ABOUT US


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acTVism Munich e.V.

  • acTVism Munich is a non-profit, independent and grassroots online media portal in both German and English languages.
  • acTVism Munich produces video reports, organizes roundtable discussions and debates, translates English articles into German and publishes guest articles in order to share information and news about topics of societal importance.
  • acTVism Munich provides a platform to investigative journalists, academics, analysts, activists, artists or concerned and engaged people.
  • acTVism Munich aims to finance itself mainly through donations and membership fees. Government support programmes and donations from foundations or companies are only accepted if they do not impair the independence of the association.
  • acTVism Munich is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization situated in Munich. Donations are tax-deductable in Germany only.

If you want to find out more about our organization, please view this video (You can activiate English subtitles from the settings in YouTube):


History

2013: Zain Raza introduces on social media the idea of an independent media outlet based on the principles of citizen journalism and activism. The idea spreads quickly throughout social media. The platform’s founding principles were discussed and agreed upon in a first unofficial members meeting.

2014: Roundtable discussions took place and acTVism’s first interviews were published with the likes of Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges through social media. Our first video reports on political events and demonstrations were produced as well. acTVism Munich e.V. (non-profit) was founded with 17 members at the first official meeting in the fall of that year. The organization also opened its first non-commercial bank account at GLS Bank.

2015: acTVism’s official website was launched at www.acTVism.org. Our first major event was held at Muffatwerk in Munich with linguist Noam Chomsky, former MI5 agent Annie Machon and Paul Jay, founder of The Real News Network. We co-organized the Sam Adams Award with Edward Snowden in Berlin. Further videos and interviews from that year included Jürgen Todenhöfer, Abby Martin, Vijay Prashad, William Binney as well as James Gailbraith. Our second event was about Germany’s international role, again at Muffatwerk, with Heiner Flassbeck and Noam Chomsky.

2016: acTVism held exclusive interviews with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and Wikileaks investigative editor Sarah Harrison as well as reporting the launch of the Democracy in Europe 2025 (DiEM25) movement in Berlin. More video reports included the STOP-TTIP Demonstrations in Berlin and Hannover as well as interviews with Hans-Christian Ströbele, Katja Kipping, Gesine Schwan, Ernst Wolff and other renowned experts.

2017: To start the year, acTVism hosted its largest event to date under the title “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context” to a full house that included 650 guests at the Muffatwerk in Munich. The panel included Edward Snowden, Jürgen Todenhöfer, Jeremy Scahill, Richard D. Wolff, Paul Jay and Srećko Horvat. Circa 53,000 people streamed the event and 900,000 viewed the publications thereafter in German & English on YouTube. In order to foster understanding of elementary definitions, concepts and historical events an educational video series known as “Know Your Stuff” was launched. Richard D. Wolff, Dr. Daniele Ganser, Medea Benjamin, Dr. Peter Seyferth, Ernst Wolff  and other experts participated in this series.In order to foster democratic understanding and participation for the German election season, acTVism Munich collaborated with Mehr Demokratie e.V. to produce a video series known as “Perspectives of Democracy” that hosted, amongst other experts, Gerald Hüther und Yanis Varoufakis. Additionally, a new video format was introduced called “The Spark” that introduces and promotes local non-profit and grassroots organization that are focused on improving the state of our society and environment.  Organizations that have participated in this format include Fossil Free Munich, One World Art Connection, the Munich Peace Movement and Mehr Demokratie.

2018: acTVism undertook many exclusive interviews with international guests such as Yanis Varoufakis, Aaron Mate, Paul Jay, Dr. Michael Shermer, Medea Benjamin, Prof. Léonce Ndikumana, Prof. Richard D. Wolff, Prof. Stephanie Kelton, Prof. Lawrence Wilkerson , etc. Local experts included Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther, Dr. phil. Peter Seyferth and Kerem Schamberger. Furthermore acTVism hosted the second part of its event series called “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context” with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and publisher of the Snowden NSA-leaks, Glenn Greenwald, independent journalist, artist and activist, Abby Martin, and the Presidential candidate of the Green Party (2016), Jill Stein. The event reached circa 150.000 people on YouTube and hundreds of guests were live in attendance. Exclusive translations of external international content into the German language included Prof. Noam Chomsky, Pentagon Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, former CIA-Analyst John Nixon, US-Senator Bernie Sanders and the best selling author, Max Blumenthal. Reports were produced on the annual demonstration against the so called “Security Conference” in Munich and the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 in Berlin. A diverse range of non-profit, grassroots and local organizations and initiatives were given a voice and they included Human Connection, Fakeodernews, Shifthappens, Abgeordnetenwatch.de, Spreadwords.org, Kontext TV, Sanktionsfrei e.V., Green City e.V., Institut für sozial-ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung e.V., Netzwerk Klimaherbst e.V., Oxfam Deutschland and Gemeinsam für Menschenrechte und Demokratie.

Compilation of the most prominent acTVism Videos

A Summary of our Event “Global Issues in Context”

Classification of Interviews & Videos according to Field


Mission

  • To provide everyone with freely accessible and comprehensive information
  • To promote societal decision-making processes by enlightening and informing the public
  • To strengthen independent media as a whole with a focus on inter-organizational cooperation
  • To implement cooperative structures

Vision

  • Become a multilingual online medium
  • Present a plurality of perspectives
  • Undertake investigative projects
  • Build worldwide networks
  • Deliver news on a daily basis
  • Strengthen focus on arts and culture
  • Guarantee financial independence