Die LINKE Internationals in October

Hi everyone

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.

ToDos:

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 

ToDos:

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.

ToDo:

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
  • meetings
  • 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.

Todo

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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Coming up

There’s a number of demos coming up. Here’s a summary of some of them.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in Berlin this week-end, and there’s an “Erdogan not Welcome” demo tomorrow (Friday) at Potsdamer Platz from 4pm.

On Saturday, the Bündnis Neukölln is organising an anti-racist rally against a planned action by the AfD. It starts at 9.30am at the corner of Lipschitzallee and Rudower Str., and should be going on all day.

On Saturday afternoon, there’s also a demo for fair rents at Lipschitzplatz from 2pm

Also on Saturday, there’ll be a significant refugee demo, We’ll come united in Hamburg 

Next Wednesday its Reunification Day, and there’ll be a demo for equal wealth for everyone from 1.30pm at the Platz des Volksaufstandes von 1953, Leipziger Straße 124

And on Saturday 13th there’s the Unteilbar demo against racism 

As well as the demos, we’ll be having an organising meeting on Wednesday, 10th October to plan out coming actions and meetings (including a party on 1 December). All our organising meetings are open to everyone – please get in touch for more information.

Our next full meeting will be on 22 October, when speakers from Britain, France, (and maybe elsewhere) will be talking about Parties and Movements – the lessons from Momentum and France Insoumise 

 

 Hope you can make it to at least some of those demos

Coming up with the LINKE Internationals

Hi everyone

Here’s our weekly summary of some of the meetings and events coming up in Berlin soon.

The big one, as far as we’re concerned, is the debate that we’re organising on Brexit. This Wednesday, in Karl Liebknecht Haus, Labour MEP Julie Ward and the LINKE Bundestag speaker on Europe, Andrej Hunko will be talking about what Brexit means for the left in Britain and worldwide. The meeting will be fully translated into English and German.

You can help us in our last push to advertising the meeting. Please like and share the facebook event, send people to our Website and we’ve even made some pretty pictures that you can share 

We also have some printed flyers to give out (please contact us to get some).

There’s other things going on as well:

  • This afternoon there’s a dance demo against gentrification. It kicks off at 3pm at U-Bahn Eberswalderstraße and will make its way to Moritzplatz.
  • Tomorrow, Sunday 9 September, there is a Brazilian festival of resistance at KunstHaus Kule, Auguststraße 10. It starts at 2pm and there’ll be a Cortejo (mini-demo) at 5.30.
  • On Tuesday, 11 September there’s a rally at Brandenburger Tor to commemorate the “other 11ths September” when tens of thousands of Chilean leftists were murdered in 1973, and calling for no more coups in Latin America. It starts at 8pm.
  • From 13-16 September there’s the LINKE Woche der Zukunft and the Über:Morgen conference by the rosa luxemburg conference (if you want to know why its being advertised with 2 different names, its about funding), Its in the ND buildings on Franz-Mehring Platz, and there’ll be a number of international speakers. 
  • On 15 September there’s the first ever Stettin Pride festival. There’ll be a delegation going from Berlin. For more information, follow this link 
  • On Saturday, 22 September there’s a Day of Action for Reproductive Rights, including a demonstration against the bigoted “March for Life”. Meet us and Brandenburger Tor at 12 noon. More info here
  • On Monday, 24 September, there’s our next “proper” meeting. We’re organising a panel on Reproduction Rights in Latin America in Karl Liebknecht Haus. More information here: 
  • And on Saturday, 29 September at 12 noon there’s the Erdogan Not Welcome demo at Neptunenbrunnen 

 

Hope to see you at one or more of these events

DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals in August and September

Hi everyone, especially the people who signed up to this list at last week‘s meeting introducing the group. We‘ll be posting pictures and the presentations from that meeting on our Website soon.

This is just a brief summary of the meetings that we are organising in the next couple of months. We‘ll be producing a leaflet about this meetings which will hopefully be available at our meeting on Monday, and definitely at the peace festival at Petersburger Platz in Friedrichshain on Sunday afternoon, 2 September.

  • On Monday 27 August, Nadjat Hamdi from the Daughters of Saguia and Rio will be talking about Western Sahara – the forgotten conflict. This meeting will be in Die LINKE Neukölln offices, Wipperstraße 6, near Neukölln station 
  • On Thursday, 12 September we are organising a discussion on EU financial and economic politics in times of Brexit. Labour MEP Julie Ward and LINKE MP Fabio de Masi will be speaking in Karl Liebknecht Haus. Translation will be provided into English and German 
  • On Monday, 24 September, we are organising a panel discussion on Reproductive Rights in Latin America with Cecilia Maas from Argentina, Kristina Hinz, a researcher into feminism in Brazil and a speaker from Frente Amplio in Chile. NOTE: this meeting is not in die LINKE Neukölln as normal but in Karl Liebknecht Haus
  • For our October and November meetings we will have speakers from Britain and France on Parties and Social Movements – the lessons from Momentum and France Insoumise, and Clara Bünger will be speaking on Can you have immigration controls that aren‘t racist?

 

If anyone out there wants to help us more, we will be having an Organising meeting in the first week of September. If you‘d like to come, please contact us and fill in this Doodle.

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