Statement #2 - 26.04.2018

Concerning the accusations we already addressed in our former statement (link: http://www.radikalecker.org/en/radikalecker-statement/ ), we have some news about the processes in the collective. We were contacted in November 2017 by a person outside of the collective who stated that they experienced violence from one of our members. As explained before, this person was seeking the immediate expulsion of our member. However, we work as a collective that makes decisions consensually and every topic has to be discussed until a consensus is reached, which can often times prove to be a lengthy process. The member directly involved was not expelled but temporarily and voluntarily suspended from participation in the collective.

To make sure we handle this matter in the best possible way, we sought professional mediation and counselling help. Unfortunately, it took longer than expected to find a group that could have time for us. We recognize our short-comings in dealing with this subject in a time-sensitive matter but due to our thorough and consensual decision making, the process as well as the speed of the system were prohibited. The counselling sessions helped us to reach a collective decision that we want to inform you about in the next lines.

Definition of power vs. presumption of innocence?
We stand behind the idea that the power to define a situation such as sexual abuse has to be with the affected/the person who has experienced violence. We think the legal treatment of people who experience sexual violence still has to be strongly critized and reformed. But for us this doesn’t necessarily mean that all achievements of the civil right system, like presumption of innocence and the right of defense, are to be rejected. We believe that there should be the possibility to be heard even as an ‘accused person’, and as the case may be, to defend themselves. This does not entail questioning the validity of the individual or a disproportionate emphasis on finding ‘evidence’.

Exclusion from the community
We don’t believe that excluding people out of political and social contexts is always and forever the best decision. We think there is a need to address the question of how a person can learn to behave differently and to socially reintegrate themselves. We, as a political collective, but also we as a community that criticizes the ruling system of power, have to find instruments and concepts that allow us to discuss individual situations AND exceed the civil law at the same time.

In our view excluding an individual doesn’t allow a perspective on how to prevent sexual assault from happening. To find out what the structural contexts are – in which sexual assault is happening in the society and as well in the left and queer community -, and to find perspectives to fight this, we have to remain able to speak about solutions other than only isolation and social stigma.

Some clarifications

  • We would like to make clear that we never shared any private or sensitive information of the person that stated that they experienced violence with the collective member in question or any other 3rd party.

 

  • The person that contacted us was approached by our counselling person and made clear that they were not interested in participating in counselling or mediation.

 

  • As a collective with a majority of women*/queer/non-binary people and a black queer woman*, it has been a hard process for us to deal with the topic as there are survivors within the collective, and this triggered emotions and traumatic memories.

 

  • Contrary to what has been claimed in social media, Radikalecker has not been banned from any venues. Furthermore, the collective is not yet a business of any kind and we don’t employ people. We are all volunteers, driven by our ideals and not getting a single dime for almost 4 years.

Our decision
We will never know what happened in the personal relationship between the individual concerned and our collective member. We acknowledge the experience of the person who contacted us. After we spoke with our collective member, since we believe that the ‘accused person’ should get the possibility to be heard, in addition to crucial information that we received from a number of sources, we decided to keep her in the collective.

Moreover we decided to educate ourselves further on the topic of sexual violence and we plan as a collective to attend a workshop that addresses this issue. We see it as an ongoing learning process that will for sure not be finished after we have had the workshop. Furthermore it is very important for us to learn how to deal better and faster with complex issues like this one in the future. We want to try to make sure that we as a political group do our best to understand the structures that lead to sexual violence. We want to emphasize our continued commitment to safer spaces and sexual justice for all.

We would like to thank the people who supported us through this difficult process, and all the people that offered their insights and  advice as well as their time to discuss, explain and listen.

If you have further questions, please just contact us. We are open to a dialogue and constructive argumentation.

Radikalecker Collective

Spring KüfA - 20.03.2018

It is the first Wednesday of spring tomorrow and Radikalecker is cooking for you again!

Menu: Creamy Polenta topped with Soy Tikka Masala and Steamed Veggies aside.

Dessert: Maracuja Mousse on Almond bed, topped with whipped cream and fresh Maracuja.

This Wednesday, 21st of March at the awesome B-Lage / Neukölln ♥
We start serving at 19.30. As always on donation basis.

See you there!
Radikalecker

KüFA Linguine puttanesca style @ B-Lage 21.02 - 20.02.2018

Hey, beautiful verfressene :) We are back with our monthly KüFA!!

This time we will have the best menu-combination that it’s on our hand. The invitation for this time is:

Main: VOLLKORN LINGUINE PUTTANESCA STYLE ♥
(with olives, capers, garlic, soy chunks)

And as a dessert, we will have Mosaic a.k.a kalter hund a.k.a. chocolate salami. Oh, yeah. 30 portions.

Not-to-miss.

This Wednesday 19th at the awesome B-Lage / Neukölln ♥
As always, donation basis!

See you there,
Radikalecker

Radikalecker is looking for a home! - 13.02.2018

Yes, the time has come for our beloved collective to find its own nest in the big city and finally open up as a vegan political cafe in Berlin!

Like described by the collective members in this video, Radikalecker is the idea of a community, where food and politics connect, where we can be ourselves, share and learn from each other. This community is now looking for a home, so that it can plant its roots and grow.

If you feel that you are or that you want to be part of this community, and you would like to see a vegan space in Berlin that is political and inclusive, feel free to join us in our search! We could use any help can get! Do you have good advice about how to find a home for Radikalecker? Have you seen some interesting advertisement? Is the shop-space at your building free at the moment? Do you maybe have some insider information? You know someone who knows someone who knows something?? Then let us know!

