Saturday, January 30, 2016

international conference of refugees & migrants


international conference of refugees & migrants  26. – 28.2.2016 in Hamburg26. – 28.2.2016
hamburg/germany, kampnagel
the struggle of refugees how to go on? stop war on migrants

In August 2015 the politically active refugees from Berlin, Hannover and Hamburg together organized a nationwide Refugee Conference in Hannover. Building on this cooperation, we have the pleasure to invite you to the International Conference of Refugees and Migrants on 26-28th February 2016 in Hamburg.
This self-organized conference aims at empowering existing and developing new networks of refugees as well as creating the possibility to analyze the current situation in Germany and Europe. For three days, refugees, migrants, supporters and activists with different backgrounds will discuss, network and share their knowledge. Issues that will be addressed at the conference include:
– The new restrictive laws against refugees
– The situation and struggles at the EU-borders
– Deportations
– The increasing racist attacks
– The situation, demands and struggles of women refugees and migrants
– Refugee self-organization
– Positive achievements of the Refugee Struggle so far
– ›Living‹ conditions in the refugee camps
– The attempts of authorities to divide refugees into ›good‹ and ›bad‹
– Racism against Muslims and Roma/Sinti

The conference will also address the central reasons why people flee: displacement, expropriation, destruction of the environment, colonialism and war.

Join the most important voices in the struggle of refugees and migrants at the conference in order to develop concrete suggestions to improve the situation. Everybody is welcomed to be active: refugees, migrants, activists and interested people from Hamburg, and other german and european cities and regions.
Let‘s open a forum for inspiration and discussion that will create space for actions. Come all! In solidarity!

infos & programme www.refugeeconference.net
help to make the conference happen! donate at www.nordstarter.org/refugeeconference
questions concerning donations? mail: refugeeconference.donations@gmail.com

the conference is jointly organized by lampedusa in hamburg, CISPM– international coalition of sans-papiers migrants and refugees, voix des migrants, refugee movement berlin, refugee bus tour, refugee protestcamp hannover, asmara‘s world-refugee support supported by recht auf stadt – never mind the papers! in cooperation with kampnagel

