Workshop “Being able to defend oneself without weapons? How can that work?” with Nele Anslinger and Jochen Neumann
Welcome and Introduction
In this workshop, we first ask ourselves: What is it that we want to defend? What do we feel threatened by? What is security for us? After an introduction to social defense, we examine and discuss which form of defense – whether military or social – is better suited to what we want to defend, preserve or change.
For further information see: “Workshops für gewaltfreie Sicherheitspolitik” from Tobias Pastoors in FriedensForum 6/2022
Christoph von Lieven is a campaigner for peace and nuclear disarmament and has been with Greenpeace since 2003. Long stays in war and crisis zones. He studied economics and politics and worked as a car mechanic, printer, IT – and marketing consultant.
Sabine GruberChairwoman of the Presidium of the Regional District Board of ver.di Bayern
Chairwoman of the Presidium of the Regional District Board of ver.di Bayern
born on March 26th, 1967 in Eggenfelden
1983 secondary school leaving certificate (mittlere Reife), Stefan-Krumenauer-Realschule Eggenfelden
1983 – 1985 Trainee judicial assistant at Landshut District Court
since November 1985 employed at the District Court of Municht
1987 Joined the trade union ÖTV
1988 – 1990 Chairwoman of the Youth and Trainee Representation at the Munich District Court; until 1992 chairwoman of the district JAV at the Higher Regional Court of Munich; Member of the main JAV
1989-1995 ÖTV-Kreisjugendausschuss München
since 1990 Member of the Staff Council at the Local Court of Munich
since 1991 Member of the district executive of the ÖTV Munich
1992 – 1995 Promotion to the higher service, since 1996 Rechtspflegerin
1995 – 2001 Board member of the Kreisjugendring München-Stadt as representative of the DGB-Jugend
happily married since 2000 (!)
since 2001 member of the district board ver.di Munich
since 2001 Chairwoman of the Regional Section Board of Justice
since 2003 Member of the ver.di Regional District Board of Bavaria
since 2006 substitute Chairwoman of the ver.di district Munich
since 2006 Chairwoman of Department 6 at ver.di Munich
since 2006 Mitglied im Landesfachbereichsvorstand Bund/Länder
since 2006 substitute Chairwoman of the Staff Council at the Local Court of Munich, Member of the District and Main Staff Council
since 2007 Member of the ver.di Federal Board of Justice
since 2011 Presidium of the Regional District Board
since 2019 Chairwoman of the Presidium of the Regional District Board
Tommy RödlM.A., Spokesman of the DFG-VK Bavaria
Tommy Rödl Executive Director of DFG-VK Bayern What is my motivation to organize an annual International Peace Conference in ‘Munich? Whenever the powerful discuss in Munich, the world looks here and we want to make clear that people reject military, armament and war. Specifically, it should also be made clear to politicians every year that we reject their policies. With the peace conference we want to present civilian concepts for peace, show that politics without military is more humane and safer, we want to spread and substantiate the arguments and thus also motivate the people around us to work for peace through disarmament. https://www.dfg-vk-bayern.de/
Dr. Fahim Amir
Fahim Amir is a philosopher and author based in Vienna. Amir taught at universities and art colleges in Europe and Latin America; he deals with the transitions between natural cultures and urbanism, art and utopia, colonial historicity, modernism, and Afghanistan. His book “Between the Lines” was honored with the Austrian Karl Marx Prize, was on the non-fiction best list of Deutschlandfunk Kultur, ZDF, and Die Zeit and was voted one of the best books of 2019 by the Goethe-Institut and the Frankfurt Book Fair. It has been translated into English (Between the Lines, 2020) and Persian (Elm, 2021) and will be published in French translation in 2022 (Editions Divergences). Excerpts from the book were performed at Vienna’s Burgtheater in 2021.
Claudia PaganiniProf. Dr.
Dr. Claudia Paganini, born in 1978, received her doctorate in 2005 after studying theology and philosophy with a thesis on cultural philosophy. In 2001 she published her first novel, which was followed by other literary publications. Claudia Paganini is currently Professor of Media Ethics at the Munich School of Philosophy.
