LINKE Berlin Internationals Newsletter, 19 January

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.

  • On Wednesday 23rd January, there will probably be a Stammtisch of The Coalition, the anti-Trump organisation that we helped form. Watch this space for more information.
  • On Saturday 26th January, there’s a national day of action for reproductive rights. There will be activities in several German cities, including one at Rosa Luxemburg Platz at midday. For more information, follow the Website of the Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmung
  • On Monday 28th January, we have a meeting with Hossam el-Hamalawy, leading Egyptian left journalist and one of the organisers of the Tahrir Square protests. Hossam will be addressing the question What’s left of the Arab Spring? The meeting starts at 7pm and because we are expecting a bigger attendance than normal will be in Karl Liebknecht Haus. We’ll also be filming the meeting. Look out for a possible special guest (not yet confirmed).
  • On Wednesday, 30th January, there will be a meeting in Karl Liebknecht Haus on Linke Perspektive in Polen. The meeting will be in German, but we should have some people around who may be able to organise a translation.
  • And on Thursday, 31st January, Rauk Zelik will be presenting his new book about Spain Eine politische Geschichte. Again its in German, and again, we may be able to help with the translation. The meeting will be moderated by our very own Carmela Negrete.

That’s the main events for January. Look out for the following events in coming months:

  • On Saturday 2nd February at 7.30pm, Izquierda Unida is organising a meeting about Modern Monetary Theory: La Teoría Monetaria Moderna como alternativa al neoliberalismo. Speakers are Eduardo Garzon and Javier Parra. The meeting will be in Spanish, but we are working with IU to try to organise a translation into English.
  • On Saturday 9th February at 1pm we’re organising a meeting with die LINKE Charlottenburg in German and English. Title is Links wählen. Kein Europa der Konzerne und des großen Geldes. Its in C/O Berlin and speakers include our joint speaker Judith Benda,.
  • On Tuesday 19th February, we’re organising a joint meeting with Labour Berlin, discussing the controversies around the Aufstehen movement Aufstehen – Can we talk? will take place in Karl Liebknecht Haus. Speakers are Steve Hudson from Aufstehen/Labour, LINKE MP Christine Buchholz and Jerome Bachelier from France Insoumise.
  • On Monday 25 February there’ll be our first meeting in the new venue of the Roter Laden in Friedrichshain on The Fight for Women’s Liberation in Poland and Germany (note new title). Speakers are Hanna Grzeskiewicz and Friederike Bends
  • 8th March is International Women’s Day/Frauen*kampftag. There’ll be a demo in Berlin which is currently being planned.
  • On Saturday 16th March there’s the International Day of Action against Racism and Fascism. There’ll be something happening in Berlin. Follow the Aufstehen gegen Rassismus Website for more information.
  • We now have a date for our planned public meeting in German on Militarisierung EU. It will be on 19th March in Karl Liebknecht Haus. Speakers include Claudia Haydt and it will probably be in Karl Liebknecht Haus.
  • On Monday 25th March, Raul Zelik will be speaking in the Roter Laden on Have the progressive governments in Latin America failed? If so, why?
  • On Monday 29th April, Mario Candeias from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will be talking on Is the EU breaking apart?
  • From 23-26 May, there’s the EU elections. All EU citizens are entitled to vote (we’re producing a leaflet explaining what you need to do). And on the day after the elections on Monday 27th May, we’re meeting in the Roter Laden to discuss What just happened?
  • Finally, one for your diaries. Once a year, we have a week-end of fun and politics at the Naturfreunde Haus in Hermsdorf. This year, we’ll be going into the countryside in 8-9 June. As we were oversubscribed last year, this time we’re asking people to sign up in advance. Watch this space for more information.

