News of Berlin Refugee Movement – from inside

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


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Pressekonferenz: 31.01.2015, 12Uhr, Oranienplatz – Berlin: Frauen wehren sich gegen das deutsche Asylsystem

Widerstand gegen Sammelunterkünfte, sexuelle Ausbeutung und Kriminalisierung von Liebe

Berlin – Aktivistinnen laden zu einer Pressekonferenz gegen das deutsche Asylsystem ein. Anlass ist die Hochzeitsfeier einer von ihnen auf dem Oranienplatz.

Napuli Paul Langa beantragte 2012 Asyl in Deutschland. Doch der Staat, der weltweit Menschenrechte predigt, untersagt innerhalb seiner eigenen Grenzen das Menschenrecht auf Asyl. Das gilt auch für Frauen. Geschlechtsspezifische Verfolgung wurde zwar 2005 als Asylgrund eingeführt, wird jedoch weiterhin kaum anerkannt. Dass außerdem politische Verfolgung bei Frauen als Asylgrund nicht zur Geltung kommt, zeigt auch das Warten von Napuli Paul Langa – deren Asylantrag trotz ihres Aktivismus im Sudan bis heute unbeantwortet bleibt. Wenn die Bundesrepublik Frauen ihr Recht auf Asyl nicht gewährt, müssen diese oft sexuelle Ausbeutung deutscher Männer in Kauf nehmen, um durch Ehe oder Vaterschaft an einen sicheren Aufenthalt und an Grundrechte, wie das Recht auf Arbeit, zu gelangen. Die institutionellen und individuellen Täter dieser systematischen Menschenrechtsverletzungen bleiben unbestraft.

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Why We Are Here Workshop #2, Hope for Sudan

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

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EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD

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:

https://www.betterplace.org/de/projects/24683-lasst-uns-sista-mimis-letzten-wunsch-erfullen/news/107697


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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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MAKE SISTA MIMI’S LAST WISH COME TRUE

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.”

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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!

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR EVERYONE!
SISTA MIMI, REST IN PEACE!

mimi portrait


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Soli-Unterkünfte für Refugee-Bewegung gesucht!

Bitte meldet Euch wenn Ihr Unterkünfte anbieten könnt:

schlafplatzorga@gmail.com

Infopoint-Telefon Oranienplatz: 0176/ 37325499 (bei AB rufen wir zurück)

Zur Vermittlung von Unterkünften sind täglich zwischen 18 und 20 Uhr Personen am Oranienplatz.

 

—English below

Die Räumung des Oranienplatzes wird täglich fortgesetzt, nur an anderen Orten. Am 17.12. wurden elf Geflüchtete morgens aus ihren Unterkünften in Spandau geschmissen. Tausende Menschen sind in diesem Jahr bereits erzwungen obdachlos, Notunterkünfte sind überfüllt, während so genannte „Wärmelufthallen“ das Armutszeugnis des Senats in Asyl- und Sozialpolitik verdeutlichen. In den vergangenen Monaten wurden Hunderte ehemalige Oranienplatz-Bewohner_innen aus ihren Unterkünften auf die Straße gesetzt; am 21. Oktober alleine über 100 Geflüchtete – Continue reading


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Now support needed for building the new roof on Oplatz/ Unterstützung für das neue Dach am Oplatz gesucht

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We are looking for people that in the next days also can take part to build a longer time the new roof of the building. Also today on Sunday, or in the next days.May be one or two whole days, from about 10 or 11 clock until sunset. If it´s possible.
Who has time and want´s to take part? please call me
Veit 0176 2648 3914 or  0178 3136 244
 We want to get the roof done before the weather is really cold!