Theresa Hirn (37), received her M.A. in Peace Studies from the University of Innsbruck and has been working for years on the psychological and relational aspects of peace towards oneself, fellow human beings and the environment. As co-project coordinator of Peace for Future, which is part of the “Rethinking Security” initiative, she explores the possibilities and implementation of a new culture of peace and security policy. In addition, she works as a facilitator of collaborative processes, is a communication and conflict skills trainer and (itinerant) coach.
Mirka Hurter (34) studied an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies in Innsbruck and furthered her education in social management and systemic social counseling. She brings a background in social entrepreneurship and international emergency relief. As co-project director of Peace for Future, which is part of the “Rethinking Security” initiative, she explores and shapes the possibilities and implementation of a new culture of peace and security policy. She also works as a lecturer and facilitator in the field of peace research and (process-oriented) conflict transformation.
Meitaka Kendall-Lekka, born on Likiep Atoll in the Marshall Islands and belongs to the Marshallese lineage or jowi called Rimwejoor. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Leadership for Innovation and Change at the University of U.S. Virgin Islands, St.Thomas and holds an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Currently in Germany as a guest professor at Berlin Weißensee Arts Academy in a joined Project with the College of the Marshall Islands called “Media Interaction and Climate Change” which is funded by DAAD. She is also a professor and chairperson for the Business Studies Department at the College of Marshall Islands on Majuro Atoll. Besides overseeing Business Studies Department from afar and teaching at both Institutions primarily online, she’s also involved in Marshallese cultural heritage research work and collaborations with various Museums & organizations and continues to represent her Island Country as an active advocate for Climate and Nuclear Injustice here in Germany.
Clemens Ronnefeldt was born in Worms in 1960. From 1981 to 1986 he studied at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz and the philosophical-theological college St. Georgen in Frankfurt/Main. From 1982 to 1983 he completed a course of study in peace work at the Heimvolkshochschule Bückeburg. Until 1992 he was a spokesman for the Catholic peace movement “Pax Christi” in the diocese of Mainz. Since 1992 he has been working as a consultant for peace issues at the German branch of the “International Fellowship of Reconciliation”. His focus is on the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia. Clemens Ronnefeldt has participated in peace delegations in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine and missions in refugee camps. In addition, he supported peace groups in the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. He is the author of the book “The New NATO, Ira,q, and Yugoslavia”, published by the German branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Minden, 2nd edition, 2002 as well as numerous articles and background analyses. 2017: Peter Becker Prize for Peace and Conflict Research of the Philipps University Marburg Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2021: Moderation of 135 broadcasts “Peace Issues with Clemens Ronnefeldt” on the topics of peace, nuclear weapons, crisis regions and much more at Transparency TV 2021: International Bremen Peace Prize of the Foundation die schwelle as “Peace Ambassador in Public Life” “Giving peace a voice in Germany Clemens Ronnefeldt has dedicated his entire professional work to peace work. From concrete peace work on-site to educational work in seminars and training events, he gives peace a voice and uses his diverse talents.” (The threshold. 2021)
Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) trainer and mediator, works with individuals, couples, groups, teams. She also volunteers for Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in the various NVC networks, open NVC practice groups and in the peace movement in Munich (project group “MSKverändern” as well as the International Munich Peace Conference) and for the concept “Rethinking Security” as regional coordinator and multiplier. In her professional portfolio, in addition to Nonviolent Communication, she has stress and burnout counseling as well as art therapy, circle dancing and other forms of movement.
Dr. Angelika Claußen
Dr. med. Angelika Claußen is a practicing physician for psychiatry and psychotherapy (retired). She is co-chair of IPPNW as well as president of IPPNW Europe. Dr. Angelika Claußen is married and has two children. The focus of her political commitment is peace policy. In doing so, she is primarily concerned with the connection between war and climate. She is also knowledgeable on nuclear weapons and nuclear phase-out . Angelika Claußen earned a master’s degree in peace studies in 2012 with her study, “`Peace through Health’ as a Modern Approach to Constructive Pacifism.” She has many years of experience as an expert in the treatment of traumatized refugees, torture survivors, and people with early childhood extreme trauma. On March 3, 2018, Dr. Angelika Claußen was awarded the Bielefeld Women’s Prize.