The propaganda experiment: AJC in Berlin blaming refugees of antisemitism

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An orthodox Jew under Arab refugees
On January 24th 2016 a Jew wearing a Kippa entered the refugee shelter in Tempelhof, followed by a camera team from the magazine Welt.de, looking for signs of Antisemitism and hatred of Jews by the refugees who mostly escaped the battle fields of imperialist wars in the middle east only a couple of months ago. This brave fighter for tolerance called Yonathan Shay has found what he wished for: a swastika drawn with a pen, the kind which can usually be found on playgrounds in the south of Germany, and a map of Palestine decorated with the colors of the Palestinian flag. An old lady which heard him refer to the destroyed Palestinian village of Sheikh-Munis as Tel-Aviv turned her back on him and his team. For shay this was a second Kristallnacht. He stood excited and irritated in front of the camera and explained that it might be fine and well that Germany fulfills its historical duties by taking in refugees, but – “Here live Jews”.
The video was viewed already almost half a million times, and shared more than three thousand times. In this sense this is not a side matter, not a pathetic “anti-German” blog or an unimportant information event. The video is an important development of the Zionist involvement in the German asylum politics and of the zionist attack against the global solidarity movement with Palestine. It is important to understand and analyze those aspects.
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Antisemitism
Let´s first examine shortly the topic of “antisemitism” in general. Here we have to emphasize again and again that antisemitism as hatred of Jews, meaning as the discrimination of an ethnic religious minority (if we ignore for a moment the fact that the term actually describes hatred against semites in general, meaning also against Arab people), is a European phenomenon. A phenomenon that reached its peak in the biggest manifestation of hatred of Jews ever – the German genocide committed on Jewish people. Swastikas are not an Arab symbol, they were appropriated from Indian cultures by the Nazi regime.
The repeating attempt to present Arab people as antisemites serves a clear urge in the German society, the urge to relativize its own past and to pass on and get rid of the torch of antisemitism. A Palestinian refugee from Syria which spent his whole life in the refugee camps knowing that it was the Jewish-zionist militias that made him a refugee in the first place cannot be equated with a German citizen who supported the genocide and displacement of all Jews in 1938. Such comparisons, which only gain in popularity in Germany today, are racist, inciting and relativize the German and European antisemitism and its consequences.
But such acts of propaganda like the one carried out by Welt.de also come to serve a second need of the German society. A need which was repressed for decades, but whose heart apparently never stopped beating – the wish for a “pure” society. It is an open secret that many Germans welcome refugees only under duress – out of fear of being seen as racists like back then. But in many parts of the society the wish for a pure western culture still tremors. In order to not repeat the past, parts of the society have found the appropriate name for such a culture – “a Jewish-Christian culture”, a name which is carried proudly on signs at demos of the racist anti-Islam movement “Pegida”. The German society, having lost the second world war, is ready to take in the culture of its past victims (providing of course it is a western-Jewish culture), in order to at the same time exclude the Muslim culture of so many people. The video report of Welt.de demonstrates this perfectly; If they want to come here, they must understand: here is a place for Jews and Christians. How the wheel of history turns.
But who is this “orthodox Jew” actually, which almost never wears a Kippa on his Facebook photos and in the past even posted inciting commentary against orthodox Jews? Our analysis is missing one essential part.
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The AJC
Through only watching the video of Welt.de it is not clear who is this Yonathan Shay actually, and why did he decide to one day enter a refugee shelter wearing a Kippa. A short internet search only shows that Shay claims to have been attacked several times in the past by Muslim people in Berlin because of his Kippa. But there is something much more important behind this, something which carries extreme significance for us as solidarity activists with Palestine.
As published on their website and social media, Shay is working for the AJC, and it was also in their commission that he visited the refugee shelter on that day. The AJC, or the American Jewish Committee, is a Zionist lobby group which was founded in the US and has its offices in over 20 countries around the world. Similar to the ADL, the Anti Defamation League, the AJC mainly works by means of promoting Zionist agenda through accusations of antisemitism. An important strategy in their work is pressure to change judicial definitions of antisemitism to also include anti-Zionism (LINK). The AJC was very quick to publish a press release following the video, in which they demand that a “democracy summit” be held to fight antisemitism of refugees (LINK). Since it is hard to believe that the idea for such a summit came so spontaneously, we can assume that Shay´s visit in Tempelhof was specifically orchestrated to create cause for such a summit.
The AJC is no stranger to us as activists of Palestinian solidarity in Berlin. During the demonstrations in Berlin against the massacres in Gaza in 2014 we saw many times people with cameras wearing AJC badges, who took off when we addressed them. But they have already gotten their footage: they have filmed small groups of youth who were yelling “Jew, you coward pig” and brought the videos to the media. An immense campaign of defamation ensued, attempting to forbid the demonstrations, and we and our comrades were labeled antisemites in the media for weeks. This has led to a rise in the aggressiveness of the police, such as after the demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy, and to further banning of slogans.
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They who murder children are children murderers
And this process continues. Now our slogan “Israel is children murderer” – a slogan which cannot describe the situation in Gaza any better – has also been banned by the police for reasons of antisemitic content. The day is not far in which the slogan “boycott Israel” would also be banned. If a map of Palestine is considered an antisemitic graffiti, our entire work is in danger.
If we as leftists kept quiet, when the AJC attacked and delegitimized the demonstrations for Gaza with all political means, when the reaction of left groups to those campaigns in the past was to organize “separate” demonstrations where calls of “Allahu Akbar” and “child murderers” are not welcome, then we do not have the right to roll our eyes at the video today. Zionist propaganda is like the occupation itself: if it gains the smallest foothold it will not let go until the entire territory is taken over. We know the past – the demonstrations of 2014, and the present – the video from Tempelhof. If we wish to see the future, we must do no more than turn our eyes to France, where BDS today is almost illegal.
If we do not remove this propaganda from our own heads and act, if no masses of anti-Zionist Jews are to come to the demonstrations and be loud, if left groups do not take a clear position against Zionism and against accusations of antisemitism, if anti-racist groups and refugee support groups do not understand that “combating the causes of migration and flight” means the fight against Zionism as well, then very quickly the people who do speak up for Palestine would be persecuted, criminalized and banned. And those who have not said anything would have contributed their share to the plunge of our society into the abyss of anti-Muslim hate. Now is the time for a clear and brave voice against Zionism.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Whom the West wants to negotiate in Geneva on the future of Syria?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Call for supporting refugees in Macedonia

