Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stop Legitimating Injustice and Legitimate Justice for Refugees 2015

Refugee's manifestation in Lutherstadt Wittenberg on 16.04.2015: With Refugees as Guest Speakers from Schwäebish Gmünd Video: Schwäebish Gmünd Refugee Activists Tour and Discussions on Civil Disobedience against Imprisonment and Movement Restriction (RESIDENZPFLICHT)
Press Conference: 14:00 Hour Date: 16.04.2015
Time: 14:00 Uhr
Venue: Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Marktplatz)
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, April 08, 2015
Refugee self-organizations and initiatives are holding a manifestation to denounce an illicit practice of depriving registered refugees in their legal existence and to demand legalization of “Tolerated Refugees (Duldung)” that have been residing in Germany for so many years without compromise.
The demand addresses to BAMF and its 530 foreigners offices in Germany. The foreign office of Lutherstadt Wittenberge implements inhuman measure that destroys our lives and perspectives and its implementations are not compatible to the Administrative Laws, Asylum Law and the German Foreigners law.
The Foreign Office's inhuman measures contribute to destroy refugees perspective for so many years.1 They interdicted refugees not to work, not to make driving license, not to have bank account, not to have health insurance card, their movements are restricted, subjected to repression and oppression, exposed refugees lives to danger, with deportation treats, deprived refugees their legal existence and right, used as an object of securing their own existence and work, isolated and humiliated and those politically active are criminalized and persecuted.
They used “Cooperation” as a pretext.2
These implementations and aggressive measures applied to refugees in this 21 century contributes in destroying refugees lives and perspectives, deteriorate refugees' health conditions etc, and contradicts the world's inter-dependency and globalization process that the Federal Republic of Germany profits.
Therefore, we demand the legalization of all refugees that have been residing in Germany for so many years without compromise. They should be compensated for their lives and perspective being destroyed.
Stop destroying their lives and perspectives. Stop Legitimating Injustice and Legitimate Justice for Refugees 2015
Flüchtlingsbewegung Sachsen-Anhalt, The Caravan for the Right of Refugees and Migrant and The Voice Refugee Forum
Contact Information
Wittenberg, 017699321843, Vockerode 015225951740, Bitterfeld 015206302191
For more information
http://thecaravan.org/node/4289, http://www.thevoiceforum.org/node/3894 http://refugeeinitiativewittenberg.blogspot.de/2015/03/refugees-protest-manifestation-in.html
1 Up to 10 to 17 years and even more
2 Refugees have presented their official document but still they insisted that he or she does not cooperate

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lampedusa in Hamburg presents: A 3 days manifestation for the continuity of our political fight

Join us as we intensify the struggle for our demands and the right to stay for all.19th-21th March, 16-19Uhr @ our Lampedusa infostand, Steindamm II. you are all invited!!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ivana Hoffmann will always live in our hearts

Ivana, a 19 year old woman from Germany with combat name Avaşin Tekoşin Güneş died on 7th of March 2015 defending the assyrian village Til Hemis against attacka by the Islamic State.




Saturday, February 28, 2015

Refugee Activists on Civil Disobedience against imprisonment

“Residenzpflicht still means Apartheid”
“Lager still means elimination”


