Kompass – AntiRa – Newsletter Nr. 61 – Juli/August 2017

 

+++ Aktiv gegen Abschiebungen: Osnabrück, Erfurt…+++ 5.-8.7. in Hamburg: Gegen den G20 +++ 15./16.7. in Berlin: Vorbereitungskonferenz zu Welcome United mit mehreren Netzwerktreffen +++ weitere Zuspitzungen im zentralen Mittelmeer +++ Swarming Solidarity Kampagne ehemaliger City Plaza BewohnerInnen +++ „Solidarische Stadt“-Vernetzung mit Flyer und Website +++ Ab 18.8.: Rote Linien gegen den Klimawandel! Camps und Aktionen im Rheinischen Braunkohlerevier +++ Rückblicke: JoG in Dresden, 20 Jahre kein mensch ist illegal in Kassel +++ Ausblicke: 2.-16.9. überall & in Berlin: We`ll Come United; 8.-10.9. in Bielefeld: Refugee Konferenz mit We`ll Come United; 22.-24.9. in Berlin: Women* Breaking Borders - Konferenz von Women in Exile; 6.-8.10. in Leipzig: Konferenz zu Migration, Entwicklung, Ökologischer Krise +++

Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde!

Trillerpfeife

Die gelbe Trillerpfeife - wird sie zum neuen Symbol des Widerstandes gegen Abschiebungen? Ende Mai haben sudanesische Geflüchtete in Osnabrück eindrücklich demonstriert, wie Abschiebungen selbstorganisiert verhindert werden können: „…die Bewohner*innen warnten sich gegenseitig mit Trillerpfeifen vor der drohenden Abschiebung. Innerhalb von kurzer Zeit waren ca. 150 Menschen auf den Beinen. Sie versammelten sich vor den Häusern, um gemeinsam, entschlossen, lautstark aber friedlich gegen die eingedrungene Polizei und die anstehenden Abschiebungen zu protestieren. Dabei wurde auf arabisch und englisch gesungen und die Polizei aufgefordert, das Gelände zu verlassen. Die Beamt*innen schienen davon überrascht zu sein und einer der Beamten zog seine Dienstwaffe, während die Polizisten zu ihren Autos zurückgingen. Die Polizeiautos verließen das Gelände der Unterkunft anschließend in Richtung Zufahrtsstraße und warteten auf Verstärkung. Die Protestierenden schlossen währenddessen das Tor. Nach einiger Zeit zog die Polizei und die Ausländerbehörde unverrichteter Dinge ab“ (http://nolageros.blogsport.eu/2017/06/03/pm-sammelabschiebung-aus-dem-lager-ickerweg-erfolgreich-verhindert/).

Auch in Erfurt kam es zu neuen kollektiven Protestformen und wie wir es im letzten Newsletter bereits formuliert hatten: vielerorts toben die Bleiberechtskämpfe, und deren Erfolge spiegeln sich auch in den offiziellen Statistiken wider. Gemäß einer aktuellen parlamentarischen Anfrage konnten im ersten Quartal 2017 nur noch 7 % der Dublin-Abschiebungen vollzogen werden. Die Abschiebebehörden kommen bei den Überstellungsfristen schon logistisch kaum nach, der vielfältige kollektive wie individuelle Widerstand blockiert sehr effektiv den rassistischen Ausgrenzungsapparat.

Von diesen Kämpfen gegen Abschiebungen ausgehend haben sich mittlerweile in einer Reihe von Städten lokale Initiativen zur „Solidarischen Stadt“ entwickelt. Ein Netzwerktreffen dazu fand Ende Juni in Kassel statt - im Rahmen der Aktionswoche zu 20 Jahren kein mensch ist illegal. Und es waren die oben erwähnten sowie weitere Aktive aus Osnabrück, die den Ansatz der „Solidarity Cities“ vorgestellt und dabei die zentrale Bedeutung der Verbindungen in die migrantischen Communities betont haben. Wie unten im Kalender ausgeführt, soll der Austausch über solche Erfahrungen und die weitere Zusammenarbeit im Rahmen einer „Welcome United Konferenz“ am 15./16. Juli in Berlin fortgesetzt werden. Direkt am Wochenende nach den hoffentlich massenhaften Protesten gegen den G-20-Gipfel in Hamburg geht es am ersten antirassistischer Alltagskämpfe und am zweiten um die gemeinsame Mobilisierung im September mit dem Höhepunkt der großen Parade am 16.9. in Berlin. In Rhein-Main ist dafür bereits ein Bus-Konvoi in Planung, aus hoffentlich vielen weiteren Städten werden Geflüchtete und MigrantInnen in der Hauptstadt zusammenkommen. Mit Motivwägen soll den Forderungen nach Bewegungsfreiheit und gleichen Rechten Nachdruck verliehen werden: von der riesigen gelben Trillerpfeife gegen Abschiebungen bis zum originalen Schlauchboot aus dem zentralen Mittelmeer für den Kampf um „Safe Passages“.