Biography “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius Since 2004, I have headed the “Energy, Transport, Environment” department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and am Professor of Energy Economics and Energy Policy at Leuphana University. I was a professor of energy economics and sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin, until 2019. From 2004 to 2009, I held the professorship of environmental economics at Humboldt University. As an expert witness and policy advisor, I have served and continue to serve on various sustainability advisory boards and commissions. In 2016, I was appointed to the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), and am serving my second term as co-chair. I am also a member of the climate advisory board of the city of Hamburg and Dresden. As part of the High Level Group on Energy and Climate, I advised EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso. In addition, I am and have been active in advisory boards of various research institutes. I also serve as a juror for numerous awards, such as the German Study Award and the German Environmental Award. I studied economics at the universities of Bielefeld, Oldenburg and Stanford. Following my doctorate in 1998 at the University of Oldenburg, I did research at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Milan. It was during this time that I first worked as a political advisor between Rome and Bonn. Back in Germany, I initially headed a junior researcher group at the Institute for the Rational Use of Energy at the University of Stuttgart. Then I became a junior professor and led a research group at the University of Oldenburg from 2000 to 2004. In 2004 I received the call to Berlin. I also taught in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Siena. In 2006 I was honored as a top researcher by the German Research Foundation, the Helmholtz Society and the Leibniz Society, followed in 2011 by the Urania Medal and the B.A.U.M. Environmental Award in the category of science, in 2016 the German Solar Prize , Adam Smith Prize and the Vordenker Award. I have been a member of the German Association of the Club of Rome for several years, and have been a member of the Presidium since 2016. I regularly publish my research findings in high-impact journals, books, and daily media. I was born in Delmenhorst in 1968, am married and live in Oldenburg and Berlin. Source photo: berlin@axel schmidt
Katrin Habenschaden2nd mayor
Born August 20, 1977 in Nuremberg, married, two children, lives in Aubing. Abitur at the Sigena-Gymnasium in Nuremberg. Trained as a bank clerk, simultaneously studied business administration. Training as a forest and wilderness educator. In 2002 move to Munich. Professionally employed at Stadtsparkasse München in the area of corporate finance.
2014 to 2020 honorary city councilor for the Green Party. Since May 2020 Second Mayor. Chairwoman of the Committees for Construction, Labor and Economics, Culture, Climate and Environment, and Mobility. Coordinator of the thematic areas Labor and Economy, Gender Equality, Education for Sustainable Development, and Europe and International Affairs. “Munich is a beautiful city. The parks and green spaces, the proximity to the mountains, the many cultural opportunities and the cosmopolitanism make Munich attractive. At the same time, our success poses major challenges for our city, for example in terms of traffic and rents. As mayor, I want to work to set the right course in the coming years so that Munich remains livable – and home to all people, regardless of their pockets.
One of the biggest tasks for the future, in addition to a well-done traffic turnaround, is environmental and climate protection. Cities are responsible for two-thirds of global CO2 emissions. Making Munich climate-neutral is therefore necessary – for the sake of our children and grandchildren. At the same time, we must continue to be economically successful, because a modern infrastructure, urban housing, good social services and a rich cultural offering cost money. As a Green and a graduate in business administration, I stand for a climate-friendly economy and climate. I entered politics because I want to help shape the future of our beautiful city – for the benefit of all citizens. But that is only possible if you know what moves people. Therefore, do not hesitate to contact me or write to me. I will always have an open ear for you.”