 Refugees from Schwäbisch Gmünd on civil disobedience against imprisonment, Restriction of Movement and refugee persecution in Germany
Leke Aremu, Farook Khan, Raphael Paul, Frankline Ndam
We fled from persecution from our various home countries but still the same persecution continues in Germany. We refugees arriving in Germany are already criminalized at the borders by forceful finger printing before our names are even known.
Our political protest started in February 2014 when we discovered the violation of our privacy by being exposed to CCTV camera observation (Close Circuit Tele Vision) that had been installed at the entrance of the isolated refugee Lager in Schwäbisch Gmünd without prior notification. We sent an inmate delegate to the responsible authorities to let them know how we feel about the CCTV camera positioned opposite the entrance of the lager. We stated that it gives us the precarious impression to be held under surveillance control which makes us feel to be prisoners in fear and insecurity to scare us from Self-Organization in the isolated refugee Lager. But the district officials of Schwäbisch Gmünd refused to accept our demand for the removal of the CCTV camera.
Due to this reason, we decided to hold a one month strike from the 3rd of March to 11th of April 2014 with rallies and peaceful demonstrations against the CCTV Camera in the refugee lager, in the city center and at the district administrative office of Ostalbkreis in Aalen for public interest until our demand is met. Instead of negotiating the matter they involved the police to back up their refusal of mediation. We were brutalized by the city police who never was able to comprehend our own side of the story. During the demonstration on the 11th of April 2014 at 14:13 hour the police forces arrived and later attacked refugee demonstrators inside the Lager. Two of the refugees were bitten and injured by the police dogs and four of the refugees got arrested. They only were released after two hours due to the protest of the other refugees in front of the police station. At the same time the CCTV camera silently disappeared.
Our struggle continued by exposing all the different forms of persecution of refugees. That’s why we were humiliated and labeled as so called “trouble makers” by the administrative officials as to justify our criminalization and to target us as enemies of public order and security. Even our photos were published in the local newspapers. Since then we have been receiving many letters of accusations with the aim to stop our protest which led to further exclusion through a three month “stay away order” which banned us from entrance to the social administrative office in the refugee Lager. They set up false accusations of “duress/assault” (Nötigung) as to defame against our freedom to protest as well as to justify police brutality and the ignorance of fficials of the lager against the demonstrators. One of our activists was itten by a police dog released to attack without accountable reason is now till under charges to have prevented police officers from executing their duty although he was just defending himself from further injury. He received penalty order to pay 750 Euro. After he appealed against it, the local court (Amtsgericht) of Schwäbisch Gmünd reduced the fine to 300 Euro. Now the case is pending at the regional court (Landgericht) for retrial. The intention is to find out whether the superior court will still defend the harmful, irresponsible and unlawful action of the police officers against the refugee protest in the Lager in order to uphold the scandalous criminalization of the victims. This lesson we had to learn already from numerous murder cases of refugees like Oury Jalloh and others, who have been killed through the hands of German police officers.
After a Racial Profiling police control on the way to a political and media workshop on self-organized refugee resistance and anti-deportation struggles in Jena, 10 of us have been fined with 130 Euro and 50cent each for breaking the isolation of the notorious lager by intentionally violating the “German Residenzpflicht” – Apartheid Law that restricts refugees to administrative regions of residence denying their freedom to move freely in Germany.
In continuity of our political struggle we have been continuously maltreated and isolated by this apartheid law of so called “Residenzpflicht”. We were racially controlled by the police in the train and consecutively charged to pay fines and charges to the very system of our arbitrary repression. We refuse to pay this “penalty” because we see the “Residenzpflicht” law as an abuse of our basic human right to freedom of movement and from racist discrimination.
Since then, we have been receiving threatening letters of escalating scale as far as coercive detention with the last letter requesting to report ourselves to Ellwangen prison for three day confinement for a matter that we understand to be our basic right in Germany.
As refugee activists we translate this abuse of administrative and legal powers as deterrent expression of injustice, repression and mental torture affixed with the German asylum system.
These conditions make us remember the very dark times and continuities of German nationalist history back through fascist and colonial terror and genocides. We will not stop to stand and fight against the German mentality of supremacy by means of lager isolation, police brutality and abusive perversion of human rights against refugees. We did not flee from life threatening situations to be held again as hostages of exclusion and arbitrariness in the German apartheid and lager system.
We refuse to pay fines for our rights
We refuse to accept any imprisonment “in Silence”
We refuse to accept any state persecution of refugees in Schwäbisch Gmünd and Germany
“Residenzpflicht”-persecution is still going on – the so called “Abolition” is a devious lie
We demand for life decided by our own in freedom and human dignity
We call on everyone for solidarity
Express your views and feelings in public actions
Send in your protest notes to the authorities

