“Changing the world starts here” on August 20th – venue confirmed

Sorry for the delay, but we can finally announce the venue for our meeting in the countryside. DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals will be meeting from on Sunday 20 August from midday at die LINKE offices in Brandenburg an der Havel. We’ll be paying for group tickets for everyone to travel together, so if you’re coming, please let us know by sending a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

The meeting is open to anyone who is interested. It will largely be in English but we can provide translation on request. We’re meeting this week-end to decide on a final programme (more info below), but here’s what’s planned so far.

  • What’s going on in the world? Everyone gets the chance to report on what’s happening in their country
  • The US Left under Trump Eye-witness account from last week’s conference of the Democratic Socialists of America from Julia Damphouse who was there as our delegate
  • How did we get here? Brief history of the LINKE Berlin Internationals with founder-members Noemi Argerich and Phil Butland
  • The coming German elections Judith Benda, direct candidate in Neukölln introduces her campaign, while Ana Barrena and Ferat Kocak/Erkin Erdogan explain what’s already been planned in Podemos and the HDP/HDK
  • Future plans Working with other groups? Film shows? Changing the world. Our treasurer Ferran Cornella introduces a talk on future plans

We’ll post more information on the facebook page for the Event www.facebook.com/events/1428839543871041

To make sure everything runs smoothly we’re meeting up this Sunday, August 13th for a picnic and planning meeting. The people taking part will decide where and when, so if you want to join in, please get in touch (its still lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de). If you can’t make the picnic but have some ideas, let us know before then.

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Hope to see you soon

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Coming up with DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals

The LINKE Berlin Internationals group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7pm in die LINKE offices in Neukölln, Wipperstraße 6 (U- and S-Bahn Neukölln). Here are the next few meetings:

24 July: What’s going on in the Phillipines? With Filipino activists https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/monday-24-july-7pm-whats-going-on-in-the-phillipines/ www.facebook.com/events/1886109394988028

28 August: Not just a racist party. The AfD and sexual politics. With speaker from the Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbefreiung https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/august-28-not-just-a-racist-party-the-afd-and-sexual-politics/ www.facebook.com/events/276631376146050

25 September: German elections. What just happened? Speaker to be announced https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/25-september-german-elections-what-just-happened/ www.facebook.com/events/1033709103431537

On Sunday, August 20 we will be meeting in the Brandenburg countryside to plan future activities. Everyone is invited, especially people who want to know more about our group. If you are interested in this meeting (or our meeting to prepare it on Wednesday, 19 July, please contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

In other news we have a number of new articles on our Website – Victor Grossman on the G20 summit, G20 picture gallery and Elena Gagovska on Macedonian pride. More information at https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/new-on-our-website-victor-grossman-photos-from-the-g20-protests-and-a-report-from-macedonian-pride/

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New on our Website – Victor Grossman, photos from the G20 protests and a report from Macedonian Pride

You wait weeks for Victor Grossman’s Berlin Bulletin to turn up and then two come up at once. Here are two articles that Victor wrote shortly before the G20 summit and shortly afterwards.

Also new on our Website – the ever-expanding Hamburg gallery and Elena Gagovska reports from Macedonian pride

G20 Demo and Counter-Summit

Hi everyone

On 8 July there’ll be the G20 summit in Hamburg. 100,000 are expected to demonstrate against Donald Trump and the other heads of state responsible for destroying our planet. For details of buses from Berlin see https://busse.g20-demo.de/fahrten/BER03/Berlin,0.html. If you’d like to travel together, please contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

For those of you who can travel a little earlier, its worth visiting the counter-summit on 5-6 July (http://solidarity-summit.org/en/). Here’s our recommendation for some of the workshops there:

Wednesday 5 July

10 am Opening panel: Globalization reloaded—The G20 and global crisis management
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
with Vandana Shiva, Patrick Bond and others

4.30 pm: Panel 3: Peace politics beyond NATO and the militarization of the EU — Alternatives for peace
Kampnagel K2, Jarrestraße 20
with Ann Wright, Rainer Braun and others

7pm: Information meeting about the G20 protests organised by DIE LINKE Hamburg
Denk(t)räume“, Grindelallee 43

 

Thursday 6 July

9am New paths for a Europe from below – How to organise and mobilise transnationally in the current global context
Alabama Kinosaal, Jarrestraße 20
Organised by Blockupy International

11.30am Meeting for International activists
Here is the space to exchange final questions, concerns, updates within the international circle.
Location to be announced but it will be at the site of the Global Solidarity Summit.

1pm How do we fight the different faces of the far-right?
Barmbek BASCH, room 2, Wohldorfer Str. 30
With international speakers – co-organised by our allies in The Coalition (against Trump)

3pm The working class and climate justice. Do they belong together?
Zinnschmelze, room 1, Maurienstraße 19,
With Tadzio Müller, John Sinha and others

4.30 pm Cooperation, not confrontation—How can we implement common security as a paradigm for future policy?
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
With Norman Paech, Kate Hudson, Ann Wright and others

7.30pm Final panel discussion: For Global Solidarity – with a Progressive International? Strategies against Neoliberalism and the Far Right.
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20

This is a first set of recommendations after looking at the initial programme. If you have any further recommendations, please get in touch. Please also contact us about going to the counter-summit together and/or meeting up there.

PS don’t forget as a warm-up for the G20, we’ll be having a drink with Unjum Mirza, socialist, trade unionist and anti-racist activist from London. Unjum will be telling us about Jeremy Corbyn’s Britain after the election (and hopefully shortly before the next election). Its on Tuesday 4 July from 7pm in the Cantine Sociale (where we watched the election results), Tucholskystraße 32 (S-Bahn Oranienburgerstraße)

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British elections – statement from the LINKE Berlin Internationals and what to do on election night

On Thursday, there will be general elections in Berlin. DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals Group is calling on the 140,000 British voters in Germany to support Jeremy Corbyn (full statement here).

Whatever happens in the election campaign, Corbyn’s Labour have fought a tremendous campaign. They started the election trailing by 20% in the polls, yet the latest polls are predicting a hung parliament. If trends carry on the way they have, Labour could win. If you have voting rights in Britain, please use them. Please also make sure that everyone you know will be voting for Corbyn.

On Thursday evening we will be watching the election results together. We will announce the venue soon and send more information to our mailing list (to join the list, please send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de).