26.06.: Finding Our Voice – Workshop

Fadhumo Musa Afrah: A call for action - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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Building Leadership, Solidarity, and Power for Migrants, Refugees, and Minorities: a discussion intended for members of immigrant, refugee, and minority communities in Germany interested in political organizing - and a call for action by Fadhumo Musa Afrah.

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Date: Sunday, June 26th
Time: 9 am – 1:30 pm, followed by a reception
Location: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin

While the arrival more than one million refugees and migrants in Germany continues to make headlines, both international media coverage and current political discussions lack strong voices from the newcomers themselves as well as from existing immigrant, refugee, and minority communities in Germany. Refugees and immigrants have a right to participate in discussions that directly affect them, and existing immigrant, refugee, and minority communities have important perspectives to offer on issues of social inclusion and participation in Germany. Yet to a large extent, both groups lack the political organization and visibility to take a more active and influential role in current debates.

This workshop brings together political organizers and activists from immigrant, refugee, and minority communities across the US and Germany. It will offer an in-depth discussion about building leadership within diverse communities, building solidarity across immigrant, refugee, and minority organizations, and achieving greater visibility in political discussions. US organizers will share models that have proven effective in an American context and participants will work together to develop new strategies for the German context.

To participate in the workshop, please submit a brief application to Hannah Winnick with the following information:

First Name:

Last Name:

Do you work for or are you active with an immigrant/refugee/minority organization? (Please describe)

What can you contribute to this discussion and how will this workshop further your own work?

Small discussion groups will be held in German, English, and Arabic. Which of these groups would you be comfortable joining? (You may list more than one)

Some presentationsmay be given in English. Will you need translation? (Please specify languages)

Please note, this discussion is intended for members of immigrant, refugee, and minority communities in Germany interested in political organizing.

The workshop is hosted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America and the National Partnership for New Americans.

The workshop takes place during the conference "How do we achieve integration?" (24 - 25 June 2016).