Download this call as pdf

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Current situation / Our experiences in Macedonia:
As the Greek/Macedonian border at Idomeni was closed several weeks ago for all refugees that are not from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, many refugees from other countries got stuck in Greece. They are now forced to cross the border illegally in the mountains and in the forests and walk through Macedonia for 5-7 days to Serbia by feet and from there continue to Europe.
When we (Open Border Crew) drove through Macedonia in December the last weeks, we met several groups of refugees (especially from Marocco, Pakistan and Iran), that were walking for days along the highway, were beaten up and robbed by the mafia and attacked by the police. If they get caught by the police they are imprisoned and pushed back to Greece. From there most of them are deported back to their home countries, where many are facing violence, poverty and punishment.
We supported them on their way by providing clothes, food, equipment like flashlights and bags, information about the route and documenting their stories. You could also drive them (but be aware of the strict laws concerning refugee support in Macedonia).
We urgently ask for international supporter groups to go to Macedonia and to support refugees crossing Macedonia in any possible way! Show your solidarity practically and let’s tear down Fortress Europe!
Concrete ways of supporting refugees crossing Macedonia
* officially (for refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan on transit)
You can volunteer at Tabanovce or Gevgelija. The camps are controlled by government and police (Gevgelia at the Greece border is ‘crisis zone’ therefore access is harder, but in Tabanovce at Serbian border you can basically just walk in by showing your passport). Help is quite organized and coordinated by NGOs (get contact from LEGIS over Refugee Volunteer Map below). Those Camps are Transit Camps which means that people are not staying there for a long time but only wait for their next train or bus to arrive. This can take many hours so food and warm clothes are provided in the camps. Both camps can only be accessed by people from Syria, Afghan and Iraq. Illegalized migrants can not get shelter there and we would not recommend them to go there. Help is needed with transporting, sorting and handing out of donations and providing food.
* support illegalized refugees – REALLY IMPORTANT!
What can you do?
– You can drive along the highways and crossing routes (e.g. train tracks, border regions in Greece and Macedonia). Illegalized refugees mostly walk at night (especially early evening after sunset) in the dark and use the highways and the railroads for orientation (e.g. they walk directly on the highway or on smaller streets close to it in the valley or on the railway tracks). People might be resting or waiting for a pick up by traffickers at gas stations or under highway bridges.
You can supply them with flashlights, jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, backpacks, boots / winter shoes, food, water, tea, maps, money, rain clothes and information.
You can build up a mobile soup and tea kitchen going up and down along the highway.
You might find robbed, injured and traumatized migrants. First aid kit is useful (even if its just used for psychological reasons).
Usually people cross from south to north, it makes sense to drive the same direction. Of course people are afraid of police and mafia, so when you approach them make sure they understand you want to help and not harm them. You should walk slowly towards them and not run. You can say “Salam Aleikum” or “Salam” and offer them water, food or other stuff to show you’re not the cops or the mafia.
You can even drive quite slowly and have a close look at the forest beneath or under the roads. When you find people walking in the bushes and it is impossible to reach them (because there might be a big height difference or a river), you can throw some food and / or clothing packages approximately to where they’re walking.
Remember not to frighten them.
Basic Arabic and Farsi skills are helpful, as well as talking French and English. You might take a dictionary for Arabic, Farsi etc. (You can find important words in different languages on the Refugee Phrase Book)
Medical skills are useful as well. If these illegalized people are injured, they can not simply go to a hospital as they will be arrested and deported by the police after their treatment. Of course there can be cases where help in a hospital is urgently needed. You should inform people about the risks they’re facing going to a hospital (prison and deportation) and they should decide themselves what to do. Try not to panic the people and stay calm in communication.
In Macedonia it is – like in many countries – illegal to transport illegalized migrants in your car. Punishment can be deportation or jail up to five years if you get caught by the police. We heard about successful lifts to the border of Serbia. It is up to yourself to get informed and judge the risks. No one is illegal!
