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The VOICE Refugee Meeting for the KARAWANE-Festival in Jena
- Our Struggles in the Isolation Camps in Thueringen - Germany

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The VOICE Refugee Meeting for the KARAWANE-Festival in Jena

Friday 30.4.2010; Time: 13:30 Uhr; Place: FSU Jena (Carl Zeiss Str. 3)

Refugee Struggles in the Isolation Camps

Discussion Papers: Exchange on Organizing and Resistance in the Lagers
made during the Conference on colonial Injustice held in Jena, from
September 9 to 13, 2009
Discussion Papers:

As part of the preparation and mobilisation of refugees for the
Caravan Festival in Jena from 4-6th June 2010, The VOICE Refugee Forum
is inviting refugee political activists and Asylum Seekers in
Thuringen and neighbouring states to a general meeting on Friday
30.4.2010; Time: 13:30 Uhr; Place: FSU Jena (Carl Zeiss Str. 3)

Particularly for some new refugees and those who have not been active
with The VOICE and the Caravan Network since the last several years,
we want to use this meeting for Exchange on Organizing and Resistance
in the Lagers

First, we want to restate the reasons and beginnings of our
socio-political engagements in Thuringen. We want to assess our
current situation and reiterate our immediate plans for the future
especially as it pertains to the forthcoming Caravan Festival. We want
to restate our common solidarity and express our belief in the
struggle we're engaged in.

Meeting and Discussions will be held with refugee activists from Ex.
Jena Forst, Katzhütte, Ex. Gelhberg and Apolda in Thüringen, Möhlau
and Haberstadt in Sachsen-Anhalt.
Links to the campaign and struggles of refugee in Thueringen and Nationwide

Our plan to organize a visit to the miserable and abandoned refugee
Camps in Gangloffsömmern and Gerstungen lager isolation camp still
existing in Thueringen as part of our mobilisation for the Festival
will be discussed.

A summary of the The Caravan evaluation of our visit to Gerstungen und
Gangloffsömmern/Thüringen in June 2009 will be presented while a
detailed report will be available during the festival.

Continue, Continue, the Struggle Continues….

We want to solidify the continuity of our engagement with The VOICE
Refugee Forum. After 15 years of relentless refugee struggle and
protest against isolation lager and other acts of inhumanity in
Thuringen forest and other Lagers in Germany, we want to see all
refugees and activists re-energised to continue.

Therefore we will like to restate how this struggle started, what its
impact has been and how we intend to move forward. We want to draw
inspiration from our experiences, document our experiences in our own
words and show that our solidarity is our empowerment.

The presence of The VOICE Refugee Forum in Jena has been a solid base
and huge drive for the Caravan Network and the upcoming Festival. It
is no wonder that the authorities have attempted to stifle our
engagements by resorting to intimidation and employing dirty and
racist tricks.

For more than seven years, Thuringen has become "a no go area" for
Black African asylum seekers, for fear that they will become
politically active with The VOICE. If our engagement has stopped
Africans from suffering the humiliation and inhumanity that refugees
are subjected to in Thuringen, we are sure that our continuity will
stop it for all others.

We have a long History

Since 1994, we refugees started to organise and mobilise ourselves to
make our isolation and the unbearable conditions in the "Heims"
public. From Mühlhausen (1994), Saalfeld (1995), Jena Forst (from
1996), Tambach-Dietharz (1988), Freienbessingen (2003), Gehlberg
(2008) und Katzhütte (2008) and lots more, to the nationwide campaign
to abolish the Residenzpflicht in 2000. We have been an integral part
of the various nationwide Caravan Tours amongst others. And we have
not relented ever since.

Our presence as The VOICE Refugee Forum is at the forefront of refugee
community coordination network and activities of grassroots political
empowerment and migrants' struggles in the antiracist network in

Call for Support! Join us and help to distribute this call for
participation and support to organize from your towns and cities for
the Karawane festival!

The Caravan Festival 2010
For the rights of refugees and migrants in Europe (Juni 4th – 6th,
2010 in Jena - Germany)
Unite against colonial injustice in memory of the dead victims of
Fortress Europe
The Central Call to The Caravan Festival

Open Air Festival against Neo-colonialism and Racism

A place without racism, sexism and discrimination where everyone cares
for each other!
A bastion of humanity and solidarity!

The VOICE Refugee Forum on behalf of the Caravan-for the rights of
refugees and migrants calls for presentations and performances of
socio-cultural and political arts of resistance that explores the
background and complexities of the lives and political struggles of
refugees and migrants in Germany *and Europe

Together with anti-racist and socio-cultural and political activists,
these events will feature discussions and exchange of experiences that
includes poetry, street theatre, live music concerts, traditional
African drums and dance, masquerades and gyration, songs and tributes
to the victims of Fortress Europe.

It will also feature concerts, films, arts and photo exhibition and a
host of other activities that will suit the expected range of wide
participants from across Europe, Africa and beyond.

With it we want to reaffirm our commitment to our fight for our right
to freedom of movement, social justice and global solidarity.
Let us overcome the fear and gain freedom! Come to Karawane-Festival
from 4 - 6 Jnue in Jena

Further concrete ideas and proposals are welcome and will be duly
updated in festival homepage:

We want to keep up the flame!!!

And in solidarity remain!!!

Osaren Igbinoba; The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena; E-mail:

KARAWANE-FESTIVAL 2010 - NEWSLETTER 4 Termine: Mobilization und
Kampagne gegen Abschiebung (Text in

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