Demo, meeting and making banners

Hi everyone
Remember that on Saturday 20th there’s the Rescue the Rescuers demo in solidarity with refugee activists who’ve been imprisoned in Greece. Our Elena will be one of the speakers. Read here latest article on the subject here.
We’ll be meeting at 1pm at the Neptunenbrunnen, which is near Alexanderplatz station in front of the Rotes Rathaus with a banner and flyers for our next meetings.
Speaking of which, we’ll be meeting next Monday at 7pm at die LINKE Neukölln offices in Wipeperstraße 6. Speakers from Britain, France and Spain will be speaking on Parties and Social Movements: the lessons from Momentum, La France Insoumise and Podemos. As ever, everyone is welcome.
At the end of that meeting, we’ll be voting for our delegate to die LINKE Berlin party conference. It makes things a lot easier if we know in advance who is planning on standing, so if you’d like to be our delegate (or reserve), or just want to know more, please get in touch.
Finally, Save the Date. We want to create some new banners and placards to take to demos. To do this, we’re having an Artistic Day on Sunday, 11 November where we’ll play some music and get creative.We’ll be there between 3pm and 7pm.
Hope to see you at some of these eventa
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Photos from the #unteilbar demo and much more

Hi everyone

We’ve published an online gallery of photographs from yesterday’s #unteilbar demo. Thanks to the many people who’ve allowed us to use photos from the different blocks 

There are a few new articles on our Website which are relevant to yesterday’s demo:

– LINKE MP Christine Buchholz gives an interview about the rise of the far right 

– Victor Grossman talks about the aftermath of Chemnitz 

– and Elena Gagovska tells us about the imprisonment of Sara Mardini and Séan Binder in Greece for helping refugees. We hope to see you on the demo for Sara and Séan in Berlin next Saturday 

Remember that our next meeting is on Monday 22nd October in the LINKE Neukölln offices. Activists from Britain, France and Spain will be talking about the experiences of Momentum, France Insoumise and Podemos 

Hope to see you there

 

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Die LINKE Internationals in October

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We had an organising meeting this evening. Here are the decisions we took. If you don’t have the time to read it all, the first two points (unteilbar demo and next meeting) are the most important

1. Unteilbar Demo, 13 October

We’ll be there on the big demo against racism (100,000 expected) with banners, flags and leaflets. Meeting point: corner of Alexanderstraße / Otto Braun Straße at 11.45 under the big LINKE balloon

Look for our banner which says “Refugees welcome” in several languages.

If you want to make sure you find us, send us your mobile phone number, and we’ll add you to our Telegram group.

We’re planning some last minute leafletting sessions (among other places at the language schools on Linienstraße Friday morning). If you can help, please get in touch.

You can find the planned programme for the demo here. Elena should be speaking for Seebrücke. Don’t miss her.

ToDos:

PHIL: bring the banner, organise a leaflet to give out

NATHAN: organise flags

TOM W: coordinate flyer action at the language schools

2. Meeting on Parties and social movements, Monday 22 October

As planned, Jerome Bachelier from France will be talking about France Insoumise and Tom Wills from Britain will be talking about Momentum. The idea is to discuss the attempts in other countries to combine work in parties with building social movements.

As we thought that this podium is too top-heavy with men, we will also invite a women from Spain to talk about the experiences there.

Its all going off at die LINKE Neukölln offices, Wipperstraße 6 at 7pm 

ToDos:

PHIL: find Spanish speaker

3. Party conference delegates

We are allowed 1 delegate to conferences of die LINKE Berlin party conferences. Delegates are voted for 2 years and its time to vote for new ones.

We will have an election at out meeting on 22 October. TOM W and JUAN will form the voting commission. If anyone would like to help them, that’s great

We’re still collecting candidates to be our delegate. Party conference delegates must attend conference (twice a year). If you can propose resolutions from the LAG even better, but this is not essential. You must, however, be able to speak German.

