The task of “Spread the Words” is to collect the ,often marginalized and isolated, voices of refugees and people who have or had strong experience with borders, without asking a specific question. These individual expertise of these people has to be placed in the foreground, which are often just talk about, rather than with them.
Our motivation is to serve as a mouthpiece and an open platform for the various experiences. We also want to clarify and emphasize the diversity and uniqueness of each statement.
Our long-lasting goal is to as much as possible spread the whole Statements continuously and encourage people to participate in a variety of ways to do it. That way we hope to undermine the general hostile disposition against refugees.
The most important component of this project are of course the Statements, which are the focus. As well as their translation and transcription. In order to enable to pass them on, the blog is of central importance. At the moment of the appearance of the blog on the internet, one statement should be publish all three days here. In addition to the task of acting as a collective pool of individual voices, people will be invited to co-create in the most diverse fields, but also to share their (positive) use of the statements in all forms and their experience with it. See also the menu items “spread it!” and “support”.
Funding is provided by own savings or other helpers and sponsors. However, it should be noted at this point that there should be no material gain from the statements. There should’t be significant profit for someone. Donations and money requests are of course possible, but only for printing costs and similar things. All the money that was donated too much, should be placed on a next project aside.
All people who are mostly shaping this project, criticize the current border and asylum policy of Europe (and also of other countries around the world) and hope at long term to contribute to break this hostile asylum policy, mentality and stereotypes.
But we also want to question our own privileges, lived realities, perceptions of self and others and try to learn from it. Everyone of course is more than welcome to co-create.