News from Sex Workers Solidarity

The organization informed about the present state of the “prostitute protection act” (Prostituiertenschutzgesetz) in Saxony www.facebook.com/sexworkerssolidarity/posts/1469915186458012. The prostitutes are threated by chaos at council offices, stigmatization and repression instead of the promised protection.

They wrote a text www.facebook.com/sexworkerssolidarity/posts/1473598319423032 in which they call upon to join together against stigmatization.

The draft of the prostitute protection implementation act of Saxony is leaked evibes.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/11/Entwurf-S%C3%A4chsProstSchGAG.pdf. It is worked out by the social ministry and was not yet meant to be published. Sex Workers Solidarity stands up for an official debate before the law is passed.

Get lost, B.O.R.! – A brief personal account on what happened at the anti-abortion march organized by the Orthodox Romanian Church

We share here the report of a companion from Rumania who constitutes the ongoing anti-abortionist marches by the orthodoxian church and the way too minor protests against. We solidarize with their struggels and with this want to call attention. So please share this article!

Against every fundamentalism!

Feminist Solidarity after evictions in Greece

We would like to share the call for solidarity from “Feminists for migrant solidarity in Athens”. On the same issue, an office of the LINKE party (sister organisation of SYRIZA) was occupied in Dresden. Like the squatters demanded, Katja Kipping (Leader of the LINKE party) contacted SYRIZA officials to condemn the police action in Thessaloniki. (Declaration from the occupation in Dresden)

SOLIDARITY TO THE 3 MIGRANTS’ HOUSING SQUATS IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE

During the early morning of the 27th of July, riot police evicted 3 squats in the city of Thessaloniki, (Orfanotrofio, Nikis Avenue, and Hurriya) which were were being used for the housing needs of migrants and people in solidarity. Heavy police forces raided the squats and detained 83 people, out of whom 74 were later accused of “disturbing private peace”. Continue reading

Emancipation is fine as hell – Stop the silent march

Every year in Germany, Christian fundamentalist opposers of pregnancy terminations gather at demonstrations to go public with their worldview. These demonstrations take, for example, place in Berlin and Münster. Since 2010, there’s also a mobilisation for so-called silent marches in Annaberg-Buchholz. Those are directed against everyone’s right of self-determination – but predominantly against the self-determination of those who can get pregnant.

Until last year, the CDL (Christian-democrates for life) organised the marches. They are part of the CDU and their stated aim is to fully criminalise pregnancy terminations not only in Germany, buy around the world.
This March, the organiser of the silent march changed and now it is a group called “right to live Saxony” (Lebensrecht Sachsen) – a change that makes the event more open to those people who support the same reactionary ideas, but who don’t understand themselves as religious or are affiliated with other parties. In consequence, the march is now especially suitable for supporters of the AFD.

Racist prejudices and the fear of a decline in values are on a rise. Christian fundamentalists tie in with widespread sexist and homophobic oppinions and make the atmosphere even worse. With their events, they fuel prejudices and hate – which makes protests even more important.

We won’t let anyone tell us whether we should (not) have kids or how many kids we have to have.
We won’t let anyone tell us how our relationships should look like, how we live, love and die.
Those are our lives, our bodies, our decisions!
For emancipation and self-determination!
Raise your voice – your body, your choice!
Be loud and creative!
Turning the silent march into a disaster!

Annaberg-Buchholz
06/06/16, 5pm
Chemnitzer Straße/Barbara-Uthmann-Ring
(opposite of hospital “Erzgebirgzklinikum”)

Against sexualised violence and racism. Always. Anywhere. #ausnahmslos (“noexcuses”)

We also support this text Against sexualised violence and racism. Always. Anywhere. #ausnahmslos (“noexcuses”):

On the night of New Year’s Eve, numerous women were sexually attacked in public spaces in Cologne and other German cities.. These crimes demand thorough and comprehensive investigations. The prevailing impunity regarding crimes of sexualised violence must end.

We demand that the survivors receive the best possible care and support. We are in solidarity with those who have experienced sexualised violence and harassment.

