New venue, (potentially) new day for meetings

Hi everyone

For the last couple of years, die LINKE Berlin Internationals have met on the fourth Monday of each month in die LINKE Neukölln offices. This has been great. We have a good relationship with the party in Neukölln, and our speaker Judith was the LINKE candidate there in the last election.

Unfortunately, we’ve become victims of our own success. The Neukölln offices fit 30 people tops, and a couple of our meetings last year were bigger than that. We have therefore decided to move our meetings to the Roter Laden, the offices of die LINKE Friedrichshain (Weidenweg 17, U-Bahn Weberweise )

As we were moving place, we took the opportunity to ask if Monday really is the best day for our meetings. It turns out, it isn’t really. A few people aren’t free on Mondays and it seems that the least bad day for our meetings is on Wednesdays-

This would mean the following. Our meeting on Monday January 28th where Hossam el-Hamalawy will be talking about the Arab Spring already has generated a lot of interest. It will continue in Karl Liebknecht Haus as planned

After that, from February, we will move to the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Roter Laden. If we stick to our current plan, this would mean the following schedule:

  • 27 February: the fight for women’s liberation in Spain
  • 27 March: Brazil, Venezuela: is Chavism over?
  • 24 April: is the EU breaking up?
  • (either) 22 May: pre-EU election meeting (or) 29 May: EU elections – what just happened?
  • 26 June (provisional): meeting with veteran Australian socialist Liz Ross

This is not final. We still have the possibility to change our plans. So, if you have a good reason to do things differently, please let us know by next week-end. If we don’t hear anything, we’ll set our plans according to the above timetable.

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This week’s list of things to do and see

Hi everyone

This week’s list of things to see and do comes a day later (we were at the 1968 conference) and, in the run up to Christmas, there’s a bit less than normal. But still some things for you…

 

  • On Tuesday the Jacobin Reading group will be discussing “Did Brazil just elect a fascist?”, then drinking Glühwein. 7pm in Mahalla. More information and texts here.
  • More Brazil on Thursday, when Guilherme Boulos, presidential candidate of the left wing PSOL party and Heinz Bierbaum will be discussing “Is Brazil on the way to a dictatorship?. Starting time 6.30pm in Karl Liebknecht Haus. It will be largely in German (not sure what language Guilherme will be speaking). More information here.
  • Next Sunday, 16 December Egyptian activists in Berlin are organising a protest against executions in Egypt. Its at the Brandenburg Gate from 2pm. More Info here.
  • And on19 December at the Aquarium from 6.30pm, there’s the next meeting of the Women’s Strike committee

 

Our first meeting next year will be in Karl Liebknecht Haus on 28 January, when Egyptian journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy will be explaining What’s left of the Arab Spring. We’ll be back in KL Haus on 19th February where we’re organising a joint meeting with Labour Berlin on Aufstehen (details to follow soon).

After that, our monthly meetings will probably be in a new room (likely to be the LINKE Friedrichshain office) and possibly a new day of the week. Some people can’t make our Monday meetings, so we may be moving them to later in the week. If you want to come to meetings and some days are particularly good or bad for you, please get in touch.

Finally, we now have several articles on the Yellow Vests movement in France and will be publishing some more soon. You can find them all on our Website here.

 

Coming up this week … and preparing for next year

Hi everyone

Welcome to the weekly list of recommended things to do from Die LINKE Berlin Internationals

  • There’s no better place to start than our not-Christmas party, the Keihnachtsfest. Its kicking off tonight at 8pm at the Café Plume in Warthestraße 60. Telma will be singing songs from Berthold Brecht and the Brazilian resistance at 9pm, while the Tsootsies will be giving us Global Battle Bass at 10.45. Everyone’s invited to come along
  • On Tuesday, 4 December, Chilean singer and activist Nicolas Rodrigo Miquea and others will be playing at a solidarity concert for legal help for Mapuche activists in Chile. LA GUITARRA CONTRA EL FASCISMO starts at 7.30 at the Galerie Lunasol, Nogatstraße 43 in Neukölln.
  • From 7-9 December die LINKE.SDS will be having their conference:1968, History is made at the TU with a whole range of speakers.

