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Special Newsletter Doğan

Dear friends,

Today we remember our dear friend and glokal colleague Doğan Akhanlı, who died two years ago today.

Especially in times that are so dominated by violence and hatred, we miss his humor, his warmth and his tireless commitment to human rights, victims of violence and a culture of remembrance that recognizes different traumas in solidarity and does not play them off against each other. He still leaves a big gap in our team to this day.
His collaboration was and remains an invaluable asset to this day and we would like to continue our work in his spirit. In his spirit, we would like to use our educational events, projects and publications to clearly advocate for the naming of racist, colonial and anti-Semitic continuities and thus contribute to a contentious but peaceful coexistence.

Doğan always had the strength to deal with people who held radically different opinions than him. He talked to them, worked, did theater. His writings, speeches, actions and humanity are an inspiration to us.

We miss you!

Your colleagues from glokal

PS: You can read Doğan’s biography on the Cologne page of our Global Remembering project.

Newsletter October 2023

Dear friends,

In our October newsletter we would like to invite you to two city tours and inform you about our ongoing projects.

1. Project Global Remembering: City tours escape-exile persecution on October 21st. and colonialism resistance on November 18, 2023
2. Project Medical Care for All: Project start and research phase
3. Project Decolonial Partnership Work with Abya Yala/Latin America: Qualification series started
4. Documentary film “white charity”: exhibition in the Kunsthalle Duisburg (for details please access German newsletter)

Newsletter August 2023

Dear friends,

We would like to inform you about current projects and activities.

1. Last places for the webinar series “At eye level? Decolonial collaboration in project work with “partners” in Abya Yala/Latin America” (application deadline on August 11, 2023)
2. Project Global Remembering: New cities, new workshops and city tours, join in!
3. Seminar offers from Informationsbürp Nicaragua e.V. (for details please access German newsletter)

Newsletter June 2023

Dear friends,

We would like to inform you about current projects and activities.

1. Application phase for the second round of our online qualification series begins
2. glocal goes Paris
3. New project “Medical care for all – methods, knowledge and action skills on global injustice in medical care using the example of the Corona pandemic” started (for details please access German Newsletter)

Newsletter January 2021

Dear people,

we wish you a happy new year 2021 and would like to report about our three projects in the past year:

1st Qualification Series Antiracism and Decoloniality 2020
Our qualification series for development organizations and groups on antiracism and decoloniality has ended successfully. We had a total of more than 300 registrations and unfortunately could not accommodate them all.
The series consisted of 5 online seminars on working critically of racism and power and enabled participants* to engage with decolonial issues in development contexts and structures. Due to huge demand, we will try to offer the series again in 2021.
You can find more information HERE.

2. climateDeSol: Climate Decolonial and Solidary 2020-2022
What results has KlimaDeSol’s empowerment series achieved?
– There is the video recording of an action of a part of the group with screenings of photos of Black women and activists on Alexanderplatz on 12.10.2020
– Dominique O. organized a panel entitled “Racism, Colonialism and Environmentalism” on October 24, 2020, on her own initiative and in consultation with Greenpeace Germany, where Paola Reyes, Imeh Ituen, Peter Donatus and Salomón Derreza from the South or BIPoC were able to present the decolonial positions in the Global South. Video HERE [https://youtu .be/TV-CsQj4sOk]
– On November 15, 2020, the KlimaDeSol empowerment series was presented at the First BIPoC – Climate Conference and now forms part of the BIPoC – Network.
– Saadya W. informed us via twitter among other things about the action of 15.11.2020 with the words: 136 years ago colonialist solified the civilization-breaking division of the African continent at the Berlin-Congo Conf. Their decisions are still effective today. Artistic intervention. LINK
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– A chat group has been established. We have planted a seed and now we should dare to look into the future together, what fruits we want to harvest from the seed. There is the idea of creating a collective and that of an independent network under the name and logo of KlimaDeSol.
What’s next for KlimaDeSol?
We want to ask ourselves these questions in a joint reflection as a group:
– what have we learned or taken away?
– what would we like to do differently in the future?
– where do we go from here?
In view of the fact that several requests have now been received to present the project and the results of the workshop, we find this all the more important. There will be an online final meeting in early January 2021 for a collective reflection involving multiple members. It is mainly in the hands of the BIPoC participants how to proceed.

3. global remembering
In May 2020, we started our project Global Erinnern, a cooperation project with the ISD – Initiative Black People in Germany and recherche international. In this project we are developing digital maps of local global history(s) in Berlin and in cooperation with many local actors in four other cities. This year we already organized workshops on critical cartography in cooperation with the Orangotango Collective and the Decolonial, as well as on colonial continuities. We also conducted workshops for museums and engaged groups on decolonization and global history, as well as multiplier trainings on digital workshop design.

