The first pile of newspapers has arrived and can be read/picked up for distribution at Café Karanfil, Mahlower Str 7 in Neukölln. If we run out of stock, grab them at the We’ll come united demo in Hamburg or get hold of your copies by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The online PDF version of Daily Resistance #5 can be found here.
Below, there is a list of articles that have been already published on this blog. Subsequently, we will publish the missing articles as blog posts and update this list:
Offenes Treffen der KARAWANE für die Rechte der Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen
Am 23. und 24. Juni 2018 fand ein offenes und bundesweites Treffen der KARAWANE der Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen in Berlin statt. Neben den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer aus Berlin und Umgebung waren weitere aus Jena, Magdeburg und Wuppertal angereist. Die größte Gruppe bildeten die alleinstehenden oder alleinerziehenden afghanischen oder iranischen Frauen aus Magdeburg da.
Nach der Begrüßung und Vorstellung konnten die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des Treffens ihre Anliegen und Sorgen und vor allem ihre Erwartungen an dem Treffen miteinander teilen. Bereits hier zu Beginn wurde schnell deutlich, wie sehr die aktuellen öffentlich geführten politischen Diskussionen und die Verschärfungen der Gesetze die Flüchtlinge verunsichern. Im Zentrum all dieser Sorgen stehen Abschiebungen in sogenannten „sicheren Drittstatten“ sowie in die Herkunftsländer.
it is about two and a half years ago now that we have published the first edition of Daily Resistance. To celebrate that this newspaper still exists, we would like to invite all of you who were involved in Daily Resistance and made it possible as it is!
So to thank you all for your contributions, to socialize, exchange and simply to meet personally and not always only via e-mail, we invite you to a cosy PICNIC on July 15th from 15:30 at Tempelhofer Feld
On the east side of the small gardens, close to entrance Herrfurthstraße: https://goo.gl/maps/CK4zPaZE4rP2
If the weather should be bad, we will meet in Café Karanfil, Mahlower Straße 7.
We would be very happy to see you there and are looking forward to meet you soon!
In case the date is inconvenient for you but you want to join, please let us know!
Statement by Osaren Igbinoba of The Voice – Refugee Forum (Community Network)
Critics on crisis of racism in Europe: Refugee-Migrants struggle is the solution.
Most protests of the non-refugees and supporters’ struggles are often polarized to dominate and to neglect the autonomous struggles of the refugees political communities. Even demonstrations and Conferences continue to ignore the refugee community agenda for autonomy and liberation. We are resolute that the community agenda for autonomy and liberation is the Challenge of our Time! Taking our struggles beyond political socialization of the oppressed community is a task ahead of us.
When I read the titles of the protest calls „Against deportation, exclusion & AfD“ I had to take a long and deep breath, because I could not imagine AfD to be presented as the main problem of deportation and discrimination of refugees and migrants in Germany. It was like another beginning of the worst ignorance in the protest movement. It is totally wrong to ignore any political party in their crusade for deportation and social exclusion.
In my opinion we should do more to see the struggles beyond political socialization without clear positions for public interest in our protest against the deportation regimes and with deep reflection on the deportation culture of the German / European citizens beyond the the political establishment of any parties in Europe.
Instead I see the tendency of dancing to play the good cops and the bad cops and on the other side reducing the struggle to humanitarian politics between integration in the refugee lagers and deportation prisons without positioning against the crimes of deportation and racism politically.
The revolution and the change we want is in ourselves and not from any political establishments or party.
My general critics on the antiracist movement: It is time to open a new page on the actual polarization of the struggle against racism which was amplified with discussion on critical whiteness by ignoring the violence culture of whiteness against other race.
There cannot be concrete struggle aginst racism without reference to Black African People and Black African continent, it is same that you cannot speak of the holocaust without mentioning the Jews even if they were not the only victims.
