The LINKE Berlin Internationals is getting better organised. For the past few years, we’ve offered a monthly meeting on international politics, as well as occasional public meetings and cultural events. We have recently set up an organising committee to broaden our scope and to get more people involved.
The organising committee met this week and decided on the following focus points between now and the European elections in May 2019:
· Better networking of “exile” organisations in Berlin so that we can work better together
· Left election campaign for the European elections. This will include producing leaflets about voting rights and who to vote for, better understanding of the campaigns and manifestos of international left parties, and contributing our international perspective to the campaign of die LINKE in Germany.
· Quarterly public meetings on European politics. From now until the EU election, we will be organising regular public meetings in German with international speakers, covering topics which will be crucial in the coming elections. The first of this meetings will be on March 14th in Karl Liebknecht Haus on Abortion Rights in Europe.
We will, of course, continue with our monthly meetings (fourth Monday each month at Die LINKE Neukölln) and other occasional events. We will mobilise for and build blocks on important demonstrations and actions.
Key to organising our future activities will be our week-end retreat in Hermsdorf on 16-17 June. We have booked the Naturfreunde Haus for the week-end. On the Saturday we will be relaxing, and on Sunday we’ll be discussing how we concretely make the above plans work. Everyone is invited to join us, and unless we get way more people than expected, we’ll be covering all accommodation costs.
Between now and then, we have set up three working groups to prepare our activities:
· Networking group to improve contact with other organisations.
· Public Meeting group to set up a programme for the quarterly public meetings.
· Hermsdorf group to prepare a programme for the week-end retreat.
If you’re interested in getting more involved, and particularly if you want to work on one of these groups, please get in touch. We’ve also identified a few other areas (like working on our Website, facebook page and a Newsletter) where all help is appreciated.
Your next chance to meet the group as a whole is at our meeting on Abortion Rights in Germany in Die LINKE Neukölln offices on Monday 26 February, Wipperstraße 6 (S- and U-Bahn Neukölln). We’ll also be on the streets this coming Saturday. The AfD have outrageously called a march for women, and we’ll be joining other organisations in protesting, and trying to stop them. Meeting point: Landwehrkanal (bridge over the river Spree at U-Bahn Hallesches Tor) at 13.45