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  • Sunday, 29 January, 2012 - 14:30

    Zondag 29 januari wordt er geschreven aan een nieuwe posterserie. Deze keer zal het in Mechelen te doen zijn. Komt allen, we hebben koekjes!

    Ook als je nog nooit eerder meegeschreven hebt, ben je welkom.

    Jeughuis DOEMA in Mechelen, vanaf 14u30.

    Oude Brusselsestraat 28
    2800 Mechelen

    Zie ook het kaartje hier:
    http://www.doema.be/wordpress/?page_id=219

     

    Het is handig als je op voorhand laat weten dat je komt, dan weten we namelijk of we 10 of 100 biccen moeten klaarleggen.

    belgie@loesje.org

  • We would like to invite you all to the Loesje International Assembly.

    All together, we will talk of the past year of Loesje International and reflect on the future. We will evaluate the past activities and define in which directions will would like to continue our actions. The assembly is open to everybody : the ones who are active members now, the ones who slow down a bit their Loesje activities or the ones who are motivated and want to get more deeply into Loesje actions.

     

    Come and be a part of Loesje future !

    Loesje International Assembly 
    starting the Saturday 17th of  March 2012 at 10:30am 
    ending Sunday 18 of March 2012 at 6:00pm
    at Loesje's Imagination,
    Karl-Kunger-strasse 55,
    10249 Berlin
  • On Sunday, the 15 th of January, 3000 people went out to the streets of Berlin not because the sun was shining but to protest for global change and a better world. Loesje and friends joined the movement Occupy Berlin which walked from the Roten Rathaus to close the Bundestag. 

      

    Unfortunately, police barriers prevented the demonstration to reach its final goal which was Platz der Republik. Nevertheless, the demonstrators didn't lose their motivation and stayed put listening to speeches given out by people that went up to the open microphones. Among them was Professor Angela Davis from Occupy New York, USA.

    This demonstration showed that the Occupy Berlin movement is not demotivated by the peaceful eviction of their Camp on the 9th of January and news about more actions taking place in May are starting to be circled around by the organizers.

     

    Many other demonstrations took place in the rest of Germany and worlwide. For more information about the Occupy movement, follow this link: www.occupytogether.org

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    This picture by Adrian Gutzelnig. The others by Safaa.

    Touching grounds in Tallinn was an amazing feeling. I had always wanted to travel to Estonia. We took the first best train to Keava, where we were going to spend maybe the best Summercamp in Loesje’s history (yeah yeah, everything is subjective!).

             

    Every year, people who like Loejse and/or work closely with her, meet somewhere in Europe and camp. We talk about the recent year, what we would like to do with Loesje in the nearest future, and just relax and hang out and have fun.  In 2011 we met in Keava, a little village one hour from Tallinn. No place could have been better for camping...

             

    The farm where we stayed was just simply amazing. Everything was built by the family that lived there. They had built a theatre stage, and an auditorium, as they used to have theatre camps for children. The kitchen was sheltered by a roof, but otherwise more or less out in the garden.  There were trampolines, swings, grill spots, cute cats and everything you could wish for, for having the best camping. A bit further away from the farm was a swamp, with a mud volley ball court. Very convenient! Not to mention the late night sweaty sessions in the tiny but cosy sauna that we heated with wood.

      

    The workshops were as usual diverse and interesting; SMS-haiku, Arabic and Esperanto lessons, massaging, watching RSA-animations, Kubb-game carpenting and many more. We also had a workshop in planning what more activities Loesje could do in the future. A summary of these will be put up on the website in the nearest future.

    And lastly, a repeated big thanks to Liisa who organized this year’s Summercamp, and the great hosts at the farm in Keava!

    Safaa

  • Photo by Juliana Zapata for CIVIS from http://www.intersektionalitet.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/IMG_0507.jpg

    During 29th-30th of November Safaa Daoud and Carola Ståhl at the international Loesje office attended a conference arranged by the peace organisation CIVIS in Gothenburg to discuss the concept “Intersectionality” and how it can be used by organisations that work with subjects such as gender equality, anti-racism, diverse sexualities and other categories that could be a target of oppressive norms. The organisation for the Swedish united anti-discrimination bureau lists seven categories that they focus on. They are religion, sex, gender, functionality, ethnicity, age and sexuality.

    Intersectionality is a term that was coined by scholars, from  the black working class feminist movement in the US. They were questioning the kind of feminism that was predominant then, which they thought only advocated for the rights of white middle class women. They believed that in general, we cannot only deal with one struggle against oppression within one norm. They rather saw that all predominant norms were intersected. All the norms enforce each other and are in need of each other to exist. Here is some easy reading about the term http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectionality_theory#

