News of Berlin Refugee Movement – from inside

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

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News about GHS

Today is the 19th of march. the district of kreuzberg threatened to evict us if we do not move out of the building TODAY. we think that if the district wants to really evict us in a legal way then today nothing will happen. but we do not trust them! we think that the district may find additional reasons to terrorize us today or the upcoming days. Continue reading

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Sign our Petition: Stop the eviction of the ohlauer school!

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Stop the eviction of the refugees from the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule. We want a self-organised International Refugee Centre, not another “Lager” (refugee camp)!


On February 20th 2015 the residents of Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule in Berlin, around 40 refugee activists, were given an eviction notice. In the notice the refugees, who have been living in the school since 2012, are ordered to leave the building by March 19th 2014. In the summer of 2014, the authorities already attempted to evict the residents of the school using large numbers of police in an operation that cost a total of 5 Million Euros. Thousands of supporters immediately took to the streets and stopped the eviction in a joint effort with the residents of the school.

Thanks to the overwhelming show of solidarity from supporters and neighbours, protracted negotiations with the Green district Mayor, Herrmann, eventually succeeded in reaching a compromise. The resulting agreement guaranteed the refugees the right to live in and use the school, and to work towards the setting up of a self-organised International Refugee Centre on the premises. The Centre, a long-standing demand of the activists, was to function as a political, cultural and social centre run by refugees for refugees and to provide an alternative to the untenable treatment of refugees in isolated camps as well as making a statement against the highly restrictive and dehumanising German and European asylum policies.

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Why We Are Here Workshop #2, Hope for Sudan

Hope for Sudan
Sunday 25.01.2015, 16:00
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

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Donations needed by January 6th!!!!

Fulfilling Sista Mimi’s last wish to be buried in Kenya was of great symbolic and political importance. What matters even more, is to continue her support for her daughter’s education! Let’s make sure we can soon tell the family in Kenya that the funding of the daughter’s education will continue. Mimi’s daughter wants to start her last grade of secondary education in January 2015 and go on to university in 2016.

Please show your support and solidarity with a donation here:

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Free Our Friends – Call for Donations and Demo on 31.12.2014, 22:45, U-Turmstr. JVA Moabit

Free Our Friends!

On December 10th, during an unannounced fire safety control, which began at 5:00 AM, two residents of the Gerhart-Hauptmann School were awoken and arrested. As disrespectfully as possible, a further resident was arrested the following day during the memorial service for refugee activist Sista Mimi in front of the school. Sista Mimi was an activist who lived and struggled in the school who passed away on the afternoon of December 10th. Our friends have been in pre-trial custody in the prison JVA Moabit since then.

Currently neither there is neither an indictment nor a trial date. It is clear that warrants were issued based on accusations from the time of the roof occupation in June/July 2014 Continue reading

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Update on the successful crowdfunding campaign for Sista Mimi. Still, the support will be continued!
“Thank you for contributing! Together, we fulfilled Sista Mimi’s last wish! The funeral parlour will be paid tomorrow (December 29). The flight to Nairobi will take place on January, 1st or 2nd. Mimi’s relatives in Kenya are very moved that her community in Berlin made this possible. They were also happy to learn that a Berlin friend of Mimi will accompany her on her last journey and attend the funeral as a representative of her Berlin community.Next Goals
Mimi always provided as much support as she could to her daughter in Kenya. She will start the last grade of secondary education in January 2015 and wants to pursue university education. Let us continue Mimi’s support for her daughter’s education! To spread Sista Mimi’s political thinking, there will be a non-profit movie by a friend of her (he also made the tribute you find under news). The film will build a bridge between her life in Germany and in Kenya. The transport and editing costs of the filmmaker who will accompany Mimi will be 1.300 € (500€ for the ticket, 300€ for travel costs, 500€ for the technical equipment). The film will also help for long-term financial support for her daughter´s education.”

After 20 years of activism in Germany, Sista Mimi died on December 10. Until the very end, she kept on fighting for human rights​, lastly​ in the Refugee School in Kreuzberg.
As long as she was alive, she refused to return to Kenya: Who then would bring about change in Germany? But her last wish was to rest in peace in Kenya.
For her wish to come true, we must pay the funeral parlour 7.000€ on DECEMBER 29​! Only then will Mimi fly to Nairobi!
Let’s all contribute towards fulfilling the last wish of this extraordinary activist, musician and friend who lives on in all of us! And, above all, let’s tell everyone whom we meet about Sista Mimi, show the a video of her and ask them to contribute, too!


mimi portrait

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Bündnis gegen Rassismus: Statement zum Tod von Sista Mimi und den Festnahmen von Bewohnern der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule

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Nicht mal vor einer Trauerfeier machen sie halt Wir sind entsetzt und wütend über die jüngsten Ereignisse rund um die Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule (GHS) und verurteilen das Vorgehen vom Kreuzberger Bezirksamt und der Berliner Polizei aufs Schärfste.

Am Morgen des 10.12.14, dem Internationalen Tag der Menschenrechte, drangen Polizei und Bezirksamt ohne Absprache oder Vorankündigung um 5 Uhr morgens in die GHS in der Ohlauer Straße ein. Mit Gewalt brach die Polizei Türen zu Schlafräumen auf, verwüstete die Zimmer der Bewohner*innen und verhaftete 3 Menschen aus dem Bett heraus.

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*In remembrance of our friend Sista Mimi*

*In remembrance of our friend Sista Mimi*


Video (deutsche, sub english):

Tagesspiegel: Neues


Today, Saturday, the 13th of December, at 14h we are holding a march for our beloved Sista Mimi who passed away on Wednesday 10th December, 2014.

We will start at Oranienplatz and walk to the Info Point of the school, where we will have a press conference.

Sista Mimi died last wednesday afternoon peacefully at a friend’s house. She had been battling an illness for already sometime. And although physically she was not in her best form, she has never stopped participating in all political activities or voicing her anger and discontent against this unfair world we are trying to transform into a better place.

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We are one – against racism and police brutality

 Saturday 13.12.2014 at 2pm we are holding a commemomeration march for our beloved Sista Mimi who passed away on Wednesday 10th December, 2014. It is as well the date of the International Human Rights Day.
The march will start at Oplatz and end in front of the school with a press conference.

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Kundgebung, 11.12.2014, 18:00 Uhr, Alt-Moabit (Strasse), gegenüber vom Knast

Kundgebung, 11.12.2014, 18:00 Uhr, Alt-Moabit (Strasse), gegenüber vom Knast

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They won’t let us mourn in peace!

Yesterday evening, the Berlin refugee movement lost one of its most important activists: Sista Mimi.

This morning at 12:30 in front of the Ohlauer school, right in the middle of Mimi’s memorial ceremony, the police arrested another refugee activist from the school.

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