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No-Stress-Tour 2016, first edition

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No Stress Tour Poster

Summer is the time when lots of things are happening in Germany, also in and around Berlin.  People profit of the sun, they become more active and open up. This offers opportunities, particular for refugees, to think of new strategies to build up a better communal life.
For this reason CISPM and Afrique Europe Interact, international networks for emancipation and integration of refugees, are planning a project called „No Stress Tour“, which should take place this summer from July until October.
The aim of the project is to bring refugees and other inhabitants of the city closer to each other and to provide support with regard to the current complex asylum policy.

Despite the willingness of refugees, to open up to other residents and the willingness of other citizens to reach out to refugees, we noted that there are still barriers, based on anxious informations. „Refugees are rapist, suicide assassins or simply undesirables and Germans are historically radical racists“

– this opinion, which is based on individual cases and is used for the electoral game influences the public opinion, causing despotism on one side and stress among others . As the „No Stress Tour“ is primarily organized and planned by persons which are themselves refugees and European citizens, they will also directly or indirectly profit from the benefits the project offers.
Because of its flexibility, the „No Stress Tour“ facilitates the exchange between refugees and other inhabitants of the districts and sensitizes people on issues such as the controversial asylum policy, with special focus on the emancipation of women and children.
To achieve our goal, we will organise weekends full of activities in various refugee camps from July to October, which will be carried out in two camps each month in or around Berlin and Bielefeld.

Invited are in particular refugees, citizens of the concerning districts, doctors and lawyers for refugees, mayors, socially active groups and people with migration background.
The various activities are adressed to all the persons directly concerned.

To the citizens of the districts, to all refugees and particular to all woman and children.
Planned weekend schedule for the „No Stress Tour“:

 Friday:
· soccer: mixed: Neighbours of the Heime/ Refugees
· Exchange concerning ‘Stress’ with families, women and children (with a psycholgist)

 Saturday:
· volleyball: mixed: Women/Men
· Exchange with families, women and children (With an Imam)

 Sunday:
· Music workshops (choir)
· space for children to play
· concert – performances of 5 different groups of artists

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Besides the fact that we want to bring the citizens closer to refugees and at the same time to show refugees that there are people supporting them in their rights, we also want to conscientize and enforce women who particularly live in a difficult situation facing special troubles being women, as well as we want to conscientize children in their right to education.
Due to the participation of the refugees themselves and locals, we expect this poject to be very promising.
But of course the activities which will take place directly in the camps throughout the hole
weekend require financial support.
We hope to establish a good atmosphere between all inhabitants in order to continue and to improve the project in the next years.

Contact us:
no.stress.tour.2016@gmail.com
Facebook:  No Stress Tour

Be part of our Team:
Each Sunday, 16:00-18:00h,
Seminarraum next to Café Kotti, Adalbertstr. 4 (U8 Kottbusser Tor)
Organinised by: The No-Stress Team and supporters

Support us : 

Borderline-europe e.V ;  Bank : Gls Gemeinschaftsbank;  Purpuse : No Stress Tour

IBAN: DE54 4306 0967 4005 7941 02 ;

BIC: GENODEM1GLS

Publicités

[NIO and KuB] 23.04.2015, 20h30, SO 36 Berlin: Concert in solidarity to the people in the school and for organizing sleeping places for a long term At the side of people out of the school (GHS) and other Refugees

Concert in solidarity to the people in the school and for organizing
sleeping places for a long term

At the side of people out of the school (GHS) and other Refugees we are
struggling for humanity and political rights

and we support the idea of a social Refugee Center.

The people, who arrived the Oplatz in 2012, are informing about their
situation, about political status, …. Although the politics didn´t
chance anything,

they are fighting still for freedom of movement, their right to stay,
right to work, and to build up a social Refugee center…..

The house of 28doors got totally burned at the 31th of March. The Oplatz
is a symbol for the fight of Refugees, it should be an meeting point,
for discussions,

for celebrations, for exhibitions, …. It was build up from Refugees and
supports through the winter. Now it´s burned 😦 The place now looks
desolate and empty.

