Newsletter 23 March 2019

Welcome to this week’s LINKE Berlin Internationals Newsletter. Remember, if you have any events that you’d like us to tell people about, send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

  • On Wednesday, 27th March at 7pm, our joint speaker Phil Butland and Carol McGuigan, the vice-chair of Labour Berlin will be taking part in a forum on Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit in the Roten Kreisel (Hindenburgdamm 85) Zehlendorf
  • On Saturday 4th May, youth groups of die LINKE Berlin will be holding a climate conference in the Humbolthain club. We’ll be organising a workshop, probably on the Green New Deal.
  • We’ve also started taking bookings for our annual week-end retreat on 8-9 June in the Naturfreundehaus in Hermsdorf. This is where we meet up in the countryside and enjoy the local atmosphere before knuckling down and planning our coming year. Attendance and accommodation are free, but we’re asking for those who can to contribute €10 to cover the cost of food (kids come free). The first 30 who register (at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de) get a guaranteed bed. After that we’ll work something or other out.
  • While we’re at it, at Hermsdorf we will be launching a new Website. We’re looking for all sorts of people – from graphic designers and programmers to writers and translators – to help us do this. If you think this may be your sort of thing, please contact us at the usual address (lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de)

And now here’s a nice bulleted list of more events that are coming up in Berlin:


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Report from our recent organising meeting

Hi everyone

We had our monthly organising meeting on Friday to plan our future activities. Here’s what we decided

1. Meeting on EU Militarisation, 19th March

  • Our suggested order of service is that Claudia Haydt starts with a general analysis of the militaristic role of the EU (particularly in relationship with NATO), Elena Gagovska will talk about the East extension of NATO/EU, particularly with respect to Macedonia, then Sarah Mardini will talk about the effect of EU Militarisation on refugees

  • We will check at the beginning of the meeting who understands English and who understands German. If everyone understands English, Claudia will speak in English and there will be no translation. Otherwise we will translate as required. 2 of our “normal” translators will definitely be there

  • Phil will chair, unless anyone else would like to

  • There was an article about the meeting in die LINKE Berlin newsletter. Please everyone pass on the information from our Website and facebook page

  • We still don’t have a nearby pub booked to meet afterwards. Does anyone have any ideas?

2. Next LAG meeting – left governments in Latin America

  • Raul Zelik will concentrate on the recent experiences in Brazil and Venezuela. If he concentrates on many more countries, this will be too much information, but we do want him to talk about what is common across different countries.

  • As above. Phil will chair, unless anyone else would like to

  • We would like to especially invite people we know involved in Latin American solidarity organisations. Please share links from our Website and facebook page

  • We are still looking for a pub where we can meet afterwards. The Czech bar on Karl Marx Allee where we met last month was ok, but we should book a table. Or does someone else have another idea?

3. Other meetings

  • On 27th March, Phil from our group and Carol from Labour Berlin will be talking in Steglitz about Brexit. There appears to be some information online he re. Phil will talk to die LINKE Steglitz-Zehlendorf about getting more information

  • On 29th March our Carmela is taking part in a book presentation in the Babylon cinema on Rosa Luxemburg Platz on the legacy of Franco in Spain. The meeting will be in English and we will help publicize it

  • The youth groups of the LINKE Berlin are organising a climate conference on 4th May. We have been asked to organise a workshop about the international dimension (eg Fridays for Future). Phil will talk to the organisers about whether they have the budget to e.g. bring Niels from Amsterdam. If not, Kate C will try to find us a Berlin-based activist

4. EU elections

  • We are planning a big meeting on the EU elections in the second or third week of May. It looks quite likely that Violeta Tomic will speak. Violeta is the main candidate for the European left list. Judith hopes to get confirmation at the beginning of next week. After that, we will book a room and invite other speakers. Özlem Demirel, the main female canditate for die LINKE may be free. If not, Judith will find another candidate from die LINKE list.

  • Judith, Nathan and Hans are working on a questionnaire to send to our mailing list about who is interested in helping the election campaign, and where they are from. As part of this, we would like to organise videos of people from different countries saying why they will be voting left

  • Die LINKE Berlin is producing a leaflet explaining non-Germans what their voting rights are. This will be hopefully ready in time for the LINKE Basiskonferenz next Friday, where Phil will be making a presentation on how we can distribute them. We will be organising leafletting at language schools – hopefully together with local districts and LINKE groups (Wedding is very interested)

  • A draft version of the LINKE short election programme is available in German and English, and we are looking for people who can help translating it into other languages. If you can help, please contact us.

