Tag: Refugee Black Box

[Testimony] The symbol of the Refugee Black box: Break the silence, break deportation by Regina Mauricia Kiwanuka

Original source: The voice forum

Break the silence, break deportation by Regina Mauricia

Some say that the Africans must try and forget or accept the calamities that befell the African continent. “Stop singing colonial injustices, stop singing the slave trade slogan,” they say. We all know that these calamities have not only ravaged other lands in other continents, they have succeeded in eliminating populations over populations of various nations in the course of escaping the detritus left behind by the aggressors. Today, a refugee is either burned alive in cell number 5 and forever silenced, or brutally deported and left for dead, or they are dumped here in asylum camps with horrible conditions.

That is the situation at home and abroad, and that is why refugees shall never forget and or try and accept the calamities because the old ones are being replaced with fresh ones. Refugees are ambushed here and also at home with the injustices in our homelands and the ones here in Europe.

Witnessing our brothers and sisters getting kidnapped from the shores of the African continent and dragged to faraway continents to enslave and abuse them in the most inconceivable manner that shall haunt and torment the Africans for generations to come is not something that leaves one´s memory. As if that was not enough, before the poor African peasants
could recover from the first dreadful trauma, the very same people returned in another form of enslavement known as colonialism.

The continent was demarcated to satisfy the colonial masters´ tastes and likings. The demarcation separated the populations under the divide and rule policies of the masters. Before the African people picked up the pieces to try and reorganize their continent, the resilient leaders of the continent that were to guide it back to its tracks, were killed off one by one by the same aggressors. Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso), Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), Patrice Lumumba (Congo), Ben. Kiwanuka (Uganda),
Stephen Biko (South Africa), the list is endless.

This confusion resulting from the selfish intrusion that tore the African continent apart during the masters´ conflict among themselves for ownership of various lands and regions, is the same tyrannical operation imposed on the minorities in the name of deportation here in the federal republic of Germany. This collision that impacted the African continent and spread on to other lands in various continents has compounded us together in a form of the minorities of the western hemisphere.

The black box symbolizes the subsequent transparency expected to emerge from all the atrocities imposed on the refugees in Europe and especially here in Germany. The black box must be broken to reveal and to correct all the wrongs subjugated to that fateful Airplane. The Airplane was enormously tampered with and killing many in the process, that reads our homelands. We are the refugees, the minorities that should be compensated within the human rights horizons, compensated for the afflictions that befell us in accordance with the black box´s findings.

The aggressive deportations, the inhuman conditions in the asylum camps, the social exclusions that shall always remind us of the apartheid, the burning of refugees like Oury Jalloh in cell number 5 in Dessau. The brutal killings of refugees within the police brutality in the form of serving and protecting the citizens, the various forms of psychological torment are all patterns of brutal and greedy exploitation.

This interprets that the Berlin conference of 1884 to 1885 that begun the colonial journey is tantamount to the FRONTEX. The FRONTEX is the killer whale to the refugees, just as the horrible nightmare of colonialism affected all refugees and destroyed their countries. FRONTEX is another REPRODUCTION of the same exploitation and infringement, because this time the invasion to our numerous countries whether colonized or not has a different formula.

Silence is not an option, it is a non-existing phrase in our understanding. The ancestors in those days had no voice, they were
attacked and destroyed right before their very eyes, some were even caught unaware. This is another generation that is expected to respect humanity for proper reconstruction and to eradicate the ignorance of the society on the abuses and crimes of the deportation regimes and to unfold the colonial injustices of the system up to this day. Regina Mauricia Kiwanuka, Oldenburg The VOICE Refugee Forum – Refugee Community Network

Spenden für die Kampagnen der Flüchtlingscommunity zur Beendigung von Abschiebungen und sozialer Ausgrenzung

http://thevoiceforum.org/node/3915

WE WILL RISE كُلّﻪ ما تَمامْ in Jena

We will rise - Exhibition and Archive in Progress

German | English | French | Arabic


Zeitraum: Donnerstag, 26.01.17 – Freitag, 03.02.17
Ort: Campus Foyer Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3
Eröffnungsveranstaltung: Freitag, 27.01.17 um 16Uhr in Hörsaal 5 [Mit
Adam Bahar von der Ausstellungsgruppe aus Berlin und Aktivist_innen vom
Netzwerk “Break Deportation”]

