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Democracy in Europe needs your help!

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Long live the European Republic –

The idea was promoted by Ulrike Guérot, Robert Menasse and Milo Rau and so last Saturday the European Republic was proclaimed all over the continent. But to really achieve this, we must ask ourselves: Which steps do we have to take today to be able to move towards a democratic Europe tomorrow?

Members’ assembly ‘Demokratie in Europa’

The very next step is the assembly for ‘Demokratie in Europa’ DiEM25’s electoral wing in Germany! And for this we need your help! During two days at Nova Colonia in Neukölln we will discuss amendments of the statutes, debate the program and finally name the first candidates for our transnational electoral alliance European Spring. If the DiEM25 project is dear to you, this gives you the chance to shape and participate in a very important step here in Berlin. So please help us by doing the following:

  1. Swing by! The program as well as the registrations for the members’ assembly on Saturday 24th and for the selection and presentation of the candidates on Sunday 25th can be found here (german) and you can register here.
  2. Help out! If you can help during the weekend, please fill in this form. We are looking for cakes, places to sleep, and those who want to offer whispering translations. It is only thanks to your help that this event becomes a success! In exchange you can enjoy great company, an inspiring weekend and concretely help welcome a new and better type of politics.
  3. Become a member and help shape the electoral wing! Register online or at the event on Saturday by bringing the membersship fee in cash (12-72 € depending on your income). The registration form, by laws and draft of the program can all be found here
  4. Donate! Just like DiEM25, the electoral wing also depends on small donations to finance itself. If you want to support progressive and transnational politics, do not find the time to help out or want to do more, please consider donating here.

 

News in Berlin

Apart from these parliamentary efforts our Berlin group also has some news and invitations from the movement side for you.

But first of all, a big thank you to all that made our last monthly meeting so cosy and those who actively help out. Instead of electing our new coordinators as planned for the next term we have decided to share the tasks more transparently over the next three months and then to fill the roles in our growing group. If you want to help out or have great ideas, please write to us at: berlin1dsc@de.diem25.org.

 

Next meetings:

Berlin New Deal Task ForceMonday, 19.11. – 19:00, Brotfabrik, Caligariplatz 1

Agenda:
– Review of the English versions of the OnePagers and collection of terms for the glossary
– Discussion of central economic terms like Target-2-System, Quantitative Easing, etc.
The meeting is open to everyone!

DiEM Women* meetingWednesday, 21.11.2018 – 19:00, New Yorck im Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2 b, Raum 3

Living in a patriarchy is exhausting and, well, it hasn’t necessarily been getting better over the past couple of years. We find that the best antidote for this is to be amongst those who understand this struggle. That’s why, after our first meeting on the 7th of November, we’d like to invite the women* of DiEM25 to a gathering on the 21st of November. The goal is to create a support network and an inspiring group, because as Laurie Penny writes “self-care, mutual aid and gentle support can be tools of resistance, too.” We also dedicate ourselves to making sure that our movement is and stays feminist.
(*all those identifying significantly as female)

The meeting will be in English and/or German (depending on who will be there – we’ll do our best to accommodate both languages!).

DiB Conference: How can we create a sustainable Europe?Saturday 24.11. 10-18:00 Pfefferberg Haus 13, Schönhauser Alle 176

On the day of the members’ assembly of the electoral wing, our friends from Demokratie in Bewegung are also holding a lab event in Berlin on a sustainable Europe. They count with the participation of further partner organisations of our European Spring.

Congress: What kind of keft do we want? Sonntag, 25.11.
Schaubühne, Kurfürstendamm 153, 10709 Berlin

DiEM25s co-founder Srecko Horvat speaks in the afternoon as part of a panel with Didier Eribon (Sociologist and author), Kevin Kühnert (Chairman Young Socialists (Jusos)), Klaus Lederer (Senator for Culture and Europe of the state of Berlin, Die Linke), Danièle Obono (Member of the National Parliament France, La France Insoumise), Srećko Horvat (Philosopher, DiEM25)

Please note that English translations may not be offered.

We very much look forward to seeing you and to move Europe forward together. Please reach out to us if you have questions or feedback on this newsletter.

Carpe DiEM

Your DSC1 Berlin

How do we go on after #unteilbar?

Dear DiEMers,

We were filled with joy to be in the streets together with so many people at #unteilbar. 242,000 people were way more than the organizers had hoped and show that the will for change exists and is growing. DiEM25 groups all over Europe did take part in demonstrations and assemblies during this weekend. But what comes on the day after the demo?

DiEM25 gives a constructive answer.

Looking towards the European Parliament Elections we had the council meeting of the European Spring in Frankfurt, where members of all parties involved discussed the programme formulated by all members. To apply for our German list of candidates at diem25.org the last days are ticking down until Wednesday, 31st of October – if you’re quick you can still make it! After this date we as a paneuropean movment will elect the first row of candidates to carry the DiEM25 message into the German elections.

