Demands of Refugees in Dresden and Friends of Khaled

Most of the people in Dresden have bad sight on refugees. They take actions against refugees like throwing bottles to the head or showing the middle finger. And at the date of 12/01/2015 the very shameful action has happened to young Eritrean Khaled Idris. He has left us. During this time all refugees were afraid and stressed. So as refugees we need solutions for our safety. We also want to make the following demands:

1. We need to know the what have happened to Khaled and want to bring the murderer taken to higher court
2. We don’t feel secure to live in Dresden because many Eritreans got some actions or problems in their way. We have a language problem. So we need a translator to connect with us and translate between German and Tigrigna
3. Some part of society in Dresden does not accept refugees to live here and demonstrates against refugees every Monday evening. If they don’t accept us well we need to move to a place where we are seure.

Rights and Safety for Refugees! In Memory of Khaled

They don’t really care about us –
Khaled Idris Bahray is dead

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On the morning of January 13, 2015 the refugee Kahlid Idris Bahdray (†20) was found dead in the inner yard of his appartment in Leubnitz-Neuostra, Dresden. Contrary to the first police statements, it is now certain, that Khaled was killed with several knife stabs. A racist motive cannot be ruled out at this point of time. Khaled was from Eritrea and had only been in Dresden for a few weeks. His friends are shocked and want to knwo why he was murdered. However, they also want to know why they are not safe here – in Dresden. Because of this we are meeting this Saturday to take the streets collectively. We are meeting to loudly take his friends’ questions and demands into the streets.

Why Khaled was murdered?

We still don’t know. No one knows. The normal reaction to these situations is to exclude the possibility of homicide with a racist background. Why? – The case of the homicides perpretated by the terrorist organisation National Social Underground and the murder of Oury Jalloh show exactly why. The facts of this case and reports of it from part of Khaled’s friends are clearly a prove that refugees are being threatened here. They are afraid. And they do have the right to be afraid. This fear itself is a strong motivation for going out to the streets and to protest against racism.

The Dresden police have started their investigations by fully misjudging the situation. Although Khaled’s body was found covered in blood, the police immediately excluded the possibility of an act of violence. It is a clear failure of the police department to exclude one possible cause of death before any investigation. Later and through pressure of the media and the public the homicide division took over. It has become clear: Khaled was stabbed to death. However, the initial errors have delayed the preservation of evidence for 30 hours. This is not the first time for Dresden police to delay and obstruct investigations; this became clear in the murder case of Jorge Gomondai in 1991. Therefore, we demand the thorough solution of the murder. We will keep on critically observing the investigations.

Racism yesterday and today

Against the background of a revival of nationalism (“Wir sind ein Volk/ We are one people”) and of a political und legal vacuum in Eastern Germany since 1991 racist attacks increased all over Germany, which incredibly peaked in the pogroms in Hoyerswerda, Rostock and the murders in Mölln and Solingen. The result is a far-reaching hegemony of everyday racism in the east German society. With the abolition of the basic right of asylum, which was justified by the pogroms, the racists of majority society got what they wanted and were in victory mood.

The development of this situation pulls us through what we’re living nowadays. In opposition to other german cities, Dresden has really a few migrants. According to the concept of integration for foreigners in Dresden “most of the migrants don’t come in and go out from the eastern states of Germany voluntarely, and they leave them as soon as their residence permit allows them to”. This quote proves that something must be wrong.

We are living in a city, where refugees and migrants are attacked daily in the streets, where arson attacks are committed against restaurants of migrants regularly, where Marwa El-Sherbini was stabbed to death in the courtroom because of her muslim background. The racist atmosphere is in the air of Dresden. PEGIDA is the manifestation of a racism of societal center. This makes possible, that the citizens of Dresden-Laubegast prevent a hotel from becoming an asylumseekers accommodation with a collection of signatures and threats; or that young migrants are attacked on december 22 2014 after the PEGIDA demonstration with applause, with pepper spray, tasers and telescope batons.

Inhuman comments in social media like “One less” speak for themselves.

How does it feel to be a refugee in Dresden?

We would love to get to know our neighbors better as well as the people in our daily environment. We would enjoy to share our cultures, but unfortunetaly we find it hard to get in contact. We find it especially depressing that the people in our environment seem to show no interest in us at all. On the contrary: we are treated with hostility. Every day we experience exclusion. We live with the possibility of verbal and physical attacks. In the supermarket, in the streets and in the tram. People even leave their seats when we sit down next to them – only because of our origin.

