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B U L L E T I N

MARCH 2011


Hello friends of Loesje! The Loesje International office is excited about March. Petra and Safaa had their mid-term seminar in Wustrow already, half a year to go with the EVS! We are getting three new office-mates. Two, Oliver and Monika, are doing a one-month internship. During their stay we are going to have a Spanish text writing workshop. Bat-Chen will work with us as a volunteer within the Israeli-German volunteer programme. She will be with us every Tuesday and Wednesday. We are looking forward to more posters in Hebrew and maybe a local group in Israel. The Board-meeting is coming up and we hope for good idea generating sessions. Everyone who is concerned about Loesje today and her future is welcome to participate. Join us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and texts! The Loesje International Team

INDEX IT TOOK A RECESSION

4. Messages 6. Do 8. New

you speak

voices at

Esperanto?

Loesje International

TO FINALLY GAIN SOME INTEREST

9. Belgium-weekend and NorthernGerman sticking tour 11. Memefest

friendly competition

www.loesje.org scotland@loesje.org P.O. Box 910138 12413 Berlin Germany

12. March

news about the

Oddstream

festival

www.loesje.org scotland@loesje.org P.O. Box 910138

14. “Youth

12413 Berlin Germany

critical media literacy training�

15. Loesje 16. EVS

handbook

mid-term training in wendland,

in the land of resistance

18. Agenda 19. Colofon

ANNOY THE CAPITALISTS GET A LIBRARY CARD


I was on my mid-term seminar in Wustrow, in a little village just outside Salzwedel. It was some eventful four days. We talked about how the volunteer service has gone so far and about the future. The group was great. The circle of Berlin friends, as well as EVS colleagues is extended now. We are meeting up for beers. We took a trip to Gorleben, just around the time of the events in Japan. It was remarkable to see this monster of nuclear waste so close to you. /SAFAA

MESSAGES Since last I was in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to plan the Oddstream festival and the international media training that we will be part of later this spring. I’m also busy evaluating the operating grant from last year and preparing for the Board meeting and Assembly. We will get new interns this month at the office, so I will also spend time with them. And of course the usual suspects: finance, administration, promotion of our activities, making nice posters‌ To top it all off I also go for a few days to Sweden to catch up with family and friends. /ROLA

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Ok., the spring has finally arrived to Karl-KungerStrasse and hopefully for good! That means it has come the time again for some nice fresh ideas for our new projects. Some of them already appeared in our office during the last month but still we do hope even more ideas to come to life during the forthcoming Assembly. The nice warm temperature and sunshine coming through the Loesje Imagination’s windows means it’s also the time to clean them as well as to get on with some bürotechnical maintenance. First steps with the 33-yearsold-light-system and the phone&fax were done. /ARTUR

Big HELLO! Such a busy March, a few days in Budapest, then directly to Wendland, to the land of resistance, just back in the office welcoming the new interns and preparing for the Board meeting and Assembly. But I enjoy it and Berlin is still full with surprises! /Petra

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Cu vi parolas Esperanton? Do you speak Esperanto? THE JOY OF LANGUAGE, THAT THE WORDS ROLL OUT OF YOUR MOUTH WITH A SMILE

Imagine.... That everyone apart from their own regional and national language would learn to talk in the same easy to learn, political neutral language.

Wouldn’t that be incredible handy?

But at the same time being able to speak with people from all over the world equally with mutual understanding and respect.

The advantages? It’s easy to make friends all over the world, a cheap world tour, international flirting... Why not?

Esperanto is easy to learn, political neutral, international language (artificial language). It’s designed by Lejzer Zamenhof. In 1887 he published the first book about the language titled ‘La internacia lingvo’ (the international language). He used a pseudonym: Dr. Esperanto, ‘someone who hopes’. The language became known by this name.

ESPERANTO, FOOD FOR MIGRANT BIRDS

Esperanto opens your world!

ESPERANTO, BECAUSE A BORDER DOESN’T BLOCK ANY SOUNDS

No difficult grammatical cases, no illogical exceptions, no lists with verbs anymore.

