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cafém – getting to know feminism

[German]

The cafém on April 19th gives you the opportunity to take part in a self-defence training.
For this purpose, we invited Kathrin Bein, a professional trainer (WenDo Dresden, FMGZ Medea e.V.).

Topics of the training include awareness and body language, simple self-defence techniques, specific assertiveness exercises, reenacting scenarios and relaxation strategies; the aim is to reflect on and broaden one’s own opportunities of action.

Participation is free of charge,
but we‘d ask you to register beforehand – simply drop us an e-mail:
cafemdresden@riseup.net
Training is for girls (16+)/women/lesbians/trans.
Please bring comfortable clothes, sports shoes and (if possible) a roll mat.

Apart from the training, our monthly café takes place. You can drop in and visit us at the kosmotique between 2pm and 8pm. As usual, we’ll have a small brunch and you’re heartily invited to bring some food. Moreover,
there’ll be a small stall with zines, books and information, a children’s play corner and – most importantly – great people to hang out with.

cafém: 2-8pm @kosmotique // Martin-Luther-Str. 13 // Dresden
Self-defence training (girls/women/lesbian/trans): 3-7 pm
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Invitation Refugee Women #2

[German]

Dear refugee women,

we want to invite you on Wednesday (01/28/15) for a meeting and we are still very happy that so many of you came last week.

We want to meet and get to know you.
We want to offer space for you to talk and organize yourself.
We wanna know what you need.
We wanna support you.
We wanna have fun together.

Let us meet on Wednesday, at Albertplatz (Jorge – Gommondai – Platz) , at 4pm.
After meeting we will go to another place.
You can take the tram/train number 3,6,7,8,11 to Albertplatz.

We only speak English, French and German.
Can someone of you translate into Tigrinya or Arabic?
Otherwise we will just talk with hands :)

Invite your friends!

Chère femmes refugiées,

nous voudrons bien vous inviter mercredi (28.01.2015) pour une dexième rencontre. Nous sommes toujours contentes, que vous êtes venues tellement nombreuses la semaine dernière.

Nous aimerons faire votre conaissance et vous rencontrer.
Nous aimerons mettre à votre disposition un lieu, ou vous pouvez parler et vous organiser vous-mêmes.
Nous aimerons savoir de quoi vous avez besoin.
Nous voulons vous soutenir.
Nous aimerons bien nous amuser avec tout le monde.

Réunissons mercredi au Albertplatz (Jorge-Gomondai-Platz) à 16 h.
Ensemble, nous irons vers un lieu ou on peut prendre un café et bavarder.

Vous pouvez venir en tram 3,4,6,7,8 et 11
La station s’appelle Albertplatz.

On parle seulement l’anglais, le Francais et l’Allemand.
Est-ce que une d’entre vous peut traduire en Arabe ou Tigrinya?

si non, on s’arrangera avec l’aide de notre mains =)

Invitez vos copines!

መበል 2ይ ግዜ ምርኻብ ምስ ደቐ-ኣንስትዮ

ዝኸበርክን ስደተኛታት ደቐ-ኣንስትዮ፡
ንሕና ንዝመጽእ ረቡዕ ዕለት 28/01/15 ክንራኸብ ንዕድመክን፡ኣብዝሓለፈ ሰሙን ብዙሓት ካባኽን ብምምጸአን ኣዚና ተሓጉስና ኢና።

ንሕና ክንረኽበክን እሞ ክንፈልጠክን ንደሊ።
እንታይ ድልየትክን ክንፈልጥ ንደሊ።
ንሕና ክንሕግዘክን ንደሊ።
ምሳኽን ክንዘናጋዕ ንደሊ።

ስለዚ ንረቡዕ ኣብ Albertplatz,ሰዓት 4 ድ.ቐትሪ ተራኺብና ብድሕር‘ዚ ናብ ካልእ ቦታ ክንከይድ ኢና።ናብ Albertplatz ብትራም ቁጽሪ 3፡6፡7፡8፡11 ክተመጻ ትኽእላ።

ንኩለን ምሓዙትክን ዓድመአን

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.

no words left.

- Individuals of e*vibes – for an emancipatory practice

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.

