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Call for donations: cushion financial emergencies! Supporting refugees in Leipzig

Many people are currently arriving in Leipzig who fled Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine. Some are in dire need of social support – a public duty. The fact is, however, that the social welfare office in Leipzig is currently unable to keep up, and in some cases people should wait until May to be registered in the city at all.

Even though appointments have now been brought forward and the arrival center at Telemannstraße 9 has significantly increased its capacity, short-term peaks still have to be cushioned. In Leipzig, many people who have taken refuge in their homes are currently doing this – whether in the family apartment, the shared flat, the house project or the car park.

Financial support is still needed! That's why we're calling for donations. Affected are, among others, the people who have stayed in Ukraine with a work or study visa and some of whom still do not have a passport - the so-called "third-country nationals". But Ukrainian citizens have also become known to linXXnet, Leipzig Helps Ukraine and other Leipzig actors who are currently having to endure particular hardships. Chronic diseases, physical disabilities, in general: some specific needs are not yet adequately covered by the authorities.

Until then, we ask for your short-term donations!

Those who can still offer apartments or free rooms place ads on the platform linxxnet.de/ukraine or post them in the Leipzig Helps Ukraine telegram group [https://leipzig-helps-ukraine.de/category/housing-en/}.

Our account details are:

Red Tree Leipzig e. V
IBAN: DE22500310001056268002
BIC: TRODDEF1
Triodos Bank Germany
Purpose: Donation Ukraine

There is also a local call from Connewitz to donate food directly:

People fleeing Ukraine who have arrived in Leipzig need help:

Many currently have no money for groceries. You only receive social benefits when you register with the city of Leipzig. The city is trying to speed things up, but currently the waiting time for the registration appointment is still about 3-4 weeks or more. Many have temporarily stayed with host families who are reaching their limits when it comes to looking after their guests. Some refugees cannot or do not want to register, but they also have to eat. There are a few food donation points in the city area, but one of the larger ones (Probsteikirche at the New Town Hall) is closed (except Saturday) from Good Friday to Easter Monday, so far there are none in the south. We want to change that in the short term and as long as possible (if necessary), and we need you to do it.

Most urgently needed:
– baby food
– Pasta, flour, rice, oatmeal
– Canned vegetables
– ready-made soups
- Tomato sauce
- Milk
– Sugar, cocoa, chocolate, biscuits
+ other long-life non-perishable foods

Please bring whatever you can get from it to the KiJuWe workshop for children and young people in the ZORO studio building, Bornaische Str. 54 HH
Monday to Friday 14 p.m. to 18 p.m., including Good Friday The issue will take place in Plant II as soon as possible. The call or the list of requirements may soon be adapted and updated.

Other urgently needed donations in kind such as hygiene items, home furnishings, crockery, etc. are not (for the time being) accepted.
If you have something to give away or want to help in any other way, please use the existing channels at the initiative leipzig-helps-ukraine and the city.

Thanks in advance to everyone

Solidaritrade MAZI olive oil

The linXXnet and INTERIM are collection stations for the MAZI olive oil from solidarity trade.

mazi means together and is the name of the olive oil from organic farming and solidarity distribution. The MAZI olive oil from the Messinis Gea cooperative is imported by the SolidariTrade cooperative, which aims to promote olive oil produced in solidarity with Greece. Solidarity means in this case: The cooperative Messinis Gea earns about 30% more income. In addition, one euro per liter goes to a political/humanitarian initiative in Greece. The sale of the oil increases the income of farmers and pickers in the country due to the austerity policy, which was implemented in the wake of the eurozone crisis, not least at the instigation of the German government was imposed, still troubled country. The oil comes from the small town of Daras in the south-west Pelepones. The MAZI olive oil is extra virgin and with an acid content of 0,2 percent of very high quality. The cooperative does not use any chemical pesticides.

1 euro per liter sold goes to political/humanitarian projects. And for Leipzig you can do it directly Order here and pick it up on April 21 or April 22, 2022 in the linXXnet or INTERIM.