    A very interesting example that was given in one of the lectures by Paulina de los Reyes, one of the most distinguished scholars within intersectional research in Sweden, was the “Millionsvenska” or “Förortsvenska”. It is a name for the kind of Swedish that was created in the suburbs of the big cities of Sweden. The creators and speakers of this dialect are mainly young men and women, referred to as immigrants and un-educated youngsters coming from socioeconomically poor families. In other words, all bundled into the category, “ troublesome young immigrants from the suburb”. Millionsvenskan was picked up by a magazine called Gringo, which was dealing with issues of racism and sexism. A huge debate was started, about what kind of Swedish is correct Swedish. There were advocates for the ‘correct’ kind of Swedish, saying that promoting the ‘wrong’ kind of Swedish will only keep the people living in the suburbs to “selling bananas”. And that the language was sexist. The reply came from advocates of the Millionsvenska that the language was in fact inclusive of women, but that picture didn’t fit the prejudice of young men from the suburb. A female journalist also replied that apparently the ‘correct Swedish’ advocators weren’t aware that women like her who are speaking “Millionsvenska”, happen to be ‘successful’. Conclusively, through an intersectional analysis, one can see that the advocators of the ‘correct Swedish’ weren’t only confirming prejudice of men with migration background in the suburbs being more sexist than white middle class men, thus assuming that women in the suburbs automatically are more oppressed. In a class-based society, it is implied that selling bananas in a market is a “failure”.  This example shows how a problem usually is multi-layered, and how categories could intersect. Noteworthy to this example is that Kiezdeutsch, the German equivalent of Millionsvenska, is today classified as a dialect.

    At the conference, we dealt with questions of how we could implement an intersectional thinking into our work. We at Loesje believe that this term could be useful in our network. Many organisations expressed that they were already working in an intersectional matter, without knowing that there was a term for it. And this is how it feels a little bit with Loesje. The posters are dealing with so many different themes. The texts are questioning different oppressive norms and wants everybody’s freedom, no matter which categories people are forced into. We would like to go further with this perspective, and consciously implement it, not only in the posters, but in other projects we are involved in.

    Now Loesje International has been asked to participate in yet another project from the organisation CIVIS that initiated the conference, where we would be part of a long term web-based  training in intersectionality, this together with other organisations in Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina respectively. To know more about CIVIS project about the subject, you can visit the website here http://www.intersektionalitet.org/and get an English version.

    Safaa

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    To download the posters go to the Posterarchive

  • In 2005 the international Loesje office moved to Berlin and regional channel RBB came to make a piece about that in the program Stilbruch. In a few minutes you can get an introduction to Loesje (and see how the office looked in 2005!).

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        Between the 20th and the 27th November 2011, in Budapest, thirty youth leaders met to participate to the Study Session “Why not exchange prejudices for experiences”. The Council of Europe had welcomed them into the European Youth Center of Budapest to understand how stereotypes work and how to overcome them in order to find new ways to work with young people and develop mutual understanding between cultures.

       

        Coming from more than twenty different countries, the participants had many goals in common: overcome their stereotypes by sharing their experiences, become aware of the concepts of human rights and diversity, discover and use Loesje’s methods for creative activism and reflect upon themselves in order to bring back their knowledge to their home countries. To achieve these objectives, many activities were organized by the course facilitators: Agnieszka Byrczek, Menno Ettema, Hussein El Shafei, Hristijan Jordanoski, Hranush Shahnazaryanand and Carola Ståhl. These working sessions were challenging the participants by involving them directly and encouraging them to open themselves to each others.

        The participants were also introduced to Loesje’s creative activism as a method to react against prejudices in a positive and constructive way and as well to stimulate others to take action in their own lives. Twelve posters were created this week with various topics such as gender equality, arab spring, non formal education or multiculturalism. You can find those inspiring posters in the Poster Archive. Because Loesje’s creative tools are made to share and discuss with people, the participants created a street action in the main square of Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér. The action was composed of a dance flash mob, colorful fish with Loesje messages, a banner to sign with the message “Megkülönböztetés: nem, Tolerancia: igen” (in English, “No to discrimination, Yes to tolerance”) and the handing out of Loesje posters in Hungarian and English to the people passing by. The cheerfulness and optimism of the participants will probably stay in the memories of the people present in the square this day.

        The final aim of the study session “Why not exchange prejudices for experiences” is to be a starting point for a new project “500 stories”. With the “500 stories”, we want to initiate new creative projects in different countries to empower young people to overcome their stereotypes and afterwards collect their successful stories. This project will be the frame for diverse youth projects promoting tolerance and mutual understanding. The stories will be shared in order to touch more young people and build a network of positive experiences. Stay tuned for more news about the “500 stories” project. 

      Find an article about the study session on the website of the Council of Europe, the description of the study session  Loesje’s website and some more picture of the street action on the blog Belvaros Budapest

    Thanks to all participants, courses facilitators and photographs for the article picture.

  • The Study Session "Why Not Change Prejudices Into Experiences" in Budapest has come to an emotional end but the spirit survives on the poster series created together by all the participants.

    Check them out at the Poster Archive and feel free to download or print them.

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    Richard Schut shares with Loesje Int the nice news: 

    This weekend, about 350 filmmakers in Berlin will make a short movie within 48 hours, based on a random genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue. This year the 'line of dialogue' comes from .... a Loesje poster!

    Filmmakers will hear Friday 19.00 from which poster. Wanna see their movies? All movies are screened Tuesday 15th November in Babylon Kino, Berlin, starting at 19:00. Info & tickets at http://www.babylonberlin.de/

    Das 48 Hour Film Project: Berlin

    www.48hourfilm.com
    The 48 Hour Film Project invites filmmakers from around the world to produce a complete short movie in just two days.