On Ohlauer Strasse in Berlin there is a building that once housed a co-educational high school. Later it stood empty. Now refugees live in it. Behind a gate with two guards, under constant surveillance.
‘No, no! You can’t take photos here. Outside the bars you can,’ I hear a few seconds after I decide to enter the school area. Alongside the guards I also see a smiling man coming towards me. He wears a winter cap and a light down jacket. His name is Alnour Ahmad-Hassan, a resident of the school. He calms the guard down.
‘Okay, let’s get out of here. At the corner there is a café. We can sit there and talk in peace,’ Alnour suggests.
‘So this is how it is here now?’ I ask, surprised.
‘Yes, more or less. You see, they are isolating us here completely.’
‘What would you like to know?’ asks Alnour several minutes later, sipping his black coffee.
‘If everything, it would be good to start at the beginning.’
Sit-in at Checkpoint Charlie: Stop the war on migrants
Saturday, February 6th, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstr. 43–45 Subway: U 6 Kochstraße, U 2 Stadtmitte Bus: M 29 Kochstraße
Conference: Saturday, February 6th, 6 – 9 p.m. Mehringhof Versammlungssaal, Gneisenaustr. 2a
Organizers: Voix des Migrants, URBB (Union des Réfugié-es de Berlin-Brandenbourg), Refugee Community Berlin, ae act (afrique-europe-interact), Watch The Med Alarm Phone, Corasol
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Cultural evening with drum performance, solidarity barbecue, T-shirts and more
Political discussion and party
Dear friends and enemies, we invite you to our evening due to take place on the above mentioned date at Jockel Garten, Ratiborstr. The evening is designed for refugee existing groups and other solidarity groups based in Berlin and Brandenburg. All invited groups and Individuals will have a platform to introduce themselves and exchange ideas. We want to have an open discussion on the refugee struggle and possible actions against the new asylum laws. How can we make the movement more visible and strong again after the eviction of Oranienplatz camp and school. We want to plan the program for the day and therefore we request you to send us your topics to discuss.
Date & time: 6th of August 2015, 4.30 p.m
Location: Jockel Biergarten, Ratiborstraße 14C, 10999 Berlin, Bus M29, Station Glogauerstr.⇓
Program one outside- Jockel Biergarden:
- 16:30 Arriving
- 17:00 welcoming word from ARU and solidaridance present
- 17:15 Drum performance
- 17:30 Introductions from the invited groups
- 18:00 Round table discussions
- 19:00 Break
- 19:15 Presentations from the round table discussions.
- 20:15 Time to talk and chill
Program two inside- Jockel hall:
- 22:00 A live concert: performed by Bahati
- 11:00 Music and dance
On the 8 th of March in N‘Djamena, the capital city of Chad, peaceful demonstrators who were fighting for their right of assembly and freedom of speech, again had to face harsh violations of human rights including police violence: humiliations, beatings and killings. While the western media has virtually acclaimed the Chadian military as a brother of France in the battle against oppression in other Africa countries, exploitation and oppression of their own population in their own country has reached a new, sad height.
Brothers and sisters from and around Berlin: Come and join us! Now is the time to fight for our rights! And for the rights of our brothers and sisters in Chad! Stop the dictatorship and the capitalist system which again killed more than 3 students and led to the detention of more than 200 students since March 8 th in N‘Djamena! We are the Chad Youth in Germany. We are calling for a demonstration in front of the Chadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, on March 18 th , 2015. at Oranienplatz 12 noon from Bundesplatz at 1.30 P.M. to Lepsiusstr. 114, the Chadian Embassy Continue reading
The Ninth Annual Memorial March in remembrance of the African victims of enslavement took place in Berlin on 28 February. It was the 130th Anniversary of the “Berlin Conference”, where European colonial powers negotiated the division of Africa amongst themselves producing the horrors of genocide, slavery and exploitation. Refugees, joined with African civil rights organizations and trade unionists from the GEW to protest continued racism. Among the demands were renaming of “Mohrenstrasse”, for an African Memorial, and the end of the Humboldt-Forum project which plans to display treasures stolen by German imperialists from colonies in Africa and beyond.
Hope for Sudan
Sunday 25.01.2015, 16:00
New Yorck, BETHANIEN
Mariannenplatz 2, Berlin
U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor
We are refugee activists from different groups or networks and we would like to tell you the story of our home countries.
The media often report about war and humanitarian problems in our states, but it is not easy to get proper information about the political situation and current political struggles in Africa and Asia. We would like to share in a different way and explain why our countries are called poor, even though everyone knows that they are full of resources, and why we need to support the struggles there in order to give a deeper sense of our struggles here.
Let’s build up international solidarity! Yallah!
Second workshop (Hope for Sudan: The role of nonviolent movements) organized by activists from: “Girifna” (Fed Up) movement, Sudan; Oranienplatz- Refugee Strike, Berlin; and “Wir zijn Hier” Refugee Movement, Amsterdam