Dario Azzellini is a political scientist and lecturer at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, writer and filmmaker based in Berlin and Caracas. He holds a PhD in political science from the Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany). His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary militancy, migration and racism, people’s power and selfadministration, workers control and extensive case studies in Latin America.
He served as Associate Editor for The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to Present, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2009 and was primary editor for Latin America, the Spanish Caribbean, and the new left in Italy. He serves as Associate Editor for WorkingUSA and for Cuadernos de Marte, an academic publication about war sociology by the University of Buenos Aires.
He published several books, essays and documentaries about social movements, privatization of military services, migration and racism, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela. Among them The business of war (Assoziation A 2002), a book about privatization of military services, translated an published in the US, GB, Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Spain and Venezuela. He recently published“El negocio de la guerra. Nuevos mercenarios y terrorismo de Estado“ (Monte Àvila, Venezuela, 2009), “Partizipation, Arbeiterkontrolle und die Commune“ (VSA, Germany, 2010) and the documentary „Comuna under construction“ (2010) about local self government in Venezuela. Azzellini has been invited to conferences in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
David Mayer is a historian specialised in transnational contemporary history. In 2011 he completed his PhD-research on the history of Marxist historiographic debates in Latin America in the ‘long 1960s’. He has spent lengthy research stays in Latin America.
David Mayer’s main research interests are the history of social movements and labour history, the history of historiography, the history of Marxism and left-wing intellectuals, and politics of history. He has published, accordingly, on topics such as the history of Marxist historiography, 1968 from a Global History perspective, the Communist International in Latin America, the transnational dimension of social movements in Latin America, and the political uses of history among the Latin American left.
Malte Daniljuk is a communication scientist, journalist and editor.
He studied journalism and communication sciences at the Free University of Berlin. The focus of his publications are media politics, foreign and security politics as well as economic policies and social development.
Since 1994, Daniljuk has been publishing articles as a freelance writer, mostly in the online portal Telepolis. As an editor, he supervises the ressort „Background & Analysis“ for amerika21 and works in the editorial team of the magazine LuXemburg. Since 1997, he has visited Latin America regularly and has spent several months in Mexico, Columbia and Venezuela. He organized the exchange project “MovimentoR” among others. He regularly scrutinizes the coverage by German media about Latin America.
From 2011 to 2012, he worked as a consultant for international politics at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
Heike Hänsel is a member of the German Bundestag for the Left Party since 2005. She studied Ecotrophology at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. She has been active in the peace movement since 1988 and in the alter-globalization movement Attac since 2001. From 2001 to 2003, she was a member of the coordination council of Attac Germany and served as speaker of the EU-Working-Group of Attac Germany from 2004 to 2005. Also, Heike was head of the sub-committee United Nations, International Organizations and Globalization.
From 1997, she was employed at the association “Culture of Peace” and was an OSZE election observer – amongst others at the elections in Mostar 1997 and Kosovo 2001. She was a member of the cultural association “Violeta Parra” in Tübingen (Germany) where she campaigned for Chileans in exile and against the dictatorship of Pinochet. In 1988, as a member of the Mikis-Theodorakis-Choir she attended the major international cultural gathering “Chile Crea”.
Heike Hänsel is known for her constant commitment for the Latin American continent. The political developments of the ALBA states (Bolivarian Alliance for America) and the human rights situation in Colombia are of particular significance to her.
Pacha Catalina Guzman from Venezuela has been an activist for many years. She is a member of the largest rural worker movement of the country (Frente Nacional Campesino Ezequiel Zamora (FNCEZ) / Corriente Revolucionaria Bolivar y Zamora (CRBZ)) and is a community activist in the youth culture group „Los Antimantuanos“ in Caracas/Catia. In the course of her work at the FNCEZ/CRBZ, she has provided guidance for a variety of cooperatives and rural communal collectives (Comunas) in the Venezuelan states of Apure and Barinas. She is responsible für press relations and international relations and coordinates the cooperation with other Latin American movements like the MST (Brazil), Frente Dario Santillan (Argentina) and many more.
The Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gesellschaft was founded in April 1990 in Berlin. It is an open, independent and democratic coalition of friends of Latin America, which members are interested in having contact to Latin Americans. In a time of increasing hatred against foreigners the society wants to develop appreciation for different cultures and ways of life, wants to counter the globalization of the economy and the culture – especially the Latin American – , and wants to take action to decrease hardship in this area. As co-founder of “Venezuela avanza” – a solid cooperation to support the new Venezuela – the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gesellschaft was engaged in the bolivarian process of Venezuela and other ALBA-countries which where not mentioned in the German mainstream media.