Who we are (More info on this activist group)

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Let’s ruin PEGIDA’s birthday!

Saxony sucks

Joint call for action by the groups URA, e*vibes, AusserKontrolle und gruppe polar.

About a year ago the right-wingpopulist PEGIDA marched through Dresden for the first time. Since then there have been gatherings of racists on a daily basis somewherein Saxony. The number of attacks on refugees, their accommodations and their supporters are on the rise, leading to staggering heights, backed by a growing right-wing hegemony. The pogrom-like riots in Heidenau are a symbol of these developments. Over the last few months the anti-fascist interventions aimed at preventing the worst and supporting affected persons on sight as well as the protests of refugees. There are also positive developments: Everywhere people organize themselves in neighborhood-initiatives to support refugees. Many activists help refugees cross borders and thousands demonstrated, also in Dresden for a “culture of welcome”. However, all these initiatives fizzle out under the pressure of toughened asylum-laws and racist terror. They almost seem cynical against the background of tens of thousands of deaths at Europe’s external borders. On October 19, PEGIDA wants to celebrate its first birthday. For us this is a reason to once again concentrate on the heart of the racist beast and prevent Bachmann and his crew from taking even one step without being disturbed.

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Greetings from Malmö

We had a lot of fun at the CES conference in Malmö (Sweden), shared our thoughts with a lot of comrades from all over europe (and beyond) and made new friends.

We also contributed to two events at the conference. One was the panel with Feminist Fightback about Reproductive Justice, the other one was a workshop about connecting feminist and anticapitalist struggles. Continue reading

Coloniality and Gender

On May 22nd the “Transnational Mobitour” for the G7 summit 2015 came to Dresden.
One person of e*vibes prepared a short input about “Coloniality and Gender”.
Here you can read it.

Coloniality and Gender

Coloniality is not equivalent to colonialism. Coloniality is the continuity of colonial forms of domination after the end of colonial administrations, produced by colonial cultures and structures in the modern/colonial capitalist world-system. Since Coloniality has never ended, we still live under the colonial matrix of power, described by Quijano. Within it, all power relationships like for example race, gender, religion, geographic origin and class are related. They organize the world division of labour in a multiple power hierarchic complex. As the same way that social understanding of “gender” was used by capitalist society to unpay women care and reproductive work; the ideas of race and cultural, spiritual and intellectual “inferiority” of the colonized people were also used as justification for their exploitation, servitude and slavery by the colonial structure.

But what has Coloniality to do with Gender?

It is important to remember that not all colonized civilizations were patriarchal and, when they were, their patriarchal forms of dealing with gender were not the same as the Judeo-Christian Patriarchy introduced by european colonization. Those societies had to adapt to a new form of hierarchy of gender coming from the oppressors and they were then ruled by it. The colonized people and cultures are usually described by traits historically related to “femininity” as naive, not intelligent, illogical, sentimental, natural, incapable and passive, while the colonizers are described by features historically related to “masculinity”, until today. That prejudices leads to the infantilization and inferiozation of people from colonial regions to be a common situation until today.

In Latin America, per example, the ethnical formation of the actual Latin American people was based on rape and forced marriage, as well as religious conversion of millions of native women since white European women were not available at the first phases of colonization process. These women were forced to deal with a complete different form of gender relationship and concepts of families. The miscegenation of Latin American people is also a result of the rape of millions of black enslaved women. Those native and black women were also seen as inferior to white European women and were hypersexualized, objectified and then completely excluded from history. Contrary to pre-European patriarchies, where all women were inferior to all men, in the new colonial power matrix some women (of European origin) have a higher status and access to resources than some men (of non-European origin), while the colored women occupied the most inferior level in society. And this situation has not changed until today. Gender issues were also used as an excuse for colonial projects. Spivak described this as “white men saving colored women from colored men”. It is until today that gender issues are used as an excuse for military and colonial, occidental projects.

Decolonization is still needed and an inseparable part of the struggle against capitalism and patriarchy. Paraphrasing Grossfoegel: The mythology of the “decolonization of the world” obscures the continuities between the colonial past and current global colonial/racial hierarchies and contributes to the invisibility of “coloniality” today as well as its relationship to other forms of hierarchies as patriarchy and capitalism inside the world matrix of power.

