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I am firmly convinced that these children, taken seriously at a young age and provided with VOICE, which is also heard, later think more politically, go to the polls and actively participate in "society".
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I feel constantly involved, through direct contact with our Bundestag members and contacts with our members of parliament. We are constantly talking about various topics and I also experience feedback through feedback, even if a wish or a request for support did not work out.
However, this path also presupposes one's own willingness to establish contact and continue holding the contact. Therefore: Democracy is a constant and ongoing business that also lives through personal engagement. And I expect this commitment not only from the deputies, but also from myself.
In the year 2006 we founded in the district Lindenberg of the municipality Tauche (district Oder-Spree) an association, with the goal to build a meteorological museum (weather museum eV, see www.wettermuseum.de), which has the main goal, broad To provide educational work on the many questions about climate change. The educational work of the museum should attract as many people as possible to climate protection, or at least encourage it. Of course, we also wanted to contribute to science education through project offerings to the schools.
This museum has meanwhile been successfully established, has a remarkable permanent exhibition and, through cooperation with the German Weather Service, is technically competent to develop into the central museum for meteorology in Germany. It also makes important contributions to cultural work in a rural area and to village development. All the work that the club members do to build and run this museum is unpaid, volunteer work. Over the next 10 years, tens of thousands of unpaid hours have come together for each one of us.
Democracy is because something 'from below', ie from the citizens, has been developed, which is actually a public education task. This task is so important to us that we initially started it completely without government support, and every cent that was initially spent over many years was spared by 'self-employment' or donated. Meanwhile, we also have EU funding and individual project grants from public agencies, such as For example, the municipality or the state of Brandenburg have built up a showy 'infrastructure' and permanently make a significant contribution to science education for numerous schools, but also for numerous groups of adult visitors an important publicity work on a socially relevant topic, climate change.
So respect you and your work!
In a few days, the premises for barracks were full, a private school close by opened the door every Saturday afternoon for all refugees, with cakes, coffee and German courses, and from January on, the first organized support was provided by ours Doctors, speech therapists, therapists. The result was the facebook page "klosterneuburg hilft", in which more than 1000 people quickly joined in. The Essl Museum, which is close to the barracks, has been inviting refugees to paint, watch and jausen every Friday. Every Wednesday musicians are allowed to join the refugees Making music in the barracks, every Thursday there is a Capueira course (a dance form of self-defense), in front of the barracks, morning fitness courses are organized, in which young men like to participate. Like most of the others, I also get to do things day after day that will strengthen this democratic network and help the refugees into a stable new everyday life. Every few weeks there are "teacher meetings" to regulate the Derutschkurse and develop cleverly. We get support from the charitable organizations, were allowed and allowed to use rooms in parish courts, scout homes and finally in the barracks area. Yes, also in the Ministry of the Interior has responded friendly by the democratic pressure "from below". Since then, there is a large "open space" equipped with plenty of donation material, to which the refugees can get in just a few steps. Many UMF (unaccompanied refugee minors) are among them, some are already attending free state courses, families with children and more and more women and girls - "we" were allowed to recover hearing aids, initiate therapies, operate on a one-year-old girl with a cleft palate and a clubfoot More and more frequently, neighborhoods are emerging in the area (which can then be prepared and set up) for those who have successfully passed their asylum applications. Each and every one gets involved with his contacts, and over the summer numerous actions have emerged that no-one would have thought possible: concert visits in chartered coaches to open-air festivals, local football matches with big clubs, sing-along concerts, theater visits and over again Open up opportunities, the refugees themselves play along and take part in. The mood in Klosterneuburg has changed a lot, from well-to-do living side-by-side and shining citizen families have become conversational, more and more donation-minded people, who loudly and openly think about a more democratic Europe.
This corresponds to the behavior in the large wave of refugees in recent weeks. It has awakened unbelievable organizers in Klosterneuburg, numerous citizens work enthusiastically day and night, participate in transports between and at Austrian border crossings. The mayor is just as active as many of his local councilors, many Klosterneuburger businessmen and entrepreneurs are packing too. I myself - having moved here from Vienna two years ago - suddenly knew incredibly many warm-hearted, democratic and politically minded people, many of them became friends.
Such a practical democracy is great contagious! Around Klosterneuburg - above all in Vienna, but also in Tulln and other cities - similar citizens' initiatives have been emerging for weeks.
Together with a large network of civil society and state partner organizations, we in Rhineland-Palatinate are now holding the "Democracy Day of Rhineland-Palatinate" for the tenth time - this time for the anniversary at a special location, the Hambach Castle in Neustadt adWeinstraße, a cradle our democracy on 2 October 2015. All are cordially invited.
External powers had to bring us this blessing. First we Germans had to learn democracy because they threw us into the cold water. During my schooldays I found out that old cliques still had too much influence. Many of my teachers gave us no information about the past, because they still did not want the defeat true. There was talk of the impregnable nimbus of Germany. Questions why this nimbus did not exist were answered with pressure. There came the 68 where we rose against the old, because we could no longer endure their hypocrisy. For the first time in my life, I had the feeling of having experienced democracy.
Today I have to realize that many of us see this feeling as irrevocable. The danger of this view is stagnation and stagnation has always led to far-reaching changes in history. Today, Europe is again facing a change of heart and you have not yet recognized the signs of the times. Euro and EU are no guarantee for the preservation of our freedom. Jointly solving problems based on democracy is a much more important component than the euro and the EU. Europe is in the process of gambling away this opportunity because the old thread of European history is coming to the fore again, egoism and nationalism. I do not want to give examples that are known to them.
Our society complains about law and our Democrats in Berlin join this. My story is: let's change what we say to our politicians, if you fail and you are not capable of reform, then you are preparing the way for right-wing radicalism in our society. Europe has a standstill where a political clientele secures its benefice (Brussels, Strasbourg).
Democracy in the current form will no longer be tolerated by history. One does not want to believe that we need a reform of our democratic system in Europe. My story ends here with a big one?.
One way to influence the powerful is to use the law, which gives everyone enough legal clarity. It is even already-somewhat scornful-anchored in the Basic Law...
Our company is part of an authority and authorities are organized hierarchically. This is how (most) their members behave. Decisions are made top-down, sometimes discussed at eye level, but often just announced. If it is not said, often sounds a 'basta' with.
That would not be so bad if we were only managing files ... - But as a youth welfare agency we should not only have a self-image of democratic, participatory and respectful treatment, but also be role models for us and the children, teenagers and their families we look after , - It has taken years for teams of employees, now almost as a matter of course, to be involved by supervisors when a vacancy is to be filled. Presumably, it will take decades for employees to judge their superiors. They can do it today, very confidently! - When the power of the superiors becomes the place of critical dialogue, we meet at eye level and have added an essential element to the idea of democracy. - Hopefully I'm not just a daydreamer and one day I can tell my grandchildren about this process!