From November 8 to 10, in DGB-Haus (Schwanthalerstraße 64) and Kafe Marat (Thalkirchnerstraße 102) there will be lectures, workshops, discussions and parties and the opportunity to exchange, debate and network within the anti-fascist movement in Bavaria and beyond.
This year’s topics include digital strategies against right-wing hate speech, the right-wing music scene, fraternities, current feminist struggles, NSU 2.0 and Hannibal, and a lot more. In addition, this time a strong focus is placed on the situation in other countries. Of course some practical workshops will be on the program again.
Participation: registration is not necessary. The combined ticket for all days is available for 10-15 € (party on Saturday included). If you only want to participate on Saturday, it will cost you 5-10 € (incl. Party on Saturday); on the other days we are happy about a small donation.
Sleeping places: If you and your friends are looking for a place to stay or can offer one, please send us an e-mail with the number of persons to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don´t send us your real names, just the number of people. At the info point, you will receive further information. If you have any special demands on your sleeping place, just let us know.
Translation: We try to organise translation for as many panels as possible.
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- One year of AfD in the Bavarian Parliament
Only six years after its original foundation, the Afd (Alternative for Germany) has been elected into all German state parliaments. They have been using their position to attack organisations which are involved in struggle against racism and discrimination. We will discuss the consequences of this with representatives from Bavarian youth work, migrant youth organizations, the Bavarian Refugee Council, self-organised youth centers and observers of the parliamentary process.
- NSU 2.0, Hannibal and Uniter – Right-Wing (Terrorist) Networks in German Public Authorities
Martina Renner and Kristin Pietrzk
Revelations about right-wing networks inside the police and the army, about fascist chatgroups and ammunition hoarding elite soldiers, death threats being sent that contain secret police information and t“death-lists” being written with the names of thousands of leftists, critical journalists and migrant activists have become public in great numbers lately. It is difficult not to lose track about the latest news. Which right-wing networks are involved, how are they linked and why do investigations bring no real clearing? We want to discuss these questions with Martina Renner, expert in the field of right-wing terrorism and herself targeted by threat letters of NSU 2.0 and Kristin Pietrzyk, lawyer.
- Feminism and Solidarity – A Feminist Movement Writing History
On June 14 2019, hundreds of thousands of women, trans, inter and queer persons took to the streets of Switzerland to join the women*s strike, the largest mass protest in the country since decades. We invited comrades from the women*s strike collective Zurich to hear about the feminist movement there, the preparations for the strike, changes since the big women*s strike in 1991 and to discuss perspectives for the future!
- Right-Wing Student Fraternities in the Network of the Far-Right – The Example of “Markomannia Wien zu Deggendorf”
Kampagne Völkische Verbindungen kappen
Student fraternities are one of the most important players within the Far Right, yet they are often underestimated by antifascist activists. With the example of the ”Markomannia Wien zu Deggendorf (und Passau)” we want to show up how far their networks are reaching and that it is necessary to deal with them. To take position against right-wing fraternities means to expose their networks, to limit them in their everday practice and to push them out of public spaces.
- Between “Islamic Republic” and Movements for Freedom
Since 1979 Iran is ruled by an islamist clerical dictatorship. Ever since, there has been resistance against a Regime which tortures and executes political opponents, which has smashed the labour unions, threatens (the people living in) Israel with extinction, oppresses and murders lgbtiq* persons and deprives women of their rights. Kazem Moussavi will examine the current situation in Iran, the resistance against the islamist dictatorship and the german support for the Iranian rulers.
- Antifascism in the Work Place
Stefan Dietl and Kathrin Birner
Like most people, antifascists are forced to sell their labour power. More than half of the day we spend at work or on the way there. We see more of our colleagues than of our friends and families. Stefan Dietl and Kathrin Birner will talk about antiracist and antifascist strategies on workplaces and how to organise against the AfD’s current attempts to gain power in unions and work places.
