What do we need an “Internationalist center” in Dresden for?
We will create a place in Dresden capable of promoting exactly that kind of exchange. It should become a place for emancipatory ideas and radical critique: An invitation to change perspectives and to understand mechanisms of various forms of domination and to develop concrete counter-strategies in theory and practice. It is necessary to learn from the history of the various internationalisms and to critically review them. The proposals (among others) from Rojava / Syric-Kurdistan (democratic confederalism) or Chiapas (Zapatistas) must be examined critically and serve as guidance. Together we want to discuss how we can live and expand solidarity while reflecting on different social conditions. Without steady and long-term communication this cannot work. Therefore we want to promote and make practical use of this exchange across borders. This includes, among other ideas, identifying and visualizing different perspectives and social struggles from around the world. This can happen through lectures, discussions, films, radio programs, theater plays or city walks. We want to create the”Internationalist center” as a relay station, where global dissent can be translated into local conditions without ignoring the distinct circumstances of different struggles. Delegations in all directions are another desirable option, as well as the concrete organization in the neighborhood and with refugees. We already have a few ideas on how this could be put in practice.
The “Internationalist center” should be both a place for working and for meeting. Since December 2015 we are officially a part of the self-organized housing and cultural project “Zentralwerk” in Dresden.We have about 55 m² space for meetings and self-organization. In addition we can use a large event hall as well as the neighborhood bar that is coming into being. A second room of about 200 m² could expand our capabilities and the structure of the “Internationalist center” even further. The “Internationalist center” is our starting point for changing the political culture in Dresden. It must be understood as part of a medium- to long-term strategy to develop combative positions. There is still much to do but we have taken a first step.
Rote Hilfe Dresden
Subject: Internationalist Center
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