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Would you also like to learn Esperanto? There are gatherings everywhere! More information you’ll find at: h t t p : //e n .w i k i p e d i a .o r g /w i k i / Esperanto http://en.lernu.net/enkonduko/pri_ esperanto/movado.php For young people http://www.tejo.org/ http://esperanto.org/us/USEJ/links/ links.html /Geertje, Loesje the Netherlands

DON’T FORGET TO TUMBLE OVER YOUR TONGUE EVERY NOW AND THAN EUROPEAN UNION WITH THOUSEND TRANSLATERS, AND SOMEWHERE IN A LITTLE POLISH TOWN, A HOPING ONE TURNS HIMSELF AROUND IN HIS GRAVE ONCE AGAIN

The Dutch Esperanto Association invited Loesje for a study weekend. Of course we wrote Loesje texts in Dutch and in Esperanto. You can see the results on the following page. It is also possible to print the posters via the international website of www.loesje.org

YOU HAVE REAL FREEDOM OF LANGUAGE, WHEN EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS YOU

Esperanto is designed to make people from different cultures to communicate with each other. It’s easier to learn than any national language because of its big regularity and simple grammar. The language is politically neutral, which prevents possible interests between different parties. Apart from this Esperanto also provides equal communication among the speakers.

EVER SINCE AUNT RITA LEARNS ESPERANTO, SHE KNOWS THE GOSSIP FRO RIO DE JANEIRO, BUDAPEST, TOKYO AND WLADIVOSTOK AS WELL

By now, Esperanto is spoken in 115 countries. It has around 2 million speakers.

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NEW

VOICES

AT LOESJE INTERNATIONAL

Hello everyone!! My name is Mònica, and I’m a Sociologist from Barcelona, Catalunya!!! I have come to Berlin with a European project called Citizenship in Europe and I will be here for one month. This project is involving 24 interns from Germany, Poland, Slovenia and Spain that at the moment are in another country, as me. The goal of the project is to visit/intern in an association from another country and now how they work and organize. So I’m really happy to have the chance of get to know the work of Loesje from inside and also to contribute a little bit, and also it’s going to be really nice to stay one month in Berlin get to know the culture and more about the history, and hopefully some words!!! So if you want to meet Catalan people please come by the office, we are two here!!!  /MONICA

Ioo! I’m Oliver, a Spanish guy who loves the heat and always travels to the cold. As I’m gonna be in Berlin only one month, making friends is a wish and learning German, a chimera. After my Erasmus in the adorable Swedish city of Jönköping, I didn’t want to get stuck in Barcelona for good, at least, not yet. I’m a smiling guy who loves good food and awesome parties. Reading, listening to good music or watching movies are also among my hobbies. And, as a journalist, learning as much as I can about the world is a must. /OLIVER

Hallo, My name is Bat-chen, I’m from Israel and today I started to volunteer at Loesje in Berlin. I’m here in Berlin for the last 7 month, I’m participating in a program called “Kom-mit-nadev” which sends young Israelis to volunteer one year in Germany in the fields of education, memorial sites and social work. One of the aims is to improve the German-Israel relationship through common work. I’m 27 and I was working in the past few years with children and youth from low social-economic background in different kind of forms. As a young person I was also activist in the left wing youth movement “Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed” for some years. My goals for my time in Loesje are: to translate the handbook to Hebrew, to translate some posters to Hebrew, to make some contacts with activists in Israel in order to build some basic network for Loesje activity in Israel in the future and of course take part in the local activity of Loesje hear in Berlin. /BAT-CHEN

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BELGIUM - WEEKEND AND NORTHERN - GERMANY STICKING TOUR Spring has come, and Loesje Netherlands is out on the streets again. And how!

We've been out there a lot recently. Belgium is dripping with glue, as well as Northern-Germany, and I think none of us is keen on going back inside our four walls again, even more because there are still so many places to visit, so many people to meet, so many faces to put a smile or a frown on. Here's a short report of our trip through our neighbouring country. WE STARTED THE NORTHERN-GERMAN STICKING TOUR in the city of the north, in Groningen (NL), because one has to leave his/her home country totally covered in glue to have a successful beyond-borders sticking tour, of course. From there on we went to Oldenburg, where we met up at the centre for action and communication called “Alhambra“, where we did some excellent sticking and writing with the locals and enjoyed a relaxative Soliparty in the evening. The day after, we took the train to Lüneburg via Bremen, (where we met up with friends to stick as well) and stayed with people of the group JANUN, a bunch of young people who are committed to dealing with environmental protection and pollution control matters. And, quite obviously, we covered all of Lüneburgs’ trashbins and electricity boxes with wetpaste and posters that night as well ;)

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The last day we travelled home again, with a breakpoint in Hannover, where some of us went to this impressing squatted building, with interesting street art all over the place, while others of us went sticking in the center of the city to get the word of Loesje spread and get some last german needs before going back. We sure need to go back there soon!

