The first Gathering „Frankfurt for all!“ took place on December 4th.. Many people participated. Numerous activists from different social and political initiatives exchanged experiences, pointed out problems and agreed to intensify the joint work. The following declaration “Frankfurt for All: Solidary City!“ was discussed and published on December 10th, the international human rights day. This declaration is seen as a first mosaic stone in the discussion, which will surely be widened and more concrete in the ongoing process.
People all around the world are flying from persecution and war, economic exploitation, climate change and missing prospects – also due to the politics of the global north. Only a small amount of these people heads to Europe, nevertheless they have managed to make the fortress of Europe crumble.
Whilst supposedly complaining about overload, outwards politics aims at increased sealing of and inwards strives for a split. To “safeguard the external frontiers” violations of human rights are accepted and rights of asylum get tightened rapidly.
We are living in Frankfurt in a center of economic prosperity where the increasing discrepancies between rich and poor can be felt concretely on a local level. The social question is raised by the arrival of the refugees here with a growing urgency. In truth the “refugee crisis” is a crisis of just distribution: It turns out as the basic question of how we as a society want to address social justice and participation.
We are not regarding the arriving refugees as rivals for public benefits, but as fellow combatants in the struggle for social justice, who deserve our fullest solidarity.
In a solidary and cosmopolitan city there is no place for deportation, social splittings and racist agitation.
We are people from concrete solidarity work, social work, anti-racist initiatives, labor unions, the commitment against right-wing ideas, churches, migrant associations, the artist's scene, pupils groups, associations, organized groups of unemployed and NGOs.
In this city we want to live in we will not be played off against each other! Everybody is welcome. If we stand up for social concerns, then this rises from the conviction that within this abundant country no poverty should be excused. The policy which causes disparity between poor and rich is man-made – it can be altered once again by us!
In this city we want to live in there is no vacancy, everybody can live in flats instead of mass accommodations!
The current initiatives to create living space through public housebuilding are a step into the right direction – although it comes much to late. The negative growth of subsidized housing the recent years have seen has fatal consequences – for refugees as well as people with low income. Instead of lowering building standards or subsidizing private investors in the current situation we are in need of new subsidized housing – communal, self-governing and preferably high-quality. In this city we want to live in affordable living space will be created for everybody and vacancy will be utilized wisely.
Also refugees do not want to live in camps. The overcrowding of camps is home-made and continues the wrong-headed refugee politics of the past years. We stand up for freedom of movement and living space for EVERYBODY and for free choice of residence.
In this city we want to live in there is free health care for EVERYBODY!
Health is a human right! There must not be a second class health card for refugees. Medical aid for the people affected as well as others, who are in need, has to be provided. We demand an out seeking medical aid or at least the permission for mobility (public transport), so that people can come to the doctor at all! Also within the Hartz-IV legislation it is necessary to fight for an increase of additional demands for cost-intensive diet in case of illness, as well as an unbureaucratic provision of medicine by the job center if not covered by health insurance.
In this city we want to live in everybody has access to free education!
Children and youths study together in small classes, they do not only learn within school, but also in out-of-scholl facilities and the urban quarter. To learn means exploring the environment, unfolding abilities and thinking in a critical way. Therefore we demand an unbureaucratic access to primary and secondary schools, language and integration courses as well as qualification and training for EVERYBODY – and for refugees and migrants directly after their arrival and without the classification of “bad” or “good” prospects to stay. Moreover we demand a right of advanced training and reeducation for all recipients of benefit on a voluntary basis.
In this city we want to live in we live well from work as well as without!
The much acclaimed increase of occupation is accompanied by low-pay work through labor leasing and exploitation as well as a social legislation (Hartz-IV), which legitimizes poverty in spite of work. Especially migrants and refugees are turned over to the system. Because they do not have a residence permit and permission to work they can be blackmailed and are exploited through various forms of precarious employment. The dominant creation of hierarchies of refugees and migrant (laborers) is the basis of exploitation, exclusion and wage dumping.
We are against work prohibition and the principle of priority for refugees, against the exclusion of job-seeking immigrants from benefits after the Social Security Code II, against rules of reasonability and sanctions for recipients of Hartz-IV and want to defend the minimum wage.
In this city we want to live in voluntary service does not fill the gaps!
If a dignified life is possible for all refugees, all job center clients, all people who are houseless and all employees in the low-wage sector a voluntary service can be aiming at enabling encounters, a higher quality of life and culture. Dignity and social participation are not a part of charity but basic rights. Self-organized help in need like German classes by Teachers on the road or pupils initiatives could be an alternative or choice for a learning opportunity, but not the only option. The social infrastructure of this city has not reached its capacity limit only now with the arriving refugees. Therefore we demand sufficient personal and financial facilities for the professionalized social sector. We stand against the effort to play of voluntary and full-time engagement against each other.
In this city we want to live in there are equal social rights for EVERYBODY, extensive and sufficient existential coverage without service in return, free access to social infrastructure and no deportations!
This will not be reached with demands and good words alone. Practical and daily interventions are needed as well as our initiative from the bottom!
We are collecting signatures for this declaration and we hope to get a discussion going, on how our cities must change. The declaration can be signed online.