Letter from the Editors: 30th March 2023

Rent madness and fossil fools


Hello everyone,

Tomorrow (Friday) at 4pm, the broad organisation Reinickendorf bleibt Bunt (Reinickendorf is staying colourful) is organising a demonstration against the headquarters which the AfD is planning to build in Wittenau. The opening rally will be at the Märkisches Zentrum, followed by a demonstration along Wilhelmsruher Damm and Eichhorster Weg to the site of the planned office in Wallenroder Straße 1.

On Saturday at 1pm, Die LINKE Neukölln (with the support of other Berlin districts) is organising a rally Stop the War! Russian troops out of Ukraine! End the Escalation! The rally demands a civil society instead of a spiral of militarisation. It is fighting for the unconditional right to stay for all refugees, not the current hierarchisation of refugees into first and second class. It rejects any joint work with the AfD and other Neo-Nazis. The rally starts at 1pm at Hermannplatz.

Also at 1pm, starting at the Ernst Thälmann memorial near S-Bahn Greifswalderstraße. there’s a demonstration against rent madness. This is part of the Housing Action Days 2023, which last from 24 March to 2nd April. This week of action was first organised by the European Action Coalition, and in the last 2 years, up to 70 European initiatives have organised actions, including some in Berlin.

A third action at 1pm on Saturday 1st April is the Fossil Fools Day organised by Extinction Rebellion. Is there anything more foolish than allowing the fossil fuel industry to destroy our planet so that the super-rich get richer? This April Fools Day, XR will satirize the fossil madness – with colour, costumes, laughs…and some tears, because the foolishness is ludicrous but also tragically sad. The action starts at Washingtonplatz, at the South of the Hauptbahnhof. You are promised a varied programme of talks, music and performances. There may also be a separate, unregistered action.

On Saturday night in Mensch Meier there will be a party starting at 10pm under the title “Love Enteignen Hate GroKo” You are invited to have a dance and resist skyrocketing rent with performances, interventions and banging music!! Put on your dancing shoes and let’s give GroKo the boot! The CDU government will be over eventually, but we’ll stay till it’s bright out! Every donation supports the Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen campaign and brings us closer to expropriation. We celebrate our freedom Berlin will remain our home!

This week is full of activities in Berlin, so make sure you find out what else is going on by looking at our Events page. You can see a shorter, but more detailed, list of Events which we are directly involved in here.

Looking further into the future, on Saturday. 15th April, the Berlin LINKE Internationals are organising a Küfa where international activists can cook, eat, and talk with each other, while we raise money for an important cause. This month, money is being raised to provide a reception at the coming meeting 75 Years Nakba: Anti-Palestinian Racism and Repression in Berlin. The day after the Küfa. Sunday 16th April, it will be the next LINKE Internationals Walking Tour – this time on Riots in Kreuzberg. And remember that on 10th-11th June, the LINKE Internationals are holding their annual Summer Camp on the outskirts of Berlin. The programme will be available soon.

This week’s Campaign of the Week, Go Film The Police  is a call to film racist police violence to make police brutality as a from of organized violence visible, as well as to demand police accountability. The campaign also encourages people to record police violence on video themselves. They recently published a guide about filming police in the German legal context. The guide is currently available in German, English, French and Arabic!

In News from Berlin, the CDU-SPD coalition ignore the result of another referendum and decide to start building on Tempelhofer Feld, and the referendum to make Berlin Climate Neutral by 2030 fails as not enough people vote.

In News from Germany, inflation and energy price rises are hitting single parents particularly badly, Germany’s new migration law is criticised for ignoring women, German tanks arrive in Ukraine, and Germany’s public sector strike is the country’s biggest in decades.

Read all about this week’s News from Berlin and Germany here.

New on theleftberlin this week, John Mullen reports further escalation of the French protests and argues that a general strike is necessary, as the trials of people arrested for assembling on Nakba Day 2022 continue, we publish the speech of a Jewish Bund member who won his case, and Victor Grossman looks at both recent developments in local and national German politics, and the threat of conflict with China.

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The Left Berlin Editorial Board