Berliner Ratschlag für Demokratie


History of the Alliance

The Berlin Alliance for Democracy was founded in January 2008 on the initiative of

  • Renè Gurka, Berlin Partner GmbH;
  • Dagmar Reim, Director of rbb;
  • Prof. Klaus Staeck, President of the Academy of Arts and
  • Dr. Heidi Knake-Werner, Senator for Integration, Employment and Social Affairs.

It regards itself as a broad alliance of civil society promoting the key values and terms »democracy«, »diversity« and »respect« – the central characteristics of democratic urban culture in Berlin – into »the heart of society«. The Berlin Alliance for Democracy wants to help to make the key terms »culture of respect« and »diversity/plurality« of the Berlin regional concept effective against right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism.

Members of the Alliance are committed Berliners who, with their commitment, act as examples. The campaigns, events and other actions of the Berlin Alliance for Democracy send out a signal in favour of a democratic and diverse Berlin. Local initiatives and networks are publicly supported and citizens are mobilised against extremist right-wing activities, racism and anti-Semitism.

The Berlin Alliance for Democracy has described how it regards itself in the »Vision for Democracy, Diversity and Respect« and published the campaign text »Berlin Commitment«. In the framework of the »Respect Campaign«, the Berlin Alliance campaigns for the vision of a cosmopolitan society, encourages a commitment to discussion and thus supports an affirmation of shared democratic values.

The »Berlin Commitment« has, after being passed, already received attention and been made public several times in various media, including in a television advertisement on rbb, in several Berlin daily newspapers and in the stadium newspaper of Hertha BSC. The text of the »Berlin Commitment« acts as a basis for further activities in public, in associations or in education. An accompanying set of methods (»Tool Folder«) contains suggestions of how the »Respect Campaign« can be focussed upon in schools, companies, church parishes etc. In 2009, the Berlin Alliance for Democracy is holding a competition that encourages use of the teaching materials developed and awards prizes for especially successful examples.

In addition to the campaign, the Berlin Alliance for Democracy is a shared framework for many different activities of its members for a democratic Berlin against right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism.

The Berlin Senate has set up an office for the Berlin Alliance for Democracy at the offices of the Commissioner for Integration and Migration.

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