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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.

Solidaritrade MAZI olive oil

The linXXnet and INTERIM are distribution 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 is committed to promoting olive oil produced in solidarity with Greece. Solidarity means in this case: The Messinis Gea cooperative 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, which is still battered by the austerity policy that was imposed in the wake of the eurozone crisis, not least at the instigation of the German government. 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, 2022 in the linXXnet or INTERIM.

One collective, three opinions: The discussion about the attack on the DITIB mosque

In December 2021, the DITIB mosque on Hermann-Liebmann-Strasse in Leipzig was attacked by a spontaneous left-wing demonstration. Legitimate, some say, since DITIB is controlled by the authoritarian Turkish state and cooperates with fascists. A no-go, because it is about a shelter for primarily migrants in a racially charged social climate, say the others.

We represent three positions from the linXXnet collective, which open up the field of tension of the controversial debates in which we are not the only ones to move.

Statement Jule

The attack on the DITIB mosque on Hermann-Liebmann-Strasse in Leipzig weighs heavily and justifiably makes waves. Still. On Monday, December 13.12.21th, XNUMX, the building was attacked in the course of a spontaneous left-wing demonstration.

Regardless of whether the attack, which broke windows in the residential building in which the mosque is located, was an emotional act or was planned, I don't think this is the right way of critically examining this mosque community.

1. Attacks on Muslim communities in Germany are a matter for racists. One thing to remember is the right-wing terrorist attack on the DITIB mosque in Dresden in 2016. Despite all the legitimate criticisms of religious institutions and the DITIB association in particular, leftists in Germany have to side with people who are racially discriminated against. Attacks on Muslim migrant prayer and retreat rooms are wrong and can never be a leftist thing. In Saxony in particular, the rejection of Muslims is particularly pronounced (according to Sachsenmonitor 2018, 41% of the Saxons surveyed think that “Muslims should be prohibited from immigrating to Germany”) and this Islamophobia has racist connotations and makes no distinction between individuals religious communities and political nuances.

2. Nevertheless, I have a critical distance to religious communities in general and explicitly the DITIB Mosque Association. This will be known from financed by the Turkish state and is thus directly managed by the dictator Erdoğan influenced. This also means that DITIB at least tolerates, if not even supports, the persecution and repression against Kurds. I am associated with the Kurds' struggles in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Many of our comrades fled to Germany because of the repression and work side by side with us for social change, here and there elsewhere. From my point of view, a critical look at the DITIB must differentiate: between the institution and its interdependencies on the one hand, and the people who feel connected to the specific local mosque associations on the other. The connection to the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Herrmann-Liebmann-Strasse, for example, can have very different reasons: Being able to speak your own language, people from the countries of origin to meet, to take advantage of offers for children, young people or women, to be able to use services from the environment of the mosque association or to practice the Islamic faith collectively. In my view, a left critical of religion and DITIB must work on to replace the practical relevance of this or other religious communities with alternative offers that are, at best, non-religious. Propagandistic slogans and stones will not help on this path. On the contrary.

Statement Leopold

I don't think that the attack on the DITIB mosque was made out of racist considerations, but in solidarity with all people who are being persecuted and attacked by the Turkish state. It should nevertheless be clear to those who have done this that this cannot be conveyed to the residents of the house and in the district. Actually a basic condition of this form of action. What the militant anti-fascists on 13.12. wanted there with the damaged cars and this attack does not open up. How should solidarity with a district affected by massive racist police practices be communicated? Who has been overwhelmed with racist attributions in the media and by various political actors/parties for years and is affected by repression. It needs an exchange with all those who see this demo as a racist attack. However, this should also be possible without DITIB or representatives of religions. After all, a left-wing movement once stood up for “freedom from religions”. Do all religions only prevent people from creating a better society for everyone and to endure and endure the shitty reality in the "here and now".

Finally, a statement from Civan Akbulut: Just spoken to friends from Kurdistan. You are following my current engagement against DITIB. The friends are shocked about how parts of the “German Left” position themselves towards DITIB. One is persecuted and suppressed by the Turkish regime & in Germany “German Leftists” collect donations for its extended arm. Solidarity for those who otherwise incite hatred against minorities and those who think differently. DITIB is involved in numerous scandals. Officials had published Islamist content and commitments to Gray Wolves on their profiles. In addition, DITIB imams had spied on people in Germany for the Turkish regime. During the Turkish military operation against Afrin, which violated international law, prayers were said for soldiers in the relevant mosques. Those soldiers who committed war crimes together with Islamist militias in Rojava. Fascists don't come and say: “Hello, here we are”. They get involved in society, spread their propaganda & create political influence - discreetly and in the long term. Other communities are pushed aside, people want to be without alternatives. One can position oneself against attacks on mosques without immediately showing solidarity with DITIB. Anyone who does so is certainly not doing it out of charity. There is a system to this, from long-established faces.