The migrants do not understand the insults in German they are confronted with. However, it is much worse that we do not understand the threats. If someone comes to you and says: “I’m gonna kill you” – how are we supposed to understand this?

They have experienced recent monday evenings as the most frightening. After the PEGIDA-demonstrations small racist groups roam the city on manhunts. After 8 pm we are scared to leave our appartments. They told us to only move in groups, anything else would be too dangerous. But everyone should be able to move freely. We find this alarming. We came to Germany to leave violence, war, poverty and persecution behind. Our parents were happy for us having fled those circumstances. We thought to have left all of this behind us, we thought we could live freely from now on. Why can we not win peace at last? Why does nobody want to know about the reason of our flight? Why is it so hard to make friends?

Most of the people in Dresden have bad sight on refugees. They take actions against refugees like throwing bottles to the head or showing the middle finger. And at the date of 12/01/2015 the very shameful action has happened to young Eritrean Khaled Idris. He has left us. During this time all refugees were afraid and stressed. So as refugees we need solutions for our safety. We also want to make the following demands:

1. We need to know what have happened to Khaled and want to bring the murderer taken to higher court
2. We don’t feel secure to live in Dresden because many Eritreans got some actions or problems in their way. We have a language problem. So we need a translator to connect with us and translate between German and Tigrinya
3. Some part of society in Dresden does not accept refugees to live here and demonstrates against refugees every Monday evening. If they don’t accept us well we need to move to a place where we are secure.

We stand behind the Eritrean community and behind all people who are affected by the racist atmosphere in Dresden. We demand the politicians to finally ensure the refugees’ safety. We demand the Minister of the Interior, Markus Ulbig, to resign because he is not performing his duties. And, most of all, we ask the society of Dresden to take a stand against PEGIDA on mondays. We ask the associations, institutions, companies and people to finally fly the flag. Few might be affected, many are meant. PEGIDA concerns all of us! We want to stop the right to asylum being cut down by the debate on “safe countries of origin”. Instead we demand the creation of a safe exile!

NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!
REFUGEES WELCOME!
Save exile instead of “safe country of origin”!

Greetings to all antiracist and antifascist demonstrations happening today as well!

More information can be found here.

Khaled Idris Bahray is dead

The refugee from Eritrea was found covered in blood in front of his doorstep in Dresden. His friends and housemates assume that he died a violent death.

Our thoughts go out to Khaled Idris Bahray’s close acquaintances and friends and we mourn with them. We can only sense what Khaled’s housemates and many other refugees in Dresden have to go through due to this news.

Considering this, we call for picket at the Jorge-Gomondai-Platz. From 2pm onwards, we will try to voice our feelings, even though they can‘t be put into words. We aren‘t doing this on our own, but together. Not in private, but on the street, since this happened in a city with an openly racist atmosphere.

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- Individuals of e*vibes – for an emancipatory practice

audio recording of our event in London: input and discussion ‚gender and capitalism‘ @AFem2014

Out of our (not e*vibes only-)London travelling group there was an initiative to contribute contentually to the International Anarchafeminist Conference in London. This was prepared by people who hadn‘t worked together before, moreover in the short run, with quite rudimentary English skills and without knowing which preconditions and discussion backgrounds we‘ll be confronted with there. We decided not to talk for long. Therefor it was necessary to filter out a few main statements (one should really become clear about in between). We were actually rather interested in things the others have to say or are discussing in their circles. And then the task not least was to ‚lead‘ a discussion you only understand one half of ;) Now we‘re proud anyhow that we did and somehow managed it.
Here you can hear the short input and the discussion – Denglish, funny misunderstandings and crass excitement included:
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cafém – getting to know feminism

The next cafém will happen at the 26th October 2014.

Between 2 and 8 PM there will be the possibility to design the kosmotique by yourself. There is also room for debating, playing games, eating and drinking, reading books together and planning your future activities.

Feel welcome!

Starting at 5 PM we will watch „Laurence Anyways“:

The movie highlights ten years in the life of a literature teacher named Laurence who transforms himself into a woman after years of concealing his feelings. Her tremulous relationship with her family is further complicated by revealing herself to them while she struggles to find comfort with her significant other Frédérique. Though others may not initially accept or understand Laurence in her true form, those who knew her before her transformation still know her as Laurence, anyways.

International Anarchafeminist Conference in London

- some of us and some friends will go there.