  • The LINKE Berlin working group for refugees has invited us to talk at their meeting on 29 March about the coming election campaign. Phil can make this presentation, but if anyone else would like to, please get in touch.

5. Hermsdorf

  • We will be having our annual retreat / planning meeting in Hermdorf on 8-9 June. We had a planning meeting a couple of weeks ago which made the following recommendations:

    • we have booked the full Naturfreundehaus in Hermsdorf which has 30 beds. However, as last year we had more people than beds we are asking for people to register in advance

    • Registration and accommodation is free, but we are asking for a €10 contribution for food. If anyone seriously can’t afford this contribution, we can talk

    • The first 30 people to register are guaranteed a bed. After than we can negotiate

    • This time we want to have 30% of our meetings on the Saturday, which will be largely looking back on what we have doing and what we think that our group can do. On Sunday, we would largely like to talk about campaigns in which we would like to get more involved next year (looking for suggestions)

    • We would definitely like to organise Sunday workshops on gentrification/Deutsche Wohnungen Enteignen (organised by Thom) and our relationship with the international women’s movement (organised by Hanna and Kristina)

  • On top of this, we are considering workshops on anti-racism and on climate change. We are still gathering suggestions

  • To gather these suggestions, the Hermsdorf group should maybe meet again in April. In May it will have a meeting to make the final decision.

  • We should discuss to what extent the workshops are led by experts, and how much by group members.

  • To help us regulate who is there, everyone should register now. Please contact Nathan (at best with €10 to give him)

6. Future Meetings

  • On May we have a meeting to discuss how the EU elections went. We will try to get someone from the LINKE election list to present it. Judith (?) to organise

  • In July, Nathan will organise a meeting on Homonationalism (in conjunction with CSD)

  • We are still open to suggestions about the subject of our June meeting. So far we have the following suggestions (please tell us either which you prefer or what other suggestions you have): German reparations to Namibia, Sudan, Kurdistan, Algeria, Greece, can we save the planet?, China’s relationship with the EU, 70 years NATO, Portugal, trade union work. Brexit

7. Anything else?

  • We’ll be at the demo against racism, 16 March (we were: photos here)

  • Financial report put back till Ferran is here. Basically, the more money we spend on Hermsdorf, the less we have on other things.

  • We will book a stall at the MyFest on 1 May. If any other organisations would like to book a stall, please get in touch

  • We’re planning a meeting to decide what to do with our Website, probably this Wednesday. If you’re interested in getting involved, please get in touch

  • Eric Bouguignon from the PCF in France will be in Berlin early April. If we can manage it, we’ll organise a meeting with him in the Plume

  • Douania Mafoufi is currently in Algeria. When she’s back. we’ll try to organise a report back meeting (also probably in the Plume)

Newsletter 16 March 2019

Welcome to this week’s LINKE Berlin Internationals Newsletter. Remember, if you have any events that you’d like us to tell people about, send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

  • NOTE – after the shootings in Christchurch today’s international day of action against racism is more important than ever. Show solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Wittenbergplatz at 2pm
  • On Tuesday, 19th March at 7pm, we’re having a public meeting on Militarisierung EU/Militarisation EU. Speakers are Claudia Haydt (board member of Informationsstelle Militarisierung and LINKE candidate for the EU election), Macedonian socialist Elena Gagovska, and Sarah Mardini, the Syrian refugee who was jailed in Greece for helping other refugees.
  • On Monday, 25th March at 7pm, Raul Zelik will be addressing the question Have the progressive governments in Latin America failed? If so, why? with particular focus on ongoing events in Venezuela and Brazil. Its in our new regular meeting place of the Roter Laden in Friedrichshain (Weidenweg 17)
  • On Wednesday, 27th March at 7pm, our joint speaker Phil Butland and Carol McGuigan, the vice-chair of Labour Berlin will be taking part in a forum on Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit in the Roten Kreisel (Hindenburgdamm 85) Zehlendorf
  • We’ve also started taking bookings for our annual week-end retreat on 8-9 June in the Naturfreundehaus in Hermsdorf. This is where we meet up in the countryside and enjoy the local atmosphere before knuckling down and planning our coming year. Attendance and accommodation are free, but we’re asking for those who can to contribute €10 to cover the cost of food (kids come free). The first 30 who register (at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de) get a guaranteed bed. After that we’ll work something or other out.

