Meet the Neighbourhood – Autonomous Bar and Pub Nights

The question of going out is a difficult one in Hamburg. “Are we going out?” “Yes, we’re going out!” And then everyone heads to the Kiez and Reeperbahn, drinking supernovas pulling in staggering bodies with their gravitational enormity.

But the world of bars and pubs in Hamburg is much larger than our consumer culture would have you think.  The same people who bring you all those delicious voküs and informative info stores also like to schnack over a beer, and their company is open for all!

Every Thursday and Friday there is always a place to go. Meet the neighbours and never go thirsty in these autonomous bars and pubs!

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sauerkraut*Kneipe 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Talk, converse, drink, chill, listen to music, each time with a new motto! (And every 2nd Thursday of the month is the Technokneipe starting at 14:00) Where: Sauerkrautfabrik, Kleiner Schippsee 22, 21073 Hamburg When: Thursdays at 19:00Share …
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Freitagskneipe 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Friday pub at the Schwarze Katze. Pub night usually with food. An opportunity to learn about the Katze and the (left) libertarian library! Where: Schwarze Katze – Fettstraße 23, 20357 Hamburg / Schanzenviertel When: Every Friday …
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sauerkraut*Kneipe 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Talk, converse, drink, chill, listen to music, each time with a new motto! (And every 2nd Thursday of the month is the Technokneipe starting at 14:00) Where: Sauerkrautfabrik, Kleiner Schippsee 22, 21073 Hamburg When: Thursdays at 19:00Share …
Punkcafé 8:00 pm
Punkcafé @ Gängeviertel
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
Punkcafé @ Gängeviertel
Punk Café in the Gängeviertel! Every odd Thursday! For repetition of this information, read below! Where: Gängeviertel – Valentinskamp 28A, 20355 Hamburg When: Every odd Thursday at 20:00  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in …
Thirstday – Kneipenabend 8:00 pm
Thirstday – Kneipenabend @ Rote Flora
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
Thirstday - Kneipenabend @ Rote Flora
Pub night at the Rote Flora! Where: Rote Flora – Achidi-John-Platz 1, 20357 Hamburg When: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of every month at 20:00 Second Thursday: Thirstday (Punk Bar) Third Thursday: Sport Room Soli-Pub (Drinks and Music) …
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Freitagskneipe 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Friday pub at the Schwarze Katze. Pub night usually with food. An opportunity to learn about the Katze and the (left) libertarian library! Where: Schwarze Katze – Fettstraße 23, 20357 Hamburg / Schanzenviertel When: Every Friday …
TransTresen 8:00 pm
TransTresen @ Centro Sociale
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
TransTresen @ Centro Sociale
For Trans* people and supporters. Where: Centro Sociale – Sternstraße 2, 20357 Hamburg When: Every 2nd Friday of the Month at 20:00 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook …
Tresensport 8:00 pm
Tresensport @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Tresensport @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Bar sport in the Soli-pub for anti-fascist structures in the province. Where: Sauerkrautfabrik – Kleiner Schippsee 22, 21073 Hamburg When: Every 2nd Friday of the month at 20:00Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new …
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sauerkraut*Kneipe 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Talk, converse, drink, chill, listen to music, each time with a new motto! (And every 2nd Thursday of the month is the Technokneipe starting at 14:00) Where: Sauerkrautfabrik, Kleiner Schippsee 22, 21073 Hamburg When: Thursdays at 19:00Share …
Sport Room Soli-Pub 8:00 pm
Sport Room Soli-Pub @ Rote Flora
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Sport Room Soli-Pub @ Rote Flora
Pub night at the Rote Flora! Where: Rote Flora – Achidi-John-Platz 1, 20357 Hamburg When: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of every month at 20:00 Second Thursday: Thirstday (Punk Bar) Third Thursday: Sport Room Soli-Pub (Drinks and Music) …
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Antifa-Tresen 7:00 pm
Antifa-Tresen @ Rote Flora
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
Antifa-Tresen @ Rote Flora
Antifa Bar in the Rote Flora! Where: Rote Flora – Achidi-John-Platz 1, 20357 Hamburg When: Every 3rd Friday of the month at 19:00Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook …
FLITchen Kneipe 7:00 pm
FLITchen Kneipe @ LiZ
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
FLITchen Kneipe @ LiZ
FLITchen pub night in the free room for women, lesbians, inter and trans! Where: FLITchen – Karolinenstraße 21, 20357 Hamburg When: Every 3rd Friday of the month at 19:00Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in …
Freitagskneipe 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Friday pub at the Schwarze Katze. Pub night usually with food. An opportunity to learn about the Katze and the (left) libertarian library! Where: Schwarze Katze – Fettstraße 23, 20357 Hamburg / Schanzenviertel When: Every Friday …
Antirepressionskneipe 8:00 pm
Antirepressionskneipe @ Havenvokü
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Antirepressionskneipe @ Havenvokü
Anti-repression pub at the Hafenvokü in the Hafenstraße. With food (20:00) and info event (21:00)! Where: Hafenvokü – St.Pauli Hafenstraße 116, 20359 Hamburg When: Every 3rd Friday of the month at 20:00Share this:Click to share on …
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sauerkraut*Kneipe 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm
sauerkraut*Kneipe @ Sauerkrautfabrik
Talk, converse, drink, chill, listen to music, each time with a new motto! (And every 2nd Thursday of the month is the Technokneipe starting at 14:00) Where: Sauerkrautfabrik, Kleiner Schippsee 22, 21073 Hamburg When: Thursdays at 19:00Share …
Dub Café 8:00 pm
Dub Café @ Rote Flora
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Dub Café @ Rote Flora
Pub night at the Rote Flora! Where: Rote Flora – Achidi-John-Platz 1, 20357 Hamburg When: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of every month at 20:00 Second Thursday: Thirstday (Punk Bar) Third Thursday: Sport Room Soli-Pub (Drinks and Music) …
Punkcafé 8:00 pm
Punkcafé @ Gängeviertel
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Punkcafé @ Gängeviertel
Punk Café in the Gängeviertel! Every odd Thursday! For repetition of this information, read below! Where: Gängeviertel – Valentinskamp 28A, 20355 Hamburg When: Every odd Thursday at 20:00  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in …
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Freitagskneipe 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm
Freitagskneipe @ Schwarze Katze
Friday pub at the Schwarze Katze. Pub night usually with food. An opportunity to learn about the Katze and the (left) libertarian library! Where: Schwarze Katze – Fettstraße 23, 20357 Hamburg / Schanzenviertel When: Every Friday …
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PS The video is just some fun by the editor.
– the editor

