Civil society, initiatives and alliances

A vibrant and human rights-oriented civil society is the ultimate bastion against right-wing extremism, right-wing populism, racism and anti-Semitism.

But democrats who take a public stance against anti-democratic, racist and extreme right-wing positions frequently become the targets of discreditation campaigns, threats or attacks.

The intentions of the perpetrators are clear: They use intimidation and fear in the hope that the affected persons or groups will restrict or terminate their political and/or voluntary work. The numerous small and large civic initiatives and alliances that are active against extreme right-wing, racist and anti-refugee activities and gatherings in their own neighbourhoods or throughout Berlin, however, face additional challenges. These include, for example, dealing with reactions of right-wing extremists to the protests, moderating group processes in the initiatives, dealing with the burdens of permanent commitment against marches of right-wing extremist or with regard to their own public relations work.

The MBR advises and supports representatives of the democratic civil society in their commitment and their confrontation with right-wing extremism, right-wing populism, racism and anti-Semitism

MBR consultations in these fields may focus on:

 

  • Individual consultations for teams and networks in the identification of objectives, moderation of group processes, project development, communication concepts and public relations work.
  • Provision of information and analyses on right-wing extremism, right-wing populism, racism and anti-Semitism.
  • Advice and support for dedicated and committed individuals and initiatives on how to deal with extreme right-wing hostility, intimidation attempts and threats, consultations focusing on security measures at events and parties as well as strategies to handle (expected) disruptions.

relevant mbr
publications

Handlungssicher im digitalen Raum – Betreuung von Social-Media-Kanälen: Wie umgehen mit rechten Kampagnen und Bedrohungen? (2020)

Auch Digital sichere Räume schaffen. Online-Veranstaltungen und -Seminare schützen – Zum Umgang mit rechtsextremen, rassistischen und antisemitischen Störungen und Bedrohungen (2020)

Umgang mit rechtsextremen oder rassistischen Aussagen und Gesprächsmustern (2019)

Wachsam sein! Zum Umgang mit rechten und rechtsextremen Einschüchterungsversuchen und Bedrohungen (2017)

Feste feiern ohne Nazis – Handlungsempfehlung für störungsfreie Straßenfeste (2015)

 

Publikationen des BMB und anderer MBTs

Handbuch Zivilgesellschaft. Anregungen für das Engagement gegen Rechtsextremismus und Rassismus (2012), Hg.: Aktionsbündnis Brandenburg gegen Gewalt, Rechtsextremismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit.

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Im Verein – gegen Vereinnahmung. Eine Handreichung zum Umgang mit rechtsextremen Mitgliedern (2009), Hg.: Regionale Arbeitsstelle für Bildung, Integration und Demokratie (RAA) Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.

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Beratungs-
Beispiele

The right-wing cultural struggle in cultural institutions and memorial sites
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The right-wing cultural struggle in cultural institutions and memorial sites

Museums, memorial sites as well as artists and creatives have been experiencing increased political pressure from the right in recent ...
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(Local) politician who has been threatened
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(Local) politician who has been threatened

Committed politicians are increasingly receiving threatening letters, emails or calls. Some have even found themselves on a so-called "list of ...
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Conspiracy ideologies in private life
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Conspiracy ideologies in private life

"QAnon" conspiracy group stickers appear in the common stairwell, links are shared in the WhatsApp family chat that connect 5G ...
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Anti-Semitism and conspiracy ideologies in schools
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Anti-Semitism and conspiracy ideologies in schools

School is an important societal institution and a place of socialisation for children and adolescents. But schools are not spared ...
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