What happened to Karim? A tour through a home in Zwickau

In June 2021, la-presse.org reported on Karim. At that time he was living in the reception facility in Dölzig. At that time, the state administration had to put up with the question of whether it was guilty of failing to provide assistance. Because Karim suffers from asthma. After a seizure, he was denied direct medical care. Here is the report from back then.

Meanwhile Karim had his transfer to a home in Zwickau. Mohsen and Mark took this as an opportunity to visit him again on February 08th, 2022. Together with Q., Karim guides them both through the home. Here the video:

linXXnet Camptours #8 - A Tour through a Heim in Zwickau guided Karim and Q [Turn on Subtitles!]

The conclusions:

– The conditions are unsanitary and the overall condition of the buildings is depressing.

– People who have tested positive for Corona can share rooms with non-infected people.

– Adequate health care is not directly accessible for many in Zwickau either.

– Even people with a residence permit and/or work are often stuck there for months if not years.

– The home is isolated in an industrial area.

– Arriving in society is not possible like this.

 

Camps and House Rules - Get Information!

In a successful cooperation of DIE LINKE / The Leftist party in Saxony, we can present: an analysis of house rules in refugee camps! Why? Because it is the house rules in the camps that make life difficult for the people. The analysis is in the shape of traffic lights, so you can compare it easily.

It is clear: not once the color green appears. This means that room searches are constantly taking place. This is a violation of Article 13 of the German Basic Law. It guarantees the protection of the home. People are thrown out of the camp because they are said to have violated the house rules. Not even the everyday consumption of food is always possible. There is a lack of concepts to protect against violence, and when they do exist, they are often enough to make one's hair stand on end. They do not meet the minimum standards of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and UNICEF.

Translated by www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

With this page we now give all activists in Saxony, refugees, advisors, volunteers, city and district councilors and journalists a basis to find out what the status of basic rights looks like in your area. And: we show how to act against restrictive house rules and thus against camps per se.

On this info page we provide…

  1. The traffic light analysis
  2. All house regulations of the state, the cities and the counties
  3. All what you need to become active, legally and politically against the camps
  4. Our #CampTours
  5. A brief background: what are camps?
  6. What we stand for: camp policy turns to actual housing policy!

But now, the…

I. Traffic light analysis

It turns out that Saxony's house rules are particularly restrictive. Everything is red, except for the yellow violence protection concept, which, again, does not deserve the name. With regard to the municipalities, there are strong variations. Some have house rules for all shared accommodations, others have different ones specifically for each one.

II. All house regulations of the state, the cities and the counties...

…links for your own research and as a basis for becoming active:

III. Stock Watch – Become active yourself!

First of all: in Saxony, some preliminary work has already been done so that house rules can be attacked. The Saxon Refugee Council eV, the Anti-Discrimination Office eV and the Leipzig Initiative Group: People.Worthy. have published a legal review. In it, the lawyer Martin Wiesmann states:

“Such restrictions of fundamental rights are only tenable in prisons. There, they take place on the basis of a law passed by parliament. House rules cannot justify intensive restrictions. The possibilities for sanctions are not constitutionally tenable at all. The way the house rules are designed, they regularly violate Article 13 of the German Basic Law – the protection of the home.”

Martin Wiesmann in Legal Review on “House Rules in Camps” published May 26th 2021 on a press conference by Saxony Anti-Discrimination Office, Saxon Refugee Council and Leipzig Initiative Group: People.Worthy.

So far, so clear the need for action. How can the legal opinion now be applied in practice? Basically, it is quite simple, because even a room search is the violation of fundamental rights. All that is needed for this is the following:

  • a description/reconstruction as precise as possible of the event in which fundamental rights were interfered with – > signed with the following contents:
    • Where exactly (room, gate, yard, etc.)?
    • Who (social workers, security, …) and how many?
    • When?
    • What happened?
    • How long did the incident last?
    • What reasoning was given for the human rights violation?
    • The whole thing should fit on half to one full A4 page, that's all it takes.
  • Power of attorney for a lawyer – > we are in contact with a lawyer who is informed about these proceedings and willing to conduct them before the respective administrative court in Saxony. Write to us for this at camptours@linxx.net.