 Berlin

Mehr als 13.000 Menschen sind allein am letzten Juni-Wochenende von Libyen aus in Boote Richtung Italien gestiegen und einmal mehr war es in erster Linie dem Dauereinsatz der zivilen Rettungsorganisationen zu verdanken, dass es im zentralen Mittelmeer nicht zum erneuten Massensterben kam. Gegen die von Frontex initiierten Verleumdungs- und Kriminalisierungsversuche behauptet sich bislang die „humanitäre Flotte“, und in sehr beeindruckender Weise trägt „Moonbird“, das Kleinflugzeug von Sea Watch und der Humanitarian Pilots Initiative, zur Koordination der Rettungsaktionen bei. Auch an und für die Außengrenzen gilt: We`ll Come United!

Das Kompass-Team

Kontakt: kompass-notify@antira.info

P.S.: Der nächste Kompass Newsletter wird Ende August erscheinen und will damit kurz vor Beginn der transnationalen Aktionstage am 2. September nochmals zur Mobilisierung für We`ll Come United beitragen.

 

"Solidarity City" - Networking with flyer and website

Activists from the network of Solidarity Cities met in the end of June in Kassel and will come together again on the 15th of July in Berlin. A mutual first flyer is out now and the website will be online within the next days:

 

https://solidarity-city.eu

 

Swarming Solidarity campaign of former inhabitants of City Plaza

 

City Plaza Athens: Swarming Solidarity

Former inhabitants of the squatted City Plaza Hotel in Athens have started a new solidarity campaign. The call and an impressive new video are online here:  

https://best-hotel-in-europe.eu/swarming-solidarity/

Material (posters and flyers in German and English) can be ordered here: support@best-hotel-in-europe.eu

From the call:

„´City Plaza is not a hotel, it´s my home` ... We are now all over Europe. But we are connected and we are still the people of City Plaza. We are swarming and we want every city to have a City Plaza. Solidarity has spread like seeds that we carry in our light baggage. To continue our struggle for equal rights wherever we are. Solidarity will win.

The former inhabitants of City Plaza Athens…“

 

Further escalation in Central Mediterranean

 

Sea Watch and Moonbird

"Every morning we are starting from Malta on Moonbird to search our search area for refugee boats. Since the beginning of our mission on Easter we have been able to find numerous boats which otherwise probably would not have been discovered. Thanks to the good overview from the air and the high velocity with which we can traverse the whole SAR area in a very short time we were able to discover sinking rubber boats and support the coordination of rescue operations in complex situations.

 

The situation of these last few days was a great challenge for us: When we registered for sea rescue via radio we were instantly asked whether we could drop rescue islands as well. At that point 1044 people had already been saved by the VOS HESTIA, another 300 by SEA WATCH 2 and 250 more by IUVENTA. But not even close to everyone was able to get onto a rescue vessel: We found between 3500 and 4000 people in distress during our mission on 26/6. Unfortunately we cannot drop rescue islands - they would not be a solution anyway but just a drop in a bucket."

Further information, petitions, and more here:

https://sea-watch.org

 

Jugend rettet

„No number can describe the images that our crew saw. No lifejacket will save the people we have lost. Many images our crew will never be able to forget. Together we can and must change something. Actions are louder than words.“

https://jugendrettet.org

 

Alarm Phone Statement vom 27.06.2017:

Over the past three days more than 10,000 boat-people were rescued off the coast of Libya. The Alarm Phone dealt with distress cases on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the Central Mediterranean. Many would have lost their lives, had it not been for the Search and Rescue (SAR) NGOs, who worked at and beyond their limits. We can expect thousands of people to set out from Libya over the next days and weeks trying to cross the Mediterranean. After forcing them onto this precarious maritime route through its border policies, will Europe adhere to its politics of abandonment and let thousands more drown?

Find the whole statement on the website: https://alarmphone.org/en/2017/06/27/non-governmental-actors-rescue-thousands-while-europe-continues-to-criminalise-their-work/

 

New Report

Blaming the Rescuers - Criminalising Solidarity, re-enforcing deterrence

Aiming to deter migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, the EU and its member states pulled back from rescue at sea at the end of 2014, leading to record numbers of deaths. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were forced to deploy their own rescue missions in a desperate attempt to fill this gap and reduce casualties. Today, NGOs are under attack, wrongly accused of ‘colluding with smugglers’, ‘constituting a pull-factor’ and ultimately endangering migrants. This report refutes these accusations through empirical analysis. It is written to avert a looming catastrophe: if NGOs are forced to stop or reduce their operations, many more lives will be lost to the sea. Full report here: https://blamingtherescuers.org/

 

Parliamentary question

The answer of the German government to the regular question of the party Die Linke about the additional asylum statistic for the first quarter of 2017 is available now! The 100 pages document contains a lot of interesting information about the current asylum policy, see here:

http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/18/126/1812623.pdf

Interesting article and numbers concerning deportations

https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article165720206/Europas-grosser-Selbstbetrug-in-der-Fluechtlingsfrage.html

 

Active against deportations: Osnabrück, Erfurt...

