“Let’s Break the Silence!” abortion stories

Abortions take place every day. Every year millions of people worldwide have abortions and will never talk about this experience. Because: to consciously decide to have an abortion is still frowned upon, ostracized and evaluated in many places. People are excluded, shamed, condemned and punished for it.

Silence is maintained.

We say: enough! Let us break the silence together and talk about our experiences. Let us share our experiences with others as naturally as the decision to have an abortion should be. Let us abolish shame, guilt, stigma and condemnation.

Our decisions are clear!
They are our bodies and our lives! And our reasons and stories are as diverse as we are.

Tell us about the procedure as it was for you. And how you felt about it. What sucked? What was desperate? Who and/or what stood in your way? Judging your decision? Insecure? …strengthened? What gave you strength? Who and/or what was important? Who was there? How do you feel about it today? What do we have to stand up for? What must change? What has to be considered?

Design a postcard or take a photo of yourselves with your statement. Send us video clips, audio clips. Send us letters. Send us your text.

Let us break with silence and stigma!

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Corona – being together in solidarity

Bini Adamczak: “The pandemic teaches us how vulnerable we are and how interdependent. And it teaches us that we can only act collectively and in solidarity – Merkel says accordingly. As if she had not only experienced socialist socialisation, but also studied feminist philosophy. What a pity that the declaration falls on the same day that Germany suspends the humanitarian admission of refugees and forces further deportations. But an ethic of vulnerability that excludes some of the most vulnerable is a lie. A solidarity that is to be forced into the borders and the service of the nation is not.

We too feel that we should show solidarity especially during this time.

We have printed posters, stickers and flyers that draw attention to this fact. We will distribute them  in #Dresden. Feel free to join us or print them out yourself and distribute them around you!

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Antifeminist damage

A poster campaign was carried out throughout Dresden on the occasion of the International Women’s Fight Day. With 1500 posters spread over the entire city area, successes of feminist struggles were pointed out. Targets for future engagement were also made known.

Apparently a nerve was struck. Besides many positive reactions we had to realize that among others in Pieschen many of the posters were defaced by spray paint or partly torn down.
In this respect we would like to state: We are not intimidated by the damage to feminist posters. Nor will we ignore these anti-feminist events. They serve us all the more as an incentive to continue fighting for our emancipatory goals.
And to all those who think they can prevent this with torn down posters: work on your prejudices and enemy images, because feminist struggles will not disappear!
We continue to stand up for a loud, self-confident and publicly present feminism.
Not only on 8 March, but all year round. Not only in Dresden, but all over the world.

Open meeting to deal with sexualised violence / Moni’s Rache

Hello there, we are e*space, a group that has been working in different line-ups since 2012, mainly theoretically, on the topic of “emancipatory and collective approaches to sexualised violence”.

The events surrounding Moni’s revenge do not affect us, but above all, they raise issues and questions with which we are also confronted again and again.

Therefore, we want to try to create a space together in which we can deal with the possibilities, obstacles and limits of collective dealings with sexualised violence, which at the same time has room for those affected and tries to develop options for action on a collective level.

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The current 5th edition of AS.ISM contains an interview with our interested group e*space!

The article was written together with the Berlin group “Emancipative & Antifascist Group [EAG]”. The power of definition and the handling of sexualised violence, also in the left-wing scene, are critically examined from different sides.

It was also important to us not to discredit the power of definition completely, because it is not always easy to see how it can be used in the context where it comes from – i.e. criticism of criminal law, women’s shelters, etc. – it was and is also relevant and important.

Feminist/ Discussion/Reading in pyjamas

Can you still remember the text that kindled fire and flames in you, or the book that was recommended to you by the older sister and which you yourself now recommend again and again? Does it annoy you that certain authors never get attention or do you want to remember forgotten luminaries?

In the night of March 7th to the International Women’s Fight Day (March 8th!) we want to read, discuss and maybe even contest texts by, with and about feminists in a comfortable atmosphere. We want to hang out and chat, debate and get to know each other – in a different way. Surprise movie at the end included.

What to wear: pyjamas, tights, comfortable clothes.
What to bring: (un)knowledge to share, your favourite text on a stick (and printed once), blanket and/or pillow, things to feel good about, snacks to share.
What not to bring: Theory dripping, incense candles.

Start: 20 Uhr
End: international women’s fight day
Place: Kosmotique

Open meeting to deal with sexualised violence / Moni’s Rache

Hello there, we are e*space, a group that has been working in different line-ups since 2012, mainly theoretically, on the topic of “emancipatory and collective approaches to sexualised violence”.

The events surrounding Moni’s revenge do not affect us, but above all, they raise issues and questions with which we are also confronted again and again.

Therefore, we want to try to create a space together in which we can deal with the possibilities, obstacles and limits of collective dealings with sexualised violence, which at the same time has room for those affected and tries to develop options for action on a collective level.

We want to exchange ideas and perhaps find common words on questions like:

What perspectives can we offer if we want to deal with (sexualised) violence collectively, i.e. also outside of the state, police and criminal justice system? To what extent can embedding in structural contexts be helpful in (collective) dealing with sexualised violence? What are perhaps also the limits of the transformative justice concept – especially in relation to the case of Moni’s revenge and its supposed application?

We would like to invite you to join us. If you are interested, we can also talk about how we can join forces and create a structure in this field in the long run.

05.March 19 – 22 pm AZ Conni. The meeting is open to all interested parties.

 

Speech #WomenDefendRojava

Or: Why the fight for peace and self-determination in north Syria is a feminist fight.

Our speech for the Rojava solidarity demonstration at the 26th of october in Dresden:

The recent attacks from the turkish government are neither surprising nor unique. Quite the opposite, they are just the latest sad height in a series of tries to destroy the achievements of the kurdish women’s movement. Continue reading

Thank God? – On the resignation of Bishop Rentzing

(1973 leaflet criticising church)

 

In 2015, Carsten Rentzing was elected the protestant Bishop of Saxony in a close election. As a representative of arch-conservative views, he was explicitly criticized back then (also by us) not least because of his homophobic views. At the time, we expressed our concern that right-wing positions would receive additional support through the election of a reactionary theologian to the church leadership. In recent years, Rentzing has proven that he repeatedly uses his power, his possibilities and his networks for this purpose precisely.

During his term in office, the criticism did not diminish, even if Rentzing tried to label and prevent inner-church debates about the political orientation of the protestant Landeskirche (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony) as conniving attempts of schism.

Unfortunately, there were unpleasant occasions for it, which led to a number of smaller and larger scandals, which, in many cases, did not even reach the public.

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