Speech February 15th

Speech by Feministischer BLOCKieren February 15th

Today, for the 21st time, a Nazi march will take place in Dresden regarding February 13th. A Nazi march that was once one of the largest in Europe and for which Europe-wide arrivals have taken place. February 13th is the ideal symbol for organized neo-nazi structures and for all adherents of fascist ideologies. The ideal symbol to create a German Volk of fate and suffering and to use a collective, nationalist memory to support national identity. It is the ideal occasion for fascists to gain social space. They seize this space again and again in all their violence – through attacks, murders, fascist structures in already fascist-oriented institutions such as the police and military, by spreading their deeply hostile ideology. An ideology that provides for the extermination of people and classifies them like no other worth living and not worth living. With this ideology, they link directly to the Nazi regime and continue the Nazi propaganda in their commemorative marches and other commemorative events such as their week of action around February 13th – also with regard to a complete reversal of perpetrator-victim, their relativization , denial and justification of the Shoa and their concept of what they call allied “bomb terror”.

The first registered Nazi memorial march took place in 1999 to the Frauenkirche. Already in the first year after the air raid by the Allies, official civil commemorative events took place, which continued in the GDR and after 1990 and still take place today – and with hardly any changes. At this point around February 13th it also becomes clear how close neo-Nazi and civic commemoration and understanding can be. The city and many of its citizens are using the Nazi march to legitimize their own commemoration: civil, supposedly democratic commemoration? Good. Nazi commemoration and Nazi march? Bad. In doing so, they deny that they too strengthen the victim myth and stand in the way of actually taking on of responsibility and social change. As always, the officials only complain when public perception could be damaged and Dresden can pretend to be – as they say – a “cosmopolitan and colorful city”.
The so-called “neutral” middle of society – whatever that is supposed to be – often not only has historically distorting views regarding February 13th, but often wants to make present-day society even more exploitative and oppressive. A particularly visible example of this is the AfD, which connects with both Nazis and parties like the CDU. The middle class is therefore not in the middle (whatever that means) and also not neutral – the so-called middle has always been connectable for the right. This is currently being proven once again. The AfD wants an unjust society and shows this openly. The events in Thuringia have once again shown how fluid the transition from CDU/FDP to AfD is. At this point we send solidary greetings to Erfurt for the Unteilbardemo! Not only the most obvious Nazis are the problem! Taking responsibility for yesterday and today together – questioning the overall social context!

Part of the story of February 13th and the victim myth is also the story of anti-fascist resistance. This history of anti-fascist resistance also shows how Nazi parades should be dealt with. Anti-fascist protests against the victim myth and the commemoration of February 13th started in 1993 from other cities. Broad protest was initially only possible to a limited extent and was partly blocked by left-wing revisionism – that is, by people who demand a just and better world, but who only want to see the supposedly individual fate and suffering of people on February 13th and thereby lose sight of the context and the social dimension. Exactly this revision of history has been a topic in Dresden since 2000, including by the Antifa Research Team: Better a bomb on the head than Auschwitz. The Nazi march was stopped for the first time in 2006 by blockades, in 2010 it was prevented for the first time by blockades. These blockades worked mainly through massive chaos in the city, burning cars and a very large mass of anti-fascists who took part on the street and in the organization. After the successful blockades, the Nazi march has become smaller and smaller and has become less relevant. Only through the developments of the past few years and the shift to the right has the march again become more relevant – and this is where anti-fascist resistance must start to prevent further strengthening! However, this can only happen if the supposed neutrality of the center is attacked at the same time – and the social power structures on which fascism is based. The question must be asked: what kind of society is this that produces Nazis? Antisemitism, racism, sexism and capitalism must be understood as structures by which society is organized – which produce its injustice, its oppression and its exploitation. That make a good life for everyone impossible. These structures have to be consistently scrutinized and dismantled at all levels – and only in this way will we take away the breeding ground for an even worse society for Afd and other Nazis.

Radical resistance to these social power structures – regardless of whether the focus is on anti-racism, anti-fascism, feminism, class struggle or climate justice – is not only made very difficult – it is repeatedly attacked and criminalized. Attacked and criminalized by supposedly democratic structures, which are boldly claimed to be for justice. These attacks and criminalization are also carried out by the police – a structure whose connection to fascism cannot be denied.
In the past few days, this criminalization through police operations has become more than clear. The “Täter*innenspurenmahngang” was followed by a disproportionate amount of police last Sunday and only a day later the feminist city tour was unexpectedly visited by cops who wanted to “accompany” a tour of a maximum of 15 people without a reason and the tour has been without cops for years. Or have the Hopon hopoff bus tours recently been accompanied by the police? How threatening and uncontrolled the police can behave was also evident on February 13th when an anti-fascist was several times almost hit by a police car. This is an encroachment on public space, that wants to take space from anti-fascist protest – and give the space to Nazis. These police strategies are intimidating – but we won’t let them intimidate us! No matter how many laws you enact, no matter how much money you want to have to arrest us, no matter how much you threaten us – we will do it anyways! Because we stand united in solidarity and solidarity is a weapon! The state monopoly on violence and the police enforced by fascist structures are still to be abolished!
This anti-fascist resistance from recent years clearly shows what to do with Nazis: namely, consistent blocking! And on all levels!

These blockades at all levels must – as already mentioned – be directed against the conditions in society as a whole. To attack these social power structures means to understand them in their entirety. And that also means that anti-racism, anti-fascism, feminism, class struggle or climate justice cannot and must not be thought of separately. Today we are working on these connections with the feminist bloc and the climate justice bloc – in Erfurt they are also working on it. Implementing feminist antifascism in theory and practice is currently an opportunity for us to work with a broader feminist understanding and a broader antifascist understanding. Feministischer Blockieren sees a broad feminist movement as capable of fundamentally questioning and unhinging society as it is – in order to make it more just for everyone!
We are fighting for a broad feminist movement that takes antifascist responsibility against nationalism in the past and present and has the potential to work through history and to oppose conservative and right-wing interests. Perpetratorship was not only cis-male and neither is the anti-fascist resistance. Let’s go out on the streets together and put an end to the victim myth! We want to prevent the Nazi march together in solidarity and in a feminist way! And that’s exactly what we’re going to do today! We also call for further anti-fascist feminist struggles against the supposed neutrality of the middle class, against the AfD, Nazis and other right-wing groups and parties – today, the day after tomorrow and the rest of the year.
For resistance to fascism and national consensus! German perpetrators are not victims!
Against all antisemitism – down with Germany and for feminism!

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Speech February 13th

Today is February 13th – for the 75th time. Not a day like any other! It is a day on which history is so heavily distorted and uncritically classified out of nationalist interest like almost no other day. From the city, from so-called “citizens”, and also from very official places like the Federal President. And of course from AfD, nationalist fraternities, and other Nazis.
Depending on the context, a different picture of Germany, its past and present is drawn – but all of them draw a collective, nationalist, “German” identity. They do not want this national identity to be associated with the violence that is being carried out on its behalf. To create a positive national identity, they must relativize this violence. And that’s exactly what happens in Dresden on February 13th.

On February 13th, of all days, victims of war and fascism are commemorated publicly and collectively – e.g. through the human chain. This is to pretend that one is now critical of the past and therefore commemorates all victims of war and fascism and no longer just those of the bombing raid as before. But it is absurd and dangerous to commemorate the victims of war and fascism on February 13th. It is to pretended that the dead of the air raid on Dresden can be equated with the victims of the Shoa, the Porajmos (the persecution and murder of Romani people), the German war of annihilation, with the victims of the annihilation of so-called “unworthy” life , equated with all victims of Nazi ideology. This relativization is insupportable – Dresden was a nationalsocialist city of perpetrators. Antisemitic and racist persecution and murder, forced labor, deportations, armaments industry, so-called “Volkshygiene”, the fortress Dresden as military base – anything but an innocent city, anything but an unnecessary air raid!
Responsible reappraisal of the nationalsocialist past of Dresden also requires disclosing how Dresden was an active part of nationalsocialism. And which parts of fascism can still be found today or found strengthened again. Instead of this reappraisal Dresden depicts Nazi Dresden as a victim – and current Dresden, too. Dresden wants to be a symbol of reconciliation and peace and to present itself as a progressive, enlightened city that is only repeatedly victimized – victims of Pegida, victims of the AfD, victims of neo-Nazi terror groups, victims of the Nazi march. And they simply cannot explain where these fascist structures could come from! A perfidious way to shirk responsibility!
Thereby Dresden and Sachsen do far too little against fascist structures. By right-wing parties, however, these fascist structures are part of them. Especially with the AfD, their wreath laying and their call for an even stronger commemoration on February 13th, it becomes clear how necessary it is to send a clear signal against the victim myth. It is simply not possible to simply assert that civic commemoration has nothing to do with right ideas and that civic commemoration is only there to promote peace. Rather, the absolute brutality of nationalsocialism is left aside and it becomes evident how fascist and civic views mix and let society move further to the right.