We are very curious what to expect, especially because we could not find much information on the internet.
When having a look at the strands, we got the impression that quite a lot, which we define as essential, was missing.
Out of this, the idea to offer an own input came up. Even though it came really spontaneous, the organisers provided a slot in the timetable for us. – Our input shall have the quite unassuming title “Gender and Capitalism”. For about two hours we will try to understand the basics of gender as it exists today (which means gender within the bourgeois – capitalist society). We will try to answer the questions what it is and how it is related to economical, cultural or other ideological developments. Maybe in the end we will even have some time to discuss about what could be the conclusion of all this for a feminist practice. We will give a short input out of a “german perspective” and then we would like to start with a group discussion.
Maybe we come under suspicion of being “bad marxists”, or communists – groups of people which anarchists (not only in Germany) often vehemently want to distance themselves from. But we will see…
We assume that the sheer enormity of language barriers could be difficulty, too. – That starts already with the translation of essential terms, such as Herrschaft“ (or “Herrschaftsverhältnis”), into English: neither “power” nor “domination” would imply the exact meaning of it. Another example: the word “Geschlecht” for which for which the speciality of two translations with different meanings – “sex” and “gender”- occurs only in the english language. – Not to speak of the possible differences concerning discussions about “patriarchy“ in different countries and languages
So far until now. We will write a report afterwards.

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“girls just wanna have fun”? – the 26th German Sororities Meeting in Dresden

Between the 3rd and 5th of October, the 25th German Sororities Meeting will take place in Dresden.

We criticize the chauvinist, nationalist and – naturally – sexist analogon of the notorious male-only fraternities. Therefore we invite you to join their colourful fotoshooting at the Semperoper (4. oct., 3PM at Theaterplatz 2). Have fun!

The Campaign of 28th of September and an overview about the abortions Laws in Latin America and Caribbean Region

The text has been taken from the following Blog and can be read in [Portugues] there.

28th of September – The Latin-American and Caribbean Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion.

During the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting, in 1990, the feminist movements declared the 28th of September as the Latin American and Caribbean Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion. They considered the complications which resulted by the illegal and clandestine abortion processes to be the first cause of women’s death in most countries.

In the region, the date is celebrated with demonstrations, walks, acts and workshops in order to educate the Latin American and Caribbean society about the high female mortality caused by unsafe and illegal abortions, to discuss the control over the female body, questioning laws, promoting debates, creating political alliances and plotting strategies for action.

This year, the campaign will take place in several countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. We want to show a panorama of the abortions laws in the region based on the bulletin “Situation of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean” published by the 28th of September Campaign, the main obstacles faced by the Feminist Movements in the region, and current facts which add new aspects in the process.

The main obstacles for the Abortion Legalization in Latin America and Caribbean

The main opposition to the advance of the reproductive rights in Latin America and the Caribbean is found in the religious fundamentalist sector. This sector represents a huge obstacle to the democratic process and to the elaboration of public policies to promote gender equality.

The conservative religious movements base their claims on the protection of the „natural family“ and the preservation of the traditional role of women* within society through interfering in their sexual and reproductive rights. This religious sector is represented by churches and civil organisations which try to implement religious agendas.

The historical influence of the Catholic Church and the most recent influence of the Evangelical Churches in the Latin American and Caribbean political systems result in the translations of religious ideas in laws and public policies that configure among the most restrictive in the world.

One example for the constant attempt of the Church to interfere in the political systems of the region are the efforts during the Constitutional Conventions in Brazil (1988), in Colombia (1991) and in Argentina (1994), in which the Catholic Church tried to establish the idea of life beginning at the moment of conception in the constitution.
Another example are the members of the fundamentalist religious movement who act inside of the state. Some of them hold formal positions within the government and continue to propose laws, like „the Statute of the Unborn“ presented in Brazil (2007), which tries to give absolute priority to the fetus over the mother in any medical decision at the expense of women and their bodies. The statute proposes to ban abortion in every situation.

One peculiarity of the Feminist Movement in Latin American and Caribbean is the strong emphasis in the secularization since the region is still dominated by a strong influence of the Church in the State. The claim for the secularization of the State was relatively out of the political discussions since the end of the dictatorship times and during the re-democratization process, but it mightily came back into discussion thanks to the Feminist Movements. The agenda of the Feminist Movements in the region started to attack the interference of the Church in the State threatening the power of religious fundamentalists groups. The result was that the question on abortion became a central topic in the dispute over the secularity of these States. Thus, the struggle for secularization and the decriminalization of abortion go together in the „young democracies“ of Latin America and Caribbean.