The sleepingplace-orga is trying to find places to stay for Refugees
which lost a place to live. Now they are still working in this really
small Container in the middle of place.

Also KUB, contact & consultation for Refugee, is working still 30 year
already

There is much to do, it is not easy, more a big challenge – but we will
not give up !!!

Together we want to give a sign with this Soli-concert, that we stay on
the side of the Refugee struggle.

We want to inform you, ….. The donation will be for people of the school
and for organizing sleeping places.

Dota Kehr (Kleingeldprinzessin) Duo mit Jan Rohrbach

Francesco Wilking & Moritz Kraemer (Die höchste Eisenbahn)

Danny Dziuk – solo

Antinational Embassy – Duo

SO 36, 23.4.2015, 20h30

Entrance beginning: 19.30 / 7.30 p.m.

Oranienstraße 190, Heinrichplatz, Bus – M29

Soli-Eintrance: 8 bis 12 Euro, for Refugees – free

organised by NIO & KUB (Nachbarschaftsinitiative Ohlauer & Kontakt-
und Beratungsstelle für Flüchtlinge)

[CISPM BERLIN] Saturday 18.04.2015 19H and Sunday 19.04.2015 17H: « CISPM Performance »

« CISPM Performance »

The CISPM Berlin give the voice for the mini-festival who is a platform to give the refugee community in berlin a chance to tell their own story in their own voice.

During 5 workshop days, people struggling with the threat of deportation will be invited to create their own performance to tell their story in the form of music , poetry, dance, theater, etc…

Also In this program: « star Boy Production: The illegal things people do to become legal », a guest performance from Ahilan Ratnamohan from Antwerp in which african migrants from CISPM invite the audience into their World of survival tactics.

« Bolero » the newest piece In development from lis sanga danse company in which dancers age 5 – 70 from different countries and cultural backgrounds seek togetherness through their dissimilarities.

Saturday April 18 at 19:00

& Sunday April 19 at 17:00

Ehemaliges stummfilmkino Delphi Gustav-Adolf Str. 213086 Berlin

Ticket donation 8€ Free entrence for refugees.

Some newspaper articles, press releases and reports

Hundreds of migrants believed to have drowned off Libya after boat capsizes

Italy’s coastguard helps rescue 144 in latest disaster involving migrants at sea

THE GUARDIAN |15. April 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/14/400-drowned-libya-italy-migrant-boat-capsizes


 

EU: Intolerable Inaction Costs Lives at Sea

Set Up Robust, Mediterranean-wide Search and Rescue Operation

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH | APRIL 15, 2015

Migrant boat disaster: rescue hopes led to sinking in Mediterranean

UN spokesman says it appears passengers surged to one side after spotting commercial ship, causing boat to capsize with loss of estimated 400 lives

15.April 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/15/migrant-boat-sinks-mediterranean-passengers


Spain illegal immigration jumps by two-thirds

THE LOCAL  | Published: 14 Apr 2015 15:01 GMT+02:00

http://www.thelocal.es/20150414/illegal-immigration-jumps-by-two-thirds


9 migrants die in latest shipwreck near Italy


ON THE ONGOING HUNGER STRIKE OF MIGRANTS IN PARANESTI CAMP IN GREECE

[Corasol] 10-17.04.2015, Berlin: call for a long-term protest with performance, workshops, discussins and concert

Call for participation

In order to resist the upcoming restriction of residence law in this
country that will be decided in the Bundestag on 8th of May,
we’re calling for a long-term protest daily 2 pm to 7 pm between the
10th and the 17th of April at Brandenburger Tor/Pariser Platz.

We’d love to organise for a cultural and political program that helps
to make the protest more visible. If you want to make a contribution,
please contact us!

corasol@web.de

We’re lancing this call but the action is for everyone to make out of it what we can and want, so let’s cooperate to live up the place and make the week of action against residence restriction colourful and a space for organizing and learning! It would be really great to have different performances, workshops, discussions and concerts throughout the protest week.