Racism is the “subjugation” of the Black Africans worldwide that was executed by the European elites with their racist education. The gravity of racism is beyond just selections and discrimination. Racism was the “iron gate” to genocide and extinction of the Black race that led to the deaths of millions and slavery which were continued with colonial occupation.
Ignoring the root cause of racism is like escaping the reality of the struggle we stand to fight against.
“Is the AfD an alternative anti-deutsche? For their anti-Muslim movement to compliment their pro imperialist crusade” We need an answer.
Therefore I would like to appeal to all activists to do more by analysing the crimes of deportations and racism beyond political literatures and poetries, and not to polarize further our struggles in dignity.
I do welcome any comment on my critics, your contribution and your analysis of the crimes of deportation and racism for the “refugee black box” manifestation.
This text is not intentionally written to undermine nor to discredit the solidarity with refugees but we have a choice to empower the autonomous struggles of the refugee / oppressed communities in anywhere are organized.
Power up in your struggles and fire up in solidarity.
From my own investigation and research so far, this is what I have discovered about the racist attack against black men at Wrangelstr., 10997 Berlin, FRIEDRICHSHAIN-KREUZBERG, on Monday 19th of March 2018, at about 8pm in the evening.
According to the first eye witness, by the name Lexos, a young Gambian man, narrated that the attacked came from the fight between one Senegalese guy and a Turkish guy, at Wrangelstr on Sunday, 18th of March 2018 in the evening.
According to the second eye witness called Pa Ebou Drammeh, also a Gambian born residing in Germany for almost 20 years, said that the young Senegalese man was standing in front of a building beside the street at Wrangelstr. The young Turkish guy was passing by, suddenly he intimidated the young Senegalese guy by asking him to leave that particular place without any reason.
And the Senegalese guy responded by saying: “Noooo, I am not going to leave, is this your father’s yard?“
Then the Turkies guy answered: “Okay, wait, let me come for you.“ And he came with the motivation of fighting this young Senegalese guy, while the Senegalese guy also picked up a stone and they scramble over each other angrily. The Senegalese guy hitted him with the stone. The police came and dispatched them immediately.
And the Senegalese guy escaped.
Lexos, the eye witness of the attacked on Monday, said: „I went to the kiosk, the Turkish shop where we use to buy our drinks and stuff, and I found the son of the shopkeeper called Musa, also a Turk who asked me: ‘Where are your black friends?’ I answered that they are standing outside. Then he said to me: ‘My mother said there was a fight yesterday,’ and I responded: ‘No, there was no fight.’ Repeatedly Musa said to me: ‘No, there was a fight.’“
According to Lexos, Musa went to call a group of 20 young Turkish men, all covered with masks, equipped with arms, knives, machetes, sticks and stones. Without describing anyone of them. A car drove towards the boys standing at Wrangelstr. The group randomly and unexpectedly jumped on them and started to hit them, running after them, beating them, and humiliating them without no one interfering from the neighbors.
According to Lexos and the second witness, Pa Ebou Drammeh, all the black boys escaped and ran away, because they were defeated by the gangs who came to the scene deliberately, and racially attacked them, and left so many severe injuries with blood.
“In fact, they hitted a 17-year old Gambian on head, and left him in a blood bath,“ said Lexos, the first witness.
Lexos continued: The police arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the attack. They met me, and I asked them to follow the gangs, but they just left right now. I directed them to their ghetto, they went there and came with three guys at the scene. They started talking with them, without involving any black person, just few minutes we saw them released by the police.“
On Wednesday, 14th of March, police forces showed extreme brutality towards the inhabitants of the reception center and arrested at least 29 persons. This happened after a legitimate protest against an attempted deportation. The location of those who were arrested is still unclear. There was no violence against humans on the side of the refugees. The charges of “breach of peace” and “grievous bodily harm” are utterly unfounded and constructed and will need independent evidence.
