Judith Benda (die LINKE) and Maria Martinez (Izquierda Unida) on the coming EU election

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Die LINKE Berlin Internationals Newsletter 16 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 last week, the longer introductions are only for the next couple of weeks. Scroll down for a list which looks further into the future but only lists names, place and a link to more information.

 

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

 

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Newsletter, February 9th 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.

The list keeps on getting larger, so the longer introductions at this top of this message are now just until the end of the month. Scroll down for a list of Events which is briefer, and looks longer into the future.

  • This afternoon from 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. Speakers include our joint speaker Judith Benda and Maria Martinez from Izquierda Unida. There will also be workshops on the current situation in France, Britain and Hungary.
  • At the same time (sorry for the unplanned double booking), die LINKE Berlin is organising an Election Camp. Its started already, but is on all day at Karl Liebknecht Haus
  • In amongst all the election planning there’s also a rally to free Catalonian political prisoners. It starts at 2pm at Brandenburger Tor.
  • On Monday 11th February at 11am, there’s a public read-in of Behrouz Boochani’s ‘No Friend but the Mountains’ at the Australian embassy.
  • On Monday, 11th February at 6pm, there’s also a meeting in German on 40 years Islamic Revolution in Iran in Karl Liebknecht Haus.
  • On Tuesday, 12th February at 6.30pm, there’ll be a Klimawache against global warming at Brandenburger Tor
  • On Tuesday 12th February at 7pm, our joint speaker Judith Benda will be speaking on a panel on Welches Europa meinen wir? at the junge Welt gallery.
  • On Thursday, 14th February, we have our next Organising meeting. This is where we get together to plan our future activities. Anyone is welcome – please send a mail to lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de for the agenda and venue.
  • At last week’s meeting on the Arab Spring, our speaker, Hossam, said that the greatest hope in the region lies in the uprising in Sudan. Now, here’s your chance to show your solidarity. On Saturday, 16th February from 2pm, Berlin will be standing up with #SudanUprising at Kottbusser Tor
  • 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. The meeting will be in German and English.
  • On Monday 25 February at 7pm 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 Benda.
  • On 28 February and 1 March, the rosa luxemburg stiftung is organising a conference on Rebel Cities. Its largely in German, but if anyone needs translation, we’ll try to organise something-

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

 

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Newsletter 2 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.

  • 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. Speakers include our joint speaker Judith Benda and Maria Martinez from Izquierda Unida. There will also be workshops on the current situation in France, Britain and Hungary.
  • On Monday, 11th February at 6pm, there’ll be a meeting in German on 40 years Islamic Revolution in Iran in Karl Liebknecht Haus.
  • On Tuesday, 12th February at 6.30pm, there’ll be a Klimawache against global warming at Brandenburger Tor
  • At last week’s meeting on the Arab Spring, our speaker, Hossam, said that the greatest hope in the region lies in the uprising in Sudan. Now, here’s your chance to show your solidarity. On Saturday, 16th February from 2pm, Berlin will be standing up with #SudanUprising at Kottbusser Tor
  • 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. The meeting will be in German and English. We’re looking for a couple of people who can help interpret. Please get in touch if that sounds like you.
  • On Monday 25 February at 7pm 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 Benda.
  • On 28 February and 1 March, the rosa luxemburg stiftung is organising a conference on Rebel Cities. Its largely in German, but if anyone needs translation, we’ll try to organise something-
  • 8th March is International Women’s Day/Frauen*kampftag. There’ll be a demo and other activities in Berlin. Watch this space.
  • 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 Tuesday, 19th March at 7pm, we’re organising a public meeting in German on Militarisierung EU. Speakers are Claudia Haydt and international guests.
  • On Monday 25th March at 7pm, Raul Zelik will be speaking in the Roter Laden on Have the progressive governments in Latin America failed? If so, why?
  • On Wednesday 27th March at 7pm, we’re organising a meeting with LINKE local councillor Franziska Brychcy on the consequences of Brexit. Its in the Roten Kreisel (Hindenburgdamm 85) in Zehlendorf
  • On Monday 29th April, Mario Candeias from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will be speaking 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). And on the day after the elections on Monday 27th May, we’re meeting in the Roter Laden to discuss What just happened?
  • Finally, expect an invite to our Annual Retreat at the Naturfreundehaus in Hermsdorf soon. It will be on 8-9 June, and the planning team should meet this week (contact us if you’d like to get involved)

 

And here are all those dates in a nice bulleted list

 

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Newsletter 26 January 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.

  • If you’re reading this on Saturday morning, stop what you’re doing and get down to Rosa Luxemburg Platz. Today is a national day of action for reproductive rights and the Berlin action is at Rosa Luxemburg Platz between 12 and 2pm. 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 protest. Hossam will be addressing the question What’s left of the Arab Spring? The meeting starts at 7pm and will be in Karl Liebknecht Haus. We’ll be filming the event for people who can’t make it.
  • On Wednesday, 30th January, there will be a meeting in Karl Liebknecht Haus on Poland: 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 (this would be “Flüster-translation” where someone sits next to you and whispers, so best to contact us beforehand)
  • 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 Carmela Negrete, who is a member of our group.
  • 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. We’re still looking for a translator who can bring it 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 and Maria Martinez from Izquierda Unidaa.
  • 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 (we are closing in on other speakers)
  • 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). 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.

 

And here are all those dates in a nice bulleted list

 

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:

 

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?