Please get in touch and hope to see you there,
corasol

[Alliance Come_Together] 10th – 17th April 2015, Berlin: daily demonstration against stricter asylum law

Stop the impending aggravation of the asylum laws!

Daily Demonstration 10th till 17th of April 2015 Pariser Platz 2-7pm

After the extension of the list contained within the so-called “regulation of safe countries of origin” in autumn 2014, another aggravation of the residence act is being planned now, which has the potential to transform nearly every asylum seeker into a criminal. While Pegida is holding racist demonstrations, the parliament nearly fulfils some of there demands with this upcoming law.

In future, deportations shall be carried out harder and more consequently. Criteria for imprisonment are extremely extended. Additionally, the possibilities of imposing entry- and residence-bans are to be widened. Especially „tolerated“ people and refugees subject to the Dublin-procedure are facing these extensive repressions.

We oppose the law draft, slated to be implemented in June 2015.
Through this daily demonstration we want to make this subject more visible! The tigtening of the law calls for more than an usual demonstration. By means of daily presence, workshops, cultural programm and information for pedestrians we want to reveal that this law will make life for refugees even worse than it already is!


For our action to be succesful we need you!

Join us!

Take shifts,

offer workshops,

make a concert,

play theatre,

etc.!

Say no to the new law draft by the federal government for the “re-definition of the right to stay and the termination of stay”!

Flight is not a crime!

For a community in solidarity without exclusion!

Information about the daily demonstrations and the exact programm: https://corasol.blogsport.de

If you want to contribute something to the programm, contact: corasol@web.de

Information on the law and the whole action week: https://www.asylrechtsverschaerfung-stoppen.de/

[Come-Together]: 06.04.2015, 12H, Berlin: Bus-Tour-Preparation-Meeting

Bus-Tour-Preparation-Meeting

We meet on monday 6th of april together with refugee-activists from
Dresden discuss and organize the bus-tour.

12p.m. in the refugee-office  Waldemarstraße 46

The bus-tour takes probably place from 18th of april – 11th of may.

You are welcome to join.

EMAIL: bustour@riseup.net
TELEPHON: 01521 4451277
WEBSITE: http://www.oplatz.net

…infrastructure support needed:

– money for benzin (a lot!)
– drivers (over 25years old)
– support for translation

CALL FOR BUSTOUR

Hello,

We are refugee activists and supporters from Berlin (Oranienplatz
protest, occupied Ohlauer School).
In April/May we want to do a bus tour through Germany.

We plan to travel in three vans (20 people max.) and go to a different
place every day.

On the tour we want to connect with

  •  Refugee and migrant collectives
  • Anti-fascist & anti-racist groups
  • Refugees Welcome groups
  • People in Lagers

We want to talk about:

  • The situation of refugees in your area.
  •  Your political strategies. What do you do?
  • What has happened in your area over the last years?
  • How is your connection to people inside/outside the Lagers?
  • What are your major problems right now (personal/political)?
  • How do politicians, news and neighbors react?
  • Can we develop a common strategy against new asylum law restrictions,  Lagers and deportation?

We want to know your answers and tell you about the last three years in
Berlin.

To do this bus tour we need…

…information:

  • What do you think we could do together while we’re in your area?
  • Should we drive to Lagers and talk to refugee activists there?
  • Do you know people in the Lagers?
  • Which places in your BUNDESLAND should we visit to push our issue?

Thanks and solidarity!

EMAIL: bustour@riseup.net
TELEPHON: 01521 4451277
WEBSITE: http://www.oplatz.net

[come_together] Thursday 02.04.2015, 4pm, New Yorck Bethanien, Berlin: ,,Kaufen statt Räumen! »

We will buy Ohlauer-school!

Refugee-activists have decided to buy the school. Together with you we
want to plan the future of Gerhard-Hauptmann-school. It’s urgent! Come
around!
Refugees and neighbors get up!

