June 9, 2020
Tens of thousands of people joined Black Lives Matter protests across Germany on Saturday (6 June) against the police murder of George Floyd on 25 May in the US city of Minneapolis. According to The African Network of Germany (TANG), more than 200,000 protesters took part at rallies, which also drew attention to racism and discrimination against people of African descent in Germany, in 30 towns and cities in the country. Following is a report on the rally held in the eastern city of Dresden.
Silence. Exactly eight minutes and forty-six minutes. So began the demonstration in Dresden of 6 June with its motto “No to racism – together
we are strong” and it remembered George Floyd.
George Floyd was not the first victim of police violence in the United States, but the brutality of his death generated worldwide attention because for eight minutes and forty-six minutes long the White American policeman Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of the African American – unmoved by his calls “I can´t breathe!” or the begging by pedestrians to check the pulse after George stopped complaining. The Demonstration in Dresden was one of many all over Germany. It started with an offer to People of Colour to talk to the protesters because many of them were White people and they all did the only right thing: listen. We, from the association power4africa e.V., prepared a short speech as well. Our leader Bob Hooda spoke about his experiences in the liberation struggle in southern Africa, emphasizing the importance of standing up against racism and police violence together.
After that, the more than 4,000 protesters started moved from the square Altmarkt towards the central police station. Again, People of Colour got the chance to voice their grievances. With their personal experiences they narrated that police violence in Germany is existent as well and how racism effects their daily life. Afterwards the demonstration continued across the Carola Bridge heading for the square Jorge Gomondai-Platz. Many of the protesters had signs and placards, showing their solidarity against racism and police violence and demanding justice for George Floyd.
Along with our modified street signs they made clear “Black lives matter more than white feelings” because we all know: Racism is a dead end.
Without any untoward incidents the demonstration wound its way to its final destination. The square Jorge-Gomondai-Platz was chosen deliberately because Jorge Gomondai was the first victim of racism in Dresden in 1993 after the reunification of Germany.
For the last time people got an offer to vent our frustrations before the huge crowd. The demonstration made one thing clear: We are many. We dislike racism and police violence. We stand up unequivocally against it. Even if we still have a long way ahead of us, we are on the right track and we will not stop until the task is accomplished.
We will only stop when racism and police brutality are just horror stories from the past.
Dresden is a growing city and attracts many cultures from all over the world. However, Saxony is also increasingly affected by the shift to the right and the division of German society. To reduce the tensions between the growing number of migrants or refugees and the population, Dresden urgently needs an intercultural dialogue.
The aim of power4africa is to open a pluralism centre on our property in Klotzsche in order to generate such an intercultural dialogue. For this purpose we are organising BBQ and possibilities to get to know eachother. Our bright winter garden offers space for art exhibitions and through our well soundproofed room, people of all nations can not only attend our music events together, but also become musically active themselves! Through all these possibilities we want to create opportunities for exchange between people of all nations - no matter if young, old, from Dresden, German or from somewhere else: Everyone is welcome to get to know each other and exchange ideas.
The opening will take place as soon as the current corona crisis has been overcome, in order to celebrate the newly won joie de vivre in a fitting manner.
The project is currently in the construction phase and we are looking forward to any support in its implementation.
Under this year's theme we present, as in previous years, numerous interesting contributions from representatives of well-known companies in the energy sector and the new funding instruments under AfricaConnect. These were announced by the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller on 04.06.19 at the AXICA Congress and Conference Centre at Pariser Platz in Berlin.
Die Ereignisse der letzten Woche in Limburg und in Halle zeigen die Dringlichkeit Ursachenforschung zu betreiben, Brainstorming zu machen, Debatten zu führen, um nach Lösungsmöglichkeiten zu suchen. Mit den beiden Ereignissen und dem Vorstoß der türkischen Armee gegen die Kürden an der syrischen Grenze alles in einer Woche und in einer Zeitspanne von vier Tagen zeigt wie fragil die Weltlage ist. Mit jeder solcher Konfrontation wächst die Gefahr der Verfeindungen zwischen den Bürgern türkischer und kürdischer Abstammungen auf deutschen Gebiet und die Gefahr der Ausweitung der Konflikte. Analysten prophesierten "den Vormarsch des Anti-semitismus" im Osten unseres Landes bereits Mitte-September d.J. In der zweiten Woche wurde es Realität. Manche verstehen gar nicht, was Anti-semitismus bedeutet. Unser Anliegen ist, mehr Licht auf das heikle Thema zu werfen.
Die Ziele sind eindeutig. Eine Aufklärung in Schichten der Gesellschaft anzustreben, die am meisten davon beeinflusst werden können. Die christliche-deutsche Bevölkerung mag eine andere Auffassung über Anti-semistismus als die Neuankömmlinge, sprich Flüchtlinge und Migranten. Mit der gewaltigen Auseinandersetzungen an der Grenze zu Syrien, wächst die Gefahr, dass noch viel mehr Flüchtlinge Schutz in
Europa suchen. werden. Unser Event möchte die Teilnehmer bereits darauf vorbereiten.
