Interflugs hosts a discussion with Jasmeen, Amora and Angelo. Please join us as they share their insights and knowledge in black-led anti-racist organising and their efforts for change in both institutional and community settings. We will also explore how solidarity can function to oppose racial and structural violence and oppression.
JASMEEN is an activist, cultural worker and scholar from Berlin, who is currently finishing a Master in visual culture. Their research
explores virtual spaces, algorithms and the self-representation of Black womxn in the German context with the aim of combining the
concepts of intersectionality and processes of digital subjectivation. In the cultural field their main concern is the constant critique of labour policies and institutional knowledge regimes. As a Black feminist, Jasmeen has been active in anti-capitalist and socialist, LGBTQIA and anti-racist community spaces.
AMORA is a Kenyan spoken word performer and life skills facilitator based in Berlin, Germany. Her mission is to bring about empowerment and positive change in the lives of African and African diasporic women in Europe, dealing with issues like social justice, health and education by means of performance poetry. She is giving underprivileged Black women a voice so their problems/situations become known. She is creating a safe space for them in order to talk freely and openly. She teaches young Black girls how to relate to one another and creates dynamic opportunities for them to live up their full potential. Amora is the pioneer of Poetry_lab a creative writing mentoring Program.
Amora has performed, recorded music, and cofounded an artist network and event management organisation focused on promoting Poetry, music and art. Amora facilitates Workshops on a range of topics. She is part of different organizations involved in the fight for social justice and equality.
ANGELO is a German/Angolan activist, diversity and inclusion consultant, awareness trainer and anti-racism advisor in the general student’s committee of the University of Potsdam. He is currently completing his Master of Education in English and French, with a focus on marginalized realities, especially Black ones. Angelo also researches the development of transcultural discourses in German framework curricula, knowledge hierarchies and auto-ethnographic work on power structures and colonial continuities.
BLACK LIVES MATTER BERLIN
After the violent death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the intersectional
Black Feminist Black Lives Matter movement was founded in the USA. Over the years, the movement has gained a lot of popularity. Despite specific problems in different countries however, the principle “Black Lives Matter” makes racist structures visible worldwide. Black lives are endangered not only in the USA.
After a solidarity protest organized by US-Americans in Berlin on the racist cases of police violence at the beginning of July 2016, six
womxn who met at this protest joined forces. They conntected online and organized a second protest under the motto “Black Lives Matter” in a minimum of time without ever having met physically. This resulted in Black Lives Matter Berlin becoming a chapter. With a constantly changing team, the chapter organizes an annual protest and the so-called Black Lives Matter Month. Black Lives Matter is committed to the freedom, justice and recognition of Black people in Germany and transnationally. The chapter collects resources, connects Black activists and educates. We exist to support the Black diasporan communities that face intersectional struggles in a society that chooses to ignore them. Black Lives Matter Berlin means fighting for a sustainable change in our society and against the concealment of racism. Silence is violence too.
Facebook: Black Lives Matter Berlin
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