Agenda

IN THE NETHERLANDS, we’re focusing on matters of our little shop and arrangements in the office in the meanwhile. Our place is still under construction, but we’re all looking forward very much to having a cheerful, tidy and an inviting working area again. So we’re busy figuring technical things out and planning future activities. SO WE ARE UP TO NEW PLANS, focusing on being on the streets more and more. First next thing will be sticking in a bunch of cities in the middle of the Netherlands again, to give our country a bit of attention too. You people out there, hope to meet up soon and keep up the good work! /Susanne, Loesje the Netherlands

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The selected works of the Memefest friendly competition are online now. Click the link and see all the exciting contributions.

http://www.memefest.org/en/memeblog/2011/03/good-work/

some appetizers!

Transgress, by filter

Capitalism kills love, by lokidesign

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March at

news about the

Oddstream

festival

31st of May until 5th of June de Vasim, Nijmegen, the Netherlands Planning

meeting

In March the organizers gathered at de Vasim to plan further the Oddstream festival and some of the simultaneous activities. Doeko’s crew is working hard on everything from arranging new stairs being built at the premises, getting all the licenses in order, took booking bands and arranging the camping site. To get an impression of the foggy de Vasim in February, you can check out this video clip from Luca Cataldo, from the Italian partner INCA Italy: h t t p : // w w w.y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=hP4hEiHEbWw

Club Oddstream LP

record

If you buy a Club Oddstream multiday special ticket for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June you will receive the double Club Oddstream LP record releashed by recordlabel Shipwrec. The double LP goes along with a unique code that gives you access to download the audio files. In total there will be a maximum of 150 Club Oddstream multi-day special tickets that you can buy until the end of March for early-birds.

Training

participants wanted

At the Oddstream festival Loesje International and Masta are also part of arranging a ‘Youth critical media literacy training’, and are currently looking for participants. See article on page 14!

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Loesje

volunteers wanted

On the 2nd-5th of June, there is room for organizations, artists, festivals or other people working in the fields of film, media, communications, multimedia, art and culture to present themselves / their work to the audiences in an active way. There is an outside area on the grounds of de Vasim where there are also two stages for music, DJ-corners, food area, chill-out and around 20 sea containers where the activities can take place. The activities should preferably be related to the theme of Oddstream, ‘love and conflict’. Loesje will have at least one sea container and part of the outside area to her disposal and would like to have creative input as well as volunteers, who can be in the outside area for a day or two. The volunteers will get free entrance to the festival for that day. Ideas so far are speed text writing, resulting in daily festival posters, a freedom of expression wall, spreading the Loesje publications and products. We will have the area inside and outside the container to our disposal. There will be a library, a chill out area, printing t-shirts and pin-makings. Your ideas here are important and crucial. Anything missing? Email safaa@loesje. org if you have ideas or would like to volunteer!

Ticket

sales started

The three music stages will be open on the 2nd-5th of June and the pre-sales has started. There are two basic overall multiday-tickets, ‘Oddstream festival multiday-ticket’ (the day program until 0:00 both inside and outside the Vasim) and ‘Club Oddstream multiday-ticket’ (from 00:00 in the night program Vasim). There is a limited capacity in de Vasim and that means Oddstream can get sold out. Individual tickets for a single day, tickets for the ‘Inspiration Day for Art and Communication’ with interesting lectures, and festival camping tickets will be available later on. More info on www.oddstream.org