- Golden Dawn and the new conservative attack on Greek antifascists
The trial against the members of the fascist “Golden Dawn” party is one of the most important trials in present day Greece, but Greek media are barely reporting on the topic. That’s why antifascists founded the monitoring organisation “Golden Dawn Watch”. Since the beginning of the trial in April 2015 they have been observing every day of the trial. The end of the trial is close, and some of the accused will probably go to jail. But at the same time, greek antifascists are targeted by the effects of the change of government from the leftist Syriza to the conservative Nea Demokratia, as has shown itself recently in the massive and brutal attack on the squats and self organised spaces in Exarchia. Ioanna Meitani will report on the imminent sentencing in the trial and its consequences.
- In the Name of the Women? Antifeminism and the Ethnicization of Violence
The antifeminist far right has discovered “women’s rights” where the “white woman as victim” has become a tool of political mobilisation: in Kandel, Chemnitz or Vienna. An Antifascist critique which only sees those racist “women’s rights struggles” as an instrumentalisation is misconceiving the fact that the activism of right-wing women does have the function of empowerment for them – which, however, stays antifeminist. All the more, we need a feminism which challenges the patriarchal order, does not want to heal masculinity and is substantially antifascist.
- The Generation After
Discussion with contemporary witnesses of the second generation
The sons and daughters of those persecuted by the Nazi Regime are increasingly trying to build networks, in Bavaria and elsewhere, with the aim of working on commemoration projects and public education. In this panel we want to discuss with activists from that generation. Apart from the diverse family biographies we will hear about how the experiences of persecution and discrimination of their parents have influenced the life of their generation and maybe still do.
- Organising Antifascist Gatherings
OAT Passau, OAT Rosenheim
The necessity of reaching people outside of the already organised radical left becomes especially apparent in times of rightward shifts in society and authoritarian formation of politics. In many cities and villages the organised antifascists are already overworked. One possibility to reach people beyond the own bubble is to share knowledge and to connect at public gatherings open to all antifascists. In this workshop we want to discuss different ideas on how to organise such meetings, what to consider, what to expect – and any other questions you may have on the topic.
- From “Ordungszelle” to “Hauptstadt der Bewegung”
guided tour at the NS-Dokuzentrum (Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism)How did Munich become a pool of reactionary and far right circles? Focus will be put especially on the first years of the NSDAP, the failure of the “Hitlerputsch” in 1923 and the consequences. Also, of course, on the question what antifascists must learn from history.
- Brazil under Bolsonaro. A Slim State with Strong Hand – on the Attacks on Leftists and Environmental Activists and International Solidarity
This lecture will take a look at the political situation in Brazil, where Jair Bolsonaro won the elections with a non-existing election campaign, presenting himself as an alternative to the political establishment and uniting a broad spectrum of the political right behind himself – but also owing his succes to the weakness of the Left. Now, politics are modelled after Pinochet`s Chile in many fields, and social and democratic achievements from the past 16 years are being destroyed. Focus will also be put on the emancipatory and antifascist struggles and the resistance of social and ecological movements facing terror not only from the state but also from a large part of the society that stands with Bolsonaro. What can international solidarity look like given the increasing pressure on the Left in Brazil?
- Antifascism goes digital: post-digital cultures of the far right and feminist resistance
Tina Reis und Maik Fielitz
To understand the processes of radicalization, structures of communication and networks of virtually-internationally connected right-wing terrorism is the aim of this presentation. Furthermore, we will hear about feminist-antifascist strategies against the far right online: a handful of private companies are determining who can spread their contents and how. Studies show that most people only look at the websites which appear on top of the search results – right-wing websites have recognized the political potential of this fact a long time ago and are using search engine optimising to make use of it. To comprehend these mechanisms and to discuss countermeasures will also be in the focus.
