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Berliner Rassismus pur: eine Begegnung am 26.04.2022

… die arme Alma … hätte ich sie doch retten können heute morgen!
Die junge Frau aus dem westafrikanischen Guinea, unterwegs zum Deutschkurs nach Berlin – Mitte, kam nicht weiter auf dem langen Weg von Friedrichshagen am Müggelsee – wo sie nie sein wollte – warum?

Ein älterer weisser Mann stellt sich ihr in den Weg, spuckt ihr ins Gesicht und das einzige Wort, das Alma verstehen kann, ist “… AUSLÄNDER” … der ‘Monsieur’, wie sie ihn höflich bezeichnet, war offensichtlich völlig außer sich.

Wovor? Warum? Alma ist ein schöne, groß gewachsene und mutige Afrikanerin, die fliehen mußte, aus ihrer Heimat, in der sie als Frau nicht geschützt war. Mehr dazu später, heute erstmal dies:

Alma, vor Angst und Verzweiflung, kehrt nach Hause zurück, mit dem Deutsch ist es jetzt grad erstmal vorbei … in welchem Land, welcher Stadt leben wir denn?

Ich wende mich an die sozialen Versorgungsstellen, in der Hoffnung, etwas für Alma
Beschützendes zu finden … da wo sie jetzt lebt, bewege man sich besser nicht mit
anderer als weißer Hautfarbe = Berliner Rassismus pur, o.a. ‘pur&dur’.

s.a. https://www.dw.com/de/wie-sieht-das-leben-f%C3%BCr-schwarze-menschen-in-deutschland-wirklich-aus/a-53545185

#berlinsights is under shock.

Do Berlin plans turn into ‘Sky Scraper’ Nightmares at Gleisdreieck? April jokes or ‘7 bridges’ to walk?

The Gleisdreieck blog refers to the Berlin newspaper ‘Tagesspiegel’on April 01, 2022, where coalition parties put into question towers for business and administration of 90 meters hight, planned at a time of up to 100 000 empty flats in Berlin, back in 2005. Civil society and local communities appear in disfavour of an area that would be sealed for car parks several storeys under the soil, damaging the park’s ecological function of cooling and airing the city. This is why the coalition contract now foresees the following:

” … the urban concept is being analysed for current clima-political tasks with a view to allow for building and housing, in due course. …” – so how to go about this challenge?

– According to the Left party, one should abandon the entire project altogether.
– The Green party opts for an enlargened park, with its Southern front towards the former postal Station to remain.

A short explanation on the 2005 city concept highlights the compensation regime that has led to this status of not deciding: it says that if the opportunity to use property stakes for construction is not used, Vivivco (or its subsequent property owner) would be able to claim indemnity along §§ 42 ff. BauGB.

The Green party further indicates possible compensation of the owner of the property, falling back to the country of Berlin as the signatory party to Vivico. The Berlin Senate does not want to address such claims, since this would be a project by the municipality in charge of any planning failures. The local municipality, however, says the development plan could eventually be fixed for the Southern part of the deal by the end of 2022, as long as there are no other grounds for decision. Having said this, such decision would need to be met at Berlin country level.

The company in charge of planning and implementing all tower ideas since 2014 (the CORPO project development GmbH) claims itself sure of victory, with no further changes forseen, according to the newspaper (Tagesspiegel).

Source: https://www.facebook.com/matthias.bauer.351/posts/5173327322689643?notif_id=1649103491406275&notif_t=close_friend_activity&ref=notif

Reflecting Migration, Berlin 2022

https://www.facebook.com/urbannationberlin/photos/a.586423108131349/4853637158076568/

The exhibition is worth seeing more than once, just go to Bülowstr. 90 in D – 10783 BerlinKhatar = Danger

Fresh A.I.R #6

Scholarship Exhibition “REFLECTING MIGRATION” – 11th March to 31st of July 2022

Now in interim use by Berlin’s Housing Society GEWOBAG, the exhibition space invites to engage in “cultural differences and multiple strategies for life in urban space”, according to Janine Arndt, art director of ‘Reflecting Migration‘. The Foundation “Berlin Leben” presents the works of the 6th Fresh A.I.R. class, see https://www.stiftung-berliner-leben.de/eroeffnung-fresh-a-i-r-6-scholarship-exhibition-reflecting-migration-am-samstag-den-12-03-2022/

The artists are Denise Lobont, Nikki Spanou, Andreas Langfeld, Ludivine Thomas-Andersson, Marta Bogdańska, Ecaterina Stefanescu, Zeynep Okyay und Aslı Dinç, Linda Söderholm, Regina Vitányi, Tomáš Kajánek and Maria Pichel, spending 6 months (10/2021 – 03/2022) to reflect their views on migration artistically. With a monthly stipend by GEWOBAG real estate, they create their own perspectives about cultural differences from their home countries of France or Romania, Germany or Turkey, exploring their ways to enlarge life strategies in Berlin’s urban space. Be it dark pictures of racial profiling, small “passports” designed and spread around local spaces, or the meticulous shopping area built like a puppet house that reflects ‘home’, a lot of thoughts went into their works.

