Hartz IV was the reason to start an initiative of unemployed people: BASTA! We decided to stand up for our own interests, instead of letting other people decide for us. We think that social protest needs more social centres and open rooms that sustain solidarity. Our personal experiences of poverty, housing shortage and mass unemployment are a collective, a political problem. We do not need to face this alone. And we should not except this passively.
There is a wide range of help and info-centres for people that are affected by the Hartz-IV-system. We are different: independent, self-organized, empowering. We learn from each other what it means to be excluded and how the Jobcentre is exploiting this situation. And we teach each other how to deal with it. Together, we strive to build a strong social structure “bottom-up”. BASTA is open for everyone who seeks a politically biased consultation, accompaniment, support and/or organization. Learn more: