In Defense of Black Life

There is no place for racism or anti-black racism in our grassroots climate justice movement.

We encourage all of our network and readers of this website to self-educate (e.g. here bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES) and to reflect on the global state of pandemia and the recent uprisings for racial justice as opportunities to resist, dismantle, and sabotage this white-supremacist, colonialist regime. This uprising against excessive, brutal, and militarized policing has called attention to the pervasiveness of anti-blackness in our communities. There is no way forward without mobilizing our resources and energy towards the powerful ongoing efforts to defend black lives, to defund the police and towards the political necessity of reparations and related wealth redistribution.

As we are based in Germany, we find it important to acknowledge that anti-black racism is not a systemic problem only in the US, but also a european one. We stand in solidarity with the anti-racism movement here in germany whose activism combats pervasive institutionalized racism, condemns racialized police brutality and profiling, and decolonizes our streets. We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and all the intersectional internationalist movements fighting for decolonization and racial justice worldwide. 

Racial justice is climate justice. Black disabled lives matter. Black trans lives matter. Black lives matter.

#ClimateCareUprising!

2020 has made everyone think about what is essential – caring for people, for society and for the planet that sustains us. Crisis is all around us: health, the economy, neo-colonialism, structural discriminations of all kinds, injustice and inequality, ecological collapse. And these crises are interconnected.

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Invitation for Online Youth Gathering for Climate and Social Justice

We are very happy to announce and officially invite you to join the Online Youth Gathering for Climate and Social Justice, which will take place online from 3rd to 13th of September.

The main objective of the online gathering is to cover topics around Intersectionality, Commons, European Green Deal and the injustices behind the pandemic of Covid-19. Also we are aiming to collect young people’s visions for what European Green New Deal should look like, including concrete demands and goals for European and national governments. Apart from this, we will have a lot of additional sessions, to share, learn and enjoy.

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CrisiFund – Support during Pandemic Times

After the onset of the Covid pandemic, we saw ourselves struggling to stay connected. We tried to imagine in which ways we could still offer support and solidarity when we cannot physically meet in our usual collective spaces, in our gatherings, workshops, retreats or trainings. We decided to reach out with a proposal for a small support structure for groups, initiatives and/or individuals within our network that had to stop their actions due to coronavirus, but still had expenses. Or, because of the crisis, started new activities or would like to do something and need money to continue or kick it off. For people, who lost their jobs or other sources of money, who can’t afford the current way of living, who support other people in need, who suffer from capitalism even more…

We created the CrisiFund Newsletter to share information about the different initiatives and individuals who reached out to this proposal. We are still feeling anxious and confused about the future and when and how we might all see each other again. But we want to continue to support and connect with one another despite the difficulties.

Lastly, to close off this newsletter, we share a list of tools and resources for safe, encrypted and open source online communication and facilitation.