What we are looking for: already empty shops, shops for rent, unused ground-flour spaces of buildings, front-house spaces of house projects, or any other space suitable for a cafe/restaurant. Ideal size would be around 60-80 sq.m.

Where: we would prefer to stay in Neukölln, as it is the area where Radikalecker has been mostly active, but we are open to other areas of Berlin too.

When: the sooner the better.

We are grateful for any little bit of help, so all tips are welcome! Thank you in advance for being part of the world we are dreaming of!

Surprise Küfa at B-Lage 24.01 - 23.01.2018

Yes it will be a surprise Küfa on Wednesday the 24th!

We found an extra opportunity to cook a luscious meal for all the hungry Neukölln wanderers, so we won’t leave it unused.

✨Let yourselves be delighted ✨

The Menu:
Cabbage Salad
Bulgur or Rice
Lentil Dal with Carrots 🥕 & fresh Coriander

Dessert 🍨:
Zebra Pudding (Chocolate-Vanilla)

This Wednesday at the awesome B-Lage / Neukölln ♥

As always, price range from 3€ to 6€ ! And of course 100% VEGAN!

See you there,
Radikalecker ♥

Indonesian Küfa 17.01 @ B-Lage - 16.01.2018

For our next Küfa we will be having a task-force from a friend joining us in the kitchen, to share their traditional “home-land food”.

We are happy to invite you to our Indonesian evening!

Main dish:
Sayur Lodeh
Tempeh Manis

Dessert:
~ Agar Agar Kelapa

All Vegan + gluten free!

This Wednesday at the awesome B-Lage / Neukölln ♥
As always, donation basis! And of course 100% VEGAN!

See you there,
Radikalecker ♥

A statement concerning the accusations against our collective and one of our members - 30.11.2017

On October 19, 2017 a community member approached a member of the collective with allegations of abusive behaviour against another current collective member. This individual sought and continues to seek the immediate expulsion of the Radikalecker member in question from the current collective. We, the members of the collective, feel that these accusations are indeed very serious and therefore intend to address them with respective seriousness.

It is important to recognize that this sensitive matter was first brought to the attention of the entire collective on November 7, 2017. Due to the request from the individual who has come forward, that the accused member is not given notice of the relevant information, the allegations were not immediately shared with the full body of the collective. Since then this issue has been the central focus of the collective, both during plenum and in other forms and networks of our internal communication. We have diligently protected the anonymity of the community member involved at their initial request and we have carefully and respectfully answered each email and message received on the topic.

In effort to resolve this matter in the best manner possible, the collective is seeking counselling from specialized groups and organizations that offer support in conflict management for self-organised political groups. We are now in close contact with one such support worker and we are collecting all the necessary information to make firm decisions about our next steps.

In addition to these actions the collective member directly involved in the situation has temporarily stepped back from some collective processes such as participation in plenum and has withdrawn their decision-making powers. The aim of this voluntary suspension is to facilitate a neutral and impartial handling of these complex circumstances.
As a collective Radikalecker functions under a structure of consensus-based decision making that involves thorough discussion and consideration. We do not act hastily or impulsively. We act with awareness that responding to input and finding solutions can be a time-consuming process. As both a united collective and as individuals, Radikalecker is committed to creating and protecting safe and respectful spaces for people of all denominations regardless of ethnic background, sex, class, gender orientation, etc. We do not excuse or allow any form of abusive behaviour and are dedicated to the rightful resolution of this important continuous process.

We are open to constructive dialogue regarding this matter and will gladly answer further inquiry via private messages or email (vegan.cafe.kollektiv@riseup.net).

Thanks,

Radikalecker

Küfa on the 15th of November - 14.11.2017

The german winter is back.. How about warming your tummies, german style?

Main dish combined with all the following:
~ Pumpkin seitan (made by l’herbivore) with mushrooms in brown sauce
~ Rotkohl (warm red cabbage dish)
~ Buttered parsley potatoes

Dessert:
~ Catalan cream with caramelized sugar

This Wednesday at the awesome B-Lage / Neukölln ♥
As always, donation basis! And of course 100% VEGAN!

See you there,
Radikalecker

News from us - 20.10.2017

Lovely Radikalecker supporters,

you may have asked yourselves already, if we have any news for you from our project?

First of all, we want to thank you again for your support and we are happy to see you in the café when it will be open!

Right now we are searching for the right space for the future café. We already visited some shops, but it will probably take a while until we find something that really fits our needs.

When we find something (and we hope this moment will arrive soon) we will let you know, instantly! :-)

Besides the search for our own rooms, we work on sending out the last thankyous. It took us quite a while, but now we are almost finished!

Furthermore we welcomes some new collective members, a fact that allows us to cook even more often for you and collect more money for the opening of the café.

From now on, we will be making a brunch every second and fourth Sunday of the month and additionally a KüfA (kitchen for all) every third Wednesday, like we used to.

You can find more information about all upcoming cooking events on our website www.radikalecker.org or on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/radikalecker/

And, of course, in our newsletter that comes once a month.

If you are in Berlin, you are welcome to come by and try already some dishes of the future café menu. :-)

We will keep you updated,

the Radikalecker collective

Halloween KüfA & Brunch - 17.10.2017

Autumn is here and Halloween is only a few days away – this is why we will serve you a Halloween-themed KüfA on Wednesday the 18.10. We will start at 19:30 as always in B-Lage in Neukölln and sell the food on a donation basis.

On Sunday the 22.10., our next brunch will take place! We start at 11:00 and the buffet will be open until 15:00.  As always we will serve a big variety of salads, spreads, main dishes, cakes and other sweets.