Another example of the lack of responsibility is shown in the cityscape of Dresden. The nationalsocialist past is largely made invisible. It is intolerable that Jewish communities continue to pay for commemorative plaques and the like and must stand up for this against resistance. At the same time, the city celebrates itself for the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche. A church that was an important part of the German-national evangelical identity during nationalsocialism. Only if history is being severely distorted can the Frauenkirche be seen seriously as a sign of peace.

So which picture shows up? Germany and Dresden as symbols of reconciliation and peace, German perpetrators as victims – unwillingness to break the national consensus and to take responsibility for fascism in the past and present.
With all of this, Dresden remains a city of perpetrators and perpetrator protection – antifascist resistance is being criminalized, little to nothing is being done against racist, antisemitic and sexist violence. Here there is a clear connection, a continuation of the lack of taking on responsibility – a continuation that urgently needs to be broken up!

What is so clearly visible on February 13th is unfortunately also a sad reality all year round. Our answer to this reality is therefore feminist antifascism. Right now, when fascist parties like the AfD do everything to prevent self-determination and social justice and to strengthen the victim myth in Dresden, it is imperative to question civic commemoration and to organize antifascist feminist resistance.
Part of right-wing and civic structures is also their anti-feminism or, in some cases, their ideas of feminism, which hardly go beyond criticizing a lack of women in supervisory boards. We don’t want feminism for a few privileged women, we want feminism for everybody. Feminism should not be limited to criticizing patriarchal structures, it must also stand firmly against antisemitic, racist and capitalist power relations and oppose them. Feministischer Blockieren sees a broad feminist movement as capable of naming and opposing these oppressive social structures. Only with a common understanding of patriarchal, racist, capitalist and fascist structures can arise a real, comprehensive improvement of the undeniably unjust world in which we live.
We are fighting for a broad feminist movement that takes on antifascist responsibility against nationalism in the past and present, a feminist movement that has the potential to reappraise history and to oppose conservative and right-wing interests.
We want a feminism that takes to the streets against sexualized violence and opponents of abortion, but also against shifting to the right and fascism, against racism and antisemitism.
As Feministischer Blockieren we are calling for a protest on February 13th and 15th. Let’s go out on the streets together and oppose the victim myth!
We will do this on February 15, as a feminist block in the demonstration from the central station – there we want to prevent the Nazi march together – in solidarity and a feminist way!
We also call for further antifascist feminist resistance against the supposed neutrality of the societal center and against the AfD and other right-wing, fascist groups and parties – today, the day after tomorrow and the rest of the year.
For resistance to fascism and national consensus! German perpetrators are not victims!

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Child Care

We’re offering childcare for the 15.02. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please write an email to kinderbetreuungdd@riseup.net to register children for the care. Please also write to us how old the children are and from when to when they would stay with childcare. (And also please write to the email address if you read this and can imagine looking after children.)

We want young people to have a good and relaxing time with us and to remember that positively.
We strive to offer a cozy room with retreat options. We take care of lunch, drinks, snacks, play and relaxation opportunities. If you could bring along thick socks or slippers that would be great! Otherwise, you yourself can take care of what the child wants to have with them and bring with them so that they feel comfortable. In itself, it is possible to regulate and arrange the support individually with you, so please write to us.
We need the contact, i.e. telephone number and name, from the carers. In the event that unforeseen, time-delaying things happen or the children e.g. feel longing, you should specify a reachable person and contact.
If you would like for us to take care of a child and get in touch with us, you will receive a registration slip that is best filled in and printed.
We will be happy to answer any further questions by email.

Why childcare?

