived, isn’t quite sure whether they will stay at that border or travel to the Southern Serbian border. Some consider to go to one of the Greek islands as well. Their plans? Cooking food and tea, distributing info material. Pretty much what everyone is doing on the ‘Balkanroute’. Pretty much what we have been doing.

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https://ReflActionistCollective.noblogs.org


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Call out for big Non-Citizen meeting 6.-7. September 2016 in Munich

Non-Citizens, Refugees and Supporters are invited to join us and become part of the movement! The issue of refugee´s struggle was perhaps always injustice; We left out home countries because of having inhuman laws, injustice kingdom systems have broken the system for a common person life. Life is cheaper than anything, politics is business, religion… Read more »

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Conference on the Sudanese refugees’ situation in Germany (31 January at 21:00 on Skype)

Update 3 On 31/1/2021 at 21:00 we have a continuation of a workshop about Sudanese refugees from Schaumberg/Niedersachsen online to discuss the refugee’s situation. This is the 4th workshop now. We are not going to be silent, until the deportation is stopped, until the isolation of refugees is broken, and until the primary, secondary, and universal… Read more »

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Daily Resistance Monthly Editorial Meeting continues on July, 9

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Kundgebung & Demo zur Räumung der Ohlauer/GHS, 11.01.2018, 7:45

Räumung der GHS am 11.01.2018 – Solidarität mit den Bewohner_innen. Eviction of GHS, 11.01.2018 – Call for solidarity Die Chronologie der GHS auf Deutsch und Englisch Pressestatement der Nachbarschaftsinitiative Ohlauer Straße (NIO), 19.7.2017: Wir kennen die beteiligten Menschen, wir respektieren die Umstände, wir erinnern die Absprachen Solidaritätsaufruf Andere Zustände ermöglichen (*aze) ____ DEUTSCH (English, French,… Read more »

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Pressekonferenz und Rede mit Special Guest Angela Davis

morgen, am 06.10. 2022 wird Angela Davis im Rahmen des Kunstfestivals “OPlatz wird 10” 


am 06.10. 2022 wird Angela Davis im Rahmen des Kunstfestivals “OPlatz wird 10”

um 10 Uhr gemeinsam mit den Aktivistinnen Jennifer Kamau und Napuli Langa sowie dem Aktivisten Adam Baher eine Pressekonferenz abhalten. Diese Veranstaltung wird aufgrund der Raumkapazität nur für geladene Presse und enge Verbündete stattfinden. Wir werden die Pressekonferenz in Kooperation mit dem Community Radiosender Refugee Worldwide und Radio Berlin International streamen, sodass alle – wenn auch nicht direkt vor Ort – teilnehmen können.

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In print: #10 of Daily Resistance!

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Films showing at O-Platz wird 10 | Baustelle migration

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10 years of the protest camp at Oranienplatz … No reason to celebrate


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