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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
We are displeased to inform you that our events for the upcoming spring/summer have been postponed, including the event on
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, to request to subscribe to our Newsletter. That way we can inform you directly when/if our events can be rescheduled.
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.
Join us for the next event in the series ‘Plant Awareness to Grow Solidarity’. This coming Wednesday we invite for a panel discussion, which our volunteers will moderate, inviting a few speakers to share on the topic of Mutual Aid.
What is the relationship between our struggles? How can we make solidarity horizontal? How do we collectively and effectively deconstruct oppression given our different economic and political contexts?