Statement Micah

On December 13, a left-wing demonstration in Leipzig involved an attack on a DITIB mosque. I don't even want to discuss the question of whether an attack on anything is an appropriate means of criticism. Much has been written about this issue of violence. The attack on the DTIB mosque in Leipzig did not primarily cause agitated feelings within the left because of the question of violence, but because the target was a mosque.
While the left faces violence against other institutions, which are considered to be carriers of misanthropic ideologies, with the usual indifference (why should one have sympathy for the right wing?), the reactions after the attack on the DITIB mosque ranged from condemnation of the act (with tentative criticism to DITIB) to solidarity. But why are the reactions so different when DITIB is also an association that is actually a clear opponent of the political left? The new right equates “Islam” and “migration”. For them, every Muslim is a migrant and every migrant is a Muslim. Bio-German Islamists and non-Muslim migrants do not appear in their logic. The supposed criticism of Islam by the new right is accordingly directed against migrants and is no more than disguised racism. The left naturally and completely correctly opposed the racist PEGIDA protests. When some leftists posit that an attack on a mosque is racist per se, they adopt this logic from Islam = migration. Since anti-racism is part of the self-image of the left, solidarity and condemnation of the crime follow almost automatically. Whether an act is considered racist or not must not depend solely on the victim's religious affiliation or migration history, but must above all consider the political background to the act. Otherwise, the qualitative differences between a left-wing attack on a mosque association, because it is nationalistic and reactionary, and a right-wing attack on Muslims, because as migrants they have no place in the Christian Occident according to right-wing blood and soil logic , face down. Such a concept of racism would be worthless because it would make criticism of religious and/or cultural practices impossible. Quite apart from the fact that such an analysis shows frightening parallels to the bourgeois horseshoe theory.

I therefore advocate that we stop using double standards. DITIB is close to the right-wing AKP and its President Erdogan, who dreams of a neo-Ottoman empire. In general, DITIB is not a space for emancipatory and enlightening values. The president of the religious authority, which DITIB reports to, describes homosexuality as an "unnatural perversion". Connections to the fascist Gray Wolves are also not uncommon. Nationalism is good form for DITIB officials. The desire to "overthrow all relationships in which man is a degraded, enslaved, abandoned, despicable being" is the goal of the radical left. Criticism of religion has long been an integral part of left-wing politics. Today she seems to find this easier with some religions than with others. In any case, I am not aware of any major discussions about racism in the wake of the protests against the Leipzig Catholic Day in 2016. Our reaction to DITIB should not be any different than that of Christian sects or right-wing parties. Nobody has to defend an attack on DITIB as legitimate criticism. Compassion, solidarity and taking sides with an association that stands against everything that the left are fighting for is completely out of place. Only in this way can the Left credibly stand in solidarity with homosexuals, women, Kurds and other victims of inhuman ideologies.

One collective, three opinions: how to deal with the attack on the DITIB mosque

In December 2021, the DITIB mosque on Hermann-Liebmann-Strasse in Leipzig was attacked by a spontaneous left-wing demonstration. Legitimate, some say, since DITIB is controlled by the authoritarian Turkish state and cooperates with fascists. A no-go, because it is about a shelter for primarily migrants in a racially charged social climate, say the others.

We represent three positions from the linXXnet collective, which open up the field of tension of the controversial debates in which we are not the only ones to move.

Statement Jule

The attack on the DITIB mosque on Hermann-Liebmann-Strasse in Leipzig weighs heavily and justifiably makes waves. Still. On Monday, December 13.12.21th, XNUMX, the building was attacked in the course of a spontaneous left-wing demonstration.

Regardless of whether the attack, which broke windows in the residential building in which the mosque is located, was an emotional act or was planned, I don't think this is the right way of critically examining this mosque community.

1. Attacks on Muslim communities in Germany are a matter for racists. One thing to remember is the right-wing terrorist attack on the DITIB mosque in Dresden in 2016. Despite all the legitimate criticisms of religious institutions and the DITIB association in particular, leftists in Germany have to side with people who are racially discriminated against. Attacks on Muslim migrant prayer and retreat rooms are wrong and can never be a leftist thing. In Saxony in particular, the rejection of Muslims is particularly pronounced (according to Sachsenmonitor 2018, 41% of the Saxons surveyed think that “Muslims should be prohibited from immigrating to Germany”) and this Islamophobia has racist connotations and makes no distinction between individuals religious communities and political nuances.

2. Nevertheless, I have a critical distance to religious communities in general and explicitly the DITIB Mosque Association. This will be known from financed by the Turkish state and is thus directly managed by the dictator Erdoğan influenced. This also means that DITIB at least tolerates, if not even supports, the persecution and repression against Kurds. I am associated with the Kurds' struggles in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Many of our comrades fled to Germany because of the repression and work side by side with us for social change, here and there elsewhere. From my point of view, a critical look at the DITIB must differentiate: between the institution and its interdependencies on the one hand, and the people who feel connected to the specific local mosque associations on the other. The connection to the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Herrmann-Liebmann-Strasse, for example, can have very different reasons: Being able to speak your own language, people from the countries of origin to meet, to take advantage of offers for children, young people or women, to be able to use services from the environment of the mosque association or to practice the Islamic faith collectively. In my view, a left critical of religion and DITIB must work on to replace the practical relevance of this or other religious communities with alternative offers that are, at best, non-religious. Propagandistic slogans and stones will not help on this path. On the contrary.

