Report from our meeting with RAZEM

14718694_1181656191927865_3417905634612587401_nHallo everyone

Thanks once more for a great meeting last night and welcome to anyone new on the list.

A report of the meeting will appear on this Website soon. You can also see a video report plus some photos from the evening here.

For those who weren’t there, and for those who didn’t quite get everything, here’s a summary of what else we decided last night.

LINKE Berlin Conference

We elected our delegates for the LINKE conferences for the next 2 years. Ana Barrena will represent us, and Ferran Detrell will go if Ana is ill or out of Berlin.

The next party conference is on 10 December. We have the chance to submit motions. If you want to make a suggestion, please contact us (lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de) before our next meeting on 22 November.
New project groups

We have set up 2 new project groups. These bring smaller groups of people together to work more intensively on specific parts of our work. The 2 new groups are

  • campaigning for a NO vote on the Italian constitution on 4 December. The group is planning on producing a leaflet and organising a public meeting (hopefully together with DiEM25 Berlin which has also just decided to campaign on the issue). More information here 
  • campaigning for voting rights for non-Germans. This group will have its first meeting soon to define exactly what it thinks it can do. If you want to be invited to the meeting, please contact us. More information here

You can find a full list of our current project groups here. If you are interested in finding out more about one of these groups, please contact us lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de and we’ll put you in touch with the responsible person.
Jacobin reading group

We are very happy to sponsor a reading group for Jacobin magazine which was previously available at a local high school and now is available for anyone in Berlin. The first discussion will be on 27 October (yes, today) in the Co-op café discussing texts on changing ideologies relating to work. More information, including the reading materials here.

The reading group will meet on a monthly basis but its not yet clear exactly when future meetings will be. For more information, watch this space.
News from the culture department

We had 2 successful cultural events this months with a book presentation on “terrorism” in the Basque country and a film and discussion on Colombia (with 100 participants!)

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Berlin is Nowhere book presentations  – next meeting on political movements in Chile (25 November) in the jugend[Widerstands]Museum, Rigaerstraße 9
  • SoulKino film and discussion  – next meeting on abortion rights / violence against women (27 November) in the B-Lage, Mareschstraße 1

Because of Christmas and stuff the next couple of meetings will not always be in the same week of the month, but both projects will have a regular monthly date in the new year. The culture group is also busy organising our international Christmas party on Saturday 10 December in the Co-op Café- Here is the planned agenda (to be confirmed at the next culture group meeting).

6pm – 8pm Film (Sweden/USA) Black Power Mix Tape

8pm – 9pm Refugee Theatre (everywhere) from Club Al-Hakawati (to be confirmed)

9pm – 10pm Live Music (Iran/Germany) from Kaveh

10pm – when they throw us out DJ set (Spain) from SoulKino
Finally, a theatre recommendation. Also coming soon to this Website: a preview of Jim Jarmusch’s film “Paterson” which will be released in mid-November.
Next meeting

On 22 November, Brazilian economist Wellington Bernades Delzari will be talking to us about Brazil after the coup. We are trying to give everyone the chance to organise meetings, so if you are interested in helping out prepare this one, please contact us [it means you don’t get bored by the same old voices].
And that’s about it. If you have any questions and ideas, you know where we are.
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Save the Calais Refugee Camp – Calais Flüchtlingslager retten

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This is Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the British NUT teaching union. Kevin says the following: “As you watch this video, Eviction notices are being taped to doors on the Calais unofficial refugee camp, known as ‘ the jungle’. Of the 10,200 living on camp, In total 1179 are children. 1022 are unaccompanied.. No parents.. No family.. Alone!

The “Dubs Amendment” was passed in May 2016 requiring the British government to relocate unaccompanied minors aka “child refugees” in Europe to the UK, with or without family connections. So far under this Dubs Amendment ZERO have arrived.

After this final eviction, there will be nowhere for children to hide – The camp WILL be demolished! The current scheduled date for eviction is October the 24th 2016. We need to ACT now, 100,000 signatures will take this to parliament! Sign the petitions! Share this video, & urge your friends to do so too.. It’s time to call for.. DUBS NOW.”