– You can build up a network of supporters and activists in Macedonia, Greece and the whole Balkan for supporting refugees on their way to Europe by getting into contact with activists, organizing meetings, building up shelters and emergency phones…contact other activists and the info phone and get in touch with people from “Solidarnost” in Skopje, people from (No Border) Serbia, Bulgaria etc.
– Help establish safe-houses along the route (in Macedonia and the whole Balkan route) and in Skopje. People are starting to build such a support structure. Call the contact phone to get further and recent information on this. The idea is to bring injured or exhausted (illegalized) refugees to private homes or other safe places somewhere, where they can rest and continue after a while. Keep in mind that the place should stay unknown from police and no one should know about it to avoid repression for refugees and supporters by police.
– Publish the EMERGENCY PHONE FOR REFUGEES in Macedonia.
The phone number is: 0030 694 362 02 06
People/Refugees crossing Macedonia can call it if they are in need of support. The phone will be run by volunteers in Macedonia, on the Greek side of the border and by yourself. When called by refugees, support can be given by going there with the car and offering first aid, money, clothing, food and emotional support.
The idea is to already give the number to refugees in Greece who are planning to cross Macedonia (for example at the “Orfanotrofeio” squat in Thessaloniki, in Athens or already on the Greek islands) or when meeting them on the Macedonian roads.
Remember: You can save lives here. Besides state and mafia, the cold is very dangerous, too. In the north of Macedonia, temperature is 10°C less than in the south. In December, it can get up to -15°C by night. People often underestimate this risk and don’t have enough winterproof clothes.
Useful Information for Supporters in Macedonia and Greece:
Facebook group for refugee support in MK: “Help the refugees in Macedonia” (you can also spread information there): http://j.mp/help-mk-refugees
Refugee Volunteer Map with all places along the Balkan Route where support is needed and how the current situation is at different places.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zddfRUtGScOc.kQBgTQcoV5FM&hl=en...
(you can also spread information there)
Open Border Blog:
http://openborder.noblogs.org/
Blog from German activists. You can find constantly information about the situation in Macedonia, Bulgaria and the Balkanroute there.
Contact and info phone for international activists and supporters in Macedonia:
Phone number: 00389 719 69 173 (based in Skopje)
You can call the number for any questions concerning legal stuff, sleeping places, contacts,…
There is a place for sleeping in Skopje (a flat could be rented by the group “Solidarnost”) and also the left social center “AKSC” (Address: Orce Nikolov 166, Skopje) where you can go, hang out and sleep during the daytime. There you can connect with political local groups, get support and information about Macedonia and if you need sleeping places etc.
You can also ask for contact to other activists supporting refugees in Macedonia right now. If you are supporting refugees in Macedonia it would be nice if you leave a contact for other activists there.
Contact to international activists that are right now supporting refugees in Macedonia:
Phone number: 0049 157 322 67 952
Email: openborders@riseup.net
You can get information about the current situation and contact to other activists in Macedonia there. If you are supporting refugees in Macedonia it would be nice if you leave a contact for other activists there.
EMERGENCY PHONE FOR REFUGEES crossing Macedonia:
Phone number: 0030 694 36 20 206
People/Refugees crossing Macedonia can call it if they are in need of support. The phone will be run by volunteers in Macedonia, on the Greek side of the border and by yourself. When called by refugees, support can be given by going there with the car and offering first aid, money, clothing, food and emotional support.
The idea is to already give the number to refugees in Greece who are planning to cross Macedonia (for example at the “Orfanotrofeio” squat in Thessaloniki, in Athens or already on the Greek islands) or when meeting them on the Macedonian roads.
SPREAD THIS NUMBER TO REFUGEES!
Contact to the Refugee Squat “Orfanotrofeio” in Thessaloniki:
Phone number for international activists at the squat: 0030 694 299 4063
Phone number of the squat: 0030 698 9389 150
Adress is Grigoriou Lampraki 186 in Thessaloniki, Bus 14/14a at bus station “Orfanotrofeio”.
In the squat there are at the moment around 80 refugees staying together with activists from Greece and international supporters. There you can have a rest, a sleeping place, organize, give information to refugees that want to start to Macedonia and Europe,…
Lets build up a network of solidarity all over Europe!
Thank you for your solidarity with all Refugees!
Lets tear down Fortress Europe and all borders!
No border activists, December 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The “refugees welcome” culture