Die Ausstellung wird in Jena im Rahmen der Aktionstage “Refugee Black Box – die ununterdrückbare Stimme und Kraft der Gequälten- Jenseits der Gerichtssäle!“ gezeigt. Initiiert von „The VOICE Refugee Forum – Netzwerk der Flüchtlingscommunity“ und dem thüringenweiten Netzwerk „Break Deportation“ werde in Jena vom 27. – 29. Januar 2017 neben der Ausstellung, auch Diskussionen, Demonstrationen und Konzerte stattfinden.
Mehr Infos zum Programm auf:

breakdeportation.blogsport.de // thevoiceforum.org

WE WILL RISE كُلّﻪ ما تَمامْ Ausstellung und Archiv im Prozess
WE WILL RISE schafft Raum für Reflektion innerhalb der Bewegung und Austausch mit Menschen, die (noch) nicht Teil der Bewegung sind. Es ist eine wachsende Wanderausstellung und ein Archiv. Der Fokus richtet sich auf die Protestzelte, den Protestmarsch von Würzburg nach Berlin, das Protestcamp am Oranienplatz und die besetzte ehemalige Schule in der
Ohlauerstraße. Die Ausstellung macht Geschichte sichtbar und zugänglich, um Gegenwart und Zukunft zu verändern. Die Ausstellung und das Archiv sind ein Anfang und im Prozess. Sie können nur durch eure Beteiligung weiter wachsen – fügt hinzu was euch wichtig ist. Wir wollen gemeinsam mit euch einen permanenten Ort für diese Arbeit erkämpfen.


[english]

Space of time: Thursday 26th of January till Friday 3rd of Feburary 2017

Place: Campus Foyer Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3

Opening Event: Friday, 27th of January at 4pm in lecture room 5 [With
Adam Bahar from the Exhibition group Berlin and activists from Break
Deportation Network]

The Exhibition is part of the Political action days „Break the Deportation DNA Chain: “Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted – Beyond the Court rooms!“ Initiated by The VOICE Refugee Forum – Refugee Community Network with Break Deportation Network Thueringen Discussions, Exhibition, Demonstration and Concerts will take place in Jena from 27.- 29. January 2017.

More infomation and program on: breakdeportation.blogsport.de //thevoiceforum.org

WE WILL RISE كُلّﻪ ما تَمامْ Exhibition and Archive in Progress
WE WILL RISE gives a space for reflection for the people of the refugee movement aswell as an exchange with people who are not (yet) part of the movement. It is a growing exhibition and archive. It focusses especially on the time since the tent actions and the protest march from Würzburg to Berlin, the protest camp on Oranienplatz and the squatting of the former school in Ohlauerstr. It has the aim to make history visible and accessible and to use it for the present and the future. The exhibition
and archive is just a beginning. It can only grow if you take part in it and add what is important to you. We want to struggle together with you for a permanent place for this work.

 

 

— français —

 

WE WILL RISE كُلّﻪ ما تَمامْ Exposition et archives en cours
WE WILL RISE propose un espace de réflection au mouvement des Réfugié.e.s et vise à créer une plateforme d’échange avec un public qui ne fait pas (encore) partie de ce mouvement. Cette exposition et ces archives s’étendent sans cesse. L’accent est mis sur l’histoire du mouvement depuis les “Tent Actions” (installations de tentes sur des places publiques), la marche de protestation de Würzburg à Berlin, le “Protest Camp” (occupation d’une place publique par la construction d’un campement) sur l’Oranienplatz et l’occupation de l’ancienne école dans la Ohlauer Straße. Notre but est de rendre cette histoire visible et
accessible et de l’utiliser pour la lutte présente et à venir. L’exposition et les archives ne sont qu’un début. Elles ne pourront
croître que si vous y participez et y ajoutez ce qui est important pour vous. Luttons ensemble pour trouver un espace pour accueillir ce travail au long terme !

 

 

— arabic —

 

WE WILL RISE كُلّﻪ ما تَمامْ
— العربية — تم انشاء فكرة هذا المعرض والأرشيف من اجل خلق مساحة  للتفاكر
بين أفراد الحركة وايضاً من اجل إبراز تاريخ الحركة وتبادل الأفكار مع
الأشخاص الذين لم ينضموا بعد للحركة .وهو عمل مستمر وينمو مع الوقت  ويركز
المعرض خاصة علي الفترة من بداية حركة احتجاجات الاجئين بالخيام ومسيرة
الاجئين علي الأقدام من مدينة فيزربورغ الي برلين .وفترة الخيام في
اورانيمبلاتز والمدرسة التي احتلها الاجئين في شارع اولوار وذلك من اجل جعل
هذا التاريخ ظاهرة ويمكن الوصول اليه حاليا او حتي في المستقبل .هذا المعرض
والأرشيف يمكنه فقط ان يتواصل اذا أبديت الاهتمام بالمشاركة والإضافة ف
ه بما تراه مهما لك . ومع  عبارة الناشطة الاميريكية في حقوق السود انجيلا
ديفيز  ان حركة احتجاجات الاجئين في المانيا هي احدي الحركات المؤثرة في
القرن الواحد وعشرين  والتي جعلت الرائ العام يهتم بقضية الاجئين  وجعلها
في كل وسائل الاعلام  لذلك ياتي هذا المعرض كنقطة مهمة في توثيق تاريخ هذه
الحركة وابرازه

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/