Category Archives: Black Community Hamburg

University and Higher Education in Germany

Donnerstag | 17.3.2022 – 18h | Thursday

Information event for Africans who seek to continue their disrupted studies in GermanyLet’s talk about: „University and Higher Education in Germany“

 
Get important information about the German higher education and the latest facts that concern African students who fled the war in Ukraine, as well as helpful content and exclusive tips.
 
Host: Sista Oloruntoyin
 
Speaker: Brother @Jethro Chikato – Engineer from Zimbabwe based in Hamburg, Germany – School Director and Educator providing educational services and medial help to students especially of African Descent
 
We give guidance and tips to those who would like to take up studies in Germany.
This includes: career guidance, choice of degree programs, applications, students jobs and meeting required conditions to study here.
 
We look forward to assisting you, so that you can make a difference here and on the continent.
 
„You’re the ones we have been waiting for“

Call for solidarity and equal treatment of all refugees of the Ukraine war

Hamburg, March 9, 2022

Call for solidarity and equal treatment of all refugees of the Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee war-torn areas, and many more are currently either unable to escape the hostilities or are still on the run.

Unfortunately, people of African Descent have experienced racial discrimination, horrific treatment, and violence at the EU’s external and internal borders, and exclusion from public transportation as they have fled. In particular, people of African descent were excluded from intra-Ukrainian train and bus travel and were forced to trek for days with children and in freezing temperatures. Families and circles of friends were sometimes separated or torn apart. At Ukrainian borders, Blacks were prevented from leaving the country for days at a time and were left to fend for themselves without shelter from the cold and wet. Once again Black people face a double-sided sword of war and racism.

Due to this unbearable situation for people of African Descent in war-torn Ukraine, our Black Community Coalition for Justice & Self-Defense joined the rescue action #EvacuateAfricansFromUA, initiated by Asmaras – World e.V.  and the Association of Mandate Bearers of African Descent [VMA] e.V., in collaboration with The African Network of Germany [TANG] e.V..

Within the framework of this rescue operation, we participated logistically and organizationally in the rescue operation by traveling with the bus convoys to the Polish-Ukrainian border and bringing back refugees. In the last three weeks, we have self-organized accommodation, medical consultations, legal advice, crisis intervention, psychological counselling and for African refugees, as well as care for Ukraine war refugees of other origins.

Since the European states offered immediate, unconditional assistance to war refugees from Ukraine right from the beginning only to people with Ukrainian citizenship and people with permanent residence permits in Ukraine, all other war refugees like students or temporary residence permit holders were unequivocally signalled by the border authorities of neighboring states that they were not welcome, would not receive official assistance, and must leave the EU-Schengen area as soon as possible.

The Black Community Coalition for Justice & Self-Defence condemns the unequal treatment of vulnerable people who have all been equally affected by the war in Ukraine and we demand that unconditional and equal protection be distributed regardless of nationality or residence status at the time of the start of the war on February 24, 2022.

Dividing war refugees into groups of those worthy of protection and those groups not worthy of protection is a painful double standard that is neither acceptable nor consistent with universal human rights. The affected and marginalized people have found themselves in this war situation through no fault of their own, and they were all driven out of what they thought was a safe home in Ukraine where they had legalized residency conditions.

The consensual and immediate offer of protection for war refugees with Ukrainian citizenship must be followed by comparable offers of protection for ALL other victims of this European war if the much-invoked European values and principles of humanity and equal treatment are to be taken seriously, especially when war and hardship make it particularly necessary.

Against this backdrop, we take note of the transitional regulation issued by the German government on March 7, 2022, according to which Ukrainian war refugees from third countries are to be temporarily exempted from the requirement of a residence permit until May 23, 2022, although the arbitrary setting of a deadline without reference to the end of the Ukrainian war seems neither appropriate nor comprehensible. What happens after May 23, 2022?

We point out that a temporary exemption is no guarantee for a residence permit – after the deadline expires, there is a risk that registered persons will be obliged to leave the country again or will be forcibly deported. This is not acceptable. It is a shame if the German authorities fail to challenge the violence of migration policy and choose to use citizenship as a racializing weapon.

We draw particular attention to the plight of pregnant women and also children. Children and their families, regardless of their nationality and especially when fleeing war, should be given priority and equal treatment and urgently receive humanitarian assistance, protection and child-friendly housing and education.