December seems to be less hectic than recent months, so we’ll see whether there’ll be a newsletter next week. We already have some things planned for next year, with lots more in the pipeline:

  • On Monday, 28th January, Egyptian journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy will be talking on What’s Left of the Arab Spring?
  • On 19th February we’re organising a joint meeting with Labour Berlin on what attitude we should take to the Aufstehen movement
  • Our series of meetings leading up to the EU elections will continue with meetings on the EU and Imperialism, the postponed presentation of ATTAC Austria’s book “Why the EU can’t be saved, and why leaving is no solution” and a big meeting with international speakers in May.

On top of all this we have our regular meetings on the fourth week of the month. Next year we’ll probably start meeting in bigger rooms, so its a good time to ask – is everyone still ok with meeting on a Monday? If you’d like to come on meetings, but are never free, please let us know. Similarly, if Monday is the only day that really works for you, get in touch. We’ll try to find a solution that suits as many people as possible.

 

Hope to see you this evening

Phil

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Ain’t no party like the Keihnachtsparty – this Saturday

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Here’s a reminder that its only 2 days to our non-Christmas party – the Keihnachtsfest – on Saturday night. Its at Café Plume, Warthestraße 60, just between U-Bahn Leinstraße and S- and U-Bahn Hermannstraße.

Here’s a rough rundown of what’s happening when.

We’re setting up at 6.30 and it officially kicks off at 8pm. Remember the free punch is on a first come, first served basis.

At 9pm, Telma will be singing 2 short sets – one of Berthold Brecht songs, and another of revolutionary songs from Latin America.

At 10.45pm, there’ll be Global Battle Bass from the Tsootsies.

Over the course of the evening we’ll be selling raffle tickets. There’ll be some great prizes, but we don’t want anyone to go home empty handed, so we’re also collecting not-great prizes. Do you have a book or cd that you really don’t want any more? Is there a strange thing in the corner of your room and you don’t know what to do with it? Then bring them along and we’ll use them as prizes.

Hope to see you all on Saturday night

Two extra messages:

  • There’s a demo for Climate Justice on Saturday. We’ll be meeting near the LINKE stall on Otto-von-Bismarck-Allee (near the Bundeskanzleramt) at 11.45
  • Confused about what’s happening with the yellow vests movement in France? Let John Mullen in Paris explain.

Coming up…

  Hi everyone

   Our weekly list of suggested meetings is out a day early this week, as tomorrow we’re at the meeting to kick off next year’s EU election campaignIts from 11am till 5pm in the Sharehaus Refugio . If you’d like to come and don’t want to be on your own, and particularly if you need help with translation, please contact us. We’re also planning a photo action in the lunch break with our “Refugees Welcome” banner.

    Also on Saturday, Seebrücke is organising a memorial for refugees who have died on the borders of Europe. 12 noon at Brandenburger Tor 

   And on Saturday night at 6pm our friends in SoulKino (now renamed Survivors at 1am) are showing the film “Battle of the Sexes” Its free and its at K9, Kinzigstraße 9 

   Sunday’s meeting at the Schaubühne on “What left do we want?” looks to be sold out, but they’ve promised live streams in English, German and French 

    And on Monday, November 26th, we have our next full meeting. While everyone from Sahra Wagenknecht to Hillary Clinton is calling for migration controls, human rights lawyer Clara Bünger will be addressing the question Can you have Migration Controls that aren’t racist? Its in Die LINKE Neukölln offices in Wipperstraße 6, and starts at 7pm 

   Next Tuesday night, 27 November, our Web team will be meeting to discuss improving our Website. If you’re interested in coming along, please contact us on lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

   The same evening, The Coalition Berlin is organising a panel discussion: What’s Left? Progressive Politics After The US Midterms. Its at 8pm in the CIEE Global Institute Berlin 

   On Thursday 29th, die LINKE Berlin is showing the new film about the fight for women’s liberation “Female Pleasure”. Its at 7pm at the Filmtheater am Friedrichshain and its free 

   On 1 December, there’s a Climate demo – 12 noon at the Bundeskamzleramt 

   That evening, we’ll be having our non-Christmas party, the KeinachtsfestAmongst the drink, raffle and general jollity, Telma will be playing a mixture of Brecht songs and Brazilian protest music at 9pm, and the Tsootsies will be providing Global Battle Bass at 22.45. Its in CaféPlume, Warthestraße 60, and gets going at 8pm 

   From 7-9 December die LINKE.SDS will be having their conference: 1968, History is made with a whole range of speakers.