Refugees from Schwäbisch Gmünd on civil disobedience








Schwäbisch Gmünd – Political Fight is Our Right
Civil and Legal Disobedience
Time line: Videos and Facebook Documentation
Liberation Bus Tour 30.04.2013 Schwäbisch Gmünd
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUvJEfELPtM
(Call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glo4NpUB4DU)
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Refugee Initiative Schwäbisch Gmünd
Protest against Lager Repression in Schwäbisch Gmünd – written Chronical
and Foto-Documentation
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/photos/a.370255696420901.1...
(10.04.2014)
Refugees Protest continues (11.04.2014):
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/553560818090387
Police Brutality with dogs and Pepper spray as Refugee protest continues
against CCTV (11.04.2014)
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/553776501402152
Call after Police Brutality Escalation on 13.04.2014:
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/554951781284624
Report on Police Dogs biting Refugees in Schwäbisch Gmünd
(Beobachternews 15.04.2014)
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/555731694539966
SOLIDARITY STATEMENT FOR THE REFUGEES in Schwabisch Gmünd by
International Migrants Alliance -European Section (19.04.2014)
https://www.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/photos/a.370255696420901.107...
Protest-Demo in Jena 20.04.2014 Police Station after Racial Profiling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bt8LLtRvfo
Statement: http://thevoiceforum.org/node/3571
Fight Lager Repression – Lagerverfolgung bekämpfen! 03.05.2014
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/566804406766028
Info Tent against Police Brutality and administrative Repression in
Schwäbisch Gmünd 16.-18.05.2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi5legTkI0k
Facebook comments:
https://www.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/578918395554629
https://www.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/576452549134547
Protest and meeting with the Ministry of Integration at Stuttgart
Landtag 05.06.2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBGJ3DJkmLM
Facebook comments:
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/588666127913189
https://www.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/592502494196219
Residenzpflicht Protest Schwäbisch Gmünd 21.-23.08.2014
https://de-de.facebook.com/refugeesinitiative/posts/633210956792039
Residenzpflicht! Keine Haft für Bewegungsfreiheit! – Action Days
Stuttgart 23.-24.09.2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yIXKJ5P4WM
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Associated engagements of Refugees Initiative Schwäbisch Gmünd:
http://thevoiceforum.org/search/node/schw%C3%A4bisch%20gm%C3%BCnd
Refugee Activist stormed Deportation Hearing on Munich Airport (10.04.2014)
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.553323328114136.1073741828.307...
Preparation Meeting 20 Years of The VOICE Refugee Forum – Democratic
Insecurity! (06.-07.09.2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yILtzQ_WBTk
Break the Culture of Deportation, Isolation and Elimination
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrjWJ8K48vo
Abolition of the ‘Residenzpflicht’ law?
The most important changes:
For refugees with ‘Aufenthaltsgestattung’ the geographical restriction (restriction of movement) “expires” after three months of stay.
After that they are allowed to move freely within the German territory without a permit.
The obligation to reside in a particular place remains.
Unfortunately, there are many exceptions:
1. A final conviction because of a criminal offense (no minimum penalty or limitation), if it is not because of a violation of immigration laws.
2. Violation of the ”Betäubungsmittelgesetz” (= drug possession), even if there was no conviction by a court.
3. If “concrete measures to terminate residence” are imminent. But this should never(!) be the case with persons with ‘Aufenthaltsgestattung’.
Refugees who fall within these exceptions are, as usual, at the mercy of the foreigners authorities.
For refugees with ‘Duldung’, the geographical restriction (restriction of movement) “expires” after three months of stay as well.
At least in theory: Lawyers fear that the claim of foreigners authorities that “concrete measures to terminate residence” are imminent will enable the authorities to “tie” refugees arbitrarily to certain districts at any time – as before.
These things will stay as they were:
• For asylum seekers in reception centers the stay will remain restricted to the district of the foreigners authority. In Brandenburg this is the Municipality of Eisenhüttenstadt.
• The absurd and unique rule within the German legal system thatviolations of the geographical restriction are first considered an administrative offense and, in the event they are repeated, wilful offense.
More information:
http://oplatz.net/2015/01/13/the-fight-against-residenzpflicht-has-to-go...
http://women-in-exile.net/2015/01/02/changes-of-the-residenzpflicht-law/