Fist published November 16, 2015 on http://africasacountry.com/




"Refugees Welcome" at FC Dortmund Image via Twitter
In June 2012, several refugees in the city of Würzburg stitched up their mouths to protest the lack of response to their political demands. Four demands have been at the core of the reinvigorated refugee movement ever since: Germany should abolish all Lagers (asylum centres in which the large majority of asylum seekers is housed, sometimes for years and decades, and often in isolated areas of the countryside), stop all deportations, abolish mandatory residence law (Residenzpflicht, a legal requirement for many refugees to only live and move within narrow district boundaries defined by the local foreigners’ office) and guarantee refugees the rights to work and study. The refugee movements’ long-standing critique of German asylum law and the discriminatory regulations governing the lives of many asylum seekers has gained visibility in recent years – yet in the past months, it has been eclipsed in the press and in public debate by the new idea of a German Willkommenskultur (“welcoming culture”). Heeding the history and present of refugee resistance in Germany has never been more crucial.
The recent refugee movements in Germany are part of the larger struggles of immigrants and minorities against racism in post-War Germany (e.g. the Ford strike in 1973, or the movement of Antifa Gençlik, founded in 1988). The history of racist violence, which came to head in the reunified Germany of the early 1990s, provides an important reference point for current debates. Increasing arson attacks on asylum centres, and racist pogroms in the 90s were cited as important justification for claims by politicians and the media that Germany had “reached capacity”. As a result, the German government severely restricted German asylum law in 1993.
Subsequently, self-organisations such as the Refugee Initiative Brandenburg brought their critique of isolation and human rights violations in German asylum homes to international attention. Other refugee organisations such as The Voice, Karawane and Refugee Emancipation developed strategies to reach out to refugees and invite them to join a political struggle for human rights that included speaking out against the total lack of education and work opportunities and denial of health care.
The revived refugee movement in 2012 was convinced that the master’s tools – individualised recourse to the courts and bureaucratic labyrinths – would never dismantle the master’s house. Refugees from all over Germany defied mandatory residence law, mobilised across Lagers and set out on a protest march from Southern Germany to the federal capital, insisting that they must be present and visible when decisions about their lives were made. They occupied public spaces, buildings, embassies, churches, trees and roofs in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Hannover and took to hunger strikes.
While the refugee movement eventually gained access to the mainstream media and shifted the discourse on migration, asylum and refugees slightly, this was recently swept away in the context of Europe’s “refugee crisis”. Starting this past summer, thousands of Germans offered their support to newly arrived migrants, and Germany was lauded in the international press as the ‘welcoming champion’. Yet, while the current flurry of activity offers conveniently de-politicised gestures of charity, it mostly ignored or sidelined refugees who were already self-organized. These groups have made clear that sincere support must engage in the politics that frame causes and experiences of the flight to Europe as well as the experiences refugees make here.
A colonial mask of silence is being put back on refugees through the charity dimension of the Willkommenskultur hype: It “prevents her/him from revealing those truths, which the white master wants ‘to turn away,’ ‘keep at distance’ at the margins, invisible and ‘quiet’”.
Rather than thanking Germany for its supposed generosity, the refugee movement in Germany has not tired to point out the past and present interconnectedness of prosperity and peace in Germany with poverty and war in other parts of the world: it scandalizes neocolonial resource extraction from the Global South and weapon exports, and generally calls for resistance against nationalist, racist and capitalist border regimes. It is uncomfortable for the majority of German society to be faced with people as (political) subjects who frame their demands from a postcolonial perspective, who speak out against rampant racism across German society, and who refuse to differentiate between socio-economic and political refugees by pointing out that economic questions are also political.
But the racist violence of the 1990s euphemised as “concerns of the citizenry” had paid off – and continues to do so. A sharp rise in arson attacks on asylum centres as well as rising rightwing agitation and violence once again occasion sombre warnings by politicians and pundits/journalists about the need to ensure that the “mood” of the population is kept in check.  These public figures suggest that high numbers of refugees will “provoke” racist violence. To prevent violence, they advocate reducing the attractiveness of Germany for refugees by curtailing their rights. Political parties across the spectrum, media, and a significant percentage of citizens now demand deportations and the worsening of living conditions for all migrants – especially those not considered ‘proper’ refugees – in the name of Germany’s “welcome culture” for ‘real’ asylum seekers.
In both the smouldering remains of burned asylum homes and the political manoeuvres that follow, recent history looms large: a first batch of legislation to tighten German asylum law was passed in July, followed by another set of restrictive changes in October. A recent cabinet agreement was hailed by its advocates as the “harshest measures ever to limit the intake of refugees in Germany”. The measures particularly lash out against Roma people from the Balkans fleeing persistent racial discrimination and people escaping poverty. Several countries are newly reclassified as safe countries of origin, meaning people fleeing persecution there have very little chances of getting asylum in Germany. Lager control is tightening; incarceration and deportations increasingly facilitated.
Which path Germany will now follow might depend on which experiences become a reference point in current debates: The shadow of the 90s where violent racists succeeded in having asylum laws restricted or the history of self-organised refugee resistance.  Those who decide to “help” need to start by listening to what refugees actually want. As The Voice activist Rex Osa has reiterated in a recent interview: What refugees demand is that the notion of “help” needs to include support for self-organisations of refugees and requires a double perspective: It is important to look at both reasons for people to flee and the racism they experience in Germany. It is only then that the status quo of self-congratulatory, paternalistic help can be transcended into political solidarity.
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Authors