Get started!

Camp Watch is a campaign all over Gerany [https://lager-watch.org/] that aims to end all camps. The house rules have been crystallized as a good target for this. Therefore: become active yourself, don't wait for us! The human rights violations concern us all. What can YOU do? The following is written in the call of the campaign:

“How to start?

  • Find out where the nearest camp is located. This can be a reception center of the country, but possibly also a large shared accommodation in the responsibility of your city or your district.
  • Get in touch with the residents! Talk to them, give them a voice, publish videos, interviews, support residents in organizing and making demands!
  • Document encroachments of basic rights like searching rooms, violent securities, sanctions like a house ban and more. Talk to the people concerned about whether they agree to a publication.
  • Organize the house rules of the respective camp! This has been done in some federal states, for example, through contacts in the camps – house rules must be posted. Or win over members of parliament or city/county councils and ask them to send a request to the city or state government asking for the publication of the house rules. Possibly the refugee council of your federal state has already been able to research house rules.
  • Initiate your own legal opinion on the respective house rules!
  • Bring the criticism to the press! Put refugees in touch with journalists so that they can report directly on what is going on behind the camp fence.
  • Draw attention to the conditions in the camp with actions, rallies, flash mobs, social media campaigns.
  • AND LAST but not least, join our nationwide networking to get an overview of what's going on elsewhere, what strategies are being used in other communities or states. "

IV. linXXnet #CampTours

linXXnet Camp Tours #1 – 17.06.21/XNUMX/XNUMX, Dölzig
The first video of #CampTours. Interviewed: Ibrahim, resident of Dölzig Camp.

We have started #CampTours! Mohsen and Mark from linXXnet first drive to the reception facilities of the Free State of Saxony and talk to the people, go into their rights and how they can enforce them. Because: in a repressive system, this is deliberately not done by authorities and operators, even responsibilities are concealed. Many residents in Dölzig, for example, are not aware that they have to contact the state administration - not Malteser - if they want to submit an application. And: the house rules are to be attacked. For this, we encourage people to file lawsuits against violations of fundamental rights – legitimized by the house rules. Soon we will also deal with the common accommodations of the municipalities :)) All videos are available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Bz-5NMbEI

 

V. Background: What exactly are the camps?

Currently, the State of Saxony maintains ten camps labeled reception facilities. Current occupancy figures are compiled by the Saxon Refugee Council on the basis of Jules Kleinen inquiries in the state parliament:

More graphics, also on the decentralized accommodation rate or on deportations, can be found here. Jule repeatedly asks the state government questions about many other aspects of camp accommodation, such as special protection needs, staff training, or the relationship between the state directorate and camp operators. Do you have specific research interests and hope to find answers in the inquiries? Write to us at camptours@linxx.net.

Regularly, people can be obliged to stay in the camp for up to 18 months for the duration of their asylum procedure – and even longer if they are rejected. In the case of people from countries that are labeled to have “poor prospects of staying,” this can even be up to 24 months.

If the desired “transfer” to one of the 13 counties or cities takes place, a rude awakening may follow. Because people do not have a choice where they are transferred to. And: it may be that the person is transferred to a shared accommodation. This may or may not be bad. Some shared accommodations consist of lockable apartments with their own kitchen and bathroom. Others, however, like the reception facilities, cannot be described as anything other than camps.

 

 

VI. Then camp policy turns to housing policy!

Basically, we demand that refugees can also live in their own apartment, from the first day of their arrival. An own apartment offers the necessary privacy and is an essential basis for a self-determined life. Social support is already offered in many districts and municipalities, also decentralized or/and contact points in the social space. In Saxony, the city of Leipzig alone understands “decentralized accommodation” to mean living in one's own apartment with one's own rental contract.

The development of the decentralized accommodation rate – with Vogtland as the long-time front-runner and Bautzen as the perpetual taillight – here:

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