 

NOM NOM NOM!

Tired of arguing with your friends, where to go out to eat? Well, no more! Rabbl has compiled a handy-dandy calendar of all the weekly and monthly people’s kitchens (voküs) in Hamburg! Collective decision-making couldn’t be easier!

Every vokü is autonomously organised and offers vegan or vegetarian food for donation. Food is often locally sourced or rescued from supermarkets and restaurants that would otherwise throw it out!

Want to get involved? Go to your local vokü and ask how! The autonomously-run rooms often plan other events, such as info stores and film nights.

To the VoKüs! Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom!

Highlight of the week: Hafenvokü

Hafenvokü! People’s kitchen in the Hafenstraße, the vibrant, colourful, leftist, collectivised houses in the St. Pauli Hafenstraße, directly on the beutiful Elbe and Hamburg’s harbour.

When: 20:00, every Tuesday except the first Tuesday of the month.

Where: St.Pauli Hafenstraße 116, 20359 Hamburg

Who: Hafenstraße Hafenvokü

The history of the Hafenstraße since 1981 is connected to the decades-long and ongoing ever-increasing shortage of living space in Hamburg.The houses themselves were built in the early 1900s, and are some of the few houses in Hamburg to have withstand the devastating bombings by Allied Powers in the Second World War, which left much of the city destroyed.

The Hafenstraße as we know it initially began as a squat in 1981, when people began making use of the empty flats in houses on the streets of St. Pauli-Hafenstraße and Bernhard-Nocht-Straße.

This, of course, was an utter outrage, because no state or private entity was profiting from it! But never fear, soon thereafter there were many riots and violent clashes between the squatters, the state police forces, and their natural allies, the fascists. Due to the immense popular support of Hamburg’s community, the squatters were able to repel these attacks, and in 1984 until 1990 talks were held between the squatters, the community, and the state — like a real democracy (except with a state).

The Hafenstraße soon became a platform for radical (as in grassroots) discourse, and people were invited from all over to discuss topics ranging from squatting, to anti-NATO politics, to anti-nuclear politics, to the question of political prisoners, as well as international solidarity. In this time the squatters also began the Pirate Radio “Radio Hafenstraße”, broadcasting from one of the rooftops.

Such peaceful, democratic discourse was of course an affront to the sentiments of state police brutality, and in 1990, under the pretext that the Hafenstraße was harbouring members of the RAF (Red Amy Fraction, a leftist terrorist group at the time), the buildings were stormed by 1000 armed police officers (who didn’t find anything).