We demand

– Residence permits for ALL people affected and displaced by the war in Ukraine

– immediate right to stay for pregnant women, children and families

– immediate and unconditional access to medical and psychological care

– possibilities to receive BAföG or scholarships for ALL students affected by the Ukraine war

– issuance of work and student permits to complete or continue studies

as to enable all people affected by this extraordinary war situation to live a largely self-determined life in Germany.

Students among the non-Ukrainian nationals who had to flee from the war already had to bear and traumatic experiences and financial burdens for their respective studies in Ukraine. We demand the exploration of all possibilities to avoid financial double burdens for normative study access here in Germany and to create regulations for the transitional continuation of their courses of study interrupted by war as well as for the acquisition of the necessary language skills.

The registration of African students and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine who were legally in Ukraine at the time of the outbreak of war should be carried out without forcing them to apply for asylum.

We would like to appeal to all people of African origin and the Afro-diasporic communities national associations, churches, mosques, etc. to join the demands formulated here to the federal and state politicians and to organise together. Refugee work for the most neglected groups needs all of our commitment and networking so that the available resources can be optimally used and coordinated.

We thank Hamburg’s civil society, anti-racist organisations, labour unions, student organisations for the extraordinary solidarity and concrete willingness to help, especially those people who have been racially marginalised alongside the unspeakable traumas of war.

The German government has a responsibility to ensure that ALL refugees not only have safety but also equal access to rebuild their life and heal in dignity. Majority of „Africans Fleeing Ukraine“ can barely survive in Hamburg without self-organised civil society solidarity measures.

The refugee crisis in Ukraine is not only an important opportunity for Germany and Europe to demonstrate its humanitarian values and commitment to the global refugee protection regime, but also a critical moment of reflection. It is a question of political and humanitarian decision-making at the federal and state level as to how the effective and equal protection of all Ukrainian war refugees can be concretely designed and implemented.

This is not the time for legal restrictions and false demarcations. We call for a wholesome ethic of care and responsibility.

Grant full protection to ALL refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Action must be taken NOW!                                                                                    

Touch One -Touch All!

Individuals and organizations who would like to support this appeal, please let us know by mail info@blackcommunitycoalition.de.

 

1st Signatories:

Black Community Coalition for Justice & Self-Defense

Black Community Hamburg

ARRiVATi – Community Care for BPoC

AKONDA – Eine Welt Café Hamburg

Alafia Afrika Festival Hamburg

African Community Organizers

ASUIHA – African Survival in Hamburg

ARCA – Afrikanisches Bildungszentrum Hamburg

Asmara’s World

Black Media Group

Tschoobé For Freedom

 

2nd Signatories

Park Fiction Komitee

 

Repressive Strafverfolgung von Sista Oloruntoyin wegen des #BlackLivesMatter-Protests vor dem US-Konsulat am 5. Juni 2020

Liebe Grüße an alle,

wir möchten Euch darüber informieren, dass ein Strafverfahren gegen Sista Oloruntoyin von der Black Community Coalition of Justice & Self-Defence

am 03. Februar 2022, um 09:00 Uhr,

im Gerichtssaal 176

Amtsgericht Hamburg stattfinden wird

(Strafjustizgebäude/Criminal Justice Building, Sievekingplatz 3)
Sista Oloruntoyin (LaToya Manly-Spain) muss sich wegen des Vorwurfs der „Abhaltung einer verbotenen oder nicht angemeldeten Kundgebung und Demonstration trotz Verbots oder polizeilicher Aufforderung zur Auflösung nach § 26 Versammlungsgesetz“ verantworten. Am 5. Juni 2020 versammelten sich rund 5000 Demonstranten aus Solidarität vor dem US-Konsulat in Hamburg, um ein starkes Signal in die Welt zu senden. Wir sehen die juristische Kriminalisierung von Sista Oloruntoyin als einen Angriff auf die Schwarze Community in Hamburg und alle Protestierenden. Wir rufen alle zivilgesellschaftlichen Gruppen und Organisationen zur aktiven Unterstützung und Solidarität auf.