AG Cuba Sí was founded in 1991. The political and material solidarity with the socialist Cuba and the protection, consolidation and development of a societal alternative to capitalism is the main goal of our fellow campaigners. AG Cuba Sí is a part of internationalist movement against war, neoliberlism, fascism, exploitation and discrimination. The fight for peace, and a just world for the preservation of the environment, for the right of the people – in Cuba, Latin America and the whole world – to decide for themselves about their fate, guides our political action.
With our fundraising campaign “Milk for Cuba’s Children” and “Cuba has to Survive” we establish Cuban agricultural projects which not only aim to increase food production but also better work conditions and living conditions for the people of Cuba’s rural areas. In Germany we inform about Cuba, about the actualization of the Cuban socialism and about the negotiations between Cuba and the United States of America. Therefore we organize events, print flyers and publish the newspaper “Cuba Sí Revista”.
A programmatic social and political blueprint for a necessary, epoch-making Reorientation of human civilisation with the goal of achieving sustainable development at all levels of global society, a high universal standard of living and finally overcoming poverty, war and the self-destruction of the planet.
Inspired by the militant movements of a rebellious continent which since 2000 gained power in several parliaments and governments, by that ending an era of Neoliberalism, Interbrigadas e.V. organizes since 2006 political brigades to Latin America. Within ten years of work we organized more than a dozen brigades mainly to Venezuela but also to Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador and Germany.
Our understanding of internationalism is grounded in the conviction that those regions in which the political conditions refuse a logic of exploitation and capital accumulation, need theoretic symbolic and practical solidarity – regardless where. We focus our work on Latin America and try to confront the fad-like and short-lived solidarity especially in an era with modern communication technology. We also try to reflect the problems that occur by international cooperation and try to learn from positive and also negative experience.
The “Internationalistischer Abend” is a left collective which engages locally work in quarters – but not detached from developments and social struggles in the Trikont – for a just and more human society; thereby focusing on self governed processes and communication within the neighborhood to establish a democratic society bottom up and not top down. By doing so it is necessary to inform about organizational models of social movements and also about progressive organizations of people of the Tricont in the metropolis and to reflect with them solidly.
The events, hearings and debates which are co-organized by us should give insights out of an economical and political perspective into the situation, complemented by video productions about local struggles to render information about those struggles. This gets things straight about the struggles to disprove half-truths and initiates self governed discourses.
We are relatives and friends of the internationalists who defended the democratically elected Second Spanish Republic against the plotters lead by general Franco. Approximately 40.000 volunteers from 53 countries and of different religious believes and world-views fought in international brigades against the troops of Franco which were supported with arms and soldiers by the fascist regimes in Rome and Berlin. We incorporate their legacy to fight for a solidly and just world. We connect with national and international organizations to make active work of remembering and to combine history with recent social and anti-capitalist struggles in Spain and elsewhere: ¡La lucha continua! –¡No pasarán!
“The desire of the suppressed home is not the same as of the suppressor.”
The political and social movement Marcha Patriótica represents the feeling, the ability to fight and the will for change of millions of men and women of Columbia. In Marcha Patriótica connected people of different organizational sectors from the whole country come together dedicated to the defense of the human rights and inspired by the historic legacy of the Colombian people’s struggles for real and final independence. Our political project is a Colombia in peace with social justice, democracy and sovereignty. We work from different perspectives for unity, in search for the integration for Latin America’s and the world’s people because we know that our country’s problems are a result of a system of domination with no limits and borders.
As Internationalism we understand a progressive, left, and society changing solidarity, as it once occured within the workers movement. We are part of a global movement which engages in a just, fair and self governed development of the people. We engage primarily in socialist Cuba. Our Internationalism aims against the expansive capitalist economic system as the main reason of numerous crises and crimes, against reactionist destructive polity of western governments. For example in Cuba, where they undermine progressive change in Latin America because they benefit from conflicts.
Location: Statthaus Böcklerpark, Prinzenstraße 1, 10969 Berlin
On both days, there will be two presentations and two panel discussions in the afternoon and evening respectively.
Additionally, in the morning hours there will be rounds of talks with invited representatives of different internationalist and solidarity organizations with the aim of improving cooperation and of developing ideas and starting-points for joint projects. This additional part of the conference is reserved for organizations and requires previous registration.
Solidarity Network with the people of Latin America and the Carribian
Our basic unifying concept is the perspective on Latin America as a unit of entirity of a continent which different people fight for the freedom from imperialistic shackles. This titanic fight of the latin-american people let occur different leaders who united their goals in different epochs. In the last ten years leaders like Evo Morales, Rafael Correa and Hugo Chavez drew attention. President Hugo Chavez brought the fight for a better world to the international political area: “Internationalism of 21st Century”.
Under this concept and perspective, we as antiimperialists of different kinds unite to help our people by it’s everyday fight where it is necessary. This is the purpose of “Patria Grande”.