If you’re interested or want to know more, please get in touch.

4. Keihnachtsfest (not-Christmas party), 1 December

A group has formed (Nathan, Elena, Hanna, Phil) which will meet and plan the party, including the musical programme. Again, anyone who wants to join this group is very welcome.

ToDo:

NATHAN, ELENA, HANNA, PHIL: get it organised

5. EU elections in May

We want to set up a group to plan our intervention. This will involve:

  • coordinating with other left groups in Berlin (IU, Podemos, France Insoumise etc.)
  • producing a leaflet on voting rights
  • producing further leaflets on why you should vote left
  • meetings
  • resolution to party conferences

On 24 November, die LINKE is organising a regional conference on the EU elections. The EU project group should meet in mid November to plan what we want to say at this conference

The next meeting in our series on the EU election is with ATTAC Austria who will present their new book on the EU. If at all possible, it would be great to have this meeting shortly after the 24 November conference, so we can invite participants to our meeting.

Todo

JUDITH: talk to ATTAC Austria

RUCHIR: if you’re interested in designing a leaflet, let’s talk

TOM: can also help

6. Meeting on immigration controls, November 26th

The speaker will be Clara Bünger, board member of refugee law clinics abroad  who helped set up a project for refugees in Greece. Clara currently works for die LINKE parliamentary fraction, advising them on migration policy.

So far, we would like Clara to talk about the following. If you’d like her to speak about anything specific, please get in touch

  • role of the EU – what is happening with refugee camps in North Africa?
  • How is the Greek government behaving?
  • Everyday experience for refugees in Germany

7. Our Website

As Seth has got a job in Kosovo, we’re looking for someone to help on our new Website. If this sounds interesting to you, please get in touch

8. Coming events

  • This Friday, at 8pm, Chilean activists are organising a protest at Brandenburger Tor against the visit of Chilean president Sebastian Pinera
  • On October 20th, there’s a protest starting at the Greek embassy against the imprisonment of Berlin-based activists Sarah, Sean and Nassos 
  • On October 30th, activists from both Western Sahara and Egypt are planning protests against the summit of African leaders in Berlin. Watch this space for more info
  • On November 16-17, die LINKE Berlin is organising a conference on migration 
  • On November 24th there’s the conference on the EU election programme 
  • And on November 25th, there’s a conference on what sort of left we want at the Schaubühne, includingh Didier Eribon and Daniele Obono 

9. Future meetings

For our January meeting (28th) we’ll try to get Egyptian activist Hossam el-Hamalawy, who’s currently based in Berlin, to speak on What’s Left of the Arab Spring? (working title)

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Coming up

There’s a number of demos coming up. Here’s a summary of some of them.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in Berlin this week-end, and there’s an “Erdogan not Welcome” demo tomorrow (Friday) at Potsdamer Platz from 4pm.

On Saturday, the Bündnis Neukölln is organising an anti-racist rally against a planned action by the AfD. It starts at 9.30am at the corner of Lipschitzallee and Rudower Str., and should be going on all day.

On Saturday afternoon, there’s also a demo for fair rents at Lipschitzplatz from 2pm

Also on Saturday, there’ll be a significant refugee demo, We’ll come united in Hamburg 

Next Wednesday its Reunification Day, and there’ll be a demo for equal wealth for everyone from 1.30pm at the Platz des Volksaufstandes von 1953, Leipziger Straße 124

And on Saturday 13th there’s the Unteilbar demo against racism 

As well as the demos, we’ll be having an organising meeting on Wednesday, 10th October to plan out coming actions and meetings (including a party on 1 December). All our organising meetings are open to everyone – please get in touch for more information.

Our next full meeting will be on 22 October, when speakers from Britain, France, (and maybe elsewhere) will be talking about Parties and Movements – the lessons from Momentum and France Insoumise 

 

 Hope you can make it to at least some of those demos