Osnabrück Ickerweg

„Collective deportation from camp Ickerweg successfully stopped!

In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, the 31st May 2017, more than 100 inhabitants of the Lager Ickerweg in Dodesheide stopped a collective deportation in a self organised and peaceful way. Two police cars and a van of the Alien Department arrived around 4am on the area of the former military barack at Limberg. Since deportations are not announced anymore, affected persons are waken up in the middle of the night by officials who access their homes. In this case the inhabitants have been prepared and warned each other with whistles against the threatening deportation.

The whole report here:

http://nolageros.blogsport.eu/2017/06/03/pm-sammelabschiebung-aus-dem-lager-ickerweg-erfolgreich-verhindert/

More information about the impressing fight against deportations in Osnabrück:

http://nolageros.blogsport.eu

Break Deportation Erfurt

We see the grimace of deportations: Stop deportation! On 23.2.2015 they tried to deport us the first time. But together with 150 people we prevented it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfdNYt9FsxI

On 4.3.2015 they wanted to deport us again. Although we were in a safe place where we couldn't be deported 180 people come to show that we stand together. Now the Federal Office send us letters which we experience as very violent. Hereby we document a letter in which they want to decide if we are allowed to enter the country again after being deported. So we see the grimace of deportation again. But we further fight for our right to live here.

Stopp Deportation – Come to the Stop Deportation Parade in Jena on 24.6.2017. Jena Demonstration: Stopp-Deportation-Parade! In protest against the G20 Summit and the wars against refugees!!

http://thevoiceforum.org/node/4363

More informationen will follow. Stay tuned. Break Deportation Erfurt

 

Hamburg: Against the G20 in Hamburg

Berlin: Preparation conference for We`ll Come United with network meetings about Solidarity Cities and deportations (Dublin deportations and deportations to Afghanistan)

15.07.2017 - 16.07.2017

„Two month ago we called out together with more than 100 groups for a big parade on the 16th of September 2017 in Berlin, one week ahead of the general elections in Germany: "We'll Come United". Since then, our daily struggles continued and we are getting prepared - to tell our stories and visions, stories of living in solidarity, of freedom of movement, of the right to stay and of equal social rights for all and for everyone. We want to protest against the current situation of deportations, Lager-isolation, everyday racism and neocolonial capitalism. We want to be as many as possible. That's why we will have a big parade from the Ministry of the Interior to the Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg - with thousands of people.

At our meeting in Berlin we will start on Saturday, coming together and exchanging about the newest developments. Then we will have spaces for different networks: "Stop Deportation Afghanistan", "Solidarity Cities" and "Strategies against Dublin-procedures", as well as one for the practical and technical preparations for the parade. Afterwards we want to come together again and exchange ideas and results from the different networks to know what and how each network will contribute to the parade."

More information, a first newsletter, contact and registration: http://www.welcome-united.org/de/home/

Red lines against climate change!

18.08.2017 - 29.08.2017

Camps and actions in Auust in rhenisch brown coal field

Rhenisch brown coal field is the biggest CO2 source of Europe and therefore drives the global climate change. From the 19th to the 29th of August there will take place a lot of protests, camps and workshops against brown coal and for a fairer world.

Networking, exchange and the testing of alternatives are in the focus in the camps (camp for [future], Klimacamp im Rheinland in which the Degrowth-Sommerschule will also take place just like the Connecting Movements Camp).

It will get practical from the 24th to the 29th of August during the "action days in rheinland". Besides ENDE GELÄNDE, a mass action of civil obedience which takes places for the third time, there will be more actions: Rote-Linie-Aktion, a sitting blockade Kohle erSetzen!, organised by JunepA, the group Animal Climate Action is planning actions and the campaign Zucker im Tank supports little group actions.

https://www.ende-gelaende.org/de/rote-linien/

 

20 Jahre no one is illegal in Kassel

" ... Six days in a row we had almost the complete time a programm in our circus tent in Kassler Nordstadt. We made a radical critic of the illegalisation of refugees public in many events like theatre, street performances and workshops up to a final demonstration ... Wit this week we wanted to centre the continuity of anti-racist fights and also highlight the demands of 1997. And we want to give the message to the local anti-racist scene, especially with suggestions from the workshop by Solidarity City to stimulate their anti-racist work again.

Pictures, short reports and little videos from the week you can find here:

(https://www.facebook.com/No-one-is-illegal-2017-1923581264528638/) and on our blog: (https://noii2017.wordpress.com).“

 

Everywhere and in Berlin: We`ll Come United - Decentral action days and demonstration with political carneval & parade

02.09.2017 - 16.09.2017

 

8.-10. September: Refugee Conference in Bielefeld

http://www.welcome-united.org/