Awareness

Right now there are people in Lützerath who are working on the topic of awareness and are in the process of forming structures:

We want to collectively empower ourselves, counteract assaultive behaviour, create educational opportunities and support people who are affected by discriminatory behaviour.

A self-conception, awareness concept and related documents will soon be available here.

Come and join us, or send us an email to: awareness[ät]luetzerathlebt.info

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You are not a white studied man and are unsure whether you can feel comfortable here?

We can be reached on O1522 65O2277 – feel free to call!

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awareness@luetzeratheĺebt.info

+49 1522 65O2277

The Awareness Team is an open structure where people can get involved at any time.

Our goal is to make people feel comfortable in this place: So feel free to come to us if you feel uncomfortable!

We want to support people who experience and observe assaultive or discriminatory behaviour.

  • We work with power of definition.
  • This means: people can always define for themselves what they have experienced as assault or discrimination.

  • We work with an affected-centred approach.
  • This means: first we offer affected people emotional support in dealing with the assaultive situation. Then we ask what further steps the affected person would like to see. This can also mean, for example, entering into a discussion process with the person being assaulted or communicating certain points of criticism/wishes to the person through the A-team.

  • We do not work with sanctioning power for those affected.
  • This means: we do not simply enforce every wish/demand of affected persons. We see ourselves as an A-Team in a mediating role. As a group, we weigh our different perceptions of the situation and discuss which actions & consequences we find appropriate.

It can happen that situations arise where exclusions cannot be prevented, i.e. either affected persons are excluded by no longer feeling safe/comfortable, or assaulted persons have to be actively excluded by people with sanctioning power in order to create a safer space.

In such cases, the Awareness Team positions itself behind affected persons and takes up the wishes and demands of affected persons.

The A-Team wants exclusion to be an option – but sees this as a last resort. This means that a decision taken is not taken lightly, but results from preparatory work that has taken place in an intensive reflection room and dialogue with all those involved.

The A-Team is aware that exclusion is a drastic measure, e.g. for people who recognise this place as their home, so this action should always be thought through sensitively and other options considered.

However, this approach requires that the A-Team is trusted by the local people and the actions are not questioned on principle.

The morning plenary on Friday, 10/30 consented to the following proposal regarding the A-Team sanctioning power: (There were no vetoes & no serious concerns).

“We make decisions about sanctions collectively in the Awareness Team.

Ultimately, this can also mean that we as the A-Team decide to exclude a person from theZAD.

This can only happen under the following conditions:

– The exclusion is based on the concrete need for protection of an affected person (not suggested by the A-Team).

– The person committing assault is not willing to talk, does not accept criticism, does not comply with agreements and/or repeatedly behaves in an assaultive manner.

In the following cases, sanction decisions are not only made by the A-Team:

– If certain perspectives relevant to the case are not represented in the A-team, people with the relevant positions can be involved in the decision as external advisors at the request of the person(s) concerned or the A-team.

– At the request of the person(s) concerned, the decision can be made in a public plenum: Either: Only the person concerned wishes a decision to be made by the public plenum, in which case the case is discussed there in anonymised form. Or: Both parties – the person affected and the person(s) being assaulted – want a decision to be taken by the public plenum, in which case this is what happens.

If sanctions are taken, this is made transparent to the ZAD in anonymised form.

We understand expulsions as the very last option after other attempts have failed. In case an exclusion seems necessary to us, we want the confidence & legitimacy of the ZAD to take and implement such sanction decision.”

We are happy to welcome anyone who wants to take on awareness shifts – or otherwise work with the AG.

After the morning plenary there will be an onboarding meeting and at 11:30 the awareness plenary at the hut opposite action-point.

You can reach the A-Team at 015226502277 or by email at awareness[ät]luetzerathlebt.info.

Feel free to contact the A-Team if you have any criticism about the structures or processes here at ZAD-Rheinland!

Let’s also not outsource responsibility to the A-Team, but bear it together as a whole collective; be mindful, open to criticism and good to each other!