In Defense of Black Life

There is no place for racism or anti-black racism in our grassroots social & 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 and towards the political necessity of reparations and related wealth redistribution.

As we are based in Germany, we acknowledge that anti-black racism is not a systemic problem only in the US, but also deeply 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. ALL Black lives matter.

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.

*Ongoing* Solidarity Actions for COVID-19 risk groups & Info Share

Due to the increasing need for care and solidarity during the lock-down moments of the pandemic, our volunteers are conducting weekly solidarity actions for people falling under certain risk group categories. Every Friday we will gather to do and deliver shopping for those unable to, cooking for the homeless, engaging in neighborhood book-exchanges, etc.

To join and help, write us at eyfa@eyfa.org. The actions will be documented and volunteers will have the opportunity to share knowledge and insights gained at an online info share on the 13th of August! Take care of one another.

**MOVED ONLINE** Plant Awareness to Grow Solidarity! ESC Programme

As mentioned last month, we’ve postponed all scheduled activities and are working on how to reschedule them for the summer or move them online.

Our ESC volunteers have worked hard developing this workshop and thus would like to take the opportunity to try our their digital skills.

Workshop: Social Justice and Anti-Gentrification Community Work has been moved online and is set to take place on Tuesday, 12th May 2020 at 19:00.

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**EVENTS POSTPONED (until further notice)** Plant Awareness to Grow Solidarity! ESC Programme

We are displeased to inform you that our events for the upcoming spring/summer have been postponed, including the event on

  1. Apr 2020
    Workshop: Social Justice and Anti-Gentrification Community Work

We will post again here in case we can reschedule! Please send an email to eyfa@eyfa.org, to request to subscribe to our Newsletter. That way we can inform you directly when/if our events can be rescheduled.

Take care of Each Other!

**MOVED ONLINE**EVENT – Panel Discussion: Mutual Aid as an Inclusion Practice, with examples from our Berlin community.

EDIT This Wednesday’s EVENT has been rescheduled and will happen online in June EDIT

As we have had to reorganize our scheduled activities, join us for an online panel discussion as part of the series ‘Plant Awareness to Grow Solidarity’ on 11.06. Our volunteers will moderate the discussion with a few speakers from our network to share on the topic of Mutual Aid.

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