Fighting to Survive: Black & Indigenous Liberation Struggles


19:30 - 22:00

Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin

Admission is free - donations are welcome

Facebook event here.

► 8 October, 2019

· Fighting to Survive: Black and Indigenous Liberation Struggles Against State Violence ·

#Tuesdaytalks featuring Melody H., Gabriel Silva & Edna Bonhomme

Start: 19.30


How are Black and indigenous people subjected to state violence and what role has the rise of the far right posed to these communities? As fascist movements undergo a surge in North America, South America and Europe, Black and indigenous people have been subjected to various forms of state violence, whilst developing new political languages to survive.

This event is part of the Anti-colonial Month Berlin will consist of activists and scholars who will unpack the ways that various nation-states monitor, regulate, and criminalize people of colour and how these modes of surveillance are tied to legacies of colonialism and slavery.

The conversation will give us some opportunities to ruminate on Brazil, Europe, and the beyond, while also thinking about some shared experiences and local specificities. Using critical and intersectional approaches, not only will the activists speak on repressive policies and but they will provide insight on everyday resistance. Moreover, a driving question will be: what does freedom look like? In this vein, the panel will try to map out progressive geographies of abolition that consider the perspectives of people from below. Together, we hope to interrogate constructions of the human while also developing new methods and connections that may sharpen our anti-colonial transnational networks against the rise of fascism.


· Gabriel Silva ·

Gabriel Silva was raised in a poor black neighborhood called Grajaú, in the extreme south of São Paulo. Philosophy student, he was part of social movements for housing, public transportation, education and culture in organizations as Movimento Passe Livre São Paulo (movement for free public transportation), Luta pelo Transporte do Extremo Sul (movement for better public transportation in the extreme south) and Mal Educado (student’s movement for better public high school). As a poet, he helps in building gatherings of artists in poor black neighborhoods, strengthening culture movements and discussion spaces. He works as a bank officer at the national bank where he’s union delegate and militant of the autonomous union movement that criticizes the hegemonic bureaucracy in Brazilian trade unionism. He’s organized within Quilombo Invisivel, a space to think the class struggle with an anti-racist priority, and is part of the Frente Estadual Pelo Desencarceramento de São Paulo (front against incarceration in São Paulo) and Rede de Proteção e Resistência Contra o Genocídio (network against the genocide). Gabriel’s website is:

· Melody Howse

Melody is a filmmaker and educator from Belize & UK. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis with the University of Leipzig that encompasses surveillance, police violence, racial profiling and the effects and repercussions these have both on the black community and individually. She is a volunteer with the Black Lives Matter Berlin chapter, and a lecturer at the Freie Universitaet where her teachings are designed to challenge the white western production of knowledge within the field of anthropology.

· Ahmed Isam

Ahmed Isam is a Sudanese photographer who is based in Berlin. He has photographed in Egypt and been active in the Sudan Germany solidarity efforts. More about him can be found here:

· edna bonhomme, Moderator

edna bonhomme is a historian, writer, curator, and educator. She completed her PhD in history at Princeton University in 2017 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, Germany. She has collaborated and exhibited critical multimedia projects in Prague and Vienna which interrogate disease, gender, surveillance, and embodiment. In addition to her academic interests, she has written for publications such as Africa is a Country, Der Freitag, Mada Masr, and The Nation. She has previously taught at Drexel University, Humboldt University in Berlin, and Bard College Berlin.


This event is free to attend and open to all. We would kindly suggest donations for our speakers for their time and labour – we look forward to seeing you there! Please support our space by ordering a drink or two!


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