Many communities and initiatives are deciding to resist against the barbarous asylum policies of the EU and the Austrian government and obey human rights instead. They demand: Europe needs to become asylum.
The year is 2015. All of Europe is implementing a repressive asylum and border policy and is holding a debate on the distribution and detention of asylum seekers as if they were not people like you or me. All of Europe? Not quite! Just like in other places, people in Austria are resisting against the inhumane polices of the Fortress Europe.
The term "civil obedience" was coined in the frequently quoted manifest against deportations from Alberschwende of March 2015, and urges us to prevent federally mandated injustice when this leads to infringements of human rights. Many Austrian communities – from Alberschwende in Vorarlberg to Neudörfl in Burgenland – as well as numerous initiatives are deciding on obedience toward human rights and disobedience against the policies of the EU and the Austrian federal government. Without hesitation, they assume tasks where the EU and its institutions fail, whether it be sea rescue or supporting asylum seekers with regard to accommodation, care or educational offers.
In Civil Obedience – Examples of Committed Asylum Policy, people are on the stage reporting on their support work. Additionally, the event wants to create possibilities for people to connect that would also like to get involved, and drive the networking of various initiatives forward. The goal: To expand one's own practices by means of a continuous exchange of information and dialog.
Europe needs to become asylum!
With the key focuses, education (hosted by İlkim Erdost, director of VHS Ottakring), community (hosted by Edith Meinhart, journalist) and borders (hosted by Maria Sterkl, journalist)
With Angelika Schwarzmann (mayoress, Alberschwende), Dieter Posch (mayor, Neudörfl), Mario Thaler (managing director of Doctors Without Borders, t.b.c.), Harald Höppner (Sea Watch, t.b.c.), Lisbeth Kovacic (Watch the Med – Alarm Phone), Azra Bajrica (Bildungsinitiative Österreich – Vielmehr für Alle!) and Marty Huber (Türkis Rosa Lila Tipp, Network legallyqueer). Moderator: Fanny Müller-Uri, greeting: İlkim Erdost.
Following this, party with "Prolo" karaoke and DJs at BOEM*, 1160, Koppstraße 26 (barrier-free access)