Thank you for your commitment in 2017. We’ll count on you in 2018 again. Set a signal against right-wing extremism, racism, and anti-Semitism together with Berlin gegen Nazis!

In 2017, five major right-wing extremist demonstrations took place; this constitutes the largest right-wing extremist mobilization of different groups for years. Many committed Berliners took a stance to protest against racist marches in the districts of Mitte and Spandau and thus set signals in many ways against right-wing extremism, racism, and anti-Semitism. We would like to thank all involved in protests and especially those who took care to organize them. We already have a few dates for 2018 where we count on you once again!

All year round, Berlin gegen Nazis provided information on right-wing extremist demonstrations and mobilized engaged citizens to counter protest via its website, via social media, and by distributing multilingual flyers in affected neighborhoods. Furthermore, Berlin gegen Nazis was able to support local initiatives, individual protestors, as well as large Berlin-wide associations with ideas and hints and workshops to utter their protests in a creative and colorful manner. The Lärmchallenge gegen Neonazis in march in the district of Mitte, Plakate malen gegen Neonazis in august in the district of Spandau, and Buchstabenchoreografie gegen Neonazis in september again in the district of Mitte, provide examples of workshops that are easy to realize and easy to join – copycats are encouraged to find inspiration in 2018.

Our personal highlights in 2017 include Glänzende Parade gegen Neonazis on the 17. of june, and Anwohner_innenproteste in Mitte on the first of july. Both events brought to light the immense potential of the committed civic society of Berliners! A neighborhood initiative and a group of artists made creative protests happen and open to join. It was amazing to meet so many committed people, to accompany them and foster a culture of democracy and respect together.

Berlin gegen Nazis keeps counting on you in 2018. It remains an important issue to not let right-wing extremist self-presentation pass in silence. We will keep supporting you and your creative protest in the coming year.

Coming up next is another major demonstration of the right-wing organization “Wir für Deutschland (WfD)“on March 3, 2018, in the district of Mitte. Preparations of protests in the neighborhood are already in progress. As usual, we keep you up to date in time (facebook event).

If the movement “Identitäre Bewegung” chooses to march in Berlin again, either on June 17, or on occasion of the commemoration of Rudolf Hess in August, we will keep you updated via our information channels and we will offer protest activities to join.

Even if there might be no right-wing extremist demonstrations taking place in 2018, there will be many options to take a stance:

From March 12 – March 25, 2018, the “Internationale Aktionswochen gegen Rassismus” is taking place nation-wide, on occasion of the International Day against Racism on March 21. A good opportunity to take a stance against racism in Berlin.

In the district of Neukölln, a weekend of events under the slogan “Offenes Neukölln”, will take place on March 1 – March3, 2018, celebrating the Berlin civic society and its open-mindedness and solidarity. Come along, be a part of it!

Any signal, big or small, against right-wing extremism, racism, and anti-Semitism counts. Let’s set many signals together in 2018.

Here’s to a successful Berlin, in solidarity, against Nazis, in 2018! Even if there might be turbulences – show that we are many!

photo credit: Theo Schneider