We want people who are responsible for children to be able to take to the streets and take action. For us it is a central part of feminist theory and practice to solve these tasks collectively and not to leave them in the supposedly private. Above all, gender relations regulate who takes care of care work – or also repro work (reproduction work) – such as childcare, emotional care, provision of food, etc. and who does not. And thus also who has the opportunity to concentrate on other things and to choose more freely what they want to do.

We are sorry that childcare is so late this year. As a WLINT (Women, Lesbian, Inter, Non-Binary, Trans) organisation group, we deliberately did not want to undertake any repro work this year and instead wanted to encourage other structures to appreciate this work more and to feel responsible for it. Unfortunately, this only worked to a limited extent – also due to misunderstandings and a lack of communication.

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Child Care

We’re offering childcare for the 15.02. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please write an email to kinderbetreuungdd@riseup.net to register children for the care. Please also write to us how old the children are and from when to when they would stay with childcare. (And also please write to the email address if you read this and can imagine looking after children.)

We want young people to have a good and relaxing time with us and to remember that positively.
We strive to offer a cozy room with retreat options. We take care of lunch, drinks, snacks, play and relaxation opportunities. If you could bring along thick socks or slippers that would be great! Otherwise, you yourself can take care of what the child wants to have with them and bring with them so that they feel comfortable. In itself, it is possible to regulate and arrange the support individually with you, so please write to us.
We need the contact, i.e. telephone number and name, from the carers. In the event that unforeseen, time-delaying things happen or the children e.g. feel longing, you should specify a reachable person and contact.
If you would like for us to take care of a child and get in touch with us, you will receive a registration slip that is best filled in and printed.
We will be happy to answer any further questions by email.

Why childcare?

We want people who are responsible for children to be able to take to the streets and take action. For us it is a central part of feminist theory and practice to solve these tasks collectively and not to leave them in the supposedly private. Above all, gender relations regulate who takes care of care work – or also repro work (reproduction work) – such as childcare, emotional care, provision of food, etc. and who does not. And thus also who has the opportunity to concentrate on other things and to choose more freely what they want to do.

We are sorry that childcare is so late this year. As a WLINT (Women, Lesbian, Inter, Non-Binary, Trans) organisation group, we deliberately did not want to undertake any repro work this year and instead wanted to encourage other structures to appreciate this work more and to feel responsible for it. Unfortunately, this only worked to a limited extent – also due to misunderstandings and a lack of communication.

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Call to Action 2020

Feminist BLOCKade
German perpetrators are not victims
The bombing of Dresden marks its 75th anniversary on February 13. It was part of the anti-fascist fight against the Nazi regime. Nazis, other right-wingers, and bourgeois, so-called centrists try, in different ways, to maintain a myth that portrays German perpetrators as victims.
Our answer: anti-fascist resistance!
Part of right-wing and bourgeois structures is their anti-feminism. In some cases, their imagination does not go farther than insufficient quota for women in supervisory boards.
We want to oppose this with a practical anti-fascist feminism that challenges capitalism, antisemitism, racism, fascism and all their intertwinements. Unfortunately, we face conscious and semi-conscious sexism, ignorance and devaluation of feminist positions also in anti-fascist contexts. Thus, we want to strengthen feminist positions; we want to organize, protest, and block more feministly!
Therefore, our answer: feminist anti-fascist resistance!
We want to show this resistance February 7 – 16 with a feminist week of action.
Within the context of the week of action, we call upon you for autonomous feminist anti-fascist actions. Part of this week of action will be an action training on February 8 (open for all genders) and an action training on February 1 for WLINT (women and lesbian, intersex, non-binary, transgender people) – that is, people who experience sexist oppression). Prior to the week of action, the Ermittlungsausschuss (committee of enquiry) will give important information on activism and repression on February 4.
On February 15, we will demonstrate against the Nazi march as a feminist block – and we will block more feministly.
In this feminist setting, childcare, a place for retreat, and a follow-up evaluation will be offered.
Further information, e.g. regarding specific events, can be found on our website: femblockdd.blackblogs.org
We are part of the alliance of action February 13, 2020. You can find important information also on their website: Dresden-nazifrei.com
On February 13, be ready to protest on Altmarkt and other places in Dresden.
Build the feminist antifascist resistance – Feminist BLOCKade!
For questions and feedback: furia@systemli.org
femblockdd.blackblogs.org
Twitter: @femblockdd

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