Finally, in 1995, the city, which had lost all credibility in the face of local and international solidarity, tried to save face by selling 11 houses to the cooperative “Alternative am Elbufer” (Alternatives on the Banks of the Elbe), which had been founded for just this purpose. The houses were renovated, and the total costs, which amounted to more than 9 million euros, were taken over by the authority with 3.85 million, the cooperative paying 1.3 million.

Along with the squats in Berlin, the Hafenstraße is said to be one of the originators of the Black Bloc, the antifascist protesters and organisers that protect communities from the growth of fascism. Today the Hafenstraße remains one of the centres leftist organisation and alternative communal living.

21 Years Hafenstraße – “high ideals & crazy ideas”

This weekend the Genossenschaft Alternativen am Elbufer eG will be celebrating 21 years since its founding in the Hafenstraße! From Friday to Sunday there will be films, discussions, food and festivities. And it’s all open to the public!

English-speaking internationals may not know much about St. Pauli-Hafenstraße, though you should! Back in the day the little stretch of street on Hamburg’s harbour was host to a series of political actions that literally changed the course of the city and the world. Okay, figuratively! But literally!

Before the founding of the Genossenschaft (cooperative), St. Pauli-Hafenstraße had a tumultuous fight for survival. In 1981 people began squatting houses owned by the City of Hamburg in St. Pauli-Hafenstraße and Bernhard-Nocht-Straße. A completely normal and rational thing to do. Got people who need a place to live and love? Got empty houses where they can do that? Bäm! Problem solved!

The squats in Hamburg were the start of a new way of seeing the world, not in terms of capital and profit, but in terms of communalism and human dignity:

The cornerstone of these communities was communal living, and the creation of radical social centers: infoshops, bookstores, coffeehouses, meeting halls, bars, concert halls, art galleries, and other multi-use spaces where grassroots political, artistic and social culture were developed as an alternative to nuclear family life, TV dreams and mass-produced pop culture.

As the squats persisted, they began churning out hard-core politics: They were opposed to NATO, nuclear power (Germany’s true Erbfeind), as well as the racist, xenophobic politics of Germany and Europe at the time. And the squats in Hamburg and Berlin are credited as being the seeds from which the Antifa Black Bloc movement grew:

From these safe social spaces grew major grassroots initiatives to fight nuclear power; to break down patriarchy and gender roles; to show solidarity with oppressed people throughout the world by attacking the European-based multinational corporations or financial institutions like the World Bank; and after German reunification, to fight the rising tide of conservative neo-Nazism.

Unfortunately, the West German state didn’t like it when people oppose neo-Nazism and express views in line with grassroots democracy. Or when they solve their own problems without spending money. No sir!

The Hafenstraße was subject to several raids by police. People falsely accused the Hafenstraße of harbouring (heh) the Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Fraction), a hardcore, armed, leftist group that carried out a series of assassinations, bank robberies, bombings formed in the seventies. This accusation, of course, was not true, but that didn’t stop 1000 police storming the buildings and causing all sorts of mayhem. That’s what the state-sanctioned terrorists I mean police do.

Finally, in 1995, the Federal Republic of Germany, successor to the Federal Republic of Western Germany (which was still named the Federal Republic of Germany), sold 11 houses on the St. Pauli-Hafenstraße and Bernhard-Nocht-Straße to the newly formed cooperative “Alternative am Elbufer” (Alternatives on the Banks of the Elbe”).

And the rest is history! Join them this weekend to hear about that history!  The programme has been translated for you below.

Hafenstraße
Hafenstraße

Shamelessly google translated from the original German:

High ideals & crazy ideas – 21 years
Alternatives at the Elbufer eG – 28.4.-1.5.2017
Anniversary – a Jubilee.

But are the foundations of the cooperatives from St. Pauli Hafenstraße a reason for this? Do they stand for loss of autonomy, or are they, in the long term, the establishment of a contradictory social existence? We go into FAQs, which accompany us since the occupation.

Right to the city is now a global, social core theme and was negotiated in the early 90s in Hamburg with the keyword restructuring. The social, political and spatial conflicts accompany us. Racist police checks, questions of citizenship, work, residence, housing and enjoyment are still present at the Balduintreppe as in a burning glass.

The obituaries for our fought houses were already written in 1992/1993. Fishcore titled concert posters if not forever, then forever. The construction site was permanently vacated. The exalted mayor Voscherau had finally all the eviction titles in his pocket – and then they were nothing more worth.

“The times they are a changin ‘”

In the meantime, Hafenstrasse had multiplied. Since day X, restoration, barricade days and lease for the houses, X Wohnprojekte had started, the Rote Flora established and Park Fiction at the harbor edge planned and on the way.

