30 Jahre Schwarze Frauenbewegung in Deutschland! Generation Adefra feiert die Schwarzen Aktivist*innen,die mit Mut, Kreativität und Zusammenhalt diese Bewegung ausmachen.

by Maisha Auma
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30 Jahre Schwarze Frauenbewegung in Deutschland!

Generation Adefra feiert die Schwarzen Aktivist*innen,

die mit Mut, Kreativität und Zusammenhalt diese Bewegung ausmachen.

Wir laden Schwarze Frauen, Schwarze Trans* und Inter* Aktivist*innen zu einem Community-Tag in der BEGINE Berlin ein.

Was Euch erwartet ist ein Tag voller Begegnungen, Aktionen, Events und Party. Über den ganzen Tag verteilt haben wir verschiedene Formate für und mit euch geplant, so z.B.: einen Vernetzungs- und Austauschworkshop, einen interaktiver Workshop zur Intersektionalen Geschichtsschreibung ‚Our Many Stories Matter’, einen Tanzworkshop ‚Decolonize Your Body’ mit Bezug zur dekolonisierenden Körperarbeit, eine Hörspiel-Lounge zum Entspannen, die Eröffnung der Ausstellung ‚Love Notes to Our Movement’ mit Foto-Booth und Präsentation unseres Jubiläumskalenders, eine Tauschbörse und eine Community-Party mit Sektempfang und Kleinigkeiten zu Essen.

Die Party ist offen für all genders and post-genders (Schwarze und POC only).

Schwarze Männer und Männer-of-Color sind ab 18h herzlich Willkommen!

Der gesamte Community-Tag ist ein Safer Space für Schwarze Frauen, Schwarze Trans* und Inter* Aktivist*innen,

unsere POC Geschwister sind wie immer herzlich Willkommen.

Please respect the Space and Have Fun. Wir freuen uns sehr auf Euch! 

Datum: 17.12.2016, ab 10:00 Uhr

Ort: Begine – Treffpunkt und Kultur für Frauen, Potsdamer Str. 139, 10783 Berlin

Black Lives Matter Berlin. Statement by Prof. Maisha Auma on behalf of the organization Generation Adefra, Black Women in Germany.

by Maisha Auma
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Selam Berlin!

Good Evening. It is so good to see all your beautiful faces tonight. Thank You so much for coming out. My Name is Maisha Auma, I am from the organisation Generation Adefra, Black Women in Germany.

I would like to begin by thanking the organizers of this march for their hard work and their dedication. Lets show them some love. Thank you so much. This is the second Black Lives Matter Berlin March. Thank you to the organizers of the First March as well, which was held here two weeks ago.

I would like to say three things very shortly:

Let me begin by remembering the initiation of The Black Lives Matter Movement, which was on July 13th of 2013 (almost exactly three years ago) directly after the murderer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was not held accountable by a Florida Court. I was online at that very moment. I remember the outpouring of grief coming out through all channels of Black Life. I remember the shock and the numbness that followed it.

It was at this very moment that Alicia Garza, like the rest of us Black Folks, filled with grief and disbelief, took to Facebook, and posted a statement. This is how she concluded her statement:

"Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter".

Patrisse Cullors shared this statement, in turn communicating her grief and love and her compassion for all of our losses, using the Hashtag #BlackLivesMatter for the first time. Following this Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Opal Tometi, all at this point already deeply embedded in Black Community Activism, went on to create the Spark for this Movement, which we now know as „The Black Lives Matter Movement“.

These are three Black Women! Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Opal Tometi are three Queer Black Women. Their Community Care, their Commitment and their Dedication to Blackness, is deeply informed by their intersectional Struggles. We must stop erasing that! We must stop erasing crucial parts of Ours and Each others Lives!

If any of Us Black Folks is not free, then we are all not free.   

As intersectional Black projects such as the BYP Black Youth Project 100 emphasize:

#BlackDisabledLivesMatter

#BlackIncarceratedLivesMatter

#BlackQueerLivesMatter

#BlackTransLivesMatter

#BlackImmigrantLivesMatter

#BlackRefugeeLivesMatter

#BlackGirlsMatter

Our Lives are Intersectional, Our Struggles are connected.  

