How is your liberation bound up with mine: brochure

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The background: For at least 25 years there have been [in Germany] controversial debates about the handling of sexualized violence in left movements under the heading 'Power of Definition'. In addition, in the meantime it has been demanded that the concept of Power of Definition should be extended and for example also be applied in cases of racist discrimination. We appreciate the respective debates, because we find the questions, which are linked to them important – for example about dominances, paternalism or different starting conditions and therefore also (non-)privileges. Nevertheless the debates have often proceeded in a way, which was everything but constructive; for example in the two Nobordercamps in Cologne und Stockholm in the summer of 2012. Because quite often the debates evolved around the thesis that something like an equitable cooperation of refugees and non-refugees respective People of Colour and 'European-white' activists would not be possible under the given racist conditions. This has not only lead to frustrations, discords and massive uncertainty. It has also resulted in a discrediting of concepts like Power of Definition or Critical Whiteness, simply because individual fractions have acted in an extremely authoritarian, identitarian and polarizing way. This is the reason why the brochure at hand deals with the mentioned and many other questions; however with reference to our experiences in transidentitarian respective transnational networks like NoLager (2002-2007), Welcome to Europe und Afrique-Europe-Interact (both since 2009). Because how difficult the challenges are, we believe that it is possible to work together in mixed networks or groups in an equitable and respectful way - in spite of everything !

Content of the brochure:

I. Introduction
- Editorial
- How did this leaflet come about?

II. Power of Definition
- “Let’s not wait till things escalate”
- Interview concerning varying experiences with the Power of Definition since the early nineties.
- For another understanding of the Power of Definition
- Keywords concerning the collective handling of sexualized, racist and other violence in social movements
- Trusting relationships to other people are essential
- Trauma, Traumatisation and Trauma Skills

III. Mixed Organising
- If there is the wish to move on together
- Anti-racism and difference in mixed organising-processes
- Critical Whiteness as a catalyst
- Experiences with transidentitarian and transnational organization

IV. Interviews
- "The supporter-stigma as a tool for escapism"
An interview with Rex Osa (The Voice Refugee Forum)
- If something annoys me, I say so.
An interview with Newroz Duman (Youth without borders – JOG)
- "To meet without there being this gulf"
An Interview with Riadh Ben Ammar (Afrique-Europe-Interact)
- „Our Aim is to Form a Block“
An Interview with Alassane Dicko from the Malian Association of Deportes (AME) in Bamako

Re: How is your liberation bound up with mine: brochure

Where did the rest of the discussion about this article go? And why is it gone?

Errr, actually you are the

Errr, actually you are the first to react, Aside of 'ketellinkie' who posted an informative 'aanvulling'.

So if you have read the brochure and want to react, go ahead!

err, actually i am not the first to react, or the second.

no, there actually was quite a discussion (15+ posts) here but only the thing left by ketelbinkie is left ever since the thing got moved to the main news line. the rest seems to have disappeared.


No, there was no discussion here. You must be confused with one of the ACU threads, where there has been, and still is.

One of the ACU threads:

One of the ACU threads:

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