Young Garden detached old garden. Other discourses and dialogues became sociable. National wars re-established themselves in Europe. Unusual social movements and digital technologies mixed up the usual orders. Old organizational ideas, such as cooperatives, did not plopple ten years after the collapse of the trade union New Home. FC St. Pauli got out of the Bundesliga and got back. For many city dwellers, the street had become everyday.

In this mixing machine, some of us began to plan a freestanding space with its own architectural idea. The Moin St. Pauli reported. The film St. Pauli-Hafenstrasse No. 7 forms some of the conflicts between resistance and participation in the public space.The Hafenrndverein created a framework for the protest cultures and the everyday uprising, which manifested itself in St. Pauli and is deeply anchored in the neighbors’ memory. The cooperative St. Pauli Hafenstrasse is founded and because a cooperative is not enough, there is a second alternative: Alternatives at Elbufer eG.

“Just say thank you”

In these processes we accompany 10,000e, demonstrate 1,000e and draw 100e cooperative shares. At the beginning of the nineties, tenant * domestic initiatives such as Falkenried-Terrassen and Gartenstadt eG in Farmsen contributed to the creation of a climate for the self-management in Hafenstrasse. Institutions such as the Patriotic Society move bourgeois circles and concern themselves with the dialogue and the willingness to enter into a treaty of the Hamburg Senate. 1996 bought the cooperative alternatives Elbufer eG the houses. We can finally rehabilitate and produce electricity and stress at permanently very cheap rents. In 2006, a plan B must be used to maintain the open spaces and / or to build them themselves. Today alternatives on the banks of the river Elbe are still a dangerous place for Hamburg’s domestic policy.

At this place, we would like to thank the many people who have made this possible in one way or another. A special thank you goes to the well over 100 people, who took over responsibility in committees. This weekend we invite you to celebrate, consume, discuss, eat and drink, argue and dance.

Place is the space from Friday to Sunday night

We start Friday at noon with a press conference. In the evening there is an event with WiLMa19 (tenants’ house syndicate), Kotti & Co, Planbude and fux eG about successful experiments with ground questions. Afterwards well-kept drinks and the shops have on. In the dark film on the Balduintreppe: Rent eat soul on (54 min 2015) – St. Pauli-Hafenstr. No. 7 (60 min 1994)

On Saturday, we will take a brunch in front of the houses and muffins accompany the stairs of glory. Saturday night stories are told in stories: yesterday pirate, yesterday private, today pioneer?

Then FRIENDLY CELEBRATION.

Sunday afternoons we speak with popular motti unpopular questions: Why does Hamburg’s domestic policy on the harbor edge pursue hard work, combats migration and suppresses the free trade? Still not lovin ‘the police – legalize it – no man is illegal – remember Jaja Diabi. In the evening we dance with power to the people in the 1st of May.

Festivities for hard work, free trade and self-administration

Original German:

High ideals & crazy ideas – 21 Jahre
Alternativen am Elbufer eG – 28.4.-1.5.2017
Jubiläum – ein Jubeljahr.

Doch sind die Gründungen der Genossenschaften aus der St. Pauli Hafenstraße Anlass dazu? Stehen sie für Verlust an Autononomie oder sind sie auf lange Sicht die Etablierung einer widerständigen sozialen Existenz? Wir steigen ein in FAQ, die uns seit der Besetzung begleiten.

Recht auf Stadt ist heute ein globales, gesellschaftliches Kernthema und wurde Anfang der 90er Jahre in Hamburg mit dem Stichwort Umstrukturierung verhandelt. Die sozialen, politischen und räumlichen Konflikte begleiten uns. Rassistische Polizeikontrollen, Fragen von Bürgerschaft, Arbeit, Aufenthalt, Wohnung und Genussmittelfreiheit sind nach wie vor an der Balduintreppe wie in einem Brennglas präsent.

Die Nachrufe auf unsere umkämpften Häuser waren 1992/1993 schon verfasst. Fishcore titelte Konzertplakate wenn schon nicht für immer, dann ewig. Der Bauwagenplatz war dauerhaft geräumt. Der überschätzte Bürgermeister Voscherau hatte endlich alle Räumungstitel in der Tasche – und dann waren sie nix mehr wert.

„the times they are a changin‘“

In der Zwischenzeit hatte die Hafenstraße sich vervielfacht. Seit Tag X, Wiederbesetzung, Barrikadentagen und Pachtvertrag für die Häuser waren X Wohnprojekte an den Start gegangen, die rote Flora etabliert und park fiction am Hafenrand geplant und auf den Weg gebracht worden.

