DIE LINKE Internationals Newsletter – 22 March 2017

Hi everyone

Lots of information here about different things coming up, with links if you need more information (please let us know if you prefer this to the old method of spamming you with several mails a week).

G20 Summit – Donald Trump comes to Germany (as does Putin, Erdogan, May, Rajoy and whichever neoliberal racist wins the French election)

In the first week of July, the G20 will be meeting in Hamburg‘s Schanzenviertel – the heart of the movement to support the Lampedusa refugees. A large demonstration and counter-summit have been organised.

Here’s what we know so far:

We’ve set up a Web page which we will update when we get new information here

 

Turkish Referendum: vote “No”. Help the campaign in Berlin

There will be a referendum about changes to the Turkish constitution in April. We are supporting our comrades in the HDP/HDK in the “no” campaign.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Find more information about the referendum here
  • Support the stalls and poster actions in Berlin. Contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de and we’ll put you in touch with people in your area.
  • After the referendum we’ll be having a meeting discussing its significance with Erkin Erdogan, co-speaker of the HDP/HDK Berlin-Brandenburg. More information here

 

Demonstrate against the AfD Conference

The Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) are having their national conference in Cologne in April. The AfD are hoping for success in September’s German election but have recently suffered setbacks from the actions of an openly Nazi wing in the organisation and from the growing movement against Donald Trump and his co-thinkers.

Aufstehen gegen Rassismus is organising buses to protests against the AfD conference. Tickets should be ready from 25 March. The buses will be leaving Berlin at 4am on the 22nd April, returning at 11pm.

Tickets cost €45 / €30 reduced and we are working on raising money to provide cheaper tickets for people who can’t afford them. The first step is a benefit concert on 29 March aimed at subsidizing buses going to the protests against the G20 and the AfD conference.

For more information as it arrives, check our Web page on the subject:

Other meetings this week

There’s something on pretty much every evening this week:

  • On Sunday, 26 March, SoulKino will be discussing feminism and showing Lizzie Borden’s cult film Born in Flames
  • On Monday, 27 March there’s our meeting on the G20 summit
  • On Tuesday, 28 March, the Jacobin Reading Group will be discussing Universal Basic Income
  • On Wednesday, 29 March, there’s a benefit concert raising money to subsidize buses to the protests against the AfD conference and the G20 summit:
  • And on Thursday, 30 March there’s the next meeting of The Coalition at The Castle pub near Gesundbrunnen U-Bahn
  • If that’s not too much for you, there will be a brainstorming meeting about what we do against the latest EU legal ruling that its ok to sack women for wearing a . The meeting has been organised by local anti-racists, and will take place on April 4th in the Betahaus Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20 at 7pm.

 

Our Regular Meetings

DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals meet on the fourth Monday of every month at 7pm in DIE LINKE offices in Neukölln (Wipperstraße 6, U-,S-Bahn Neukölln).

Here are our next few meetings:

 

Workshop: Can I criticise Israel…

…and not be anti-semitic? After our 2 successful workshops with Dr Gal Schkolnik from Tel Aviv, we are planning one or two more. To help us organise them, we need to know where and when is good for you. We are free most Tuesdays and Wednesday and have rooms that we can use in Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. If you are interested in joining in, please contact us and let us know where and when is good for you.

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Turkish Referendum

We’re starting to gather information about the “No” campaign in the current Turkish referendum.

What we have so far is available in English, German and Turkish. It contains both arguments around the election and advice about actions and public meetings in and around Berlin.

As we are still gathering information, if you know of anything that we should publicize, or want contact with local Turkish and Kurdish activists, please contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals in March

Hi everyone

Here’s the latest news from DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals. There’s quite a lot going on, so we’ve put it in blocks where you can find what’s most important for you.

 

Our “proper” meetings

DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals meet once a month, now on the fourth Monday of each month in Die LINKE offices in Neukölln (Wipperstraße 6, near U- and S-Bahn Neukölln). Here are our meetings until June:

 

 

Extra meetings

We are delighted that the Polish abortion rights group Ciocoa Basia have just been awarded the Clara Zetkin prize, and are planning on organising a public meeting with them around April. For more information, contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

Demonstrations

  • We are supporting the International Women’s Day demo starting on Thursday, 8 March at 5pm at Hermannplatz
  • The AfD will be having their national conference in Cologne on 22-23 April. There will be counter-demonstrations and we will be there (see also the benefit concert organised by The Coalition, mentioned later in this mail)
  • There will be mass protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, which, among other things, will be the first appearance on German soil of President Donald Trump. If you want to know more about what’s happening and what you can do, come to our meeting on 27 March (see above)

 

People we like

  • The next SoulKino evening of cinema, performance art and politics will be on Sunday, 26 March in B-Lage. This month’s theme is feminism
  • The next Jacobin reading circle will be on Tuesday, 28 March. Subject and texts to be announced:
  • Information so hot off the press we don’t even have the venue yet. The Coalition Berlin is organising a public meeting on “Fighting the Far Right Surge: Women’s rights now!” Miriam Ekiudoko will be coming from Hungary, and a speaker will come from the recent women’s strike in Ireland. They will be joined by Betül Bayrak from Bündnis Neukölln and Berlin-based Polish acitivist Anna Krenz. More information as soon as it arrives
  • The Coalition Berlin is also organising a benefit concert on 29 March with 5 international female performers plus special guests. In amongst the music there will be a discussion on what we can do now against the AfD and Trump. All money raised will go to subsidise transport to the demos against the AfD in April and the G20 in July. Also available on facebook.

Can I criticise Israel and not be anti-semitic?

Our first workshop with Dr Gal Schkolnik went very well, and one of the participants was helpful enough to summarize what we talked about here. The second workshop in on Tuesday in Friedrichshain and is already looking pretty full, We will be organising at least one more workshop in Kreuzberg and/or Charlottenburg. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de

(Note to the Charlottenburger: until now, only 3 people have said that they would come to a workshop in Charlottenburg. We are happy to organise something anyway – and indeed have a venue in Charlottenburg that will host us, but if you know a few more people who’d like to come, that would be very helpful.)

 

Last thing

Last summer, Die LINKE Berlin Internationals organised a week-end away in Hermsdorf, just north of Berlin. We booked a hostel and had one day of fun and one day of planning future activities. We think it worked well, and helped us professionalise our work. So much so, that we’re planning to do it again.

Accommodation, food etc are paid for, but you have to take your share of the cooking and cleaning. If you’d like to attend, please fill in the dudle at https://dudle.inf.tu-dresden.de/Hermsdorf2017. The dudle just mentions the Sunday, which is when the work will be done, but everyone is also welcome to travel up on Saturday and stay the night.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you soon

Phil

 

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