 

Right now, here’s all that information in a simple list without any of the flim-flam:

 

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Report from the front line

Hi everyone

We had an organising meeting this evening. Here are the main results

1. EU election

We’re working with die LINKE Berlin together on the EU elections:

  • There’ll be a leaflet informing non-Germans of their voting rights out towards the end of February

  • There’ll be a second leaflet telling non-Germans why they should vote left out in April. We will contribute towards the content of this leaflet

  • Our meeting on the need to vote left in May will be the main meeting of the LINKE Berlin voting campaign

  • A new leaflet about our group will be layouted and printed soon

2. Meetings during the EU elections

We are planning 4 types of meeting during the EU elections:

  • our normal monthly meeting on the fourth Monday of the month

  • 2 special public meetings on EU Militarisation in March and why you should vote Left in May

  • meetings with Berlin districts. The first one of these is with Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf on 9th February

  • Supporting/Co-organising meetings from other organisations (e.g. the CUP from Catalonia, IU fromSpain, the British Labour Party)

3. Meeting with Hossam el-Hamalawy on the Arab Spring – 28th January (Phil)

4. IU meeting about MMT on 2 February (Luis?)

5. Meeting with Charlottenburg on 9 February (Phil, Judith)

  • The meeting will be generally on the EU election and why you should vote left

  • We made some suggestions (what are the structures of the EU? What’s happening in the different EU countries?) Jochem will take them to the planning meeting next Monday

  • Phil will represent our LAG at the planning meeting next Monday. After that we’ll know what else we have to do

  • We cam also help organise musicians

6. Working with other Berlin districts (Phil, Judith)

  • Phil and Judith are sending our a mail to all districts this week, suggesting ways that we can work together in the EU elections

  • Phil is going to the Charlottenburg meeting on Monday

  • Ferat will represent us at the Neukölln meeting this week-end (Antigoni to speak to Ferat)

  • Judith will represent us at the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg meeting on 4. February

7. Meeting with Labour Party on Aufstehen on 19 February (Phil)

  • Speakers will be Steve Hudson, Christine Buchholz and Jerome Bachelier

  • We will advertise via the normal channels. Ruchir will make a graphic at the end of the month

  • We will organise live streaming based on the experiences of the Arab Spring meeting

8. Meeting on the Women’s movement in Spain on 25th February (Dani?)

  • We have no speaker and can’t remember why Spain was so important

  • Instead we’ll do the meeting on the Movement for Women’s Liberation in Poland and Germany

  • Hanna will speak about Poland. Judith will ask Friedi if she can speak about 8 March

  • If Friedi can’t, we have other people who could speak about Germany

  • There will be elections in Poland in October. We will also organise a meeting about this

9. Public Meeting on EU Militarization (Phil, Judith)

  • The meeting will be on 19 March. Claudia Haydt will speak. The Rosa Luxemburg Saal has been booked.

  • We’ll ask Janeta Mileva to speak on Eastern Europe and NATO expansion

  • The third speaker will speak on the war on refugees. Either someone from Southern Europe, or from Northern Africa (Phil knows some people)

  • At the moment, Phil has the last say on speakers. If anyone would like to join in, they are more than welcome.

10. Public Meeting on Why you should vote Left (Phil, Judith)

  • Current status (die LINKE’s main female candidate Özlem Demirel is a good possibility. If so, she will suggest a date and we will try to book KL Haus)

  • Other possible speakers are Costas Lapavistas (contact Phil), Miguel Urban (contact Juan), French and Belgian speakers (contact Judith)

11. Website (Phil, Thom)

  • We are going to launch a new Website organised by supporters of die LINKE Berlin Internationals. The main focus will be reports from international events

  • At the same time, we will organise a meeting with Michael van der Meer about putting our information on die LINKE Berlin Website. Phil and Thom will attend

  • Phil, Thoma and Sarah will organise a meeting of our Web group to decide what we do now.

