Tuesday, 18 May 2010

[creative-radio] Call for further support: Join the Caravan Festival Network!


Deutsch: Aufruf zur weiteren Unterstützung: Schließt euch dem
Karawane-Festival-Netzwerk an! >>> http://thevoiceforum.org/node/1630

Call for further support: Join the Caravan Festival Network!

Our Solidarity is a practical action and transparent engagement to

The awareness of the oncoming Caravan Festival has created a viable
network for the campaign to unite against all colonial injustice.

The festival as an initiative from The VOICE Refugee Forum with The
Caravan-for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants, including antiracist
activists, supporters and volunteers has generated strong engagement and
ongoing activities in other cities outside Jena. These include Weimar,
Apolda, Frankfurt, Bremen, Oldenburg, Hamburg, Berlin, Freiburg, Biberach,
Mannheim, Nuremberg, Köln, Bochum, Wuppertal, Bielefeld, Halberstadt,
Halle, Möhlau, Hanau, Brandenburg, Darmstadt and Karlsruhe amongst others.
More cities are preparing and organising their mobilization to the
festival with different events. Watch out and keep updated by visiting the
following internet sites:


More than 3000 participants are expected for the 3-day event. Activists
and performing artists from Belgium, Mali, Morocco, Austria, Holland and
other countries will be taking part in the festival. Migrants and other
antiracist activists intend to use this festival to present calls for
actions within the network of the festival and possibly an International
Tribunal on the situation of refugees and migrants in Germany in 2011.

Amidst the endless persecutions, injustice and worldwide corruption and
exploitation of our countries by the so called powerful and civilized
countries, we stand here on principles to fight and refuse the indignity
meted on us. These so-called developed countries have institutionalized
our deprivation and the denial of our rights by portraying us as enemies
while they continue their brutality, discrimination, expose us to inhuman
isolation camps, deportation, residenzpflicht, including the deprivation
of the right to work or education and many more.

We shall continue to hold our grounds and fight irrespective of its costs.
We remain in solidarity with each another to overcome our fear of freedom
and the barbarism of the state.

We work to de-mask the pretence, ignorance and lies of our oppressors'
agenda to control and dominate us in their global war through the
militarization of the borders as well as their expansion to invade our
countries and their refusing to honour the dignity of our physical
presence as human beings here.

We refuse to accept their imposition of fear as a strategy to divide and
oppress us with their unbridled greed and wanton destruction of our
countries, our cultures and communities.

Solidarity is by doing!

Background of nationwide and international events in Germany – a short
view on the history of the caravan.

The Caravan for the rights of refugees and migrants was founded in 1998.
Starting from Bremen many refugee and migrants acitivists and
organisations from various parts of Germany participated in a tour through
40 cities with the slogan „We have no vote but we have a voice" to protest
the racist elections campaign to the German Parliament. From various
cities, we moved to converge at the venue of the 1999 G7-summit and staged
our protest in Köln. We waged an international hunger strike campaign of
solidarity and demonstrations for 16 days to say „We are here because your
destroy our countries" as we protested against deportation and
exploitation of refugees here in Europe.

As The VOICE in Jena together with caravan activists, we realized the
nationwide campaign to close the two largest former isolation camps in
Tambach-Dietharz and Jena-Forst in the middle of the Thueringen forest and
the famous campaigns to stop the deportation of activists of The Voice in
1998/99 as for example the deportation stop of Akubuo Chukwudi in
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and others.

In 2000 we organized the first international congress of refugees under
the title „Unite against deportation and social exclusion" with hundreds
of activists from Germany and abroad. Again, the slogan „We are here
because you destroy our Countries" gave the political direction of the

More than 3000 participants protested against residential obligation
during the actiondays against Residenzpflicht in Berlin in 2001.

We continued with the second nationwide protest tour before the election
in 2002 and strengthened our nationwide campaigns in the states, cities
and towns of the caravan network.

More info and input are needed to support our struggles.

The war against refugees can only be overcome by uniting against colonial
injustice of the migration control regime.

Migration control is the militarized power base policies and the politics
of the colonial injustice in its heritage and continuity in Europe.

We are all vulnerable to the powers of this repression but the Caravan is
enriched with the high optimism to reach us all for a better world of
dignity in equality.

We will unite to promote the new order of solidarity from the base and
beyond. We call on you to join us for mobilization and participation in
the activities of the Festival.

We will appreciate that you contribute your support to realize the Caravan
Festival in memory of the deaths and victims of the Fortress Europe.

We need urgent support for translation for the Festival: The summaries of
our newsletters and calls in various languages could be published if you
can volunteer to urgently translate our texts and speeches in English,
German, French, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian,
Kurdish and Persian before, during and after the festival.

The translated texts and links will be published with the existing links
to the Festival multilingua section at http://thevoiceforum.org/node/1517
and http://thecaravan.org/node/2263 for update.

At the moment we regret that we are not able to provide translations for
most information on the festival. You can contribute to mobilize to the
festival with the information materials from the homepage:

Karawane Festival: Unite Against Social Exclusion - No Lager! No
Residenzpflicht! >>> http://thevoiceforum.org/node/1626
Globale Filmfestival Berlin mit Karawane Festival and The VOICE

The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena
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Fax: 03641 / 42 02 70,
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