15:00 - 15:30 :
Get-together am PluralismusZentrum Klotzsche beim Kaffeeklatsch und heiterer Musik
15:30 - 16.00 :
Vorstellung der Hauptreferenten und Einleitung - Kulturkonflikte und Missverständnisse
he events of the last week in Limburg and Halle show the urgency to investigate the causes, to brainstorm, to debate and to look for possible solutions. With these two events and the Turkish army's advance against the hurdles on the Syrian border, everything in one week and in a period of four days shows how fragile the world situation is. With every such confrontation the danger of hostilities between citizens of Turkish and dignified descent on German territory and the danger of the conflicts spreading increases. Analysts prophesied "the advance of anti-Semitism" in the east of our country already in mid-September this year. In the second week it became reality. Some people do not even understand what anti-Semitism means. Our concern is to shed more light on this sensitive issue.
The goals are clear. To seek to educate those strata of society who can be most influenced by it. The Christian-German population may have a different view of anti-Semitism than the newcomers, i.e. refugees and migrants. With the huge conflict on the border with Syria, there is a growing danger that many more refugees will find protection in
Europe. Our event would like to prepare the participants already.
15:00 - 15:30 :
Get-together at the PluralismusZentrum Klotzsche with coffee klatsch and cheerful music
15:30 - 16.00 :
Presentation of the main speakers and introduction - cultural conflicts and misunderstandings
16.00 - 16:30 :
Lecture by the keynote speaker (Oliver Bradley from Berlin - Media-Relation, EIPA - Europe) Origins of anti-Semitism, how the problem should be tackled and overcome
Questions and answers - open discussion with the audience
17:00 - 17:15:
Music by MadagasART with coffee and drinks
17:15 - 17:45:
Presentation to an Indian speaker. How conflicts between the enemy parties can be scaled down
17.45 - 18.00 :
Questions and answers and open discussion
18.00 - 18.30:
Presentation by Mrs. Hyeinn Yoo, Boston University
Cultural conflicts in Asia and in the USA and how they can be contained
18.30 - 19.00:
Questions and answers - open discussion with the audience
19:00 - 20:30:
Networking session + food cooked by Fatima with live music
As part of the intercultural days, a cultural festival will take place on 27.09. in our prospective Pluralism Centre in Dresden Klotsche. The band MadakasArt will play music and accompanied by this we will eat our food and drinks, create encounters between the intercultural participants and exchange about current topics. In this way we do not only want to become a closer community, but we also want to make each other aware of the constraints, problems and fears in other nations in order to create more understanding for each other.
The broad alliance #indivisible is committed to an open and solidary society (https://www.unteilbar.org). After the great success of the #unteilbar-Demo in Berlin on 13.10.18 with more than 240.000 participants*, the alliance is now organising another nationwide demonstration "Solidarity instead of exclusion" in Dresden on Saturday, 24.08.19 (https://www.unteilbar.org/demo-dd). Background is a Europe-wide spread nationalism, right-wing populism and racism as well as the upcoming state elections in Saxony, Brandenburg and Thuringia.the Development Policy Network Saxony (ENS), the INKOTA-network, the agl - Working Group of One World State Networks in Germany e.V., Venro - Association of Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid of German Non-Governmental Organisations and the North-South Bridges Foundation are organising a development policy block at the demonstration under the motto "A good life for all people ... here and everywhere!
On Wednesday evening from 17 to 20 o'clock there will be a big feast for all at the Dresden Altmarkt. Under the motto "Dresden is colourful", all people should come together for a common meal - no matter if meat eater or vegan, local or from another nation. This campaign is intended to promote a cosmopolitan and colourful Dresden. So COME ALL! Take part and get to know each other. Let it be known that Dresden consists of more than Monday demonstrations.
Edit: Wow! More than 3000 people came and made the event a unique experience. Thanks to all who participated and/or organized!
Freitag 22.03.2019 von 16.00 bis 20.00 Uhr – Künstlerhaus, Grüner Weg 1a, 01109 Dresden
Particular attention was paid to the main media in the two countries. The influence on possible solutions was dissected and then discussed objectively. The evening was rounded off with personal talks and Asian snacks.
We are holding our 14th Energy Forum on 06 December 2018.
Under this year's theme, as in previous years, we will present numerous interesting contributions from representatives of well-known companies in the energy sector, the Berlin Agency for Economics and Development, the Technical University of Dresden and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on the opportunities for entry into Africa - the world's fastest growing continent. The official speech will be held by the Tanzanian ambassador in Berlin, Dr. Abdallah Saleh Possi.
This measure is co-financed with tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.
During a colourful drifting to different cultural sounds and dances, there was also a very appealing, international buffet.
Glimmers of hope in Southeast Asia - Are the two nuclear powers moving closer together after the elections in Pakistan? After the elections in Pakistan on July 25, 2018, the question was raised whether this would allow a rapprochement with India. This was widely discussed with experts and the audience.
Marshall Plan with Africa (lecture) in the World ClubHere the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development of the United Nations was examined. Particular attention was paid to the issues of health, trade policy and the development of agriculture in Africa.
2018: The Year of the Dialoque: There were heated discussions with the experts about the policy between the two nuclear powers India and Pakistan.
We have achieved a great response here with Indian cuisine. Our neighbours offered Eritrean and Russian food. At the culinary feast we had good conversations and promoted international understanding.
Dresden is colorful 2018. a feast for all on the Neumarkt. here we can let the pictures speak for themselves.
With food, chai and folklore there was a pleasant exchange, which was accompanied by expert lectures.
Campfire and barbecue in the Walpurgis night of 30 April in international round.