Continue reading Repressive Strafverfolgung von Sista Oloruntoyin wegen des #BlackLivesMatter-Protests vor dem US-Konsulat am 5. Juni 2020

Repressive prosecution of Sista Oloruntoyin for the #BlackLivesMatter protest in front of the U.S. Consulate on June 5, 2020

Greetings Dear All,

This is to inform that there will be a criminal court case against Sista Oloruntoyin of the Black Community Coalition of Justice & Self-Defence

on 03. February 2022, at 09:00 am,

at courtroom 176

Amtsgericht Hamburg

(Strafjustizgebäude/Criminal Justice Building, Sievekingplatz 3)

Sista Oloruntoyin (LaToya Manly-Spain) faces criminal charges for allegedly “holding a prohibited or unregistered manifestation and rally in spite of ban or police order to disperse in accordance with Paragraph 26 of the law on assemblies”. About 5000 protesters joined in solidarity to send a strong signal across the globe. We are seeing this juridical criminalisation of Sista Oloruntoyin as an attack on the Black Community in Hamburg and all protesters. We call on all civil society groups and organisations to come out in active support and solidarity.

Continue reading Repressive prosecution of Sista Oloruntoyin for the #BlackLivesMatter protest in front of the U.S. Consulate on June 5, 2020

20. Jahrestag der Ermordung von Bruder Achidi John am UKE

20. Jahrestag der Ermordung von Bruder Achidi John am UKE

DE – EN (below)

PDF – Kundgebungsaufruf

Am 9. Dezember 2001 wurde unser Bruder Achidi John (Michael Paul Nwabuisi) am Institut für Rechtsmedizin des Hamburger UKE von Dr. Ute Lockemann und mehreren Polizeibeamten durch die Anwendung der Brechmittelfolter brutal ermordet. Bruder Achidi John wehrte sich in Todesangst gegen die zwangsweise Einflößung des Brechmittels Ipecacuanha und warnte seine Mörder*innen mehrfach und eindringlich mit den Worten: „I will die!“. Bruder Achidi John wurde von insgesamt 5(!) Polizisten brutal fixiert, während die Ärztin Dr. Lockemann mehrfach versuchte, eine Magensonde durch seine Nase einzuführen, um dann 30ml Brechmittel und 800ml Wasser zwangsweise in ihn hineinzupumpen. Als Bruder Achidi John durch das Einflößen dieser Menge an Flüssigkeiten in seine Lungen das Bewusstsein verlor, ins Koma fiel und starb, unternahmen seine Peiniger*innen nichts und unterstellten ihm stattdessen, er würde sein Sterben nur „simulieren“. Erst nachdem eine anwesende Medizinstudentin keinen Puls mehr fühlen konnte und intervenierte, wurde ein Reanimationsteam des UKE hinzugerufen, die sein Leben allerdings nicht mehr retten konnten. Bruder Achidi John wurde notfallmäßig zur intensivmedizinischen Alibi-Behandlung und zur Vertuschung der Nachweismöglichkeit der Einflößung des Brechmittels in seine Lungen noch 3 weitere Tage maschinell „beatmet“. Die behandelnden Intensivmediziner gaben der Anwältin der Familie zu verstehen, dass ihnen quasi ein Leichnam zur „Behandlung“ übergeben worden war. Am 12. Dezember 2001 wurde der Leichnam dann offiziell für hirntot erklärt und die Beatmungsmaschine abgestellt.

Continue reading 20. Jahrestag der Ermordung von Bruder Achidi John am UKE

Online-Infoveranstaltung Oury Jalloh 26. November 2021

Infoveranstaltung zum aktuellen Stand & Demo-Mobilisation zum 7. Januar 2022

 
Gemeinsame Infoveranstaltung der BLACK COMMUNITY Coalition for Justice & Self-Defence mit der Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh
 
Zoom-Online-Veranstaltung:
 
Die Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh (https://initiativeouryjalloh.wordpress.com/) hat am 3. November 2021 ihr mittlerweile fünftes zivilgesellschaftlich beauftragtes Gutachten im Fall Oury Jalloh vorgestellt. Dieses Brandgutachten des renommierten britischen Brandforensikers Iain Peck von den Principal Forensic Services UK beruht auf den Erkenntnissen aus einer detailgetreuen Rekonstruktion der Situation in der Todeszelle Nr. 5 des Dessauer Polizeireviers am 7. Januar 2005 in einem originalgetreuen Zellennachbau dieser Zelle. Peck weist damit forensisch und wissenschaftlich fundiert nach, dass das Brandbild des 7. Januar 2005 nur unter Verwendung eines Brandbeschleunigers entstanden sein kann:
 

Oury Jalloh wurde von deutschen Polizisten gefoltert, ermordet und verbrannt

Continue reading Online-Infoveranstaltung Oury Jalloh 26. November 2021

Oury Jalloh wurde von deutschen Polizisten gefoltert, ermordet und verbrannt!

