20./21. March: International Days of Action against Racism 2021
Red line against racism and right-wing hate speech
AfD out of the parliaments
Racist aggression and violence against refugees and racially discriminated people have increased – also in Berlin. Again and again people die in terrorist attacks by Nazis and racists. They are being encouraged by the AfD with their racist hate speech and conspiracy myths – also in Berlin.
In the summer of 2020, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide took to the streets under the slogan “Black Lives Matter”. The protests made very clear how much agitation, marginalisation, discrimination and police violence determine the lives of non-white people. On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we want to bring the determination of these protests onto the streets of Berlin and online again.
We are also addressing the roots of racism: it is no coincidence that the thousands of people drowning in the Mediterranean and – increasingly – in the Atlantic or dying of thirst in the Sahara are “People of Colour”; it is no coincidence that among those who have turned Europe into a fortress are the old colonial powers. The colonial division of the world still determines structures, consciousness and life prospects around the world.
While governments try to prevent migration movements by sealing them off, more and more terrorist structures are emerging on the extreme right – often and also in Berlin with links to state structures such as the police and the military.
Our goal is to socially isolate and stop the AfD. There must be no cooperation with the AfD! No stage for their völkisch-national, anti-democratic politics – not in public spaces, not in talk shows, nor in parliaments!
Our alternative is solidarity! Especially in the pandemic. No to the hate speech of Nazis and racists!
Take action on the International Days against Racism in Berlin. We call for protests against marginalisation, stigmatisation, Islamophobia, antisemitism, antiziganism and all other forms of racism.
On Saturday, 20 March
- 14:00 Kick-off rally “Red line against racism and right-wing hate speech! AfD out of the parliaments” in front of the federal and state headquarters of the AfD at Schillstraße 9 – on site with mask, distance and consideration for each other or on the internet via <streaming link>.
- 15.30 Closing rally “Stop! No right turn! No shaking hands with the AfD” in front of the CDU federal headquarters (Konrad-Adenauer-Haus) at Klingelhöferstraße 8 – with mask, distance and consideration for each other or on the internet via <streaming link>
- Post selfies or small group photos on your social media accounts with the hashtags #WorldAgainstRacism, #ZusammenGegenRassismus — templates to print out on »
- Hang banners out of the window, from the balcony or put up posters in your window.
In 1966, the United Nations proclaimed 21 March as the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”. The intention is to commemorate the bloody suppression of a peaceful protest in Sharpeville in South Africa against apartheid on 21 March 1960. In Germany, the “Stiftung gegen Rassismus” (Foundation against Racism) will organise the International Weeks against Racism for the 26th time from 15 to 28 March 2021 under the motto “Solidarity. Borderless”.