If you/you are interested in educational opportunities in 2021, please feel free to contact us!

Also if your city, municipality or county give interesting connection points for our digital map of global history, please feel free to contact us at geschichte[ÄT]glokal[PUNKT]org.

In terms of content, it can be about (illustrated by the Berlin example): Resistance of Black people in Berlin under National Socialism; the participation of people with Berlin connections in the Spanish Civil War; Berlin sites that illustrate the understanding of transnationalism in the Ottoman Empire; or events that took place in Berlin and demonstrate the global entanglement of history.
We would be very happy to find cooperation partners, initiatives, groups and individuals in different cities who want to contribute to the research in their local environment. In early 2021, we would like to write a proposal for this research so that there can be a small honorarium for the research work.

We wish you all the best for 2021!

Many greetings,
the glokal team

Newsletter August 2020

Dear friends,

as already announced in the last newsletter, registration is now open: For our qualification for development organizations and groups on anti-racism and decoloniality starting September 2020.

Registration deadline for the first two online seminars is August 28, 2020.

The qualification series of glokal e.V. enables the participants to deal with decolonial topics in development policy contexts and structures in a way that is critical of power and racism. It is open to activists and employees of development policy groups and organizations.

The series consists of 5 online seminars on September 2 and 16; October 7 and 21; and November 13, 2020 from 1-5pm each day. Topics of the seminars will be, after a content-related introduction, anti-racist and decolonial educational events, public relations, event planning and organizational structures.

Registration is possible for single to all 5 online seminars. Since the first two seminars provide a foundation, attendance is especially recommended. The number of participants is limited to 18.

Registration please only via: painemal[at]glokal[punkt]org

More info on the contents of the individual seminars here.

Summer greetings,

the glokal team

Newsletter July 2020

Dear friends,

also in the summer months we have some interesting announcements to make to you.

1st educational event MINOSIA on July 28, 2020.
Already next week, on Tuesday, 28.07.2020 from 10-14h there will be an educational event with the participation of glocal member Adam Baher. All actors in political, racism-critical and transcultural education work are invited. Title is: Trip to Minosia, An adventurous digital information journey. More information and the registration can be found here.

2. new workshops in the glokal project KlimaDeSol
New information about the KlimaDeSol project is available. You can find them on this page.

3. new glokal qualification series for development policy organizations on anti-racism and decoloniality

Starting in the fall of 2020, glokal will offer a series of training courses on critical approaches to power and racism for committed representatives of initiatives and organizations active in development policy. Contents will be:
Introduction to power-critical, anti-racist, decolonial topics
Application to contexts and structures in the practice of development policy organizations
Alternative courses of action to discriminatory practices
Teaching competencies for emancipated, decolonial, power-critical action in educational and project work
The qualification series will consist of five online seminars. Information will be available soon on our website.
We send you greetings of solidarity,
the glokal team

Newsletter June 2020

Dear friends,

we have all had very special months. A lot has happened with us and we have had to adjust to big changes. A lot had to and still has to be moved into the digital space. Nevertheless, we are also experiencing a great energy on the streets these days.

In the following, we draw your attention to exciting glokal events, a new project and reading material, among other things:

1. events KlimaDeSol: empowerment workshops and trainings
With the project we not only want to give important impulses to a democratic, decolonial and solidary movement around climate justice, but also to counter the so far white – elitist and western dominated concept of climate with decolonial, holistic and intersectional narratives.
The first of four empowerment events will be held this summer, on July 1, 2020 and August 12, 2020. You can find the flyer for the events here.
In addition, we address white-positioned people in the climate movement, activists in the climate movement, climate justice, and the diverse grassroots movement with six seminars or webinars. For this purpose, the first webinars will be held on June 22, June 26 and August 13, 2020. You can find the flyer for the events here, and more about the project here.

2. new project: local global history
It is not only in Germany that the idea of separate and competing nation-states continues to prevail. This is largely codified by nationally demarcated historical narratives. In contrast, we see the need for a transnational memory space. In the new project, we would like to devote ourselves to the global interconnections of history and the present.
The main measure of the project is the development of a digital map in Berlin and four other cities in cooperation with local groups. More about the project can be found here.

3. interview and article: Transnational Memory Space and Violence at Europe’s External Borders.
On the topic of transnational memory space, glokal member Doğan Akhanlı gave an exciting interview in the junge Welt that you can read here. Carolin Philipp of glokal has written an article here in the newspaper Neues Deutschland about murders at Europe’s external borders.

