G20 Demo and Counter-Summit

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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).

June with DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals

  Monday, 5 June, 4pm – Film: I, Daniel Blake

As a way of preparing ourselves for the coming British elections – we’ll be watching Ken Loach’s prize-winning film, I, Daniel Blake.

The film followed by a discussion with British socialists Carol McGuigan (Berlin Labour Party) and Phil Butland (Speaker, Berlin LINKE Internationals).

Entrance is free. The film will be in English with German subtitles.

DIE LINKE Neukölln, Wipperstraße 6 (U- and S-Bahn Neukölln)

  Wednesday 7 June, 7pm – meeting to plan a refugee demo

MIGRANTE-Europe, a refugee organisation based in Amsterdam, is planning a demonstration in Berlin outside the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) conference.

To prepare for the demonstration, MIGRANTE-Europe is inviting refugee groups, political organisations and other interested individuals to a planning meeting. The aim is to “immediately involve them in the process and the discussions towards building unities and solidarity.”

Mehringhof, Gniesenaustraße 2a (U-Bahn Mehringdamm)

  Thursday, 8 June British election night

A few weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party was trailing the Conservatives by 20%. The latest polls point to a hung parliament – and there’s still over a week to go.

We’d like to watch – and hopefully celebrate – election night together, and are looking to find a suitable venue. Whatever happens, we want to share the experience in good company.

Watch this space for more information or follow us at https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/theleftberlin

  Saturday, 17 June: Fest der Linken

Come and visit us or, even better, help out on our stall.

Rosa Luxemburg Platz. On all day:


  Monday, 19 June, 7pm: Why the German election is important for internationals

In September, there will be a general election in Germany. The implications go wide beyond German borders.

At our regular monthly meeting, JUDITH BENDA, direct candidate in Neukölln and will be speaking alongside MIRIAM ACED and TINA LEE from http://www.migrationvoter.com, a Website which has covered the recent international elections with comment and analysis.

Although only German passport holders are allowed to vote, everyone has a part to play. Come to discuss what the election means to you and what you can do for the campaign.

DIE LINKE Neukölln, Wipperstraße 6 (U- and S-Bahn Neukölln)

  Tuesday, 27 June, 7.15pm: Film – Im Rhythmus der Revolte

As we prepare for the G20 Summit in Hamburg in July, when presidents Trump and Erdogan will be visiting Germany, the LINKE Berlin Internationals and the HDP/HDK will be showing Michelangelo Severgnini’s eye-witness documentary on the Gezi Park protests.

The film is in Turkish with German subtitles and will be followed by Question and Answer session with Michelangelo and Turkish activists.

Moviemento Berlin, Kottbusser Damm 22, U-Bahn Schönleinstraße

Saturday, 28 June: Refugee demo. Read MIGRANTE-Europe’s call to action here: https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/current-debates/defend-migrant-and-refugee-rights-end-criminalization-racism-and-marginalization/

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Coming up with DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals (21 May mailing)

Hi everyone

Here’s the latest news about what’s happening in Berlin (and this time further afield) brought to you from die LINKE Berlin Internationals

Tomorrow – Eye-witness report from the Serbian spring

Tomorrow (Monday) night sees our regular monthly meeting in the offices of DIE LINKE Neukölln (7pm in Wipperstraße 6, near U- and S-Bahn Neukölln). Anja Ilic, a socialist from Serbia will be reporting from the biggest protests to hit Serbia in a generation.

At the end of the meeting, Julia Schramm will be introducing the new LINKE Berlin working group political education and discussing how we can work together.

 Film – I, Daniel Blake (and British elections)

Monday 5th June is a public holiday in Germany, and – as a way of preparing ourselves for the coming British elections – we’ll be watching Ken Loach’s prize-winning film, I, Daniel Blake. The film will be shown at 4pm in DIE LINKE Neukölln offices (Wipperstraße 6) and will be followed by a discussion with British socialists Carol McGuigan (Berlin Labour Party) and Phil Butland (Speaker, Berlin LINKE Internationals). Entrance is free. The film will be in English with German subtitles,

Speaking of the election, we’re looking for somewhere to watch the results together on Thursday, 8th June. Alcohol will be available (we’re hoping that we’ll be celebrating but for mourning if necessary). Watch this space for more info, or contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

Fest der Linken – 17 June on Rosa Luxemburg Platz

On 17 June there’ll be the annual Fest der Linken at Rosa Luxemburg Platz. You can find more information, including a large programme of meetings and cultural events here.

We’ll be there with a stall, and if you can help us out, please contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de so that we can sort out a rota.

19 June – Why the German general election is important for Internationals?

In September, there’ll be a general election in Germany with international implications. Will the government that bankrupted Greece be voted back into power? Will the AfD come into the German parliament for the first time? How will the left do – and what can I do to alter things?

Come and discuss with Judith Benda – speaker of Die LINKE Berlin Internationals and direct candidate in Neukölln and Miriam Aced and Tina Lee from Migration Voter website.

26-28 June – Protest against the UN Global Forum of Migration and Development

At the end of June, the UN Global Forum of Migration and Development will be meeting in Berlin to make decisions on behalf of First World countries about how to “deal with” refugees. The International Migrants Alliance says: “We believe that the UN Global Forum for Migration and Development does not fully appreciate our conditions, and it does not espouse our concerns and rights. Instead, it adheres to the neoliberal agenda which has kept our home countries in chronic poverty, unemployment, economic crises and social conflict, constantly producing the cheap migrant labor viewed by the GFMD as ‘tools for development’.”

Watch this space for information about a networking meeting, a public meeting and a demonstration outside the Forum in June.

5-8 July – Demonstration and counter-summit against the G20 in Hamburg

In July, Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other world leaders will be meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg. On Saturday, 8 June there will be a mass demonstration outside.

On 5 and 6 July, there will be a counter-summit in Hamburg. As part of the counter-summit, DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals and the HDP/HDK will be organising a workshop “Turkey after the Referendum” with Andrej Hunko MP and a speaker from Turkey. Its on Wednesday, 5 July at 5pm at Kampnagel room KX (Jarrestraße 20, Hamburg)

DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals will be travelling as part of a contingent organised by The Coalition Berlin. Watch this space for more information about buses and accommodation.

We are also planning a benefit concert with the HDP/HDK at the end of June/early July to raise money for subsidised bus tickets. Watch this space.

People we like

DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals are also active in other Berlin groups. Here are some of the other meetings coming up soon:


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New contribution on national flags on demos

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At the moment we are trying to facilitate more discussion on our Website. For this reason we’re more than happy to publish this contribution from Barbara Uchdorf and Sébastien Tremblay about the use of national flags on demos.

Please contact us with your reaction. Also if you want to make your own statement, contact us on lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de