Political development and education of young people is important to me, so I give workshops in the field of xenophobia and antigypsyism. I believe that I can better deliver my messages through art and culture, which is why I also perform theatre in the group "WIR SIND HIER!".
Peertrainer in Berlin
I am happy to be a part of WIR SIND HIER! since 2022. The project offers the opportunity to strengthen young Sinti* and Roma*, to build support networks and to make antigypsyism visible. As a social worker and project leader, I would like to support the young people in the sense of a partisan acceptance in their life design, as well as in the perception of their political effectiveness. Through the project we want to go into the communities and make low-threshold offers for participation. In addition, we want to interest professionals and young people in the diverse history of the Sinti* and Roma*, sensitize them to antigypsyism, and deconstruct stereotypes. In the context of this work, I will critically reflect on my role as a gadjo and member of the majority society and not only hear the perspectives of the Sinti* and Roma*, but also actively bring them into all areas of the work.
Alexander „Ali“ Rönisch
For me, WIR SIND HIER! made a dream come true: A program that enables continuous work for five years has enormous potential - we have the chance to accompany young people for five years and strengthen them in their development into active, critical and creative members of civil society for five years. We can build long-term partnerships with dozens of schools and youth institutions and help shape educational work on the ground in the long term. And above all, we can form solid networks nationwide, reflect together on the educational work against antigypsyism in Germany and consider what should change so that Roma* and Sinti* finally experience equality and justice, and not only in the field of education. Because education against antigypsyism is still a shameful deficit of the education system - but fortunately WE ARE HERE, and we make sure that this finally changes.
When I started working for equal rights for Roma* and Sinti* several decades ago - actually still as a child - I would have wished for exactly such a project as WE ARE HERE! - a project that, from the very beginning, has embraced intersectional perspectives and self-empowerment, and that creates a place where people can grow together, inspire each other, and work together on the vision of a just and solidary society. And where at the same time a space is created to enter into exchange with non-Roma* and to communicate our perspective - not only that of the oppressed and discriminated, but also that of the fighters and survivors.
Project initiator and chairman of the association
My name is Merle and I am your contact person for workshops and trainings. Furthermore, I am active in different areas of the project "Wir Sind Hier! In our workshops, the peer trainers give other young people insights into their experiences with antiziganism - and into their struggle against it. It is important to me to support this struggle. I am happy to help create lively spaces where encounters and exchanges take place on a personal level. So that we learn that racism is a problem that concerns us all!
Coordination of educational offers, coordination of the youth group Brandenburg
I am responsible for many creative and technical issues at WIR SIND HIER. Be it the website, social media, online streams, podcasts, audio and video recording outdoors or in the studio, concept development and coordination for online and print formats. In all of this, I want young people to share their confident voices and their many narratives, to make their social and political point. The essence of the WIR SIND HIER project is that the peers* create real encounters at eye level and thus act as an example for society as a whole.
Management for online, media, print
WE ARE HERE! at DEGANE! K.NOW YOUTH! Federal Youth Congress September 12, 2022
WIR SIND HIER! becomes host* in the Green Salon of the Volksbühne September 9, 2022
WE ARE HERE! at Romaday! April 5, 2022
Our peer* training April 20, 2021
Advent, Advent, a little light is burning… December 28, 2020