Browsing: institutional racism

Hamburg-Billbrook, Halskestraße 72. It is the night of August 22, 1980. Two members of the terrorist and right-wing extremist organization “Deutsche Aktionsgruppe” carry out a brutal arson attack on a refugee shelter where 240 people are living at the time.

New surveillance powers, custodial restrictions/preventive detention without criminal proceedings or suspicion – in many federal states, state police laws will be tightened in 2018, massively expanding the rights and scope of law enforcement agencies.

Thirty-five thousand. That’s how many people, as of fall 2018, have died in the Mediterranean trying to enter the European Union since 2000. 35,000 people – at least.

Berlin-Mitte. Some of those present wear beige trench coats, floppy hats, mirrored sunglasses. In the entrance area of the Maritim Hotel: light blue garbage bags filled with shredded files.

When police officers commit crimes in the course of their duties, they are rarely convicted by a court of law. Their victims, on the other hand, often have to face charges and lengthy lawsuits themselves.

European-flavored chips, gas station Nazis, bell hooks “all about love,” the German literary establishment: in this text, Olivia Wenzel, a playwright and performer from Berlin, writes about her writing between things like these.

Food and drink – more central than almost any other topic and yet often underrepresented in political discourse. The theme dossier deals with this fundamental approach in a variety of examples and formats.

The campaign’s volunteer activists support those affected by racist police violence in a spirit of solidarity and partisanship, for example by referring them to lawyers, psychologists or counseling centers, as well as observing and accompanying them during court proceedings.