    And that’s more or less it for this year, but we’ve already started planning a whole horde of stuff for 2019. If you want to know more, or would like to contribute something, please get in touch.

 

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Coming up

Welcome to the weekly list of recommendations of coming events from die LINKE Berlin Internationals. There’s nothing much new been announced this week, so its largely a cut and paste from last week’s rather long list.

One reminder about Tuesday’s orga meeting where we’ll be planning future activities and events. This time we’ll be largely concentrating on what we want to do for next year’s EU elections. The orga meetings are open to everyone, and we’ll be sending a suggested agenda out over the week-end. If you’d like to receive this, please contact us on lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

ok, here’s what else is coming up (some of the dates were wrong in last week’s mail so they’ve been corrected):

  • On Wednesday, November 21st, The Coalition has its monthly Stammtisch where activists can get together, plan future activities and drink beer. This month, South African radical film maker Rehad Desai may be coming along (see tomorrow’s event for more info). It starts at 7pm in Café Plume, Warthestraße 60.

  • And on Thursday, November 22nd, Rehad – the director of the marvellous Miners Shot Down – will be showing the German premiere of his new film “Everything must fall”. Its at 8pm in the Hackescher Hof cinema. Rehad will be answering questions after the film, then we’re talking him and anyone who’d like to join us for informal drinks.

    There’s a brief description of the film in the facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/188165598754235/, but we’ll also be publishing a review of the film and an exclusive interview with Rehad on our Website soon.

  • On Saturday, November 24th, Die LINKE is organising a conference Europa anders machen to prepare next year’s EU election campaign. We’ll be there to provide the perspective of non-German EU citizens (who get to vote this time). Please contact us if you want to join us, especially if you need translation. Its from 11am till 5pm in the Sharehaus Refugio https://dielinke.berlin/nc/start/termine/detail/news/europa-anders-machen-1/

  • The day after, Sunday November 25th, the Schaubühne theatre is organising its own conference on the European Left. What left do we want? (Welche Linke wollen wir?) will be in German, English and French and speakers include Katja Kipping, Didier Eribon and Danielle Obono) https://www.schaubuehne.de/en/produktionen/kongress-welche-linke-wollen-wir.html?ID_Vorstellung=3271

  • On Monday, November 26th, we have our next full meeting. Human rights lawyer Clara Bünger will be addressing the question Can you have Migration Controls that aren’t racist? Its in Die LINKE Neukölln offices in Wipperstraße 6, and starts at 7pm https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/26-november-die-linke-berlin-internationals-november-meeting/

  • On 1 December we’ll be having our non-Christmas party, the KeihnachtsfestAmongst the drink, raffle and general jollity, we’ll have live music from Brazilian singer Telma and left-wing German hip-hop from the Tsootsies. Its in CaféPlume, Warthestraße 60, and gets going at 8pm.

  • Finally for this list, from 7-9 December die LINKE.SDS will be having their conference: 1968, History is made with a whole range of speakers.

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Coming up with Die LINKE Berlin Internationals

Hi everyone

Welcome to the weekly newsletter of Die LINKE Berlin Internationals with recommendations for coming events.

  • We’ll start with tomorrow, Sunday 11th November, with our very own afternoon of creativityWe’ve decided that we don’t have enough colourful banners and posters for demos, so we’re getting together in die LINKE Neukölln offices, Wipperstraße 6 and making some new ones. Everyone’s invited to come along Bring snacks and music. It starts at 3pm. https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/sunday-11-november-afternoon-of-creativity/.