An overview about the abortions Laws in some countries of Latin America and Caribbean

In 2012 Uruguay decriminalized the abortion without restrictions until the 12th week joining Cuba (where the abortion is legalized without restrictions until the 10th week since 1965), Guyana, Puerto Rico and Mexico City. Not coincidently, Mexico and Uruguay are among the most secular countries in Latin America.

In 2007, due to efforts of GIRE (Information Group of Elected Reproduction, Mexico) the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City approved a reform legalizing the abortion without restrictions until the 12th week of pregnancy. However, as Mexico is the only Latin American country were the criminal codes and health laws are determine locally, the legalization did not yet spread to other Mexican states. Instead, after the legalization in Mexico City, 13 mexican states created new amendments to the existing legislation to define the beginning of life at the moment of conception.

In Brasil, in 2004, ANIS (Institute for Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender) filled a legal action to the Brazilian Supreme Court which led to the legalization of the abortion in cases of fetal anencephaly approved in 2012. In March 2013, the Brazilian Medical Council suggested to the National Congress to include in the new Criminal Code, which is being discussed by the brazilian society, the legalization of abortion without restriction until the 12th week. The suggestion has been intensely criticized by the religious sector which used its influence in politics to support the extreme counter proposal called „the Statute of the Unborn“.

In Ecuador, abortion is legal in cases of risk to the woman’s life or rape of mentally disabled women (the basic idea seems to be that mentally healthy women are not raped!) Last year, 2013, the Politician Paola Pablón presented a reform to include the right of abortion to all women victims of rape. The action was reason enough for the president Rafael Correa, who describes himself as a catholic, to declare the act as a „treachery and disloyalty“ and threaten to resign. The result was the retreat of the law by Pablón and protests by the Ecuadorian feminist movements.

Central America and Caribbean are the most restricted places. Seven countries forbid abortion entirely: Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Suriname. The article 128 of the Penal Code in Honduras punishes with three to six years of prison women who induce abortion and in 2009 the congress banned emergency contraception. The new penal code of Nicaragua (2008) determines the imprisonment of women who induce abortions and also health professionals who assist them, banning a law which made abortion legal in order to preserve the woman’s life or in cases of rape for almost 100 years. In Haiti the legislation is the same since 1876 and punishes with imprisonment women and those who have assisted them. In El Salvador, a reform done in 1987 penalizes the abortion with two to eight years of prison. This month, Amnesty International warned El Salvador’s government about the situation of control and repression over the salvadoran women.

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In Chile the abortion is penalized in all cases, a heritage of Pinochet’s dictatorship. The abortion laws are inside the clauses: „Crimes committed against the familiar order and public morality“ and are considered one of the most restricted in the World. This month, the UN has recommended to Chilean government the legalization of abortion to women under 18 years. Michelle Bachelet, the new president of Chile since March 2014, pronounced herself favorable to the therapeutic abortion in Chile and promised a decision for the last months of 2014.

Some conclusions

The panorama of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean is far from respecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women and providing gender equality. Despite the advances in the legislation in several countries, religious fundamentalism grows and permeates the Latin American political scene signing pacts with governments and hindering the secularization of the States of the region. Both the right and the so-called left goverments, submit themselves to religious pressure and make pacts with these groups in an attempt to get more votes from a largely religious population. Religion continues to use its mass of followers to impose itself on the State and legislate on the lives of Latin American and Caribbean peoples. The struggle to legalize the abortion is emblematic for two reasons:(1) it questions the huge influence of the Church in the Latin American and Caribbean States and strengthens the claim for a Secular State. (2) it changes the panorama of forced poverty, violence and discrimination offering families the opportunity to plan, emancipating women and giving them back the right over their bodies, which for so long has been denied.

Given the state of poverty of most Latin American and Caribbean countries added to its colonial history and the process of destruction of their multiculturalism, the religious and state domination over women’s bodies sets the continuity of the violence that began with the domination and genocide of native people and is perpetuated by controlling the reproductive rights of women. The control of reproductive rights translates into control over the fate and freedom of the Latin American and Caribbean people keeping them on poverty, on a world of violence, discrimination and racism and rigid state control over their bodies.

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1000 Crosses – March of Anti-Abortion Acitivsts

29th of September. Berlin.
Another march of anti-abortion activist will take place.
Protest against it is themed „Marsch für das Leben [Pro Life March]? What the fuck“. At this presentation you will get more information about the event and a joint travel to Berlin could be planed as well.

When: September 10th; 8pm
Where: AZ Conni

Allies – Supporters

Thanks to our allies we have this ‚allies‘ text in English now ;-)
http://evibesenglish.blogsport.de/allies/