Refugees and human rights organisations have been criticising the inhuman living conditions in the reception centre (EA) in Donauwörth for months. The minister of the interior, Herrmann, used the false accusations against refugees spread by police as a pretext to personally travel to Donauwörth on Friday to continue his electoral campaign with right wing demands such as more police and more deportations.
The refugees in the EA of Donauwörth have released a statement (see below), in which they reject the unfounded accusations against them, demand the release of the prisoners, the recognition of their asylum applications, working permits and protection from the police.
Antiracist innitiatives and human rights organisations are stating their solidarity with those involved and with their demands. In addition to this, these groups demand the dismissal of the social workers who have violated their mandate towards the refugees in the EA.
We, the refugees of Donauwörth, demand that the unfounded claims, that we used violence against the police and that we threw furniture out of the windows, are withdrawn immediately. The police came to deport our colleague and began knocking at the doors to all our rooms between 3 and 4 in the morning, as they could not find him in his own room. Around 100 people of different nationalities woke up and demanded with their voices to immediately stop the deportation. At around 2 pm more than 50 police vans and over 200 special police unit officers entered the camp armoured with pistols, tear gas, batons, knives, ropes, rifles, dogs and pepper spray. They locked us in our rooms and barred the main entrance. Everywhere in the house they blocked the passages while taking our personal details and searching our rooms. They were seeking at least 29 people with a list of names, which had been obtained that morning with the help of the social workers and security personell. They threw tear gas canisters into the camp and sprayed pepper spray into some rooms as well as into our eyes. Some people fainted, others jumped out of the windows to save themselves. Window panes had to be broken to allow fresh air to enter the rooms, as all the windows in the EA are locked.
The demands of our previous protests have been, and remain, the recognition of our asylum applications, the closing of the transit camps of transfer to private appartments and the right to participation. Furthermore we demand the release of the prisoners.
On July 9, 2018, the current editorial team of >Daily Resistance< will continue its new monthly meeting. It is the third in a series of social and working get-togethers that tries to bring together people who want to share their ideas about the newspaper, who want to contribute and who want to work on upcoming issues, workshops and interventions.
Become part of our team! We warmly invite everyone who feels eager to contribute as an editor, author, supporter, critique and much more. Let’s discuss and work on concrete tasks and steps (articles, distribution, networking, translations, funding, group structure…). We are curious to get to know you!
Come to Café Karanfil, Mahlower Str 7, Berlin (U8 Boddinstr)! The next meeting dates (every second Monday of the month at 20:00): July, 9; August, 13; September, 10
This year, Paris is seeing one of its coldest winters in decades. The masses of snow have caused traffic and public transport chaos and have left thousands of people sleeping rough —many of them migrants— in life-endangering conditions. At the same time, the Macron administration is planning a further neoliberalization of France’s universities and keeps tightening French asylum laws and criminalizing supporters. Recently, in Nantes, Grenoble, and Lyon, refugees, students, and people in solidarity have started occupying university buildings converging these struggles. At the end of January, students protesting planned changes to university access and migrants fighting for a right to stay, housing and an end to the Dublin regulations have also joined forces and occupied building A of university Paris 8/Saint Denis.
Yesterday, Federal Judge Robert Mariani ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to immediately give Mumia Abu-Jamal the life-saving latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate!
After a year and a half of constant legal battling, near death hospitalization, and agonizing chronic sickness, Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and attorney Robert Boyle, and thousands of activists, on behalf of Mumia, have prevailed.
Abu-Jamal v. Wetzel – Court orders hepatitis C treatment for Mumia!
Victory – late this afternoon Judge Robert Mariani of the federal court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ordered officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to treat Mumia Abu-Jamal’s chronic hepatitis C with the latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate.
This is the first case in the country in which a federal court has ordered prison officials to provide an incarcerated patient with the new medications that came on the market in 2013.
We expect an appeal, but for now this is a major victory.
Very honored to represent Mumia along with the impeccable Robert Boyle.