—more information—
oplatz.net
#ohlauer

ECCHR has been examining the scope for legal intervention against the practice of push-backs in the EU and has been helping affected persons with individual legal proceedings

Beyond Borderline: Refugee and Migrant Exclusion in Europe

Kilometers of barbed wire exclusion fences, thousands of high-tech patrols at sea, in the air and on land, push-back agreements with neighboring countries: the European Union goes to great lengths to exclude people fleeing from war, persecution and hardship in their home countries. To justify their actions leaders in Brussels and the EU member states claim the push-backs are politically necessary and permitted under law.

Every other week another boat carrying migrants and refugees capsizes or sinks off the coast of Italy or Malta. Witnesses frequent report instances of abuse at the borders between Turkey and Greece. There is a steady climb in the number of people who lose their lives while trying to cross the Moroccan-Spanish border. All of these events serve as evidence of the terrible failure of the EU’s asylum and refugee policies.

Illegal push-backs or forced returns at EU borders represent a flagrant violation of fundamental human rights and refugee laws. In the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the northern coast of Africa, refugees and migrants are repeatedly subjected to brutal violence from border guards. Anyone attempting to enter these Spanish cities – and therefore reach EU territory – are immediately deported to Morocco without any examination of their right to asylum. During this process, injuries and even deaths are common. Stripped of their rights, it is almost impossible for victims to take any form of legal redress.

Over the past year ECCHR has been examining the scope for legal intervention against the practice of push-backs in the EU and has been helping affected persons with individual legal proceedings.

http://www.ecchr.de/Migration.html

PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS WITH LEGAL INSTRUMENTS

Guaranteeing human rights worldwide is one of today’s most important challenges. Even now, at the start of the 21st century, systematic violations of human rights occur in every region of the world. Across the globe, genocide, torture, deportation, oppression, as well as limitations of social, economic and cultural rights transpire due to ethnical, political, religious or gender discrimination.

Governments and public authorities have actively committed or tolerated these crimes and denied people their most basic rights. Moreover human rights are often violated or ignored through ruthless corporate business practices for the sake of economic gain. Those responsible are rarely called to account. The need to prosecute those responsible for atrocities was first recognized by the International Military Tribunals of Nuremberg and Tokyo. There it was avowed that the impunity of responsible persons abets new crimes. Legal institutions must defend human rights and uphold this litigation.

In recent years some of the most important and innovative human right cases have been initiated in Europe.

Criminal charges against the former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet, the architects of the Argentinean military junta in Spain, Zakir Almatow, the Uzbek Minister of the Interior, as well as the former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, were all filed in Germany.

These initiatives highlight the need for the independent coordination of human rights litigation, strategic juridical development and critical reflection.

Furthermore, cases involving the American Central Intelligence Agency’s « extraordinary rendition » program, which involves the movement of suspects across international boarders, exemplify the necessity for cooperation and advocacy on a European and international level between human rights organizations.
ECCHR

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is an independent, non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting civil and human rights throughout Europe. It was founded in 2007 by a small group of renowned human rights lawyers, in order to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other declarations of human rights and national constitutions, by juridical means. ECCHR engages in innovative strategic litigation, using European, international, and national law to enforce human rights and to hold state and non-state actors accountable for egregious abuses.

http://www.ecchr.de/about.html

01-15.04.15: €œEU-WIDE POLICE OPERATION AMBERLIGHT 2015: WARNING!

TRAVEL WARNING

THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IN APRIL THE EU-WIDE POLICE OPERATION AMBERLIGHT 2015€œ IS TAKING PLACE: NATIONAL AND FRONTEX POLICE FORCES WILL CHASE PEOPLE WITHOUT PAPERS.

ESPECIALLY IN TRAINS, TRAIN STATIONS, ON AIRPORTS, ON HIGHWAYS AND ON INNER-EUROPEAN BORDERS. THEY WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT MIGRATION ROUTES AND ARREST AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.

PLEASE WARN ALL PEOPLE WITHOUT PAPERS!

NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!