There are many people around the world committed to fight organised crime, money laundering and illicit financial flows, lobbying for greater transparency and improved drug laws. State institutions cannot tackle social phenomena like mafias, mafia-cultures and corruption on their own. Commitment and cooperation with civil society are essential to recognising and delegitimising criminal actors, depriving them of their breeding ground, and building a sustainable and just future for all. That is why we need to get to know each other.

Friday evening will be dedicated to the story of two journalists who investigated organised crime, corruption and illicit financial flows: Daphne Caruana Galizia and Ján Kuciak. Their brutal killings made evident what happens if structures of organised crime are not tackled enough. We want to put a special focus on civil societies‘ possibilities to change such situations. We are happy to have Corinne Vella Caruana Galizia, Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sister, and Pavla Holcova, who worked together with Ján Kuciak, as our guest.

The opening will be followed by a party with special guests.

On Saturday, we will be offering workshops on the following topics (the list is still work in progress, titles may be subject to change):

How to convince politicians to fight for your cause How can civil society have an impact at the European level? Let’s reach the right representatives with our messages.
How to transform criminal profits in useful resources: social reuse of confiscated assets Confiscated assets can be resources and tools of social development: how can we turn them into sustainable economic alternatives?
How to build efficient bottom-up advocacy actions Creating networks and groups that can make the difference starting from the citizens’ needs and wishes.
How to reach young people: anti-mafia activities in schools Involving students is always a good starting point to foster awareness and positive change: successful methods for interaction in schools.
How to build monitoring communities as citizen-centred tool to tackle corruption Community-based monitoring is an important tool for civic anti-corruption and integrity-building: it empowers citizens to watch over and call public institutions to account for how they manage public resources.
How to obtain information that public administrations are reluctant to provide Data access as one of the main turning points in our society: how to help citizens to get the information they have the right to access, but cannot easily obtain.
Active citizenship: how to fight against human trafficking Some problems are so complex that many different social actors have to work together to face them. One example: human and organs trafficking in Romania.
How to investigate cross-border corruption and money laundering Illicit financial flows are the humus on which a lot of different criminal phenomena like corruption and money laundering are growing. Here we learn how to find out more about these activities shielded from the public eye.
How to fight for justice: journalism and civil society in the same boat Journalistic activities and justice: turning a spotlight on injustices and bad practices, giving the people the right to know.
How to map and visualise complex criminal phenomena We live in the era of images: visual experience of criminal acts such as mafias, organised crime, corruption, can help people to better understand complicated issues.
How to experience the complexity of crime in first person: theatre for social awareness Using art and theatre as a trojan horse to get into people’s mind and hearts facing difficult themes such as mafia, corruption, etc.
How to do effective fundraising for “unattractive” topics Thorny topics are often interesting for people but not for investors: solving the problem creating an effective way of fundraising.
How to support businesses threatened by organised crime We should not leave alone those who are facing threats and pressure by organised crime: mistakes to avoid.
How to build a factory of utopias in a context of violence It can be difficult to create bridges between people, especially in conflict situations. But everything can change when moving to a more intimate and abstract level. Experiences from Colombia.
How to leave the ivory tower behind: academic research on organised crime Do we need more activism in the academic research? Experiences from the ground.
How to reach new generations: Estate Liberi camps between memory and commitment Learning about activism and memory of mafia victims has never been so engaging as with the camps on mafia-confiscated assets. Discover more about them and how to be part of this initiative.
Youth and organised crime: breaking the chain Convincing young generation to choose an alternative life to crime would undermine most of mafia and organised crime groups. A challenge we have to take up.

GOALS

Coreact aims to bring together activists from around the world. From Friday afternoon to Saturday evening, we will explore solution-oriented approaches to build a more just society together. Many organisations and activists will share their “how to..” in interactive workshops, giving the participants tools and methods to replicate and implement with their own activities.
Working language will be English.

REGISTRATION

The event is free of charge, registration is required. You can register here (http://bit.ly/COREACT19). Online registrations will close on Wednesday, 13th of November. If there are still tickets available, you can register on the spot.

PLEASE SUPPORT US WITH YOUR DONATION

Coreact is organised by volunteers. Please support this initiative and help us covering the expenses, donations are highly appreciated, information below.

WHAT: COREACT, International conference and workshops for a just society.
TARGET GROUP: members of NGOs from across the world, activists and relevant members of civil society.
WHEN: 15-16 November 2019
WHERE: bUm – Raum für die engagierte Zivilgesellschaft, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21, 10999 Berlin
LANGUAGE: English.

ABOUT US

Coreact is a mafianeindanke initiative, in cooperation with a large network of organisations working together to fight mafia, organised crime, corruption, money laundering and related issues. The event is coordinated by the network CHANCE – Civil Hub Against orgaNised Crime in Europe, established in 2018, which counts the Italian anti-mafia association Libera among its most important members.

mafianeindanke is the only German association that explicitly focuses on organised crime problems and is committed to a free society without mafias. Since 2007, the association has been informing politicians, civil society and business about the increasing presence of the Mafia and OC in Germany. mafianeindanke organises educational and information events for citizens but also for experts and institutions, participates in research projects, and promotes cooperation networks.