/Rola

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‘Youth critical media literacy training’ Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 29th of May-7th of June 2011 Description The idea of the international training is to train 24 already experienced participants in arts, media and communication, using workshops to create a common understanding of the festival concepts and create the group work atmosphere, and practical »field work«, with an accent on peer to peer education and communication work. The training and its participants will at the same time be the media team of the Oddstream festival, creating synergies with it, and report from it, partly in collaboration with local media. Partners in the training are Inca Italia (IT), Pink Sweater (NL), PINA (SI), Loesje International (DE/INT) and Masta (DE/ INT). About the Oddstream Festival The Oddstream festival entails 4 music stages, exhibitions, an ‘inspiration day for art and communication’ with lectures, live art, an open participation area with interactive activities, workshops, and Club Oddstream with a night program by DJs and artists. It aims at 10.000 visitors during 4 days. (More information at www.oddstream.org) Where and When Nijmegen, the Netherlands / 29th of May 7th of June 2011 The project is looking for 24 participants (no age limit) who has already experience in written media and/or video. Participants must be residents of an EU country and can travel from all EU countries. For the written media we are searching for these kinds of participants: - Writers - Interviewers - Coordination/ editing - Photographer - Layout/design Proof reader (skill)

For the video we are searching for these kinds of participants: - Interviewers (journalists, speakers) cameramen - editing - editor/ coordination - streaming/mixing Costs - travel cost reimbursement 70% (maximum total travel cost is Euro varies from country to country). For some participants there might be transport arranged (depending on country.) - free accommodation (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) - free entry to the festival People will be hosted either at a hotel in nearby Nijmegen, or in huts with proper beds at the festival camping. The reimbursement of travel costs will be done via bank transfer. How to apply Please complete the online Application Form: http://odds tream.w ufoo.com/forms/youthcritical-media-literacy-training/ Write Loesje or Masta as your organization, according to where you are active. Deadline 4th of April Trainers Team Luca Cataldo (Inca Italia - Inca Network) Carola Ståhl (Loesje International) Editor in chief, Written media: Ruuta Vimba (Masta) Editor in chief, Video: Rafael Ugarteche (VISIBLE - Inca Network) The project is funded by Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission. /Rola

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The Loesje

handbook

is here!

All you ever needed to know (or at least, a good start) about how to start up your own Loesje group, how to make creative text writing, final editing and lay out, you can find here. Read it online or print it out from www.loesje.org h t t p://i ss uu .com / Lo e sjeInt/do cs/ handbook_eng If you want to translate the handbook into your language, just email me on rola@loesje.org and I will give you more information! The handbook will soon be available in Polish, Spanish and Hebrew. Volunteers for translations into other languages very welcome! /Rola

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European Voluntary Service (EVS) mid-term training in Wendland, in the land of resistance I’m feeling very fortunate with my European Voluntary Service at Loesje International in Berlin. My colleagues even managed to book the best EVS trainings for me. Thanks! These required departure, arrival and mid-term trainings could easily turn out to be disappointing, as I heard from other volunteers. Lucky star! I just enjoyed them! So I decided to share with you why I found KÜnigshorst, Wustrow, and Gorleben so exciting and exemplary. All these little German villages are located in Wendland, but the most famous of them is definitely Gorleben. Famous for the interim storage depot of CASTOR containers and for the citizens’ creative initiatives against nuclear power and waste. Even our training was organized by a training centre and meeting point for non-violent actions against social injustice. (The training centre, Kurve Wustrow, http://www.kurvewustrow.org/) Thanks to our trainers, I had the chance to learn a lot about the 30 years old non-violent resistance of the region against nuclear power and waste. One of our trainers lives in the region and participates actively in the creative initiatives against nuclear power. For example in the non-violent sitting blockade to defy the CASTOR transport or in investing with 300 people in a wind turbine to use renewable energy source.

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We also made an excursion to the interim storage depot of the CASTOR containers. These are special containers for storage and transport of radioactive materials. The depot is located about 2 km from Gorleben and 25 km from our seminar room. The depot looks like a totally normal storage depot, but the security measures are extremely high. So I had to be really careful to stick some Loesje posters around. But with some help we succeeded!

The dark side of the story is that the catastrophes in Japan happened during the time of the seminar, so we could all feel extremely intensive the importance of resistance against nuclear power. I even had a very sad discussion with our cook who turned out to be the head of the fire department in Dannenberg, a little city close to Gorleben. He felt very miserable about imagining any emergency situation close to Gorleben, when he has the responsibility to send his colleagues and friends to fight against the flames.

On the following websites you can find a lot of useful information about nuclear energy, nuclear waste and about the non-violent resistance movements of Wendland. See you on the next demonstration against nuclear power! http://www.ausgestrahlt.de/ https://www.x-tausendmalquer.de/ http://www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de/ /Petra

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