Thursday, January 08, 2015

10th anniversary of Oury Jallohs murder in cell no 5 in Dessau Police station

1.000 people joined the march in the Eastern German city Dessau heading to the police station on 7th of January 2015, where exactly 10 Years ago, the Sierra Leonean Refugee Oury Jalloh was burned to death in cell No. 5.
http://thecaravan.org/node/4241












Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ten years ago Oury Jalloh was burnt to death in a police cell in Dessau

It was ten years ago, that Oury Jalloh burnt to death in a police cell in Dessau.
Ten years after his death his friends will come to Dessau again to demonstrate and shout out “Oury Jalloh – that was murder!” into the faces of those who didn't want to hear it for the past ten years.
A human being was burnt to death in a police cell. Why, that doesn't matter in the case of the young man from Sierra Leone, the white police officers say it was suicide. His hands and feet tied up, lying on a fireproof mattress he is supposed to have set light to himself. The police officer in charge was charged with negligent homicide and had to pay a fine. He turned of the signal of the cell's smoke alarm twice and simply ignored it. The assumption, that Oury Jalloh set light to himself however remains unchallenged. No one calls it a murder. The clear discrepancies, which came to light during the trial as well as the disappearance of evidence don't change that the investigation was only concerned with the suicide hypothesis.
After two trials the federal court closed the case in September 2014. But there is a report on the fire as well as additional toxicological and forensic expertises, which were financed through donations to the Oury Jalloh initiative, that clearly prove that Oury Jalloh was murdered in police custody. And there are more and more clues pointing towards a “unknown suspect with glasses” who supposedly was present in the police station during the murder.
Oury Jalloh's death through fire has become a symbol of racist police violence in Germany, which is experienced by thousands of people on a daily basis, a violence that has robbed them of their livelihood, their health and of their belief in a safe life.
Is there still a chance, after ten years, to get a just verdict regarding his murderers from a court and to break the cartel of silence and obscurity? What are the possibilities of bringing the trial to the European Court of Justice? And who can the pressure on the streets and in the media help to force German police officers to stop their unpunished mistreatment of people of color?
On the 7th of January there will be a protest march in Dessau (Sachsen-Anhalt) in remembrance of Oury Jalloh. With this event, besides providing information on the case and it's political significance, we want to invite you to come to Dessau with us. We want to confront the racist normality and make it clear that the culprits and their accomplices won't have a moment of peace without justice.
We want to book several busses and drive together to Dessau in the morning on the 7th of January. To assure anyone can take the bus, regardless of income, we are asking for donations using the keyword “Oury Jalloh – NRW”.
Förderverein Karawane e.V.
Kto.Nr.: 40 30 780 800
BLZ: 430 609 67
GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG
IBAN: DE28430609674030780800
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
Dates for additional events in NRW, material for mobilization and other information regarding the murder of Oury Jalloh:
https://initiativeouryjalloh.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/…/Oury-Jalloh-Soli…/406153686203572

A radio report with a overview of the facts:http://www.margotoverath.de/OuryJalloh_2.htm
Tickets for the bus to Dessau can be purchased at the event or via wuppkarawane@yahoo.de

Sunday, December 07, 2014

I Can't Breathe - a message by Broadway Stars to the NYPD


BROADWAY STARS SEND A MESSAGE ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE AND THE KILLING OF ERIC GARNER

On July 29th, at 6pm WalkRunFly Productions (Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon) partnered with poet Daniel J. Watts, and over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians in Times Square to send a message about violence and the killing of Eric Gardner.

CREDITS

WalkRunFly Productions
www.wrfprod.com

Produced By
Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon

Poem written and performed by
Daniel J. Watts
www.wattswords.com

Edited by
Darryl Harrison
Visual Architect

Videographers
Lowell Freedman, Antonio Thompson, Darryl Harrison, And Jesse Guma