Urgent Call for support

Dear People,

since nearly ten years our social counselling exists as an essential part of left-wing infrastructure in Berlin. Countless times we saved people‘s ass – which means their material income – in the last second no matter if they are part of the left-scene or not. And also if many people don‘t had any problems with the jobcenter there was still the certainty that in the worst case they could rely on the solidary initiative.

That is for sure all true and right and that‘s how it is meant to be. We wan‘t to guard your back so that you can be politically active, without exhausting all the time in wage labour. In the past that worked nearly perfectly. However we have to admit, that in the last time we failed in reaching our ideal of a growing group. In the same time, in which we shrinked as a group the number of people coming to our counselling grew steadily. That now lead to the situation that week after week we’re overrunning our opening times so that many of us are on their last leg concerning their ressources.

In short we urgently need support to keep on going with the social counselling as an unconditional one. We‘re searching for people, who want to get started with the counselling as well as to organize with us for longer. In return you can expect a collective which you can really rely on and that gives you the security to stand beside you in difficult situations. We want the previous lines to be understood not as an kindly request, but as a serious call. If you‘re interested, please visit us during our opening times or write us an e-mail.

We look forward to hearing from you

Zur aktuellen Situation der Diskriminierung von Migrant*innen und Menschen of Colour in den Jobcenter

Invitation to the meeting on the current situation of discrimination against migrants and people of color in the Jobcenter to develop common approaches and strategies against it on 19th and 20th  January 2019 in Berlin.

Dear friends,

Our meeting on the topic of exclusion of migrants through the jobcenter will take place for a second time. This time we’ll meet in Berlin at Basta! (Schererstr. 8 – ABB). The meeting will start on 19th January at 7 o’clock and will continue on 20th January from 10 o’clock in the same place.

What interests do the BA (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and the BMAS (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales) have to support and initiate a process that puts EU migrants under special observation, suspecting them of committing criminal acts? Doing wage labor is possible for EU migrants within the framework of freedom of movement, at the same time constitutional protection is withdrawn. The techniques and justifications of deprivation have nationalistic features. So, what can we do?

All active anti-racist, anticapiatlist and emancipatory groups, initatives and/or individuals as well as those who want to be active on this topic are invited to the meeting.

Suggested Program:

Saturday, 19.01.19 start 19:00

  • Introductory round of the participating groups and individual representatives
  • Exchange of the results of the working groups

Sunday, 20.10.19, 10:00-15:00

  • Ideas for common approaches (public relations, campaigns, etc.)

We take care for food! Please let us know your translation needs and if you come!

We look forward to seeing you!

ALSO (Arbeitslosenselbsthilfe Oldenburg e.V.), Workers’ Center München, BASTA Berlin

Women* School of unemployed at BASTA! – Preparation meeting Monday 7th January 5 pm

Happy New Year,

We met in december and exchanged views on which topics would be important for us in the Unemployment School. Here are some examples:

  • Bedarfsgemeinschaften
  • Privatization of the social sector
  • Experiences in cleaning in German households
  • 1-euro jobs and the removal of commons
  • Employment and qualification opportunities for women* in the job center
  • legal information on education and participation package / child- and parental allowance
  • Health care as well as access to contraception and abortion
  • Access to housing for single-parents and families // Living conditions in dormitories //

At the school, people of any gender identity can participate, whereas women* will be the persons to choose and present the topics. Men* are welcome to support. Whether the workshops are open to all gender should be decided by the speakers during the preparation period.

At the next meeting, we want to form small groups that deal with the different topics and prepare the workshops together, ie search for texts, share their own experiences, etc.

The next meeting will take place on Monday, January 7, again at 5 pm in Schererstraße. Bring some friends!

Women* School of unemployed at BASTA! – Preparation meeting Monday 10th December 5 pm

In the school of unemployed, we want to understand the Hartz IV system better. We share, analyze and politicize our everyday experiences in government agencies and develop collective strategies to deal with them.

This time it’s about the situation of poor women*. Why?

Women* are twice as likely to be marginally employed as men, earn less on average and care for relatives more often. Unpaid caregiving and low wages lead to long-term poverty and maintain social inequality.

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Open accompany-meeting

No one goes alone to the Jobcenter!
We reactivate our meeting for everyone who already does or wants to
accompany people to the JC: Next week: 7th of November and from then
every 1st wednesday of the month. 6pm at Schererstr. 8. You find information in german, why we accompany each other here.
Solidary against isolation!

brochure to the school of the poor

How can we get more people into our political organization? What bothers you as you are constantly part of the daily routine of the jobcenters, but are not yet a part of our structure? How can we get closer to each other and together put political pressure on the injustice of the jobcenters?

With the (un-)regulary happening school of the poor we try to find answers to all of theses questions. They should create a space to get to know each other, to exchange views and ideas and to make plans. All that between us, who are already part of BASTA! and people, who are interested in our political work.

All details about our motivation, content and a reflective retrospect you can find in the brochure, that we now finally put together for the first school of the poor. If you are interested in physical copies you’re welcome to write us an E-Mail. The brochure is bilingual and the digital version you find here: german & english.

By the way, we are currently preparing the third round of the school of the poor, so if you want to be involved, we would be also happy, if you could leave us a contact.

Holiday in August

We do summerbreak during August. The last councelling day will be:

Tuesday 24th of July, 2 – 5 pm

Wednesday 25th of July, 10 am – 2 pm

Thursday 26th of July 3pm – 6pm

Tuesday 31th of July 2pm – 5pm


See you at the street party on 4th of August.

your BASTA!s

BASTA! supports the action week “Resistance and solidarity in everyday life”

—see the dates below—


Hey everybody,

your friendly initiative of unemployed people has some news for you. Since 01.01.2018 there are new upper rent limits, which the Jobcenter has to pay due to a new regulation (AV-Wohnen) introduced by the Red-Red-Green Senate in Berlin. That sounds good at first, but still there are 86.000 households whose rent is above these limits. These households have to pay the rent not covered by the Job Center out of their standard Hartz-IV rate. They therefore have even less for living than the normal-minimum budget. This causes different problems i.e. late rent payments which leads to the terminantion of the rent contract, loss of flat and in the face of tight housing market also to homelessness. In addition, we have the impression that the job center does not inform about the raised rent limits, and does not automatically adjust to the new limits since 01.01.2018 for the cost of accommodation (KdU).

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