Junge Garden lösten alte Garden ab. Andere Diskurse und Dialogformen wurden gesellschaftsfähig. Nationale Kriege etablierten sich wieder in Europa. Ungewöhnliche soziale Bewegungen und digitale Technologien brachten gewohnte Ordnungen durcheinander. Alte Organisationsideen wie Genossenschaften ploppten auf keine 10 Jahre nach der Pleite der gewerkschaftlichen Neuen Heimat. Der FC St. Pauli stieg aus der Bundesliga ab und wieder auf. Für viele Städter*innen war die hafenstrasse Alltag geworden.

In diesem Mischmasch fingen einige von uns an, eine Freifläche mit einer eigenen Bauidee zu beplanen. Die moin St. Pauli berichtete davon. Der Film St. Pauli-Hafenstrasse Nr. 7 bildet einige der Konflikte ab zwischen Widerstand und Teilhabe im öffentlichen Raum. Der Hafenrandverein stiftete einen Rahmen für die Protestkulturen und das alltägliche Aufbegehren, das sich auf St. Pauli manifestiert hat und im nachbarschaftlichen Gedächtnis tief verankert ist. Die Genossenschaft St. Pauli Hafenstrasse wird gegründet und weil eine Genossenschaft nicht reicht, gibt es noch eine zweite oben drauf: Alternativen am Elbufer eG.

„einfach mal danke sagen“

Bei diesen Prozessen begleiten uns 10.000e, demonstrieren 1.000e und zeichnen 100e Genossenschaftsanteile. Anfang der 90er Jahre tragen Mieter*inneninitiativen wie Falkenried-Terrassen und die Gartenstadt eG in Farmsen dazu bei, das in der ganzen Stadt ein Klima entsteht für realisierte Selbstverwaltung auch in der Hafenstraße. Institutionen wie die Patriotische Gesellschaft bewegen bürgerliche Kreise und sorgen sich um die Dialog- und Vertragsbereitschaft des Hamburger Senats. 1996 kauft die Genossenschaft Alternativen Elbufer eG die Häuser. Wir können endlich sanieren und produzieren Strom und Stress bei dauerhaft sehr günstigen Mieten. 2006 muss ein Plan B her, um die Freiflächen zu erhalten bzw. selber zu bebauen. Heute sind Alternativen am Elbufer nach wie vor ein gefährlicher Ort für die Hamburger Innenpolitik.

An diesem Ort wollen wir mal den vielen Leuten Danke sagen, die das in der einen oder anderen Weise ermöglicht haben. Ein besonderes Danke schön geht an die weit über 100 Leute, die in Gremien Verantwortung übernommen haben. An diesem Wochenende laden wir euch ein zum Feiern, Konsumieren, Diskutieren, Essen und Trinken, Streiten und Tanzen.

Place is the space von Freitag bis Sonntagnacht

Wir starten Freitag mittag mit einer Pressekonferenz. Am Abend gibt es eine Veranstaltung mit WiLMa19 (Mietshäusersyndikat), Kotti & Co, Planbude und fux eG über gelungene Experimente mit Bodenfragen. Im Anschluss gepflegte Getränke und die Läden haben auf. Bei Dunkelheit Film ab auf der Balduintreppe: Miete essen Seele auf (54 min 2015) – St. Pauli-Hafenstr. Nr.7 (60 min 1994)

Am Samstag nehmen wir mit einem BrLunch vor den Häusern Platz und Muffins begleiten auf die Treppe des Ruhmes. Samstagabend wird Geschichte in Geschichten erzählt: Vorgestern Pirat, gestern privat, heute Pionier?

Dann FRIENDLY FEIER.

Sonntagnachmittag sprechen wir mit populären Motti unpopuläre Fragen an: Warum verfolgt die Hamburger Innenpolitik am Hafenrand harte Arbeit, bekämpft Migration und unterdrückt den Freihandel? still not lovin‘ the police – legalize it – kein mensch ist illegal – remember Jaja Diabi. Abends tanzen wir mit power to the people in den 1. Mai.

Festkomitee für harte Arbeit, Freihandel und Selbstverwaltung

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Sources

http://www.ainfos.ca/01/jun/ainfos00170.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/145872762615197/permalink/146662325869574/

Hamburg against G20

All of Hamburg is gearing up against G20. On the 7th and 8th of July, 2017, 19 leaders of the most powerful nation-states on earth and the European union will meet in the most beautiful city in the world to discuss conflicts, trade, and the ongoing global economic and political crises.

