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.’
Napuli Langa–refugee-movement-kreuzberg-berlin (pdf file).
In this essay well known refugee activist Napuli Langa traces the recent history of the refugee movement in Berlin and shares some of her perspective about refugee protests. Read on….
Movements Journal für kritische migrations-und Grenzregimeforschung, 2015
The Sleeping Place Orga Group has just created a print and digital version of the Refugee Guide Berlin in English.
This booklet is made for you – refugees living in Berlin, with or without papers, especially for those, who have just arrived and need some orientation. It will help you to get information on all aspects of life, no matter where you are from or what status you have. We have often witnessed how difficult life can be for refugees in Germany. Racism, ignorance and the indifference of German authorities have meant that many refugees who came here to find shelter from war, poverty and persecution are completely on their own and are often faced with homelessness and poverty.
NO ONE FLEES WITHOUT REASON
Yet, for all those, who are concerned: you are not alone! We regard every human being as equal regardless of constructions like nationality or the passport you have. Hence, everybody should have the same rights, access to work and accommodation. We disagree with the existing state, in which refugees are forced to live packed into camps, having no control about their wellbeing and being permanently threatened by deportation.
What is the difference between refugees and ‘normal’ citizens besides the fact that the former had to flee from their homes? There is none. Many out there agree with us and show solidarity with refugees in many different ways: political action, accommodation support, medical help, food, legal assistance, to name only some. This booklet aims at providing you with information about the different kinds of support and possibilities of self-organization you can get to live your life in Berlin in dignity and a more independent way.
Booklet versions in French, Arabic, German and Italian will soon follow. If you want to obtain print versions or if you can offer any help with translations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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[Deutsche Version unten]
we would like to revive the Oplatz as soon as possible and organize the construction of a boat-like-infopoint-building – to be present and visible again as a refugee movement and to have a safe space for refugee-/activists to meet, get informed, get involved in political action. As you can read in the last protocols from Sunday’s open plenum, the decision for this construction was taken by refugees on September 20th 2015.
In order to get such a boat-like-oplatz-building we need a big political campaign.
For this we need a lot of support!
Do you have experiences with politicial campaigns? With finances? With project management? Do you have big networks you can activate to support? Would you contribute to the publicity of the campaign with an event? Would you just like to be part of it? Continue reading
Today the Senate of Berlin and the District Council Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg ordered the removal of the info-point container at Oranienplatz. But be aware:
YOU CANNOT EVICT A MOVEMENT!
Open letter to the Berlin Senate and Friedrichshain / Kreuzberg District Council
(francais en bas – deutsch unten)
As you know, “The House of the 28 Doors” at Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg was attacked on the night of 30/31.03.2015, in what was probably an arson attack. The solid wooden structure burned down completely in no time at all. The small
information-centre container provided by the District suffered serious fire damage and can no longer be used. The material damage amounts to several tens of thousands of Euros; the weatherproofing materials for the “House of 28 Doors” were funded entirely through donations and all the work on it was done by volunteers.
Fortunately no-one was hurt in the fire.The perpetrator(s) have not yet been identified. Continue reading
Open every day 9am – 9pm / ouvert chaque jour 9 – 21 heures / Öffungszeiten jeden Tag 9-21 Uhr
for free – Eintritt frei- gratuit
WE WILL RISE كُلّه ما تَمامْ
Exhibition and Archive in Progress / Ausstellung und Archiv im Prozess / Exposition et archives en cours
المعرض والأرشيف لحركة احتجاجات الاجئين – العمل مستمر
16 – 25 july 2015
RLS Tent / RLS-Zelt / la tente RLS, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, Ostbahnhof
Contact / Kontakt / Contact / للاتصال : email@example.com
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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 Ohlauer school. 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.
العربية, deutsch, français -> Continue reading