Photo Credits: Anja Mörk
Christian Orth is a reporter and presenter at Bayerischer Rundfunk. He was born in Augsburg and studied political science and communication in Munich and Cincinnati (M.A.). During his studies, he already worked as a freelancer for the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (Bayerischer Rundfunk), followed by another two years of journalistic traineeship at the BR. In 2020, Medium magazine voted him in the top 30 to 30.
Freelance journalist and book author
Andreas Zumach writes for the Taz on UN and international politics. He also works for a number of other regional and national newspapers, magazines and public radio in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He has published numerous articles in German- and English-language books as well as specialist publications on topics such as security policy, arms control and disarmament. In 1997 Zumach was awarded the prize of the Association of UN Correspondents in New York for the world’s best reporting on the UN.
Buch „Reform oder Blockade- welche Zukunft hat die UNO (Rotpunkt-Verlag Zürich 2021)
Biographical note: Andreas Zumach was born in Cologne in 1954. Since 1998, he has been working from the European UN office in Geneva as a correspondent for, among others, the German daily newspaper “taz” on UN issues and other international affairs. 1981-1988: Organizer and spokesman for various German organizations of the peace movement, including the nationwide coordinating committee of the peace movement 1979-1981: Editor of the German daily newspaper “Die Neue” for international affairs, foreign correspondent in South Africa 1975-1978: Studied economics and journalism at the University of Cologne and the Cologne School of Journalism; organizer of the German campaign on trade and advertising practices of the Nestle corporation and other baby food manufacturers in Africa, Asia and Latin America
Repeatedly a speaker at the International Munich Peace Conference.
Emily Zahira Binding
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Emily Z. Binding was born in Munich in 2005 and has been involved with Fridays For Future since 2021, primarily in public relations and lobbying. She is also an early student in her third semester at the Ludwig-Maximilans University of Munich, third place in the state competition Jugend Debattiert 2021 and has won a partial scholarship to the 2022 Summer School in Oxford.
Nele Anslinger is the coordinator of the campaign „Being able to defend oneself without weapons“ (www.wehrhaftohnewaffen.de). She studied ethnology and theatre studies as well as peace and conflict research in Marburg. Among other things, she has worked with the methods of the Theater of the Oppressed on social participation, anti-discrimination, and extremism prevention. She is particularly interested in empowering work in queer contexts and self-care in political activism. www.wehrhaftohnewaffen.de
Jochen Neumann is a member of the steering group of the campaign “Being able to defend oneself without weapons” and managing director of KURVE Wustrow – Bildungs- und Begegnungsstätte für gewaltfreie Aktion e.V. (www.kurvewustrow.org)He studied education and political science at the Free University of Berlin. He is a trainer for civil nonviolent conflict transformation, mediator, and activist in the peace, climat,e and anti-nuclear movement. As part of the campaign “Being able to defend oneself without weapons,” he wants to build a model region for social defense in the Wendland. www.kurvewustrow.org
Thomas Lechner, City Councillor Munich
Human rights activist, cultural worker, DJ, and independent city councilor of the parliamentary group DIE. LINKE/DIE PARTEI with the following political priorities:
A colourful, solidary Munich for young and old persons
This includes participation, participation, and equal opportunities for refugees and migrants, gender equality and equality for LGBTIQ* people, as well as true inclusion of people with disabilities.
This also includes: promoting civic engagement and greater democratic involvement of those affected in decision-making processes.
No profits with land and rent – housing is a fundamental right
I am in favour of a social and ecological land policy that keeps land in municipal hands. I would like to see the construction of apartments with municipal and non-profit housing associations, the strengthening of tenant initiatives and the promotion of common-interest property such as cooperatives and tenement syndicates
Munich climate-neutral by 2025
I am for the expansion of public transport which should be ticket-free by 2025. I would like to expand pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Urban development must be planned sustainably, existing energy and resource guzzlers must be converted or eliminated.
Visions and investments for a modern, livable & affordable Munich for ALL residents
I want to fight poverty and secure well-paid employees, have more staff in care and health and care close to the district, reduce bureaucracy in administration and create jobs in their service areas. This requires a different budget and investment policy, including a departure from the dogma of the debt brake.