Oury Jalloh wurde von deutschen Polizisten gefoltert, ermordet und verbrannt!

EN – PDF_Oury Jalloh was tortured, murdered and burned to death by German police officers!

DE – PDF_Oury Jalloh wurde von deutschen Polizisten gefoltert ermordet und verbrannt!

Die Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh hat am 3. November 2021 ihr mittlerweile fünftes zivilgesellschaftlich beauftragtes Gutachten im Fall Oury Jalloh vorgestellt. Dieses Brandgutachten des renommierten britischen Brandforensikers Iain Peck von den Principal Forensic Services UK beruht auf den Erkenntnissen aus einer detailgetreuen Rekonstruktion der Situation in der Todeszelle Nr. 5 des Dessauer Polizeirevieres am 7. Januar 2005 in einem originalgetreuen Zellennachbau dieser Zelle. Peck weist damit forensisch und damit wissenschaftlich fundiert nach, dass das Brandbild des 7. Januar 2005 nur unter Verwendung eines Brandbeschleunigers entstanden sein kann.

Nach fast 17 Jahren ist damit nun endgültig wissenschaftlich bewiesen, dass die Täter-Opfer-Umkehr der sog. „Selbstentzündungshypothese“ von Polizei, Justiz und Politik eine haltlose Verschwörungstheorie war und ist. Kein tatsächliches Beweismittel sprach jemals direkt dafür, aber viele direkt und indirekt dagegen. Ihre offenkundige Funktion bestand darin, die Täter*innen zu schützen und der Familie, den Angehörigen und Freund*innen, aber auch der Öffentlichkeit die Wahrheit über einen Mord vorzuenthalten. Die bis heute faktisch unbelegte Feuerlegung durch Oury Jalloh selbst ist eine nachweisliche Vorfestlegung der Ermittlungsbehörden, ohne die ihre Unterlassungen, Manipulationen und Vertuschungen in den bisherigen Ermittlungsverfahren im Fall überhaupt erst einen „Sinn“ ergeben. So waren es nicht die zuständigen Staatsanwaltschaften und Gerichte, die alle wesentlichen und heute bekannten Fakten des Falles ermittelt haben, sondern das zivilgesellschaftliche Engagement der Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh, die diese Fakten in 5 unabhängigen Gutachten und gemeinsam mit den Rechtsanwält*innen der Familie offengelegt und nachgewiesen hat.

Continue reading Oury Jalloh wurde von deutschen Polizisten gefoltert, ermordet und verbrannt!

Institutioneller Rassismus in der Medizin

Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema

„Institutioneller Rassismus in der Medizin: Perspektiven für Gesundheitserziehung, Patientenbefähigung und Rechenschaftspflicht“

vom 01.10.2021 im Rahmenprogramm „Politisches Denken & Kritisches Bewusstsein“, organisiert von der BLACK COMMUNITY Coalition for Justice & Self-Defence beim ALAFIA 2021 – Afrika Festival 

Panel:

Moderation Sista Oloruntoyin (BCCJSD und ARRiVATi-Community Care)

– Ngozi Odenigbo (Black in Medicine – Netzwerk für Schwarze Mediziner*innen – https://blackinmedicine.de/)

– Die Minga Katjomuise (Bundesfachnetz Gesundheit & Rassismus – https://www.gesundheit-und-rassismus.de/)

– Daniel Manwire (Initiative in Gedenken an Achidi John)

– Brother Mwayemudza (BCCJSD und ARRiVATi-Community Care) Continue reading Institutioneller Rassismus in der Medizin

Politisches Denken & Kritisches Bewusstsein

Rahmenprogramm der BLACK COMMUNITY Coalition for Justice & Self-Defence zum ALAFIA-AFRIKA FESTIVAL 2021

01. – 03. Oktober 2021 (bitte Corona 3G-Regeln beachten)

Politisches Denken & Kritisches Bewusstsein

Rahmenprogramm der

BLACK COMMUNITY Coalition For Justice & Self-Defence

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COMMUNITY MATTERS – An Educational Series for Wellbeing & Critical Consciousness

COMMUNITY MATTERS:

An Educational Series for Wellbeing & Critical Consciousness
 
Thursdays, 30. September, 07. October & 14. October. 2021 | 20:00 – 22:00 h CEST
ONLINE WEBINAR
With Sister Ankwetta B. Achaleke
 
!!! Registration mandatory required – pls mail to: academy@blackcommunitycoalition.de !!!
 