If any of us is not free, we are all not free!  

The Second thing I would Like to say is that Alicia Garza named her first Post – her response to the horror of the trial of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, she called it: “A Love Note to Black People.” I would like to say something about the Power of Loving Blackness. You are here (and I am now speaking to the Black Folks present) because you dare to love your own Blackness, despite basically everything! Junot Diaz calls this Decolonial Love. Finding the strength within ourselves to love our Broken-By-The-Power-of-Coloniality-Selves and to reach out and dare to love other Broken-By-The-Power-of-Coloniality-People, this is Decolonial Love! So I wish us all Decolonial Love, in all it’s many, many, many shapes and forms, Love for our Black Siblings, Love for our Black Children, Love for our Black Besties, Love for our Black Squads, our Black Posses, CommunityLove! Power to all you Decolonial Lovers! This is how we recover from the daily devastation and dehumanization we are forced to re-live over and over and over and over and over and over again.

And finally, the last thing I would like to say today, is inspired by one of my favorite Interviews. It is called to be Fierce and Vulnerable at the same time. It is inspired by a conversation between two fierce and vulnerable Black Women Acitivists, the Somali-Kenyan-British Poet Warsan Shire and Brooklyn based Educator and Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

How do we do that, how do we stay fierce and accept and work with our vulnerability at the same time? How to we survive and show Community Care in times of Black Suffering but also of Black Resilience? How do we stay connected in the face of continuous dehumanization. It reminds me of the saying: „They tried to bury us, but they did not know we were Seeds.“ So how do we then become seeds? 

It is important to me to state, as an activist, a black feminist who has been active in Generation Adefra, Black Women in Germany for over 20 years now, that to build community, we must be able to give us much as we take! We have to learn to hold a balance between giving and taking. We are all bruised. We are all fragile, but we are also all resilient at the same time, fierce! We cannot come into Movements with the hopes that they will fix us. We come together to create Spaces, where we are not alone, in figuring out how to fix ourselves.

The three founders of the Black Lives Movement call this Movement more of a Network, than a Movement. It is an important emphasis indeed. I like the idea of a fluid Leadership. A Leadership that takes into account that we are all vulnerable, that we never hold all the answers. I like the idea that good Leaders do not create followers. Good Leaders create other Leaders. We all lead and follow at the same time in different spheres of life. The idea of fierceness and vulnerability lays emphasis on the balance between giving and taking and ultimately of taking responsibility. I am hopeful, that this Movement will birth such fluid Leaders.

We are here to let the world know that we want Equality!

We demand Equal Safety. We demand Equal Protection.

To all you beautiful Black Folks out here tonight 

Thank you for your grace and resilience.

Thank you for your creativity and vibrance.

Thank you for surviving and thriving

And thank you for spreading Black Joy in Berlin!

We See You. Your Lives Matter. We Matter. Stay Strong and Shine On!

Maureen Maisha Auma, Berlin 25th July 2016

 

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Audre Lorde's Germany

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Audre Lorde's Germany

The Conference ‘Audre Lorde’s Germany': African Diasporic Presences and Influences on Contemporary German Literary and Cultural PoliticsA conference in January 2015 will focus on Audre Lorde’s influence on the German context. Her ideas, social paradigms and her presence in Germany provide the framework for an engagement with society from politicized Black feminist female subject positions. Significant activist, academic and authorial structures in Lorde’s life will be thematised at this event e.g. the political force of expression of her membership in the Combahee River Collective, a group of Black lesbian feminists. The founding of the publishing collective Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press (1980) by Barbara Smith and Cherrie Moraga are attributable to Lorde’s ideas and encouragement. Such monumental publications like This Bridge called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1983) established, articulated and focused on the types of alliance that Lorde had visualized between Feminists/Scholars of color. These levels of connectivity will be a significant focus during the conference.

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