We had an organising meeting this evening. Here are the decisions we took. If you don’t have the time to read it all, the first two points (unteilbar demo and next meeting) are the most important
1. Unteilbar Demo, 13 October
We’ll be there on the big demo against racism (100,000 expected) with banners, flags and leaflets. Meeting point: corner of Alexanderstraße / Otto Braun Straße at 11.45 under the big LINKE balloon
Look for our banner which says “Refugees welcome” in several languages.
If you want to make sure you find us, send us your mobile phone number, and we’ll add you to our Telegram group.
We’re planning some last minute leafletting sessions (among other places at the language schools on Linienstraße Friday morning). If you can help, please get in touch.
You can find the planned programme for the demo here. Elena should be speaking for Seebrücke. Don’t miss her.
PHIL: bring the banner, organise a leaflet to give out
NATHAN: organise flags
TOM W: coordinate flyer action at the language schools
2. Meeting on Parties and social movements, Monday 22 October
As planned, Jerome Bachelier from France will be talking about France Insoumise and Tom Wills from Britain will be talking about Momentum. The idea is to discuss the attempts in other countries to combine work in parties with building social movements.
As we thought that this podium is too top-heavy with men, we will also invite a women from Spain to talk about the experiences there.
Its all going off at die LINKE Neukölln offices, Wipperstraße 6 at 7pm
PHIL: find Spanish speaker
3. Party conference delegates
We are allowed 1 delegate to conferences of die LINKE Berlin party conferences. Delegates are voted for 2 years and its time to vote for new ones.
We will have an election at out meeting on 22 October. TOM W and JUAN will form the voting commission. If anyone would like to help them, that’s great
We’re still collecting candidates to be our delegate. Party conference delegates must attend conference (twice a year). If you can propose resolutions from the LAG even better, but this is not essential. You must, however, be able to speak German.
If you’re interested or want to know more, please get in touch.
4. Keihnachtsfest (not-Christmas party), 1 December
A group has formed (Nathan, Elena, Hanna, Phil) which will meet and plan the party, including the musical programme. Again, anyone who wants to join this group is very welcome.
NATHAN, ELENA, HANNA, PHIL: get it organised
5. EU elections in May
We want to set up a group to plan our intervention. This will involve:
- coordinating with other left groups in Berlin (IU, Podemos, France Insoumise etc.)
- producing a leaflet on voting rights
- producing further leaflets on why you should vote left
- resolution to party conferences
On 24 November, die LINKE is organising a regional conference on the EU elections. The EU project group should meet in mid November to plan what we want to say at this conference
The next meeting in our series on the EU election is with ATTAC Austria who will present their new book on the EU. If at all possible, it would be great to have this meeting shortly after the 24 November conference, so we can invite participants to our meeting.
JUDITH: talk to ATTAC Austria
RUCHIR: if you’re interested in designing a leaflet, let’s talk
TOM: can also help
6. Meeting on immigration controls, November 26th
The speaker will be Clara Bünger, board member of refugee law clinics abroad who helped set up a project for refugees in Greece. Clara currently works for die LINKE parliamentary fraction, advising them on migration policy.
So far, we would like Clara to talk about the following. If you’d like her to speak about anything specific, please get in touch
- role of the EU – what is happening with refugee camps in North Africa?
- How is the Greek government behaving?
- Everyday experience for refugees in Germany
7. Our Website
As Seth has got a job in Kosovo, we’re looking for someone to help on our new Website. If this sounds interesting to you, please get in touch
8. Coming events
- This Friday, at 8pm, Chilean activists are organising a protest at Brandenburger Tor against the visit of Chilean president Sebastian Pinera
- On October 20th, there’s a protest starting at the Greek embassy against the imprisonment of Berlin-based activists Sarah, Sean and Nassos
- On October 30th, activists from both Western Sahara and Egypt are planning protests against the summit of African leaders in Berlin. Watch this space for more info
- On November 16-17, die LINKE Berlin is organising a conference on migration
- On November 24th there’s the conference on the EU election programme
- And on November 25th, there’s a conference on what sort of left we want at the Schaubühne, includingh Didier Eribon and Daniele Obono
9. Future meetings
For our January meeting (28th) we’ll try to get Egyptian activist Hossam el-Hamalawy, who’s currently based in Berlin, to speak on What’s Left of the Arab Spring? (working title)
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