 

And now here’s a nice bulleted list of more events that are coming up in Berlin:


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Newsletter 9 March

Welcome to this week’s LINKE Berlin Internationals Newsletter. Remember, if you have any events that you’d like us to tell people about, send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

  • On Tuesday, 12th March, 7pm, we’re organising a meeting with Die LINKE Neukölln: Europa für die 99 Prozent! Aber wie? Speakers are our very own Judith Benda and Antigoni Ntonti, Niels Jongerius from the Netherlands, and Kevin Ovenden from Greece/Great Britain. Its in the Engels Café Restaurant, Herrfurthstraße 21 in Neukölln and there will be translation into English.
  • Niels is staying in Berlin for a few days, so on Friday, 15th March, we’re organising a meeting with him on Climate Justice in the Netherlands and worldwide, where you can talk to him about the environmental movement in the Netherlands. The format is have a drink and a chat and it starts at 8pm at Café Plume, Warthestraße 60 in Neukölln.
  • Directly before Niels’s meeting (at 6pm in Café Plume), we’ll be having our next Organising Meeting. The organising meetings are where we plan our future activities. Anyone is invited who is interested in getting involved. If you’re planning on coming, contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de so that we can send you a planned agenda.
  • On Tuesday, 19th March at 7pm, we’re having a public meeting on Militarisierung EU/Militarisation EU. Speakers are Claudia Haydt (board member of Informationsstelle Militarisierung and LINKE candidate for the EU election), Macedonian socialist Elena Gagovska, and Sarah Maldini, the Syrian refugee who was jailed in Greece for helping other refugees.
  • On Monday, 25th March at 7pm, Raul Zelik will be addressing the question Have the progressive governments in Latin America failed? If so, why? with particular focus on ongoing events in Venezuela and Brazil. Its in our new regular meeting place of the Roter Laden in Friedrichshain (Weidenweg 17)
  • We’ve also started taking bookings for our annual week-end retreat on 8-9 June in the Naturfreundehaus in Hermsdorf. This is where we meet up in the countryside and enjoy the local atmosphere before knuckling down and planning our coming year. Attendance and accommodation are free, but we’re asking for those who can to contribute €10 to cover the cost of food (kids come free). The first 30 who register (at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de) get a guaranteed bed. After that we’ll work something or other out.

And now here’s a nice bulleted list of more events that are coming up in Berlin:


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Newsletter, 2 March 2019

Welcome to this week’s LINKE Berlin Internationals Newsletter, once more with a slightly different format. Now we’re starting with a longer explanation of the next few events that we’re organising, followed by a bulleted list of many more meetings and demonstrations, complete with links if you want to know more.

The old rules still apply: if you have any events that you’d like us to tell people about, send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

  • On Tuesday, 12th March, 7pm, we’re organising a meeting with Die LINKE Neukölln: Europa für die 99 Prozent! Aber wie? Speakers are our very own Judith Benda, Antigoni Ntonti from Greece, Niels Jongerius from the Netherlands, and Kevin Ovenden from Greece/Great Britain. Its in the Engels Café Restaurant in Neukölln and there will be translation into English.
  • Niels is staying in Berlin for a few days, so on Friday, 15th March, we’re organising an evening with Niels Jongerius, where you can talk to him about the left and particularly the environmental movement in the Netherlands. The format is have a drink and a chat and it starts at 8pm at Café Plume, Warthestraße 60 in Neukölln.
  • On Tuesday, 19th March at 7pm, we’re having a public meeting on Militarisierung EU/Militarisation EU. Speakers are Claudia Haydt (board member of Informationsstelle Militarisierung and LINKE candidate for the EU election), Macedonian socialist Elena Gagovska, and Sarah Maldini, the Syrian refugee who was jailed in Greece for helping other refugees.
  • On Monday, 25th March at 7pm, Raul Zelik will be addressing the question Have the progressive governments in Latin America failed? If so, why?  with particular focus on ongoing events in Venezuela and Brazil. Its in our new regular meeting place of the Roter Laden in Friedrichshain (Weidenweg 17)

And now here’s a nice bulleted list of more events that are coming up in Berlin:

Newsletter 23 February 2019

Welcome to this week’s LINKE Berlin Internationals Newsletter. Here’s what’s coming up in Berlin that may be of interest to internationals. Remember, if you have any events that you’d like us to tell people about, send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

As usual, we’re starting with a list of longer descriptions of events in the next few weeks. If you just want a summary of dates and places, scroll down for a list which also looks further into the future.

 

And here are all those dates and more in a nice bulleted list:

 

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