That means more bombs, weapons sales, austerity, fewer rights for migrants and refugees, and less action against global warming.

So what can we do about it? Hamburg is doing a lot about it! Since the G20 is taking place in our city, Hamburgers have taken it upon themselves to organise and mobilise! Here’s what we have to offer:

Global Solidarity Summit

The alternative to the G20 Summit in Hamburg – Global Solidarity Summit

Call for participation

On 7 and 8 July 2017, the Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) will meet in Hamburg. This self-styled club of 19 of the most powerful economies in the world and the EU claims to fight global crises. However, reality reveals a different picture:

  • The G20 defends a system that exacerbates social disparities instead of leading policies against deprivation and hunger and enabling justice and prosperity for everyone on this planet.
  • The governments of many G20 countries undermine the rights of employees, unemployed people and self-employed workers, thus aggravating the redistribution of income and wealth from the bottom to the top.
  • They prioritize economic growth over politics to stop global warming and the destruction of natural resources.
  • In response to the 2008 financial crisis, the G20 was to establish global rules in order to stabilize and limit the growth of the financial sector. Yet, the financial sector has continued to grow steadily and now expands investment even into new areas such as ecosystem services or public service infrastructure.
  • Many G20 governments approve arms exports, thus militarizing conflicts even further, such as in Afghanistan or in Syria, and even against parts of their own population, as in Turkey.
  • The policies of the G20 governments are contributing to flight and migration of millions of people. At the same time, many of these governments are closing their borders, risking the deaths of thousands of people every year.
  • In many G20 countries, fundamental rights and democracy are diminished. Actions by people standing up for social and environmental concerns as well as human rights are more and more often criminalized.
  • The G20 claims to strengthen international cooperation. But after all, the club effectively weakens the UN and its special agencies.

All this means: The G20’s policies are part of the problem.

We are convinced that other policies are possible! This is why we meet for the „Global Solidarity Summit“! It is high time for all of us standing up for different policies or already practicing them, to agree on how to turn things around. We need to assess interdependencies between global problems and address them at their roots.

We ask:

How can we defeat poverty, exploitation, oppression, war and the destruction of nature?

How can we enforce social rights on a global scale?

How can we strengthen participatory and democratic rights?

How can we effectively combat racism, misogyny and homophobia?

How can we create a community based on cooperation, self-determination and solidarity?

What does an economic system look like that actually serves the needs of the people rather than profiteers?

What are the principles for global policymaking, including for the G20? And, what do alternative political approaches look like?

We will meet on 5 and 6 July in Hamburg. We will bring together and amplify our criticism, discuss alternatives and, above all, build alliances and develop strategies for implementation.

G20 Protest

WE ARE THE OTHER WORLD: DON’T MOURN, LET’S ORGANIZE!

UPDATE for the International meeting to prepare the mobilisation against G20 summit, July 7th/8th in HamburgApril 7 from 11 am to 6 pm

See for invitation (http://g20-protest.info/category/international-meeting-on-7th-of-april/invitation/), calls etc. see http://g20-protest.info; write to international@g20-2017.org for any question

Location: Gängeviertel, Valentinskamp 34, 20335 Hamburg

https://www.google.de/maps/place/Valentinskamp+34A,+20355+Hamburg/@53.5553,9.9827028,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47b18f17196aa139:0x406d94bfea5dc5d4!8m2!3d53.5553!4d9.98325, 2 stops with the subway U2 from the central station to station Gänsemarkt

Language:

Our common language will be English so that we can work and build the work structures we need, however, any translation for certain statements/contributions will have to be organized collectively, we will try to have people able to translate in these special situations in French, Spanish, Italian (permanent translation will not be provided)

Registration and accommodation:

Please register at http://g20-protest.info/category/international-meeting-on-7th-of-april/ for the meeting, the preparation of the meeting and for accommodation. There will be solidarity accommodation but only for people who say so beforehand (until April 3) so that we can provide it

Next 7th and 8th in July, the heads of the states of the most powerful countries in the world will meet for the G20 summit in the city of Hamburg. We know most of their faces and accuse them of pushing policies of domination and exploitation, of racism and xenophobia, of impoverishment and war. The G20 represents another phase of “global governance” that is augmenting the G8 (actually, the G7 since Russia’s accession of Crimea). The G20 was formed in 2008 when capitalist globalization entered a nearly fatal meltdown. In a context of near-permanent crisis, leading regional military, economic and political powers are attempting to bandaid structural problems – but at the same time compete within the “organized chaos” of markets.

