News of Berlin Refugee Movement – from inside

Abolish Residenzpflicht! Abolish ‚Lagers‘! Stop Deportations! Right to Work and Study!

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Oranienplatz: Solifest für Kobane am 11. Juli

kobane festJoin in and support! Solidarity Brigades for the Reconstruction of Kobanê

After 134 days of heroic struggle the Kurdish People’s Prtection Units (YPG) and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) liberated the city of Kobanê in Rojava from the fascist terror gangs of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) late January 2015. That was a victory of the Kurdish liberation struggle, being inferior in terms of weapon systems, but superior in terms of morality, in unity with the worldwide solidarity movement.
Rojava (Southern Kurdistan/Syria) stands for the currently most progressive struggle for freedom and democracy. The democratic self-government is promoting the peaceful coexistence of all ethnic groups. Rojava is a pioneer regarding women’s rights, promotes the protection of the environment and the solution of the social issues. Now Kobanê has to be reconstructed. Continue reading…

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Africa, Uncolonized: A Detailed Look at an Alternate Continent


What if the Black Plague had killed off almost all Europeans? Then theReconquista never happens. Spain and Portugal don’t kickstart Europe’s colonization of other continents. And this is what Africa might have looked like.

The map – upside down, to skew our traditional eurocentric point of view – shows an Africa dominated by Islamic states, and native kingdoms and federations. All have at least some basis in history, linguistics or ethnography. None of their borders is concurrent with any of the straight lines imposed on the continent by European powers, during the 1884-85 Berlin Conference and in the subsequent Scramble for Africa. By 1914, Europeans controlled 90% of Africa’s land mass. Only the Abyssinian Empire (modern-day Ethiopia) and Liberia (founded in 1847 as a haven for freed African-American slaves) remained independent. Continue reading…

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Empowerment Workshop

MRWir laden euch herzlich zu einem Empowerment Workshop ein!
Themen wie Rassismus, Flucht und Migration werden in Deutschland meist aus der Perspektive von weißen Mehrheitsgesellschaft diskutiert, dargestellt und bestimmt – von Menschen also, die in einer rassistisch strukturierten Gesellschaft zu den Privilegierten gehören. Die Sicht der von Rassismus Betroffenen findet hier immer noch kaum Berücksichtigung. So stehen beispielsweise oft Forderungen und Bedürfnisse von People of Color 1, Schwarzen Menschen, Sinti & Rroma und Migrant*innen, hin zu einem mehr an Empowerment & Selbstbestimmung, meist nicht in der gesamt-gesellschaftlichen Aufmerksamkeit … und werden so oft nicht hör-, sicht- und wahrnehmbar .
Unser Ziel ist, im Sinne von Empowerment (Selbstbestimmung und Selbstermächtigung) Handlungsspielräume gegen Rassismus und für ein mehr an Dekolonisierung & Selbstbestimmung im Alltag wahrzunehmen und zu nutzen.

Empowerment Trainer*in:

Serfiraz Vural: Soziologin, Theaterpädagogin, Empowerment-Trainerin & Aktivistin
Coral Salazar Torrez: Schauspielerin, Empowerment-Trainerin, Koordinatorin des Theater- und Kunstzentrums COMPA in El Alto und arbeitet mit Methoden der körperlichen De-Kolonisierung

Zielgruppe: Frauen/Trans*/Inter* of Color

Methoden der körperlichen De-Kolonisierung, Methoden aus der Biographie- und Theaterarbeit.

04.07.2015 von 10:00 bis 16:00 Uhr 05.07.2015 von 11:00 bis 17 Uhr

Migrationsrat, Oranienstraße 34, 10999 Berlin.

Wir stellen Wasser und Nervennahrung an den 2 Tagen zu Verfügung.

Ihr könnt euch unter folgender e-Mail Adresse anmelden:
Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos und die Teilnehmer*innen zahl soll maximal 20 Personen betragen. Bitte meldet euch bis spätestens 01.07. an und falls Falls ihr euch umentscheiden solltet, bitte sagt uns rechtzeitig beschied.

1 Der Begriff of Color sein bezieht sich nicht auf die Hautfarbe. Darunter wird verstanden, dass Personen keinen Zugang/erschwerte Zugang an sozialen und politischen Ressourcen und Machtstrukturen durch Rassismus erfahren. “People of Color bezieht sich auf alle rassifizierten Menschen, die in unterschiedliche Anteile über afrikanische, asiatische, lateinamerikanische, arabische, jüdische, indigene oder pazifische Herkunft oder Hintergrunde verfügen. Er verbindet diejenigen, die durch die weiße Dominanzkultur marginalisiert sowie durch die Gewalt kolonialer Tradierungen und Präsenzen kollektiv abgewertet werden.“ (Kien Nghi Ha, Nicola Lauré al-Samurai, Sheila Mysorekar(Hg.), „re/visionen Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People of Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und Widerstand in Deutschland“, 1. Aufl., UNRAST-Verlag Munster, 2007)