Joshua Kwesi Aikins and Daniel Bendix

Joshua Kwesi Aikins and Daniel Bendix are researchers in the Department for Development and Postcolonial Studies at University of Kassel, and are both active participants in the pro-refugee and anti-racism movements in Germany.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Demonstration in Bremen: Refugees Welcome – against Racism and Europe’s fortress policy


On October 3rd, the German government is celebrating the fall of the Berlin wall with the motto “overcoming borders”. At the same time Europe is building multiple higher fences to block its external borders to hinder refugees who are fleeing war, persecution and life threatening circumstances. Being far away from home with hope for a better future costs ten thousands of people their lives or losing their beloved ones due to the fact that they are missing safe and legal escape routes to Europe.

FERRIES – NO FRONTEX! GLOBAL FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR EVERYONE
People are fleeing for various reasons. They are fleeing war, violence, environmental destruction, discrimination and economic deprivation. Many of the escape reasons are based on the destruction of their basis of existence through the EU and its economic interests which are represented through European cooperation. Bremen and its armaments industries are also strongly profiting from this.


FIGHTING ESCAPE REASONS!
Far too little make it to the states where they hope to find a peaceful life with dignity. And far too many of those who finally make it get bitterly disappointed after their arrival. People are traumatized and attacked by racist terror groups. Refugee camps are being burnt down by Nazis. Fears of the population are often being taken out on refugees and are then expressed by racist discrimination and violence.
 

FIGHT RACISM AND NAZI TERROR!
On the outside, Angela Merkel proclaims a welcoming culture. She and the German government are planning further massive intensifications of the Asylum laws: ten thousands of people are fearing the exclusion from basic human rights including social security, welfare and medical care. The government plans to expand imprisonment, deportation and to declare more countries as safe. These differentiations between allegedly “right” and “wrong” reasons for fleeing are feeding the conflict even more which divides the refugees into imaginary groups: “Good refugees” are well-educated professionals for whom the economy can make exceptions when it comes to minimum wage. “Bad refugees” are for instance the Roma from Balkan countries who are systematically discriminated and persecuted. We are fighting against the categorizing human beings.
 

