Women's meeting

Female magic & female power

Happy women’s day! This video is from the last Women’s Day Out that we organize. Female empowerment, getting together and uniting is what we believe in!

We reflected on the Feminine Sacred before. We want to share it here with you again, toghether with warm invitation to come and participate in our meetings! Just send us an email or connect on Facebook.
The women’s meeting is now known as the ‘sacred’ space and moment in which all women who sympathize with the immigration cause are welcome.
Without even mentioning the ancient concepts related to the Sacred Feminine, the event itself has strong characters of exaltation and unity for the present women.

Ultimately, we found out that women are not that much in public or going out, because they face constantly male oppression, discrimination and disempowerment. Therefore, we offer the Day Out as a safe space where women can come, express themselves, cook together, have nice talks, dance and enjoy a peaceful and friendly atmosphere.

We have been organizing Women’s Day Out roughly every two months, and it has reached women from different groups and living spaces all over Nijmegen, offering literally a Day Out off their normal daily lives. It is now known as a frequent encounter of females and in each edition more and more girls, kids, women and elders come together and celebrate their feminine nature in a safe and open place. In this sense, it’s not silly to compare the way these women gather with the ancient rituals to celebrate the Feminine Sacred.

Events · information & sharing

justPeople travels to Bristol: presentation at GW4 conference

Grap your chance today to travel with us! Today at 15.45 pm Jesse will give a talk on “justPeople: A refugee relief collective formes during the so-called refugee crisis. The workshop this is a part of is about understanding Law and Religion. It takes place in Bristol, organized by GW4, a colloborative research network between… Continue reading justPeople travels to Bristol: presentation at GW4 conference

information & sharing

Repost: Cross-border connections between Nijmegen and Kranenburg

In October, we talked about our experience regarding how to welcome and what we did since Heumensoord in terms of mutual aid and solidarity. The event was organized by the research initiative GLOCAL. They wrote an interesting review on their blog. There, they aim to understand local problems by looking also at the global processes… Continue reading Repost: Cross-border connections between Nijmegen and Kranenburg

Events · information & sharing

Discussion (13-10): Refugees and cross-border hospitality: reflections on recent experiences

We gladly got invited to share our experiences on hospitality and how refugees where and are received. It is an event this Thursday from 16:00 – 18:00 at the Global Lounge, a bookshop and cafĂ© in the middle of the Radboud university campus.

Heumensoord: One year later. A lot of activities have taken place. Time for a knowledge exchange. 

It’s organized by “the research hotspot GLOCAL“. This is a research initiative about fields of conflict, borders and development. It focuses on “transnational dimensions of ‘local’ problems related to socio-economic inequalities, (geo)political conflicts over resources”.

Sounds pretty academic- however, the talk is supposed to be a real sharing of experiences.

Apart form us, there will be:

  • Yannick: refugee, has lived on both the Dutch and German side of the border
  •  Dieter Schalk: case manager at COA Nijmegen and Arnhem
  •  Friedhelm Kahm: volunteer at Rundertisch, a citizen initiative supporting refugees in Kranenburg.
  •  Huda Degu, who will moderate the conversation: part of University Asylum (Nijmegen Centre for Border Research).

There is also interaction planned with the audience. So, come, attend and bring in your experiences!

More info from the invite text via GLOCAL:

Not long after the refugee centre in Heumensoord was shut down, a new centre was created in Kranenburg, only 12 km’s away on the other side of the border. While the admittance of refugees is an ongoing source of public and academic debate, little attention has been paid to the possibilities for cross-border cooperation.

During this event, we will reflect on the admittance of refugees in our cross-border region and discuss the main challenges and chances. What went well? What went wrong? How can we learn from each other? In what ways can we benefit from cross-border cooperation?

The speakers are involved in these topics in very different ways and will share their personal experiences. There will also be room for the public to join the conversation. We will conclude with drinks and snacks prepared by our moderator and the refugee women group Inasako.

See you there!

Events · Women's meeting · Working Group Meeting

On Friday the 30th: Working group meeting and Women’s meeting.

JustPeople is a collective that organizes activities for and with people who live in Nijmegen, for people with and without “refugee” background. We organize in a horizontal way and we want to move away from making differences as a main definition tool. In this way, we organize in changing working groups. You have an idea… Continue reading On Friday the 30th: Working group meeting and Women’s meeting.

Come together, share your story & draw your map of Nijmegen · Posts

Mapping project in 2nd exhibition at international conference in Madrid

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Via Contested Cities

We are very pleased to spread the word: one of our maps got selected to be shown in one of the “stills” rooms in Madrid during the Contested Cities conference from 4th -7th of July.

In December we came together for the event share our different visions on Nijmegen and Heumensoord. In May the maps were part of an exhibition together with pictures and mind maps from the US/ Mexican border.

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Nijmegen divided in Centrum and Jungle. This map reflects the experience of a newcomer in Nijmegen who arrived as a refugee, living in camp Heumensoord, which lies in a forest one hour walking distance from the city center.

 

Back then when we sat down together for some tea and some free drawing, Heumensoord had existed for about three months. It was in the middle of the winter and people were insolated in a camp in the forest. We all rememeber how hard it was to even get there without a bike (an hour and a half walking from the city center).

The inhumane living conditions in the camp were later confirmed by the Nationale Ombudsman. The camp was closed earlier. However, does this mean that people will not be sent again to mass camps into isolation?

Jungles, borders, exclusion

Distances are so easily created and borders are so easily set up. Our map shows that a division takes place: On the one hand there is the city center and on the other hand, as if behind a wall, there is the jungle. The question arises of who actually has access to the city then?

All over Europe, currently there are camps popping up. Mass camps with disastrous living conditions. These “jungles” challenge our vision of the cities, they are a symbol of the excluded.

Exhibitions and discussion

CONTESTED_CITIES is an international interdisciplinary network of researchers from Europe and Latin America (Madrid, Leeds, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Quito and Rio de Janeiro). They research processes, consequences and resistance to neoliberal urban politics in Europe and Latin America. (via)

The conference opens up dialogue and discussion and has a special focus on visual material that will be presented alongside the talks.

The CONTESTED_CITIES CONFERENCE will be a forum of radical academics, practitioners and activists from different theoretical, disciplinary and geographical backgrounds coming together to probe the multiple forms of urban injustice that shape cities across the world. Cities have always been contested spaces in which struggles over different political visions of urban development, planning and life take place; yet urban contestation is increasing.

In recent years this has been manifested through austerity urbanism, crisis politics and processes of financialisation. Millions of urban citizens are experiencing dispossession, displacement and expulsion on a daily basis; their ‘right to the city’ has been denied by diverse forms of neoliberal and authoritarian urban governance.

At the same time there is growing global resistance and counter-strategies to these injustices, varying in form, scale and approach. The conference will develop counter-dialogues and perspectives, fighting against these injustices, in an attempt to think beyond neoliberalism. (via)

It is great that the Heumensoord-struggles find a place in this debate. Whoever goes to Madrid next Monday: Wouldn’t it be great to visit the conference and give us a shout out about it? We would like that!

 

Events · Solidarity & Protest

Solidarity Jam Session at Camp Zeist

On Saturday the 2nd of July we will go to camp Zeist with some instruments  and lots of care. We will have a warm jam session with some singing and dancing, etc. whatever comes up. Transfers from camp to camp with notifications one day in advance Last month we visited some friends in the AZC… Continue reading Solidarity Jam Session at Camp Zeist