Introduction to GloBUNTU
 
“When you learn, teach.”
Dr. Maya Anglou
 
This 3-Part Webinar has been developed is for members of the Black Communities and all African and Afro-Diasporan groups and organisations. It is made up of three progressive interactive sessions. You will get the best out of it by attending all the sessions. The first two sessions are designed to prepare your mind for the final session, which is a facilitated brainstorming session intended to empower you to clearly recognise and express yourself and your needs within the community, without the fear of being judged or misunderstood.
 
The end goal is to assist you to become a vibrant, healthy, engaging and enabling community that sees, understands, respects and encourages the diversity of people, opinions, contributions and collaborations within the Black Communities.
 
Active participation €15 per Session|
All Sessions together for €35 only |
Passive participation €5 per Session |
Free for those with low income
 
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Session 1
Thursday, 30. September 2021 | 20.00h CEST
 
COMMUNITY MATTERS : Session 1 Identity | Self-Worth | Purpose (Facebook-Event)
We are more effective, impactful and fulfilled in life the moment we recognise and fully embrace who we truly are, and what we are worth.”
Ankwetta B. Achaleke
 
In this first session, we focus on core questions such as
Who am I REALLY?
What is my SELF-WORTH? and
What is MY ROLE within the community?
To do this we shall leverage on your multi-dimensional identities paying special attention on attributes such as immigrant, second generation, African, Person of African Descent, African European, Bi-racial etc. At the end of this session you would be able to redefine and recalculate the sum total of yourself- worth and identify ways on how you can best use it to serve yourself and the community.
 
When you know what you are truly worth, you know how to bring yourself to the table and when you know how and where to seat at the table, your presence alone makes all the difference.
 
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Session 2
Thursday, 7. October 2021 | 20.00h CEST
 
COMMUNITY MATTERS: Session 2 – The permission to heal (Facebook-Event)
As Africans and People of African Descent brandmarked as immigrants, we are all wounded souls who seek for some form of collective healing by organising ourselves in communities. The truth is that we can’t really honestly heal as a collective, until we the individuals who form these communities have consciously and proactively healed or at least given ourselves the permission to heal.”
Ankwetta B. Achaleke
 
With the knowledge of who you really are, the awareness of yourself worth and your purpose gained from the first session, this one will help you identify areas of your life as individuals and as a community that need personal and collective healing. The practical GloBUNTU Tools and Tips that come with this session will empower you to activate and accept your own healing, as well as help you learn how to proactively engage in and grow your healing as a collective. At the end of the session you will also be able to identify the intersections and overlapping between individual, community, historical/generational and or emotional pains that you need to let go to allow yourself to heal, unapologetically.
 
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Session 3
Thursday, 14. October 2021 | 20.00h CEST
 
COMMUNITY MATTERS : Session 3 – How to balance individual and Community Needs (Facebook-Event)
“In ever self-organised community, every voice counts, irrespective of how loud or gentle it is. The moment we learn how to listen to every one of our voices with respect, especially in moments of disagreement, we become stronger and with that we have an advantage over forces outside of our community “
Ankwetta B. Achaleke
 
This adjourning session is a GloBUNTU Facilitated Open Session in the form of an “African Palaver” or “Legotla”. The power of an African Palaver or Legotla session lies in the fact that it is probably the oldest and most participative leadership concept in the world. It is a bottom up concept that brings members of a community together and gives them the time and space to proactively listen to each other, with the ultimate goal of coming out with answers to their own challenges and questions. The beauty of this approach is the fact that when people are have the space to develop their own solutions, they have ownership over them. With that ownership they are in position to expand, extend and grow their solutions at their own pace, whenever needed and on their own terms and conditions. In other words, this concept helps people get to know themselves and their collective wisdom and strength much better. This in turn helps them to tap into their diverse expertise, experiences and strengths to develop their own survival strategies. This process makes them active and valuable members of the community.
 
The mission of this session is to encourage community members to use the knowledge and tools they learned from the two previous sessions to pinpoint and share their current challenges, expectations, opinions, fears, insecurities etc. The facilitation process will assist them to come out with enabling tools and tips that they can repeatedly use to better navigate their daily live as individuals and as a community during and beyond the current pandemic.