Here’s what you can do to support Kevin and the Calais refugees

  1. Print out the poster from https://theleftberlin.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/let-the-refugee-children-in.pdf
  2. Take a video of yourself holding the banner and explaining why the Calais refugee camp should be saved
  3. Post the video on Twitter using the hashtags #EnactDubsNow and #DubsNow

The LINKE Berlin LAG Internationals is organising a mass photo session after their next meeting on Tuesday 25 October in Karl Liebknecht Haus (https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/25-october-razem-the-new-polish-left/). Everyone is invited to join in, but if you can post a video now that’s even better.

More information http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/.

Germany contact: Phil Butland, Speaker, Die LINKE Berlin Internationals lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

 

Hier ist Kevin Courtney, Generalsekretär der britischen LehrerIngewerkschaft, die NUT. Kevin sagt folgendes: “Während du dieses Video anschaust, werden Räumung-Notizen an Türen auf dem inoffiziellen Flüchtlingslager Calais, dem sogenannten” Dschungel”, aufgeklebt. Von den 10.200 lebenden im Lager sind 1179 Kinder. 1022 sind ohne Begleitung .. Keine Eltern .. Keine Familie .. Allein!

Der “Dubs Amendment” wurde im Mai 2016 verabschiedet und fordert die britische Regierung auf, unbegleitete Minderjährige als “Kinderflüchtlinge” in Europa nach Großbritannien zu verlegen, mit oder ohne Familienzusammenhänge. Bisher unter diesem Dubs-Amendment sind NULL angekommen.

Nach dieser endgültigen Zwangsräumung wird es nirgendwo geben, wo Kinder sich verbergen können – das Lager wird abgerissen! Der aktuelle Termin für die Zwangsräumung ist der 24. Oktober 2016. Wir müssen jetzt AGIEREN, 100.000 Unterschriften werden dies dem Parlament überlassen! Unterschreiben Sie die Petitionen! Teilen Sie dieses Video, und fordern Sie Ihre FreundInnen, dies auch zu tun .. Es ist Zeit zu fordern .. DUBS NOW. “

Hier ist, was du machen kannst, um Kevin und die Calais-Flüchtlinge zu unterstützen

1. Das Plakat von https://theleftberlin.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/let-the-refugee-children-in.pdf ausdrücken

2. Ein Video von dir mit dem Plakat aufnehmen, wo du erklärst, warum das Calais Flüchtlingslager gerettet werden sollte

3. Das Video auf Twitter mit den Hashtags #EnactDubsNow und #DubsNow posten

Die LINKE Berlin LAG Internationals organisiert nach ihrem nächsten Treffen am Dienstag, 25. Oktober im Karl-Liebknecht-Haus (https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/25-october-razem-the-new-polish -links/) eine Massenfotoaktion. Jede/r ist eingeladen, mitzumachen, aber wenn du ein Video jetzt aufnehmen kannst, umso besser.

Weitere Informationen http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/.

Deutschland Ansprechpartner: Phil Butland, Sprecher, Die LINKE Berlin Internationals lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

 

Full list of our coming meetings

We have finalized the list of our coming meetings this year. There’s quite a lot, so here’s a quick summary

file-page113 October: US Elections: How should Progressives vote?

Discussion with Eric Lee (founding editor of Labour Start), Dr Thomas Greven (JFK Institute) and Kathleen Brown (Die LINKE Berlin Internationals.

7pm: Karl Liebknecht Haus Luxemburg Saal

 

sangre-votos-manifestaciones-eta-y-el-nacionalismo-vasco-radic-al-1958-2011-978843095499521 October Book presentation – ETA: blood, votes and demonstrations

with Ana Barrena Lertxundi and Rafael Aragüés Aliaga

7.30pm Coop Cafe, Rochstraße 3, 7.30pm

 

universidad-nacional-00323 October SoulKino II – film, music and discussion from Colombia

with film “Jardin de amapolas”

7.15pm B-Lage, Mareschstraße 1 (S-Bahn Sonnenallee)

 

razem-portrait25 October LAG meeting: RAZEM – the new Polish Left

with Klaudia Peach and Pawel Wita (RAZEM Berlin)

7pm, Karl Liebknecht Haus

 

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22 November LAG meeting – Brazil after the coup

with Wellington Bernardes Delazari, Brazilian economist

7pm, Karl Liebknecht Haus

 