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

About female victim myths. German women’s movements and anti-Semitism

Do women have the same need as men to project forbidden impulses onto ‘scapegoats’ or are they not capable of aggressive behaviour and anti-Semitism at all? Are women really the ‘peaceable sex’ as M. Mitscherlich claims?
Decades-long the “new women’s movement” drew an innocent picture of “the woman” during the NS, which quite often led (or leads) to an argumentation belittling the Holocaust.
Contrary to the fact that women enthusiastically contributed to the anti-Semitic exclusion and extinction of Jewish men and women as concentration camp guards or denunciators, in feminist publications they are also often shown as ‘baby producers’ reduced to their mother’s role.
Having pulled the carpet from under the feminist victim myth, based on a critical theory of anti-Semitism we can ask if anti-Semitism satisfies the same needs for women and men, or if the projected contents differ corresponding to the different gender roles.

Ljiljana Radonic currently does research on ‘Second World War in post-socialist museums of commemoration’ and works as a lecturer at Vienna Intitute for Political Science.

The lecture will be given in german but we’ll translate whispering if needed.

May 20th
7pm
@kosmotique; Martin – Luther -Str. 13

Black Feminism and Critical Whiteness – cafém in April

Cafém in April – this time on the 4th Sunday of April, 27th

As usual we will have a small brunch (pls contribute), info desks, book corners and so on.

The focus will be on Black Feminism again. This time there will be a workshop, which lasts about 3h. The Workshop will also deal with Critical Whiteness. Since there are only 15 places availabe, we kindly ask you to register in advance.
Just write us an email (cafem_dresden@riseup.net) or a private message in Facebook.

Workshop Announcement:

Black Feminism and critical whiteness in Germany
First the workshop will have a short introduction on the history of the Afro-German movement and especially on the development of a Black Feminism in Germany since the 80ies. The focus is set on the leading role of women in the afro-german movement as well as transatlantic influences, especially in the shape of poet and activist Audre Lorde.
In the second part we want to consider the question what these developments and impulses (could) mean for white german women and men. What does it mean being white in Germany? Which consequences result from the critical reflexion of one’s own whiteness? Based on different materials (pictures, excerpts, etc.) we will discuss these as well as futher questions on the role of the black diaspora in Germany, on the connections of feminism and racism, and the meaning of racism and racial structures in the german culture and society.

Wokshop created and lead by Dr. Katharina Gerund

Times:
cafém: 2 -8pm
Meeting for people who are interessted in going/talking to/about the A-Fem Conference in London: 2.30pm
Workshop: 4 – 7pm

cafém – getting to know feminism #7

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During the cafém in March we will deal with the topic of Black Feminism and the Black Feminism Movement in Germany.
As always there will be brunch, a bookstall, the kid’s corner as well as warm and cold drinks at the bar.

In the back room there will be choosen texts, audios and poetry that will prompt discussion on several topics.
At 5 pm we want to watch the movie „Audre Lorde – The Berlin years 1984 – 1992“. The documentary focuses on Audre Lorde’s relation to the German Black Diaspora, her literary as well as political influence, and is a unique visual document about the times the author spent in Germany. The film is also for coming generations a valuable historical document of German history, which tells about the development of an Afro-German movement and the origins of the anti-racist movement before and after the German reunification. The film relates the beginnings of these political debates and therefore facilitates a historical analysis and an understanding of present debates on identity and racism in Germany.

Place: kosmotique, Martin-Luther-Str. 13, DD
Date: March 16th
Time:
2 – 8pm cafém
2 – 5pm Reading, Listenig & Discussion on the texts and audios
5pm Movie

cafém – getting to know feminism #6

The cafém in February will deal with Black Feminism, Black women in Germany and the book Daima, which was publishes last year.

Daima: On Witnesses, Images and Visions.
A Book Presentation

“without a vision, every social change feels like death.”
Audre Lorde

In global contexts, Black women have historically been rendered invisible both within (white dominated) feminist movements and within (male dominated) Black power movements. In Germany, this situation has been no different and cultural representations in this country continue to be dominated by the ideals of „white“ and „male.“ Just the same, Black women in Germany have continuously organised and represented themselves – the photobook „Daima“ is simply one further contribution to a long tradition of cultural productions and creative work by Black women in Germany.

In this interactive event, mother, author, editor and activist Sharon Dodua Otoo will talk about her motivation for creating the English language book series „Witnessed“ with a special focus on the latest publication „Daima. Images of Women of Colour in Germany“ by Nzitu Mawakha.

Presentation in English & German. All welcome.

Also we will have well known things like: book corners, reading circle, children play area, discussions, games, brunch (pls bring some food),..

Date: 16th of February
Where: kosmotique
When: 2 – 8pm
Input: 4pm