About the history
“In the occupied home…”
There are two assembly structures, one for the political framework and a second for the everyday tasks. From the second structure further teams developed. One team is responsible for the necessary material; the second is responsible for the kitchen. The third is the “welcome group”. They are for example occupied with helping newly arrived people finding a place to sleep or with organizing their transport to the squat. The fourth group is organizing the infrastructure, electricity, water, sanitary arrangements and heating. Furthermore there is a team of lawyers and medical personal. A variety of private persons and representatives from political groups take part in the assemblies as well and the Orfanotrofio receives wide support from other self-organized projects. Like this, in case of an eviction, people can find shelter in other squatted buildings.
“In a bosses world we are all strangers”
The Orfanotofio illustrates how important self-organised spaces, where people can find shelter, are. The networking of alike projects among each other, responsiveness and mutual help are strategies that enable us again to be capable of action, despite the pervasive repressive border regimes.
With a global integration of different self-organised centres we can spread information, be responsive, provide living and safe spaces and hence facilitate movement. The global solidary collaboration of autonomous projects is one strategy in the fight for an emancipated life, outside of governmental paternalism. These safe spaces we have to take and defend collectively.
We also want to initiate the discussion about self-organized spaces in Dresden. Regarding this there will bean event about social centres at the beginning of January. We invited people of the Leipzig initiative “social centre for all” and also want to talk about our experiences in Greece. We are glad to invite you and would be happy, if many interested people joined the discussion. Place and date will be announced.