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"Brandenburg shows a Stand!": FH Potsdam supports Call for Democracy and Cohesion

President's Council
University policy
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Under the motto "Brandenburg shows a stand!", more than 110 organisations and 190 individuals launched a call for democracy and cohesion on Tuesday, 23/01/2024.

The "Neues Potsdamer Toleranzedikt" association launched the "Brandenburg zeigt Haltung!" campaign back in 2022. In light of current events, it has decided to launch a new appeal and call on people in the state to act together. The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is one of the first signatories.

Prof. Dr. Eva Schmitt-Rodermund, President of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam: "The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam will not tolerate anti-democratic tendencies. The freedom of research and teaching, a central component of the academic ethos, is underpinned by democratic principles. We must not only protect our own democratic structures and our more diverse and international campus, but also take a clear stance in favour of an open, inclusive and diverse society."

Excerpts from the goals of the "Brandenburg zeigt Haltung!" campaign:

  • We are committed to a democratic, tolerant and cosmopolitan Brandenburg.
  • We are in favour of a diverse society based on solidarity.
  • We are in favour of open discussion, objective debate and respectful interaction with one another.
  • We want to live in a society in which all people are accepted and respected in their diversity. Racism, anti-Semitism, intolerance, hatred and marginalisation have no place here.

More than 110 organisations and 190 personalities have joined Brandenburg as initial signatories , including AOK Nordost, AWO Brandenburg, BBU Verband Berlin-Brandenburgischer Wohnungsunternehmen, Caritas, Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz (EKBO), Erzbistum Berlin, Der Paritätische Brandenburg e.V., Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY Zeuthen, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Brandenburg, Diakonisches Werk, UNiversity of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Filmpark Babelsberg GmbH, Gewerkschaft der Polizei (GdP) Brandenburg, Handelsverband Berlin Brandenburg, Handwerkskammer Potsdam, Humanistischer Verband Berlin-Brandenburg, IHK Potsdam, IHK Cottbus, IHK Ostbrandenburg, Landesfeuerwehrverband Brandenburg, Landesjugendring, Landessportbund Brandenburg, LIGA der Spitzenverbände der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege in Brandenburg, Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg Theodor Fontane (MHB), Museum Barberini, Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Oberlinhaus, SV Babelsberg 03, Tourismus Marketing Brandenburg (TMB), Vereinigung der Unternehmensverbände in Berlin und Brandenburg (UVB), Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Juden.

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