The Black Lives Matter Nuremberg delegation in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. From right: Benedicta Schmitz, Paul Arzten, Wafa Meziane, Jeffrey, Lena Mariama Meinhold, Mina Bajalani, Ibrahima Diop, Shana Filmore, Daniall Eshete and Tobias Diemer (standing)/All Photos: MEP Dr Herzberger-Fofana

Germany’s Black Lives Matter activists visit European Parliament

A group of twelve activists of the Black Lives Matter movement in Nuremberg, Germany, travelled to Strasbourg at the invitation of Dr Herzberger-Fofana (MEP), last week as part of the European Youth Event 2021. Here’s a report of the visit.

At the invitation of Dr Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing Germany on the platform of the Green Party, a group of young activists from the Nuremberg-Erlangen region travelled to Strasbourg last Friday (8 October) to take part in the 2021 European Youth Event (EYE).

The EYE, which takes place annually and attracts more than 10,000 young people from all EU member states to Strasbourg, took place this year under the motto “The Future is Ours” and offers young Europeans direct contact with their political representatives, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas about the future of the EU.

From left: Benedicta Schmitz, Lena Mariama Meinhold , Mina Bajalani, Dr Herzberger-Fofana, Vanessa Omoigui ,Paul Arzten, Jeffrey, Ibrahima Diop, Wafa Meziane, Shana Filmore, Daniall Eshete and Akim Gubara

The highlight of the event was the various discussion rounds with representatives of the parliamentary committees. The activists from Nuremberg and Erlangen, together with Dr Herzberger-Fofana, took part in a discussion panel entitled “What is the Future of the EU-Africa relationship” and were able to convince the participants of their expertise and charisma. The activists were the only group greeted with prolonged applause.

Dr Herzberger-Fofana calls the event a complete success:
“It is so great to be able to welcome young Black people from Bavaria here, because the Black diaspora must be represented politically at all levels. I don’t always want to be the first Black woman in my position, but the first of many!”

The participants were also enthusiastic. Nuremberg city councillor Paul Arzten, who was in the delegation, said: “It was unbelievable to see the enthusiasm that Ms Herzberger-Fofana arouses in young people of colour because as the only Black woman in the EU Parliament, she is an absolute role model for many young people!”

Lena Mariama Meinhold, who has initiated various activities against discrimination and for making Afro-German problems visible, said:
“The EYE is a great event to connect young people from all over Europe. It was also a great opportunity for BPoC’s to exchange with people who share similar experiences and stories.”

The delegation at the dinner with the Diaspora Vote. Standing are Celine Fabrequette (right) of the group of Diaspora Vote and Dr Herzberger-Fofana (left)

At the invitation of Diaspora Vote, a group that aims to strengthen the African diaspora in Europe and lead them into parliamentary decision-making positions, the activists attended a dinner on Friday evening before finally heading home on Saturday afternoon.

Tobias Diemer

Further information can be found at www.herzberger-fofana.eu and at www.facebook.de/herzbergerfofana

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About MEP Herzberger-Fofana

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana was elected to the European Parliament on 26 May 2019 as a candidate of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and has since been campaigning for a democratic, humane, anti-racist Europe as an MEP. She is First Vice-Chair of the Committee on Development (DEVE) and the Delegation for Relations with the Pan-African Parliament (DPAP), Co-President of the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and a member of the delegation to the Cariforum-EU Parliamentary Committee (DCAR), where ‘Cariforum’ stands for the countries of the Caribbean region. She is also a substitute in the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), and a substitute in the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (DACP) – ACP standing for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

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