At the A-Camp, the goal is that all people can feel comfortable in this project. It is especially important to us that people deal with each other in a conscious and mindful way. Thus, it is essential to stand up against mechanisms of oppression. We position ourselves against racism, sexism, ableism, capitalism, classism, fascism and aim to consciously confront different forms of violence with different power relations and to find a way of dealing with them that supports and protects those affected. We are aware that there are many different forms of discrimination that can influence and reinforce each other, and that these forms of violence are not sufficient for the complexity of discrimination.
We construct these unequal power relations ourselves again and again, and reproduce learned mechanisms. The basis of this is a patriarchal capitalist culture. As far as possible, we want to keep A-Camp free of any forms of violence. The term “awareness” is derived from the English “to be aware”, which means: to be aware, to know, to be informed and sensitised. The basis of the A-Camp is that all kinds of disregard for physical, psychological, personal and structural boundaries are clearly opposed. Through awareness, a way should be found to actively prevent these cross-border discriminations.
People who are affected are supported and accompanied. A collective awareness of all the people who come to the A-Camp is especially important to us. This means, as a group and as an individual, to actively stand up for those affected and to show solidarity. We want to take collective responsibility for each other and for ourselves. People can intervene in problematic situations in a de-escalating way. It is also possible to de-privatise conflicts and find solutions together in the group. It is important to respect self-determination and the needs of those affected. The capacity of each individual person to act against oppression is essential, and so is the collective and active capacity of the group to act against oppression! Not positioning oneself and acting against mechanisms of oppression means accepting discrimination. This means that active conscious action by and with individuals and groups is necessary. In the past, it has often been shown that collective consciousness is not enough to prevent border violations. Especially people in privileged situations are often not aware that living out their so-called freedoms can severely restrict the freedoms of others and be transgressive. I
t is also clear that at A-Camp DefMa applies: this stands for power of definition of the people concerned. What is meant is that the power to define a border violation or assault lies with the person affected. The self-determination of those affected is seen as a priority. If a person feels discriminated against, this person is given the power of definition over the situation, this implies: if one or more persons feel that a boundary has been crossed, then a boundary has been crossed for them. A named boundary violation is not questioned but accepted, affected persons are actively supported.
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Information material! –
Here are a few texts and websites, that are about themes like sexism and feminism, racism, transformative justice, antisemitism, support of survivors, intersectionality, toxic masculinity and more:
- I’m an anarchist! How can I be sexist?
- Safer/braver spaces
- Learning good consent
- What if you were accused of border violation?
- Breaking the manacles
- Power, Privilege and Oppression
- Respect Etiquette & Support – Ein Zine für
- things are queer
- Said the pot to the kettle
- Cut of the shit – smoking
- Hot pants – do it yourself gynecology
- Lockdown – Prison, repression and gender non-conformity
- Forget shorter showers
- What do we do when? zine about community response #2
- Aminullah – more tales of migration