“Is Consent Sexy?” – an article by Tanya Serisier

In October 2014, while we were at the Anarchafeminist Conference in London, we visited Feminist Fightback during one of there meetings at the Common House. A lot of interesting things take place there. In the same building, you can e.g. find London’s Plan C. So we took one of their bamn magazines, in which Tanya Serisier’s article ‘Is Consent Sexy?’ was published, with us.
German (queer)feminism often combines the fight against sexual violence with the ideal of ‘consensual’ sex. We even have a banner that says ‘We love consent’ 😉 Apparently, this is the case in English-speaking contexts, as well and those debates also have an impact on ours. Serisier criticises ‘the’ concept of ‘consent’ from a feminist point of view.
Reading her article, our wish to ‘import’ such debates (this also applies to articles about safer spaces,…) grew. Perhaps this can help to stop German debates from going round in circles or getting stuck in the same discussions over and over again – which is why we translated Serisier’s article.
Translating texts is, however, quite a lot of work and often one of the first things to be left undone, when there’s a lot going on (just have a look at the things that have been going on in Dresden over the last months…). This article took us half a year. If you speak German and English (or any other languages) and are keen on helping us with translations, let us know. Anyway, here‘s the German translation and this is the English original:

Is Consent Sexy? (Tanya Serisier)

‘Consent is sexy. Sex without consent is rape.’ This slogan comes from a US-based campaign (consentissexy.org) targeted at university students and aimed at promoting a ‘culture of consent’ on university campuses. But the slogan could easily come from any number of campaigns aimed at reducing sexual violence and changing sexual behaviour. The political logic of this campaign is so commonplace in countries such as the US and the UK that it is essentially a form of ‘common sense knowledge’ or even a hegemonic truth, broadly shared across the political spectrum. This logic is, mainly speaking, that rape – defined as sexual activities that one of the parties does not consent to -is a terrible thing and should not occur. Therefore, what we need to do is promote, socially and culturally, sex that is the opposite of this illegal, harmful and unethical sex. Following from legal definitions of non-consent, consent becomes the primary criterion for judging good, ethical and even ‘sexy’ sex.

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A letter! A letter! – An Answer of Feminist Fightback London!

Reply from Feminist Fightback London: After we had wished them a successful action on May 19th, this answer fluttered into our letterbox:

Dear comrades,

We were very happy to receive your letter in solidarity with our action. The pro-choice action in Stratford, London against “Helpers of God’s Precious Infants” on Sat 9th of May 2015 was vibrant and loud. Feminist protestors –both from Feminist Fightback and other allies that came for the action- blocked the anti-choice religious group as they tried to march from a church to the abortion clinic. The action took place outside the church –with the intention of not interfering nearby the abortion clinic- and attracted passer-bys who stopped and engaged with us. The group ranged from women to children to male allies around colourful handcrafted banners. We made noise with pots and pans, whistles and the stereo that was playing punk songs as well as feminist classics. There was a brilliant moment where we sang along to Aretha Franklin’s Respect, summed up why we were there: RESPECT women’s choices! The feminist presence managed to delay the anti-choice group for over two hours until we were pushed back by the police (who escorted the procession), though the anti-choice demonstration only had ten minutes in front of the clinic. A great achievement!

We would also wish to express our solidarity with your action on the 1st of June in Annaberg-Buchholz in Germany. It is great to make connections with and be inspired by comrades working on similar issues elsewhere. Attempts by religious groups to make regressive demands in terms of reproductive rights and harassing women against making choices regarding their own bodies, are merely the last desperate acts of a dilapidated dogma. We will continue to engage in action to stand against fundamentalist religious attempts to control and dictate women’s lives. We very much appreciate engaging in on-going conversations with comrades around the world on this issue!

We look forward to hearing about your experience and in combining efforts to overcome the challenges to our reproductive rights!

In solidarity,
Feminist Fightback

Information to the protest will be found here.