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25 November Book presentation – Chile from Allende to today’s social movements

with Victor Hugo Saez

 

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27 November SoulKino III – film, music and discussion about violence against women / abortion rights

7.15pm B-Lage, Mareschstraße 1 (S-Bahn Sonnenallee)

 

o-jeremy-corbyn-facebook10 December Christmas Party

Co-op Anti-war café, Rochstraße 3

 

Activists demonstrate in front of riot police outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia11 December SoulKino IV – film, music and discussion from Brazil

7.15pm B-Lage, Mareschstraße 1 (S-Bahn Sonnenallee)

 

1471951787_e6fb937f0993c8415 December Book presentation – the relevance of Shakespeare’s tragedies today

with Dr Jenny Farrell, author “Fear Not: Shakespeare’s tragedies”

Berlin LINKE Internationals in October

file-page1Here are just some of the places you’ll find the Berlin LAG Internationals this month.

On Saturday 8 October there’s an anti-war demo. Among other things we’ll be giving out leaflets for our public meeting on the US elections (more about that below). The demo sets off from Alexanderplatz (Otto-Braunstraße) at midday. Are enough people going for us to form a block?

On Monday 10 October we have an organising meeting to discuss the ideas we talked about in Hermsdorf and to plan our budget for next year. Its open to anyone who’s interested in that sort of thing. Its in Linkstreff (Malpaquetstraße 12, near U-Bahn Leopoldplatz) at 7pm.

On Thursday 13 October there’s our public meeting: US elections – How should Progressives vote? There’ll be 3 US-American speakers, each arguing a different position, including our very own Kathleen. The meeting is in the Luxemburg Saal in Karl Liebknecht Haus at 7pm. More information here: https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/13-october-us-elections-how-should-progressives-vote/

On Friday 21 October, we are organising a book presentation. The book is ETA: blood, votes demonstrations by Gaizka Fernandez Soldevilla and Raul Lopez. It will be introduced by Ana, a Podemos member from the Basque country, and Rafa, an Izquierda Unida member from Madrid, with plenty of time for discussion afterwards. The meeting – in the Coop Café, Rochstraße 3 – will start at 7.30pm and will be in German with translation into English if required.

On Sunday, 23 October, there’ll be the second outing of SoulKino, with film, music and discussion. After last month’s Chile evening, this time the subject will be Colombia. It all starts at 7pm in the B-Lage near S-Bahn Sonnenallee (Mareschstraße 1). There should be more information later this week.

On Tuesday, 25 October, we will be having our normal meeting in Karl Liebknecht Haus. Klaudia Peach and Pawel Wita from RAZEM Berlin will be talking about the new Polish left. After yesterday’s strike in Poland and huge rally in Berlin against proposed attacks on abortion rights, I’m sure that this will come up. The meeting starts at 7pm.

 

There’s more information about most of these events on our Website (https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com) and facebook page (www.facebook.com/theleftberlin/). If this message has found its way to you and you’re not on our mailing list, just send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de.

 

More information about later events will come nearer the event, but a heads up now to make sure that you’re in Berlin on the week-end of 9-11 December. If everything goes to plan. Victor Grossman will be introducing his autobiography “Crossing the River” on the Friday. On the Saturday, we’ll be having our Christmas party (with the film “Black Power Mix Tape”, music from Kaveh and SoulKino DJs, and we’re working on some theatre) and on the Sunday night there should be SoulKino IV. Watch this space for more info.

Learning from our meeting in Hermsdorf

14192185_1044702818932704_5094198770558148510_nAt the end of August, the LINKE Berlin Internationals had a very productive week-end meeting in Hermsdorf. (minutes here)

The discussions have already resulted in some changes in the way we work, other suggestions still need to be implemented – we just need to find the right way.
We therefore want to meet on Monday 10th October to discuss how we make the changes that we thought were necessary. We’ll look at the project groups we set up – how are they working? are they working? Do we need more or different groups?
We’ll also look at how we prepare and run our meetings and the new type of cultural and political meetings we’ve started to organise. Finally, as we soon need to submit a budget plan for 2017, we’ll talk about the consequences of our decisions and how we can finance what we want to do.
The meeting is open to anyone who is interested, but it would be nice to have a rough idea of who’s coming so we can organise a suitable meeting place (which will follow soon).