STOP RACIST ASLYUM RIGHTS, SAME RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE!
The political authorities in Bremen force refugees to live in overcrowded camps, gyms, tents, therefore creating unreasonable living circumstances. The Senat of Bremen even declared living in tents as suitable for winter – despite the fact that there is enough living space within the city. The situation of unattended and underage refugees has gotten worse during the last few months. Many of them are declared _ adults by Bremen authorities, in order to withdraw them from youth services, redistribution and increase deportation. Standards of youth _ support and the fundamental right of education are not valid for everyone in the same way.
 


STOP UNREASONABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, HUMANE LIVING CONDITIONS FOR EVERYONE!
The solidarity with refugees within the population is impressive and creates hope, but welcoming initiatives are not enough. We demand:

- NO MASS ACCOMODATIONS OF REFUGEES IN TENTS AND GYMS!
- AFFORDABLE LIVING THROUGH IMMEDIATE SOCIAL HOUSING!
- DAYCARE AND SCHOOLING FOR EVERYONE – MORE TEACHERS, EDUCATORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS!
- STOP ILLEGAL DETERMINATIONS OF AGE FOR UNATTENDED MINOR REFUGEES!
- PROTECTION FOR PEOPLE IN DISTRESS – STOP THE INTENSIFICATION OF ASYLUM LAWS!
- NO WALLS AROUND EUROPE!
- CREATE SAFE ESCAPE ROUTES, FIGHT ESCAPE REASONS!

Together we fight for our rights!
Let’s fight all together against racism and for creating a good life for everyone!
We stand for an open Europe and for one world where no one has to flee.




Supporters:

Acompa
Afrique-Europe-Interact Bremen
À Gauche Bremen
Arbeiterbund für den Wiederaufbau der KPD - Ortsgruppe Bremen
Archiv der sozialen Bewegungen Bremen
AStA der Hochschule für Künste Bremen
AStA der Hochschule Bremen
attac bremen
Blockupy Bremen
Bluna
Bremen Halkevi
Bremer Antikapitalistischen Linke
Bremer Bündnis Soziale Arbeit
Bremer Friedensforum
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DIE LINKE Kreisverband Links der Weser
DIE LINKE Landesverband Bremen
Deutsche Kommunistische Partei Bremen-Nord
DGB-Jugend Bremen
Gesamtschüler*innenvertretung Bremen
Feliz Plenum
FemCafe
feministische antifa bremen f*ab
Flüchtlingsrat Bremen
Fraktion DIE LINKE in der Bremischen Bürgerschaft
Initaitive in Gedenken an Laye-Alama Condé
Initiative Nordbremer Bürger gegen den Krieg
Interventionistische Linke Bremen
Jusos Bremen
Karawane Bremen
Katzensprung
Komciwan e.V. (Kurdischer Kinder- und Jugendverein)
Kommunikations Zentrum Paradox
Kurdistan Solidaritätskomitee Bremen
linksjugend['solid] Basisgruppe Bremerhaven und Cuxhaven
linksjugend['solid] Bremen Landesverband
Messstelle für Arbeits-und Umweltschutz (MAUS)
noch eine autonome gruppe (neag)
SDS Uni Bremen
Sozialistische Alternative (SAV) Bremen
Stadtkommune Alla Hopp
Türkei Info Bremen
ver.di Bezirk Bremen-Nordniedersachsen
VVN-BdA Bremen
Zuckerwerk e.V.






Sunday, September 20, 2015

Refugees Bicycle tour Against Racism and discrimination in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Refugees from the local government of Lutherstadt Wittenberg have initiated a bicycle tour against racism, isolation, “Duldung Status”, denial of working permit, denial of residence permit, and arbitration against them for so many years.
The tour starts from Lutherstadt Wittenberg to Vockerode.
Refugees have demanded to legalize all with “Duldung Status” for so many years without compromise and stop destroying their perspectives and lives!
When: 27.09. 2015
Where: Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Main train station)
Time: 12:00
All are invited to support us! Solidarity is our weapon!
Flüchtlingsbewegung Sachsen Anhalt
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