  • On Tuesday, November 13th there’s the next Jacobin Reading Group on Kids and Parents under Socialism. 7pm at MaHalle. More information and texts are available at https://www.facebook.com/events/529977584095722/

  • Also on Tuesday, November 13th Professor Richard Falk is in town. He’ll be talking on Challenging Israeli Apartheidat 7.30pm. The venue hasn’t been announced yet, but you can follow the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/584706928633533/

  • On Friday, November 16th, Aufstehen gegen Rassismus and the Bündnis Neukölln are organising an anti-fascist evening stroll. Its a response to the growth of the AfD and an increased Nazi presence in Schillerkiez and starts at 8pm at Herrfurthplatz https://www.facebook.com/events/1976332469122247/

  • On 16-17 November, die LINKE is organising a conference about refugee rights: Humanity not isolation(Menschlichkeit statt Abschottung). Its in the Hochshule für Wirtschaft und Recht and will be in German, but if you need translation, please contact us and we’ll try to organise something https://dielinke.berlin/nc/start/termine/detail/news/einwanderungskonferenz/

  • On Tuesday November 20th, we’ll be having our next organising meeting. This is where we get together to plan future activities of the group, and see how previous activities have gone. This month we’ll be largely planning our intervention in next year’s EU election. If you’d like to come, send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de. We’ll be deciding a venue soon.

  • On Wednesday, November 21st, The Coalition has its monthly Stammtisch where activists can get together, plan future activities and drink beer. This month, South African radical film maker Rehad Desai may be coming along (see tomorrow’s event for more info). It may or may not be in the Jägerklause. Watch this space for more information.

  • And on Thursday, November 22nd, Rehad – the director of the marvellous Miners Shot Down – will be showing the German premiere of his new film “Everything must fall”. Its at 8pm in the Hackescher Hof cinema. Rehad will be answering questions after the film, then we’re talking him and anyone who’d like to join us for informal drinks.

    There’s a brief description of the film in the facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/188165598754235/, but we’ll also be publishing a review of the film and an exclusive interview with Rehad on our Website soon.

  • On Saturday, November 25th, Die LINKE is organising a conference Europa anders machen to prepare next year’s EU election campaign. We’ll be there to provide the perspective of non-German EU citizens (who get to vote this time). Please contact us if you want to join us, especially if you need translation. Its from 11am till 5pm in the Sharehaus Refugio https://dielinke.berlin/nc/start/termine/detail/news/europa-anders-machen-1/

  • The day after, Sunday November 26th, the Schaubühne theatre is organising its own conference on the European Left. What left do we want? (Welche Linke wollen wir?) will be in German, English and French and speakers include Katja Kipping, Didier Eribon and Danielle Obono) https://www.schaubuehne.de/en/produktionen/kongress-welche-linke-wollen-wir.html?ID_Vorstellung=3271

  • On Monday, November 27th, we have our next full meeting. Human rights lawyer Clara Bünger will be addressing the question Can you have Migration Controls that aren’t racist? Its in Die LINKE Neukölln offices in Wipperstraße 6, and starts at 7pm https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/26-november-die-linke-berlin-internationals-november-meeting/

  • On 1 December we’ll be having our non-Christmas party, the KeihnachtsfestAmongst the drink, raffle and general jollity, we’ll have live music from Brazilian singer Telma and left-wing German hip-hop from the Tsootsies. Its in CaféPlume, Warthestraße 60, and gets going at 8pm.

  • Finally for this list, from 7-9 December die LINKE.SDS will be having their conference: 1968, History is made with a whole range of speakers.

A last request to everyone who’s interested in our monthly meetings. We’ve started to get too big for the LINKE Neukölln offices and are thinking of moving venue. January’s meeting on the Arab Spring has already been moved to Karl Liebknecht Haus because of the amount of online interest.

As we may be moving venue, its a good time to check that the timing is good for everyone. We currently meet on the fourth Monday of each month. If that’s a problem with you, please get in touch. Similarly, if this is absolutely perfect for you, let us know, so we have an overview of whether we should change. Thanks for your support.

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