On the one hand, the G20 promised to become a better forum with wider membership – including the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc – so as to amplify the power and legitimacy of the multi-polar neoliberal world order. On the other hand, G20 policies are resulting in the deterioration of living conditions for millions of people, women and men, who pay the price for this model of global injustice, along with environmental devastation including climate catastrophe.

For twenty years, our movements for “global justice” have opposed this top-down power and rejected the philosophy known as neoliberalism, its realities and future risks. Today, we see the ecological crisis and the destruction of life unfolding before our eyes; we see financial crisis “management” resulting in the concentration of extreme wealth for few (the 1% have as much wealth as half the planet) and mass impoverishment for the majority of the people; we see a proliferation of armed conflicts, in which ordinary people – especially those resisting the injustices – pay the highest price with their lives, while the military industry gets unprecedented high profits; we see millions of people being forced to leave their homes in pursuit of shelter and a better life, while walls, on land and sea, are built and condemn them to death.

This disastrous situation turns even more disastrous by giving birth to “its own monsters”. The old representatives of the “status quo” and establishment cling to their privileges, while reactionary forces emerge out of this mess. The latter use the social disasters and multiple crises to push for an order that in reality only protects the “old centres”. Nationalism, protectionism, the diminishing of public space and socio- political rights are accompanied by claims to speak on behalf of the “Volk” (the homogenous, ethnically cleansed people). This is just another class, race and gender war to secure the privileges of the few. However, with a truly monstrous face.

We have fought impoverishment and war since decades and in various ways. We fight locally and globally. We do not only resist, but also practically demonstrate the alternatives. Twenty years ago the movement of movements used to say,another world is possible. Today, in front of the disaster capitalism and the “political monsters” that it is producing, we claim that not only another world is possible, but that WE ARE THE OTHER WORLD, possible and necessary!

While the state elites make deals in Hamburg, we strongly believe that this summit is not only the right moment and place to act, to stand together on the streets of the city of Hamburg with loud voices and in manifold ways. Our answer to the summit of the powerful must be also a transnational convergence of resistance and alternatives, of unity and solidarity. It is time now to give the no-G20 mobilisation a broad international breath, starting at the European level.

#NoG20 2017

 

Upcoming Conference: Challenging Capitalist Modernity III

Uncovering Democratic Modernity ― Resistance, Rebellion and Building the New

CALL FOR PAPERS

Capitalism is stuck in a structural crisis and losing legitimacy worldwide ― despite the claim that no alternatives exist. At the same time right-wing and reactionary movements o er themselves as alternatives.

But there are other ways than the seemingly only alternatives. In Rojava/North Syria it was possible not only to not take sides but to establish an own, “third way”. The building of a non-patriarchal system and a democratic economic order seems within reach and has the chance to establish itself permanently.

Such “third ways” are possible everywhere in the world. At our third conference we want to present, shed light on/examine and discuss them.

The third conference “Challenging Capitalist Modernity III: Uncovering Democratic Modernity ― Resistance, Rebellion and Building the New” is taking place around Easter (14―16 April) 2017 in Hamburg.

The past two conferences brought together not only leading intellectuals, but also gave young activists, students and scholars a chance to present their ideas. In this third conference we want to once again build bridges between all these and movements in Kurdistan and worldwide.

Invitation

Dear Friends,

You may have participated in one of our past two conferences “Challenging Capitalist Modernity I: Al- ternative Concepts and the Kurdish Case” in 2012, “Challenging Capitalist Modernity II: Dissecting Capitalist Modernity – Building Democratic Confederalism” in 2015. For three days hundreds of stu- dents, intellectuals, activists and movements came together and discussed not only what they criticised, but also how and what they wanted to be. Many ideas from around the world and that of the Kurdish freedom movement came together to strengthen their practices.

We are excited to invite you to our third conference “Challenging Capitalist Modernity III: Uncovering Democratic Modernity – Resistance, Rebellion and Building the New”. is conference will take place again on the Easter weekend 14―16 April 2017 in Hamburg. In this third conference we will continue to focus on the critique of the capitalist modernity, but this year we will discuss the obstacles and how these obstacles can be overcome. us, the main theme of this year’s conference is the importance of be- ing organized and to be in solidarity.

We will not only immerse deeper in the problems, but also in the proposed solutions. This year we will continue with the tradition of Call for Papers, but additionally there will be working groups and work- shops. Please check the website for updated information on them.