As part of our movement’s work, our Berlin group is building on ties established during #unteilbar and wants to bring a European dimension to different struggles like Seebruecke and EndeGelände.

Moreover the European Balcony Project on November 9th will proclaim the European Republic all over Europe. In Berlin the Berliner Ensemble or the Kunstquarter Bethanien is part of the proclamation. DIEM25 of course supports this but one thing must be crystal clear: To realize this utopia, we need real democracy in Europe.

To achieve this many more small steps will have to be made and we invite you to take them with us at the following events! Find them below or in more detail in our calendar.

05.11. Monthly Meeting DiEM25 Berlin

– Red Salon of Brotfabrik, Caligariplatz 1, Caligariplatz 1, 13086 Berlin from 19 – 21:30

Agenda:

– Which narrative do we need for Europe?

– Updates from the task forces

– Elections of the co-coordinators of our group

07.11. DiEM Women* – “A woman’s place is in the Revolution”

We would love to invite DiEM women* to a gathering on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30pm to get to know each other, share our stories and watch the wonderful documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. The goal is to create a support network and an inspiring group to get together for monthly meetings.

(Contact  kasia.wojcik@de.diem25.org for more information.)

As usual, if you have questions or recommendations, please reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you, as well as meeting you at our events.

Carpe DiEM

Berlin1DSC

Newsletter October DiEM25 Berlin

Dear DiEMer,

month in, month out DiEM25 Berlin is saying hi. This time we are taking a step back from our daily activities, are planning some changes for which we would love your input and want to share some updates.

In the last weeks we have finally united with Demokratie in Bewegung (Democrcacy in Movement, a small party with a similar mindset and some inspiring people) to prepare our joint electoral campaign in Germany as part of the European Parliament Elections.

We also exchanged experiences in Berlin and elsewhere with like-minded people and some of us have attended the DiEM25 Academy in Belgrade where we learned from city activists and the organizers of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

To sum it up: Together we have already achieved a lot but we need to do more!

With you, we want to develop a new way of thinking and practicing politics. A type of politics where interactions and debates are friendly, respectful and constructive. A type of politics that develops ideas from the bottom up and jointly implements them. Where newcomers find the opportunity to involve themselves and where we canalize our common energy to bring change.

Therefore we warmly invite you to our meeting next Monday at which we want to reflect on our group and develop the great base we have built here in Berlin further to reach our common objective: To make a difference and contribute our part so that the destructive tendencies in our city and the entire continent change for something better.

So please, please, please, join us on Monday, October 8 from 19:00 at the “Versammlungsraum” of Mehringhöfe (Information on how to get there and more can be found here.)

Finally united – Demokratie in Europa & Demokratie in Bewegung – Meeting on 11 October

DiEM25 has grown closer and finally united with Demokratie in Bewegung for the upcoming European Parliament elections and thereby adds power to the German section of the European Spring. By now members of both organizations have also chosen the board that will coordinate the electoral campaign and members of DiEM25 and DiB are meeting all over Germany and on October 11 also in Berlin at Café MadaMe at Mehringplatz.

Unteilbar – indivisible demonstration on October 13 in Berlin

As you may notice, the coming week has a lot to offer. We round off this week by participating in the #unteilbar demonstration with our friends from Razem from Poland, Demokratie in Bewegung and further friendly organizations, which we know from our collaboration in the OurFuture project. Together we will take to the street for solidarity and a free and open socieity, against xenophobia, intolerance and the current politics of our European governments. Please come join us. We will finalize our plan at our meeting on Monday and let you know where we’ll meet in the coming week.

Election of our coordinators

Since almost a year, Sebastian and Jakob have coordinated the Berlin DiEM25 group for you. We have learned a great deal and want to thank you for your trust and patience. Although we will stay with DiEM25 it is time to pass on the torch, because rotation brings new inspiration and gives others the chance to represent, coordinate and shape our spontaneous collective.
Therefore, and if you already are an active member of the Berlin group, if you know how we work and have an idea of what we want to achieve, please bring forward your candidacies for the role of coordinaots. Sebastian and Jakob will help you transition in as long as you want and will keep working with you for our common cause.

European May – the game changer?

Last weekend a campaign lab took place in Berlin for the European May project. The basic idea for next year’s May is to make visible everywhere in Europe that our challenges are the same all over the continent and that the solutions also lie in common action. This we want to achieve by uniting as many progressives and their struggles into a week of transnational action in which we claim public places and disrupt everyday life to send a strong sign that Europe must change for the better. We will tell you more about this shortly.

As always, thank you for reading, hope to see you soon and carpe DiEM!

Your DSC1 Berlin

P.S.:

– If you have any questions, write to us @ berlin1dsc@de.diem25.org.
– If you are not a DiEM member yet, please sign up at www.diem25.org and help shape our common agenda!
– If you have money to spare, consider donating via our website. Thank you!

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