12. Other meetings and events(see https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/newsletter-12-january-2018/) (Phil)

  • We will advertise the women’s march on Saturday at 10am and the “Wir haben es Satt” Demo at 12 noon. We can’t guarantee that we’ll have enough people to form a block

  • We will, however, organise a block at the action for Reproductive Rights on Saturday, 26 January at 12 noon at Rosa Luxemburg Platz

  • If anyone has any events that we should advertise, please contact us

13. Summer retreat in Hermsdorf (Phil)

Every Summer we organise a week-end away in the Naturfreunde Haus in Hermsdorf for discussion and getting to know each other better

  • This year’s meeting will be on 8-9 June. Phil will book the Naturfreunde Haus

  • 10 June is also a bank holiday (Pfingsten). We should discuss if something is possible on that day)

  • We will set up a group to decide what happens that week-end. So far, Phil Nathan, Hanna and ?Thom? have volunteered

  • This time we will ask people to pay €10 for food. This will help us make sure that not too people come

  • We will also consider having some meetings on the Saturday, so Sunday is not too intense

  • Next year we should take the time to consider whether we should meet somewhere else

14. Gentrification campaign

  • Thom reported from a new campaign against gentrification in Berlin

  • We’re fully behind it, and will offer our help where its useful (eg in translation)

  • We’ll also talk to Wahlrecht für alle about a campaign scandalising why non-Germans can’t take part in referenda

15. Things we talked about in the pub afterwards

  • let’s get together a group of journalists, to talk about how we deal with the media (Phil to talk to Hans, Tom, Will, Carmela, …)

  • Shall we organise a meeting after the elections with Diem25 and other forces ab out where the left goes from here?

Newsletter 12 January 2018

Welcome to the first LINKE Berlin Internationals of the year. After getting feedback that the newsletter contains just too much information for some people, its now in 2 parts:

  • The main part of the newsletter is a description of the most important events coming up in Berlin in the next few weeks
  • If you don’t need the descriptions but just need the dates and times, scroll down to the list at the bottom of the Newsletter. You can also see all Events on the Eventbrite calendar on our homepage.

This newsletter come out once a week, usually on a Saturday morning(ish). If you have any events that you’d like us to tell people about, send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

Ok then, Happy New Year and here goes…

  • This afternoon at 5pm, Catalonian councillor Eulàlia Reguant (CUP) and Raul Zelik will be talking about Catalonia – Katalonian nach dem Machtwechsel in Madrid. Its at 5pm in Karl Liebknecht Haus and is in Spanish and German. We are co-organising the event with CUP Exterior.
  • Tomorrow morning there’s the annual demonstration in commemoration of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. This year is the 100th anniversary, so it should be bigger than usual. We’ll be meeting with other international activists at 9.45 in front of Humana at Frankfurter Tor. We have a messaging group to keep in contact on the day. Send us a mail for more information.
  • On Thursday, at 7pm we have our monthly organising meeting. The organising meeting is where we plan our coming events and activities and is open to anyone who’s interested. As it often takes place in people’s houses, we do not make the venue public, but to find out the venue and planned agenda you can send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.
  • Next Saturday, there’s the annual Women’s march. This tradition started 2 years ago on Donald Trump’s inauguration and there have been demonstrations in many international cities since. Berlin’s is at the Brandenburger Tor and is at the ungodly hour of 10am because…
  • Directly afterwards there’s the Wir Haben es Satt Demo against the agricultural industry. This is a big deal and usually gets tens of thousands of participants. It starts at 12 noon, also at the Brandenburger Tor.
  • On Saturday 26th January, there’s a national day of action for reproductive rights. For more information of what’s planned for Berlin, follow the Website of the Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmung (of course we’ll also post more info when we have it).
  • On Monday 28th January, we have a meeting with Hossam el-Hamalawy, leading Egyptian left journalist and one of the organisers of the Tahrir Square protests. Hossam will be addressing the question What’s left of the Arab Spring? The meeting starts at 7pm and because we are expecting a bigger attendance than normal will be in Karl Liebknecht Haus.