The headlines of the 6 topic blocks are:

    • Breaking Down the Mindset of Capitalist Civilisation
    • Beyond State: Thinking and Building Alternatives
    • Capitalism CAN be Overcome: Imagine the “Unimaginable”
    • Working groups and workshops (Announcements to be made shortly)
    • Ways of Building and Defending the New
    • Democratic Modernity: Perspectives Ahead

This year there are four topics for Call for Papers. For dates and details see the conference website http://networkaq.net/index.html

Technical information:

Date: 14-16 April 2015, begins at 8 am with registration

Place: Hamburg University, Audimax

Translation: Simultaneous in Kurdish, English, German, Turkish; possibly Italian, Spanish and/or French

Food: Vegetarian food, tea, co ee and water will be available

Live stream: The entire conference will be streamed in several languages

Cultural activities: There will be cultural activity on Saturday evening

Accommodation: Sleeping place in homes for free

The conference is free of charge, but we hope for donations of €10 and above to cover the expenses. Registration is open from now on.

Please register at registration[at]networkaq.net and specify your preferred accommodation Contact e-mail: info[at]networkaq.net

 

Program

14 April 2017 – Friday

  • 08:00–10:00 Registration
  • 10:00–10:30 Opening – Mezopotamia Modern Dance Group 10:30–11:30
  • Welcoming Speeches and Messages
  • Rolf Becker
  • Prof. Frank Adlof
  • Hamburg People’s Council
  • Havin Guneser
  • Prof. John Holloway (by video)

12:00–14:00 Session I
Breaking Down the Mindset of Capitalist Civilization

Moderator: Rahila Gupta

 

      1. 500 years or 5000? And Why it matters? – Fabian Scheidler
      2. A continuous State of War: Capitalism is Anti-Nature, Anti-Society and anti-Women – TBA
      3. Construction of Fear and “Human Surplus” – Dawn Paley
      4. Society of the spectacle: Arts, sports, sex and capturing the mind through media and information Monopoly – Ferda Çetin
      5. Call for papers: Genealogy of the State

Öcalan and Bakunin: An incomplete discussion –

Carlos Pazmiño

16:00–18:00 Session II
Beyond State: Thinking and Building Alternatives

Moderator: Debbie Bookchin

    1. Call for Papers: Philosophy of History
      Acknowledging the history of now and understanding it and building tomorrow – Özlem Ekinbaş
    2. The Geist of Democratic Civilization: Jineology and Sociology of Freedom – Haskar Kırmızıgül
    3. Democratic Nation: Defining Nation Outside the Boundaries of Patriarchy – Reimar Heider
    4. Self-Defence: De-constructing how the society is left defenceless–the Mind and the Body –Hanım Engizek

Discussion 18:00 – 19:00 Ends for the day

15 April 2017 – Saturday

09:30–11:30 Session III
Ways of Building and Defending the New

Moderator: TBA

      1. Re-Thinking Resistance: Smashing Bureaucracies and Classes – Prof. David Graeber
      2. Dispersing Power: How to prevent the monopolization of power – Raul Zibechi
      3. “Resist, Revolt and Build the New” – Zilan Yagmur
      4. How to Move Ahead: Extraordinary State Terror and State Violence while making Revolution – Fuat Kav
      5. Call for Papers: Moral and Political Society
        Stages of Liberation: Kurdistan and Fanon’s Concept of Anti-Colonial Revolution – Miguel Juaquin

Discussion 12:00 – 13:00

 

    Lunch Break 13:00 – 14:30

14:30–18:00 Session IV
Working-groups and Work-shops

18:00 – 19:00 Break

19:00–20:30 Evening Activity – Performances by Women Dengbêj and Mesopotamia Dance

16 April 2017 – Sunday

10:00–12:00 Session V
Capitalism CAN be Overcome: Imagine the “Unimaginable”

Moderator: Silke Helfrich

      1. Commoning and Self-Sustenance – TBA
      2. Local decisions and regional democratic confederalism (breaking with the logic of nation-state) – Eleanor Finley
      3. Matriarchy (breaking with the logic of patriarchy) – Halime Kurt
      4. Breaking with the logic of militarism – Salih Muslim
      5. Call for papers: Ecological economy, city and countryside Agriculture and Food: Contradictions and Solutions – Cora Roelofs

Discussion 12:00 – 13:00

 

    Lunch Break 13:00 – 14:30

15:00–17:00 Session VI
Democratic Modernity: Perspectives Ahead

Moderator: TBA

Abdullah Öcalan
Fouza Yousif (North Syria Federation)
Cassia Figueiredo Bechara (MST Brazil)
People’s congress (Colombia)
The Internationalists of Rojava
Zapatistas – TBC
Quincy Saul
Discussions 17:00 – 18:00 18:00–18:15
Closing Note