Statement Leopold

I don't think that the attack on the DITIB mosque was made out of racist considerations, but in solidarity with all people who are being persecuted and attacked by the Turkish state. It should nevertheless be clear to those who have done this that this cannot be conveyed to the residents of the house and in the district. Actually a basic condition of this form of action. What the militant anti-fascists on 13.12. wanted there with the damaged cars and this attack does not open up. How should solidarity with a district affected by massive racist police practices be communicated? Who has been overwhelmed with racist attributions in the media and by various political actors/parties for years and is affected by repression. It needs an exchange with all those who see this demo as a racist attack. However, this should also be possible without DITIB or representatives of religions. After all, a left-wing movement once stood up for “freedom from religions”. Do all religions only prevent people from creating a better society for everyone and to endure and endure the shitty reality in the "here and now".

Finally, a statement from Civan Akbulut: Just spoken to friends from Kurdistan. You are following my current engagement against DITIB. The friends are shocked about how parts of the “German Left” position themselves towards DITIB. One is persecuted and suppressed by the Turkish regime & in Germany “German Leftists” collect donations for its extended arm. Solidarity for those who otherwise incite hatred against minorities and those who think differently. DITIB is involved in numerous scandals. Officials had published Islamist content and commitments to Gray Wolves on their profiles. In addition, DITIB imams had spied on people in Germany for the Turkish regime. During the Turkish military operation against Afrin, which violated international law, prayers were said for soldiers in the relevant mosques. Those soldiers who committed war crimes together with Islamist militias in Rojava. Fascists don't come and say: “Hello, here we are”. They get involved in society, spread their propaganda & create political influence - discreetly and in the long term. Other communities are pushed aside, people want to be without alternatives. One can position oneself against attacks on mosques without immediately showing solidarity with DITIB. Anyone who does so is certainly not doing it out of charity. There is a system to this, from long-established faces.

Statement Micah

On December 13, a left-wing demonstration in Leipzig involved an attack on a DITIB mosque. I don't even want to discuss the question of whether an attack on anything is an appropriate means of criticism. Much has been written about this issue of violence. The attack on the DTIB mosque in Leipzig did not primarily cause agitated feelings within the left because of the question of violence, but because the target was a mosque.
While the left faces violence against other institutions, which are considered to be carriers of misanthropic ideologies, with the usual indifference (why should one have sympathy for the right wing?), the reactions after the attack on the DITIB mosque ranged from condemnation of the act (with tentative criticism to DITIB) to solidarity. But why are the reactions so different when DITIB is also an association that is actually a clear opponent of the political left? The new right equates “Islam” and “migration”. For them, every Muslim is a migrant and every migrant is a Muslim. Bio-German Islamists and non-Muslim migrants do not appear in their logic. The supposed criticism of Islam by the new right is accordingly directed against migrants and is no more than disguised racism. The left naturally and completely correctly opposed the racist PEGIDA protests. When some leftists posit that an attack on a mosque is racist per se, they adopt this logic from Islam = migration. Since anti-racism is part of the self-image of the left, solidarity and condemnation of the crime follow almost automatically. Whether an act is considered racist or not must not depend solely on the victim's religious affiliation or migration history, but must above all consider the political background to the act. Otherwise, the qualitative differences between a left-wing attack on a mosque association, because it is nationalistic and reactionary, and a right-wing attack on Muslims, because as migrants they have no place in the Christian Occident according to right-wing blood and soil logic , face down. Such a concept of racism would be worthless because it would make criticism of religious and/or cultural practices impossible. Quite apart from the fact that such an analysis shows frightening parallels to the bourgeois horseshoe theory.

I therefore advocate that we stop using double standards. DITIB is close to the right-wing AKP and its President Erdogan, who dreams of a neo-Ottoman empire. In general, DITIB is not a space for emancipatory and enlightening values. The president of the religious authority, which DITIB reports to, describes homosexuality as an "unnatural perversion". Connections to the fascist Gray Wolves are also not uncommon. Nationalism is good form for DITIB officials. The desire to "overthrow all relationships in which man is a degraded, enslaved, abandoned, despicable being" is the goal of the radical left. Criticism of religion has long been an integral part of left-wing politics. Today she seems to find this easier with some religions than with others. In any case, I am not aware of any major discussions about racism in the wake of the protests against the Leipzig Catholic Day in 2016. Our reaction to DITIB should not be any different than that of Christian sects or right-wing parties. Nobody has to defend an attack on DITIB as legitimate criticism. Compassion, solidarity and taking sides with an association that stands against everything that the left are fighting for is completely out of place. Only in this way can the Left credibly stand in solidarity with homosexuals, women, Kurds and other victims of inhuman ideologies.

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