That’s the main events for January. Look out for the following events in coming months:

  • On Saturday 9th February at 1pm we’re organising a meeting with die LINKE Charlottenburg in German and English. Title is Links wählen. Kein Europa der Konzerne und des großen Geldes. Its in C/O Berlin and speakers include our joint speaker Judith Benda,.
  • On Tuesday 19th February, we’re organising a joint meeting with Labour Berlin, discussing the controversies around the Aufstehen movement Aufstehen – Can we talk? will take place in Karl Liebknecht Haus. Speakers are Steve Hudson from Aufstehen/Labour, LINKE MP Christine Buchholz and a representative from France Insoumise.
  • On Monday 25th February there’ll be our first meeting in the new venue of the Roter Laden in Friedrichshain on The Fight for Women’s Liberation in Spain.
  • Some time in March we’re organising a public meeting in German on Militarisierung EU. Speakers include Claudia Haydt and it will probably be in Karl Liebknecht Haus.
  • 8th March is International Women’s Day/Frauen*kampftag. There’ll be a demo in Berlin which is currently in the planning stage.
  • On Saturday 16th March there’s the International Day of Action against Racism and Fascism. There’ll be something happening in Berlin. Follow the Aufstehen gegen Rassismus Website for more information.
  • On Monday 25th March, Raul Zelik will be speaking in the Roter Laden on Have the progressive governments in Latin America failed? If so, why?
  • On Monday 29th April, Mario Candeias from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will be talking (also in the Roter Laden) on Is the EU breaking apart?
  • From 23-26 May, there’s the EU elections. All EU citizens are entitled to vote (we’re producing a leaflet explaining what you need to do to register). And on the day after the elections on Monday 27th May, we’re meeting in the Roter Laden to discuss What just happened?

 

Right now, here’s all that information in a simple list without any of the flim-flam:

  • Saturday 9th February, 1pm: Links wählen. Kein Europa der Konzerne und des großen Geldes. C/O Berlin in Charlottenburg (in English and German)

 

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3 tips for the new year

1. On Friday, 11 January at 6pm, die LINKE is organising a meeting in Refugio with Katja Kipping, Bernd Riexinger, people from Sea Watch and Lifeline etc.

The meeting is in German and entry is free, but its best to book in advance. Send a mail to jahresauftakt@die-linke.de

2. On Saturday 12th January (5pm in Karl Liebknecht Haus) we’re hosting a public meeting with the Catalonian MP Eulàlia Reguan and Raul Zelik. The meeting will be in Spanish and German

3. And on Monday 28th January (7pm in Karl Liebknecht Haus), Egyptian Journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy will be asking “What’s Left of the Arab Spring?” This one will be in English 🙂

We’ll be organising all sorts of other meetings and activities next year, particularly around the EU elections in May. If you want to get involved, please get in touch.

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A last short newsletter of the year

A very short newsletter this week (feel free to blame Christmas)

  • tomorrow’s demonstration against executions in Egypt has unfortunately been cancelled
  • instead, you can join a protest on Wednesday in solidarity with the French Yellow Vests movement. 6pm at Alexanderplatz (near Galeria Kaufhof). If you have a yellow vest, bring it along. The call to action in German is at the bottom of this message

 

That’s it for this year. The next newsletter should go out on Saturday, 5th January with info about our meeting on the Arab Spring with Hossam el-Hamalawy, our joint meeting with Labour Berlin on Aufstehen, a public meeting on the militarisation of Europe, a meeting on the women’s movement in Spain, and that’s just January and February. Watch this space for more information.

 

One last plea. Next year we’ll have a new meeting place – the Roter Laden in Friedrichshain. We also may have a new day when we meet, as Monday isn’t good for everyone. Unfortunately no day is good for everyone, so its a toss up between Mondays and Wednesdays. Please let us know by this Tuesday if one of these days is particularly good or bad for you. We’ll take the final decision on Tuesday evening.

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