Ami* Curiae is the gender inclusive version of Amicus Curiae.
Amicus Curiae is a legal principle which defines a person who is neither a lawyer nor a judge but rather someone who participates in a legal process because of having a deeper knowledge of the subject and a special interest in the outcome of a case. Our philosophy is to act as such person, by facilitating a social space where this deeper knowledge can be collectively developed in order to advocate our rights as differently excluded people.
Ami* Curiae Project Space is a resource center with various facilities where working groups, networks and initiatives come together to independently realize their programs with the common goal of putting into practice the principles of equality and equal access to society for those who are excluded because of their legal status.
This independent project space has been established by the NBBR Network to sustain its programs (NoBorderCampBerlinReloaded: http://nobordercampberlinreloaded.blogsport.eu/). Please note that people involved in NBBR & the Non-Discrimination Working Group are regularly present in certain rooms of the facility.
Equal access to society means access to education, political engagement, meaningful work, health and accommodation. Legal status refers to both exclusion through discrimination because of gender, race, ability, financial status etc. and to exclusion through being denied basic rights on the basis of residency (Aufenthalt).
Ami* Curiae project spaces are run on a self-organized basis and are funded only by independent, voluntary donations. No funding applications are made in the name of Ami* Curiae, likewise NBBR.
Background of Ami* Curiae
Ami* was initiated by NBBR and HRS to serve as a resource center in order to facilitate infrastructural access and self-organization to people with excluding legal status.
Human Rights Services offers extra-judicial consultation & representation. Simultaneously, HRS acts as a political and legal advisor for the NBBR.
NBBR network was founded in 2012 in a reaction to racist attacks on the Black co-founders, to continue from a critically Black and inclusive perspective which goes beyond identity politics.
As a consistent coordination team of diverse individuals, we have continuously reflected on our experiences with multiple forms of social exclusion and discrimination, such as racism, (racialised-, hetero-, cis-) sexism, sexualised violence, ableism, classism amongst others and how to politically apply them to the infrastructure space critically.
Dealing with our structural differences means creating consciousness of the social hierarchies we are socially forced into and finding ways to communicate beyond those hierarchies while being confronted with continuously being read as the cliché.
We understand working beyond identity politics as working together across various social identities while reflecting on their individual, structural and collective impact, where the basis of working together are shared political principles and joining our multiple areas of political engagement (e.g.) to facilitate a common struggle. This process includes politically dealing with our conflicts of interests.