Kurze Erläuterung von Loretta Ross zur Begriff Women of Color, online in Internet: Stand 03.06.2015

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The Dominican Republic’s “Ethnic Purging”: Edwidge Danticat on Mass Deportation of Haitian Families

dominacanrepublikDemocracy Now! The Dominican Republic is set to begin what some are calling “ethnic purging,” placing the fate of hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent into limbo. Half a million legally stateless people could be sent to Haiti this week, including those who have never stepped foot in Haiti and don’t speak the language. In 2013, a Dominican constitutional court ruling stripped the citizenship of children born to Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic as far back as 1929, retroactively leaving tens of thousands without citizenship. Today marks the deadline for undocumented workers to register their presence in the Dominican Republic or risk mass deportation. However, only 300 of the 250,000 Dominican Haitians applying for permits have reportedly received them. Many have actively resisted registering as foreigners, saying they are Dominican by birth and deserve full rights. Dominican authorities have apparently organized a fleet of buses and set up processing centers on the border with Haiti, creating widespread fears of mass roundups. The Dominican Republic’s decision to denationalize hundreds of thousands of people has sparked international outcry. We are joined by the acclaimed Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat.

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“I Am Not Nonviolent”: New Nina Simone Film Captures Singer and Activist’s Uncompromising Voice

ninaAs the Black Lives Matter movement grows across the country and the the nation mourns the death of the nine worshipers killed at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, we look back at the life of one of the most important voices of the civil rights movement: the singer Nina Simone, known as the High Priestess of Soul. While Simone died in 2003, a new documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” sheds light on her music and politics. Her song “Mississippi Goddam” became an anthem of the civil rights movement. She wrote it in the wake of the assassination of Medgar Evers in Mississippi and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed four black children. We speak to the film’s director, Liz Garbus, and Al Schackman, Nina Simone’s guitarist and music director for over 40 years. Link to Democracy Now!

NINA SIMONE: [singing] Hound dogs on my trail
Schoolchildren sitting in jail
Black cat cross my path
I think every day’s gonna be my last

Lord have mercy on this land of mine
We all gonna get it in due time
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong there
I’ve even stopped believing in prayer

Don’t tell me
I’ll tell you
Me and my people just about due
I’ve been there so I know
They keep on saying “Go slow!”

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Jeanne Theoharis – The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. by Jeanne Theoharis

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. by Jeanne Theoharisby Jeanne Theoharis

(Boston: Beacon Press, 2013. Pp. 295. Illustrations.)

by Nancy Kerstetter

When Rosa Parks remained in her seat on that Montgomery bus on December 1, 1955, she had no inkling of the stir it would cause or the effects that would ripple to become a civil rights movement. Neither did she envision that her remains would lie in state in the United States Capitol when she died 50 years later.

Although Caucasian, Theoharis has the unique perspective of having worked side by side with civil rights activist Julian Bond in an academic setting. She credits Bond with inspiring her to tell Parks’ story. Theoharis is currently professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and author of books and articles on historic and contemporary race politics in the U.S. Some of the book’s content was published previously. Unfortunately, material in some of the chapters is quite repetitive leading one to wonder if a more thorough editing of this book was needed.

Theoharis strives to look behind the curtain of the public persona to reveal what made Parks tick. Through countless interviews and hours of research, she unearths lesser known stories, quotes and accounts of Parks’ life. She shares these gems with the reader.  Continue reading…

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Weltflüchtlingstag – Refugees Welcome – Flucht ist kein Verbrechen


A few weeks ago Angela Davis came to Berlin and on this occasion she told us that the refugee movement is the movement of the 21st century, that the refugee movement is the movement that is calling for the rights of every human being. And she is right and we all must awake for this enormous humanitarian crisis and stand up against the cynical neoliberal measures that have been taken by western countries against the refugees. We must say out and loud that the western countries are the main actors behind the brutal wars we are witnessing in these days. The western countries must take responsibility of what they have been doing since colonialism up until now.

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Weltflüchtlingstag – Europa.Anders.Machen

Demonstration in Berlin – Ein anderes Europademoeuropa

Taz: Mehrere tausend Menschen demonstrieren für ein soziales Europa. Vor allem die Hilfe für Flüchtlinge ist ihnen ein wichtiges Anliegen. Below video from Democracy TV Berlin / Foto: Jörg Carstensen/dpa

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The texture of patriarchy in Kosovo

kosovowomen.jpg“Girls are the devil’s dinner and the dog’s meat,” says the Albanian vernacular. It is thanks to my relatives – all of them are Kosovars – that I know this sentence. These misogynistic words voice a sad reality: there is no justice between men and women in Kosovar society. The Albanian wife is too often at her husband’s mercy – and the children at their father’s. At the heart of this subjugation is a traditional men-centric mentality, which is so traditional and men-centric that it is pathological. By Adem Ferizaj – Continue reading…

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