GEWOBAG Foundation https://www.stiftung-berliner-leben.de/ was set up in May 2013 under the umbrella of art and culture, youth, senior citizens and more – following the motto “Connect. Create. Care.” Along these lines, the ‘Kiez meets Museum’ equally aims at creating art with young people.

| Berlinale | News & Themen | News – Forum Expanded: Closer to the Ground

https://www.berlinale.de/de/news-themen/news/detail_119374.html

The 17th Forum Expanded presents CLOSER TO THE GROUND with delightful movie projects in neon lights, or the Zama Zama project by Rosalind Morris and many more among thirteeen (13) art work installations in the ‘cellar’ space at CLOSER-TO-THE-GROUND in Berlin Wedding, Gerichtstr.35, U/S Wedding, worth seeing listening watching and visiting :-) until mid-March, 2022.

bum.berlin February 2022


Walking along bUm (www.bum.berlin) downtown Berlin Kreuzberg at Landwehr canal, berlinsights takes a look at this “…event location with co-working space and meeting rooms for homeless people. bUm staff invites ” … any organization that aspires the common good – whether civil initiatives or socially committed actors – to work together and network … committed to enhance civil engagement with a regenerative work culture and … intersectoral collaboration.” Let us see where this initiative goes over the next 05 years, funded by the State of Berlin and the Senate for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs under the lable of KARUNA – Social Work and: bum.berlin!

Holocaust-Gedenktag 27.1.2022

ESCAPE

Hier eine Nachricht vom Tagesspiegel: ein Checkpoint-Leser wollte einen Trauerflor an die innere linke Säule vom Brandenburger Tor anbringen … er solle einen Bewilligungsantrag beim Ordnungsamt stellen, hieß es dazu vom Ordnungsamt. Am Ende landete der Antrag als „erledigt”, jedoch müssten … weitere Gremien in die Entscheidung eingebunden werden (wer nur?!?) – auch sei die Bearbeitung sowieso erst nach dem Holocaust-Gedenktag zu erwarten. Dann drohte eine Strafe von 10.000 Euro plus weiterer Kosten im Falle der Trauerflor ohne Genehmigung am Brandenburger Tor zum Holocaust-Gedenktag. Das Fazit von Autor Ralph Boller: „Der Dienstweg … verbindet die Sackgasse mit dem Holzweg”

#berlinsights – downtown Berlin, May 2021 & Erich Kästner

Dear visitors * dear colleagues * dear friends

Submitted by malucamaluca on Tue, 15/05/2018 – 11:21

English translation

May
In his gala dress of buoyant squander,
With a flower recipe in his small hand,
May drives by, the Mozart of the calendar,
Greeting from his carriage, across the land
Everything blossoms at the wave of his hand
He waves! And rolls through a grove of colours
Blue tits fly ahead of him and finches as well
And peacock butterflies clap their wings behind him
The apple trees behind the fences turn pink
The birches curtsy all in green
On tiny flutes the thrushes play
the scherzo of the symphony of happiness
The carriage rolls through breathing pastels
We doff our hats, the carriage drives by
Times drowns in a wave of lilac
Oh, if only the whole year consisted of May
Melancholy and Happiness seem to be sisters
And from the trees withered snow is falling
With every beat of our hearts today turns into yesterday
Even happiness can hurt, even May hurts
He nods at us and shouts: “I will be back, don’t worry!”
Sky blue turns into a golden evening
He greets the hills, he waves at the lilac

He smiles. Smiles. And the carriage rolls on.

Und hier im Original Erich Kästner!
Der Mai

Der Mai
Im Galarock des heiteren Verschwenders,
ein Blumenzepter in der schmalen Hand,
fährt nun der Mai, der Mozart des Kalenders,
aus seiner Kutsche grüßend, über Land.
Es überblüht sich, er braucht nur zu winken.
Er winkt! Und rollt durch einen Farbenhain.
Blaumeisen flattern ihm voraus und Finken.
Und Pfauenaugen flügeln hinterdrein.
Die Apfelbäume hinterm Zaun erröten.
Die Birken machen einen grünen Knicks.
Die Drosseln spielen, auf ganz kleinen Flöten,
das Scherzo aus der Symphonie des Glücks.
Die Kutsche rollt durch atmende Pastelle.
Wir ziehn den Hut. Die Kutsche rollt vorbei.
Die Zeit versinkt in einer Fliederwelle.
O, gäb es doch ein Jahr aus lauter Mai!
Melancholie und Freude sind wohl Schwestern.
Und aus den Zweigen fällt verblühter Schnee.
Mit jedem Pulsschlag wird aus Heute Gestern.
Auch Glück kann weh tun. Auch der Mai tut weh.
Er nickt uns zu und ruft: “Ich komm ja wieder!”
Aus Himmelblau wird langsam Abendgold.
Er grüßt die Hügel, und er winkt dem Flieder.
Er lächelt. Lächelt. Und die Kutsche rollt.
  • original Erich Kästner ! Danke, immer wieder !
    Susanne