- Antisemitism in Bavaria
Antisemitism is part of Bavarian daily life, posing a deadly threat to Jews as have shown the arson attack on the Jewish retirement home (1970), the murder of the Rabbi Shlomo Lewin and Frieda Poeschke (1980) or the prevented bomb attack on the Jewish Community Center in Munich (2003). Felix Sowa will analyse antisemitic structures and protagonists in Bavaria.
- Alerta Feuilleton!
Basics of press work and public relations for Antifascists
Maxi Dahm und Esther Sontag
Everyone can learn how to do public relations in antifascist and leftist activism – if you think you can’t, this workshop is just the right thing for you!
- Right-wing/fascist mass mobilisations in Eastern and Central Europe
Kolektiv 115, Kapturak, Magdalena Marsovszky, Cornelia Kerth
Authoritarian Regimes, right-wing majorities and militant fascists – the locally organised antifascism faces tough conditions, support from outside is rare. What if militant fascists from all over Europe are using this strategically? Easy acces to weapons and shooting exercise, martial mass demonstrations and a multitude of white racists make Eastern and Central Europe very attractive for German nazis, mostly unnoticed by Antifas in Germany. To discuss the fascist networks in Poland, Lavia, Hungary and the Czech Republic as well as the conditions and possibilities of antifascist resistance we have invite: Kapturak, antifascist activist from Warsaw, Cornelia Kerth of VVN-BdA, Magdalena Marsovszky and comrades from Kolektiv 115 from Prague.
- Care work
An emancipatory perspective on care work in a patriarchal society, union‘s struggles in the field of care labour as well as the question of self organisation in this field are the topics of this discussion.
- The fascist music scene in the idyllic Allgäu
In the 90s, the „Skinheads Allgäu 88“ were banned, but since then the fascist scene was not affected by state repression any more. „Voice of Anger“ became the biggest and most stable group of its kind in Bavaria, well integrated in the region and with close contacts in the the Blood&Honour Network, out of which the NSU emerged. Their Label Oldschool Records sends Bands, CDs and Merchandise around the globe, and they also find ways to succesfully influence a supposedly unpolitical Skin- and Punk scene. How dangerous is Voice of Anger and the swamp around it, who are the protagonists hiding in it and how far do their connections to militant underground structures in Germany and abroad actually reach?
- The antisemitic murder of Frieda Poeschke and Shlomo Lewin
Initiative Kritisches Gedenken
On December 19, 1980, Frida Poeschke and her husband Shlomo Lewin, publisher and Rabbi, were shot in Erlangen. Even though connections of the perpetrator to the fascist „Wehrsportgruppe Hoffmann“ were likely, the investigative authorities did not follow this link. Instead, they quickly came to the conclusion that the murderer acted alone. Until today, there are many open questions. The blindness of society and institutions prevented a deeper investigation and a critical reception in public back then. The „Initiative Kritisches Gedenken“ has been working on this topic for several years.
- From Sympathy to Solidarity? Perspectives of current social movements
Despite the rightward shift we have witnessed over the last years, a multitude of emancipatory struggles are also taking place – the climate justice movement has succeeded in shaping the public discourse, feminist movements have pushed the struggles about reproductive rights and the social question into the center of attention, political campaigns on housing and city politics have left scratches in the sanctity of capitalist private property, the movements of migration are organising practical resistance against the murderous European border politics and antifascists are fighting against the strengthening of the right. Together with activists from Antifa, antiracist movement, climate justice movement and new class politics we want to discuss: how do we refer to each other in our struggles or do we connect them in a common struggle, a common project or even a common organisation? How does sympathy become practical solidarity, how do we make many struggles out of one – or a big one out of many small ones? How do we want to build antifascist organisations which – in the worst case – can assert solidarity and resistance against right-wing state apparatuses and the fascist mob? What is the aim of our struggles, the prevention of the catastrophe, the thousands of little improvements, or the one, big revolution?
10:00 (Kafe Marat)
- Right-wing structures in different Bavarian regions (South, East and Franken)
Three presentations will give information about fascist groups and individuals in Bavaria, hoping for active discussions and additional information from local Antifas.