The NGO platz*machen e.V.

Our association was founded in the summer of 2020 as an association of friends and like-minded people with the vision of making the Hasselbachplatz, contrary to its reputation, a place of solidarity where everyone can feel comfortable. Even the Corona pandemic could not stop this project, and in January 2021 we opened our neighborhood store at Sternstraße 30.

Since then, we have grown, put on events and projects that many would not have believed us capable of, and fought for an important voice in the city. A voice for the Hasselbachplatz and for those who otherwise have no place and no voice.

Together with all the great and committed people we met on our way, we will continue to stand up for our values and goals at the Hasselbachplatz and in Magdeburg. And if you also feel the need to stand up for your neighborhood and your city, we look forward to welcoming you soon at the Tacheles!

Our self-understanding

We would like to stand together for a solidary togetherness and a socially just society. Our goal is to expand the participation opportunities of the people who stay at Hasselbachplatz and with whom we are in exchange. For this purpose, we make the jointly operated and usable space available and work in various projects on topics of political education, cultural participation, social counseling and emergency care as well as the networking of (local) actors.

We see ourselves as a solidary union of different working groups, projects and people who act in and around the Kiezladen. These commit themselves to the self-understanding and make decisions internally and autonomously. At the same time, we regularly engage in dialogue and exchange and offer a platform for political disputes, discussions and personal development.

We clearly distance ourselves from any form of discrimination, including offensive language. Also the affiliation to and sympathy with groups and organizations that spread such ideas will not be tolerated here.

Nevertheless, we engage in non-violent exchange and dialogue with people whose views do not correspond to our self-understanding in all points.

We work critically and dynamically on our point of view and practice self-reflection. We use awareness and mediation structures to address conflicts in a needs-oriented manner and to resolve them non-violently. We promote an open and constructive culture of error.

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The structure of the association has grown over time and has resulted from the recurring and changing challenges in the first year of its existence. However, the fundamental basis for the platz*machen community is undisputedly our self-image, on which everything else is built.

Our network

Magdeburg has a lot to offer and a lively cultural and political community. Therefore, we work together with many like-minded associations and organizations and form a social and political network that advocates for relevant issues in our city. Below you will find a selection of our friends, partners and supporters:

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