How to Organize Migrant Power through Feminist Artivism, Urban Movements & Workers' Collectives

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Migrants, refugees, and BIPoCs are at the forefront of the political struggles of our times. But how can we use migrant organizing as “new” strategic approach to unite for a future of solidarity and together strengthen frontline communities whose political struggles have been ignored and marginalised for far too long?

In this online skillsharing workshop, three Berlin-based female migrant organizers from the feminist struggles of the Polish diaspora, the housing rights campaign "Deutsche Wohnen & Co. Enteignen", and the "Gorillas Workers Collective" will present their work and share stories and experiences on how migrants can win politically in Germany and around Europe.

Join us for this one-day workshop with storytelling sessions, practical inputs, interactive exercises and discussions on migrant organizing to learn how migrant power can be organized through feminist artivism, urban movements and workers' collectives. So migrants have a real say in shaping our common future towards equality, justice and solidarity.

Schedule

10:00-11:30: Opening & Storytelling Session – Let's Build Trust & Relationships around the Diversity of Migrant Experience

11:30-12:30: Session 1 –  Feminist Artivism & the Polish Dziewuchy Berlin (Anna Krenz)

12:30-13:30: Lunch Break

13:30-14:30: Session 2 – Urban Housing Movements & the “Deutsche Wohnen & Co. Enteignen” Campaign (Yağmur Ekim Cay)

14:30-15:00: Coffee Break

15:00-16:00: Session 3 – Delivery Labour Struggles & the “Gorillas Workers’ Collective” (Zeynep Karlıdağ)

16:00-17:00: Final Discussion – Let’s Organize Migrant Communities & Overcome Political Powerlessness

The workshop will be hosted by Georg Blokus and Kasia Wojcik from European Alternatives Berlin. Some parts of the event will be recorded on video.

Speakers

Anna Krenz
Women's Rights & Diaspora Activist, Artist & Journalist

Anna is an artist, architect, journalist, editor and activist. She is a creative member of the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy (Denmark); member of the Sinus_3 design and architecture studio (Poland); founder and member of the Polish queer feminist collective Dziewuchy Berlin (Germany); initiator and member of the International Council of Polish Women+ (global). She takes part in exhibitions, develops creative actions, publishes illustrations, lectures about feminist activism and art, sustainable architecture, urban planning and theory. Anna lives in Berlin and Puszczykowo (Poland).

Yağmur Ekim Cay
Housing Rights & Media Activist & Organizer

Yağmur was born in Izmir, Turkey, and moved to Germany when she was 21 years old, to continue her studies, which she had started in Istanbul. She has been involved in activism for a long time and she was mostly influenced by the Gezi Park demonstrations, which she experienced when she was 18. She worked as a journalist for different media and right now works for a human rights organization and is active at the campaign Deutsche Wohnen und Co. Enteignen, which focuses to expropriate private housing companies in Berlin.

Zeynep Karlıdağ
Workers' Rights & Union Organizer

Zeynep was born in Elazığ, Turkey. She ranked 18th in Turkey overall in the university entrance examinations and graduated from BA in English Language Education at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul in 2020. She came to Germany in December 2020 to study and started working at Gorillas in February 2021 as a rider to make ends meet. In order to stop problems such as systematic wage theft, lack of health and safety equipment, as well as racist and sexist harassment, Zeynep organized with other workers in the Gorillas Workers Collective. Currently, she is a member of the newly established Workers’ Council at Gorillas and continues her studies at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in the department of MA English and American Studies focusing on linguistics.

Kasia Wojcik
Project Coordinator, European Alternatives & Freelance Dramaturg, Institute of Political Murder (IIPM/Milo Rau)

Kasia Wojcik is project coordinator at European Alternatives since october 2021 as well as a dramaturg, curator and poet, working at the intersection of art and activism. She is part of the artists* collective "Staub zu Glitzer" and has worked with director Gesine Danckwart as well as for the Performing Arts Program of LAFT Berlin. She has been a progressive activist for transnational solidarity since 2016. Since 2017 she is part of International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) by Milo Rau. As a dramaturg and curator she took part in "General Assembly", "The New Gospel" as well as "School of Resistance".

Georg Blokus
Grassroots Organizing & Training Manager, European Alternatives, & Director, School of Political Hope

Georg leads the School of Political Hope (SPH), develops ideas, thoughts and concepts for a democratic and solidary future - and most of all likes to bring people together to make them a reality ... He was born near Gdansk in 1987 shortly before the peak of the Solidarnosc movement. He is at home in Berlin, studied psychology at the University of Cologne and discovered theatre and activism as an autodidact.

After his school days, he took his first steps with political youth theatre projects. In 2012, the political show "Hope Dies First" and in 2014 the generational performance "Life in Progress" were invited to the political youth theatre festival Festiwalla at the House of World Cultures in Berlin. His interest in working with "real" people also arose from his work as coordinator for "100 Prozent Köln" (2011) by Rimini Protokoll at Schauspiel Köln. Since then he has developed, produced and realised numerous documentary long-term theatre projects with young people, refugees and professional performers.

From 2014 to 2016 he was artistic-paedagogical director of the Junge Akademie der Künste der Welt/Cologne. In 2015, he staged the war phone transcripts of the Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze and her mother in "Phone Calls from the Cemetery". In 2017, he initiated the SPH – a school supporting progressive citizens, communities, movements, labour unions, and civil society organisations with storytelling, community organising and artivism. Georg works for SPH as a facilitator, organiser, educator, artivist, and consultant.

Georg works as Grassroots Organizing & Training Manager for European Alternatives and is responsible for the projects "Trust Beyond Borders", "Workers Without Borders" and the "School of Transnational Activism".

When & Where?

Saturday, 29.01.2022

10:00–17:00 (CET)

Zoom

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The online skillsharing workshop "How to Organize Migrant Power through Feminist Artivism, Urban Movements & Workers' Collectives" is part of the program of the "Academy of Migrant Organizing". 

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