4. demonstrations 06.06.: Against racist police violence!
We also want to call on you to take to the streets against racist police violence, whether it’s in the U.S., in Germany, or on Europe’s borders.
On Saturday, June 06, 2020, demonstrations will take place in many cities from Augsburg to Osnabrück. Be there!

We send you greetings of solidarity,
the glokal team

SPECIAL EDITION: Newsletter COVID-19 March 2020

Dear colleagues and friends of glokal,

we are all currently faced with many changes in our daily lives, in the planning of activities and our announced events in connection with the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The whole glokal team has been discussing the necessary steps regarding the timeline of our projects. Here we would like to share the most important decisions with you.

First of all: All our offers in the form of conferences, workshop series, trainings in the projects OPAT and KlimaDeSol as well as the exhibition Connecting the Dots have been comprehensively and participant-centered prepared and designed in the past months. The content framework and objectives remain the same, but we will adapt the timeline to current conditions.

1. climate decolonial and solidary(KlimaDeSol)
In relation to the empowerment workshop series “Climate decolonial and solidarity”, detailed information will be published later today. The implementation will be postponed to the months of June, July or August, depending on the agreement with the speakers.

2. project OPAT-Welcome without paternalism
Our conference on: collaboration between refugees and welcome initiatives, which was to take place on April 24, 2020, will be postponed. As soon as it is clear when it can take place, we will inform you in time.

3. project Connecting the Dots/exhibition WirStimmen!
The loan of the exhibition “WirStimmen! For Resistant Alternatives to the Development Myth” will not be possible until probably the end of May 2020. If there is interest in booking for the following months, contact us by email.

4. publications / shipping and online offers
For the newly won time we would like to recommend our publications and online offers to you. At the same time, this can support the work of glokal.
I.e. for now the shipping of all our publication continues! We apologize for any delays in shipping. You can order here. In addition, our online offerings, the material platform “mangoes and bullets” and the eLearning Toll “connecting the dots” are of course still available.

5. glokal workshops: Precarious work
Like many people who are active in political education, we at glokal and our pool of speakers are also affected by the cancellation of our workshops due to the lack of a new speaker. Covid-19. Petitions have already been created because of this, so that not only companies but also precarious workers* get proper support, see for example here. Currently, measures for freelancers are being negotiated at the state and federal level, see info here.

6. active and in solidarity right now
We would like to continue to use the time in the future to remain politically active and in solidarity and to continue – or especially now – to organize. For while Europe is currently the center of the COVID-19 pandemic, living conditions are particularly precarious at Europe’s borders and in the camps where refugees are forced to live (see medico international’s appeal here). Please also follow our facebook page!

Please contact us by email if you have ideas for organizing and actions, suggestions on how to deal with the situation and if you want to tell us something about your situation or in general!

Many greetings, the glokal team

Newsletter March 2020

Dear people,

also under the impression of the racist murders in Hanau and the violence of Europe at its external borders we would like to draw your attention to some events.
We continue to hope to structurally counter racism and violence in the long term and to create partnership structures based on solidarity and respect.

1. further education: cooperation between migrant and established social organizations
Questions about the immigration society can no longer be discussed and shaped from a proxy perspective of the dominant society. Long before Germany declared itself a country of immigration, numerous active migrant self-organizations already existed. Their expertise was rarely
perceived and even less recognized as equal. In the further training, conditions for a cooperative partnership are analyzed and possibilities of clarifying the assignment are worked out, which do justice to the different organizational degrees and cultures. More about the training and registration you can find

2. climateDeSol: workshops in April and May 2020 climate decolonial and solidary
The glokal project KlimaDeSol (Climate decolonial and solidary) wants to give impulses to the climate movement for a democratic, decolonial and solidary movement for climate justice. KlimaDeSol will offer four workshops in the spring: on April 11, 18, 25, and May 09, 2020.
You can find more information on the project website

3rd registration: Specialist day glokal project “For a welcome without paternalism”.
How can non-paternalistic collaboration succeed? We would like to draw your attention once again to the
of the glokal project “For a welcome without paternalism” on April 24, 2020. We invite: Refugees and activists or employees of initiatives or associations working with refugees.
Sign up at opat[ät]glokal[dot]org.

4. fortress europe and racist violence
Please read and spread the
Call for transnational solidarity and against racism and war
which hundreds of initiatives and organizations have signed since Europe is again “defending” its fortress walls against refugees at the Greek-Turkish border using massive violence.

glokal has also written a statement about the racist murders in Hanau, which you can find

Solidarity greetings,

the glokal team