#berlinsights TOURS #
May 06, 2021, #berlinsights joined digital media tour Berlin Kreuzberg, conducted by #fhochdrei.org put together by the team around Dimitra Maragkaki – the meeting brought together some 15 participants, exchanging their experiences around Kotti with joy, virtually of course. It was fun, constructive and informative, thanks a lot and cu again on Thursdays ! Susanne #berlinsights at https://berlinsights.de

#berlinsights TOURS #
May 04, 2021, my first guided learning tour through downtown Berlin let us from Unter den Linden towards Pariser Platz, and along the Holocaust Memorial with its new construction works ongoing: a balcony view over the site, called “Palais” with 134 apartments, will offer various shops and tourist attractions to give “it” some flair. As a matter of fact, Berlin in both East & West is still in search for identity :-)

Dr.S.L.Bauer * 10999 Berlin * #berlinsights.de

taz lab 24.04.2021 Berlin, Germany

tazlab_Mia–CamyllaBattani-UnsplashWhat shall we say, how to judge?
taz lab DIGITAL for the 1st time, with a rich political community of green * red * critical thought in action … what a start!

Against less famous yet nasty Corona “Querdenker” these days , we know that we don’t know, really. So tazlablive.de discusses virtually in spirit of diversity along various channels, encompassing green economy, heritage and life style, finance and age that matters. With almost 5000 virtual participants – by 19:30 only – a real taz SUCCESS!!! Below, just some excerpts of the virtual room debates is taken as a glimpse of all, see herewith:

– what was discussed? Of course media and newspapers, raising concerns of survival and sustainable products that pay to have a future beyond = digital LIFE! The weekend taz will remain in paper version – while throughout the week, we can rely on digital versions and apps. #berlinsights.de follows all streams throughout the day.
Habeck_tazlab 24.04.2021
Green co-chair Robert Habeck on Germany’s public sector bureaucracy, doing business in a common economic good: how to drive green indicators along fast gains for all? German politics are seemingly afraid of taking action towards effective growth – have a look at the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, only slowly going for efficiency. Habeck’s new work around “Macht*Mitte* Mehrheit* in philosophical debate with Hannah Arendt appears more than just thoughts: truly present in his political awakening, Habeck’s fresh call for citizen’s assemblies opens sound hints towards representivity of all. Whether “Mehrheitsfähigkeit” stands for the scope of majorities remains to be seen latest during forthcoming national elections win September 2021.

Harald Welzer tries to answer Silke Burmester’s moderation about people’s readiness to consume less and obtain more: does this value model not fully convince ‘generation solidarity’? Will the education system enable “a change is gonna come”? Why on earth calling for quantitative gains while developing creative ideas that would be much more conducive for a reform process? Where is the “Future Archive”?  Such institutions appear deficit-oriented, despite their attempts to become change resilient. Reality will show.

Luisa Neubauer’s “moments-of-overload” 2020 – 21 indicate ‘Fridays-for-Future’ call for more justice and better self-management, The will to ‘stay-strong’ for 2022 allows the taz-future-II format to look at the question of climate politics at times of German elections. Links of conservative CDU and economic lobby groups get increasingly confronted with corruptive mechanisms being made transparent. So how may federal Ministries such as Altmeier’s BMWI encompass change again?

Sociologist Hartmut Rosa highlights human capacity to generate insights into the availability of making change possible, in exchange with taz travel expert Edith Kresta and economist Niko Paech. Crises constitute means of change, enable opportunities to kick-off new venues and manage the vulnerability of addressing fear as a constant factor of resilience. Pure reason is part of the recepy to act green, and to address the urge to increase (in production, sales, etc).

Joschka Fischer refers to Germany’s future, asked by taz journalist Unfried about a ‘paradigm shift’ with female leadership: to the contrary, this has always been such,  says Fischer who proudly confirms the lucky team of Baerbock and Habeck as a strong potential for effective change in German politics. So finally change my materialize … thank you taz! I’ll tray to get the taz song as well …!