Safer Space & platform for anti-racist projects
café révolution is not a coffee place in the conventional sense. With café révolution we, the collective of the same name, want to create a meeting point in the midst of Bern like no other: it is our dream to create a Safer Space free of racism and discrimination for people who are faced with and affected by racism, as well as a platform for anti-racist projects. To make this dream come true, we need your support!
Once we reach the first stage, we can open our doors. You will be helping to make the café révolution beautiful and cosy. A kind of living room will be created that reflects the stories and diversity of the people who use it.
Workshop for world-changing projects
Once the second stage is reached, we can purchase the necessary infrastructure for a co-working space (desks, internet, coffee machine, etc.). By doing so, you support café révolution to become a home for self-employed, creatives and other change-makers. Thanks to you, projects, social campaigns and innovative ideas can be created that move our society towards more anti-racism.
Once the third stage is reached, we can set up a postcolonial library. The library will offer a wide selection of literature and films by Black and BIPOC authors. This will create a place with important resources that are accessible to all who want to broaden their horizons and participate in the anit-racist movement.
Do it for the culture
Once we reach the last stage, we can offer you an extensive cultural programme at café révolution: Readings, writing workshops, yoga sessions, film evenings, concerts, art exhibitions - the sky is the limit! The events are intended to address socially critical issues and raise awareness of such issues. In this way, we fulfil our social obligation and build bridges.
For persons who are affected by racism, the focus of our offer lies on healing and self-empowerment through workshops, working together in the co-working space and other exclusive events. These are to be designed for them and with their direct involvement - you name it, we gotch y'all!
You do not experience racism first hand but would like to participate in the anti-racist movement as an Ally? You are in the right place too! We offer information and materials from our library, specifically tailored workshops and a variety of events on relevant topics.
No matter how big or small, every contribution counts and brings us one step closer to our dream. Many thanks for your support!
We are a collective of black women and femmes, following different ways of life but coming together in the fight against racism and other forms of discrimination.
This project is not a money maker for us. We simply want to provide space for our dream of an anti-racist society to develop, and to be able to work on it with you and anyone willing to contribute.
About three years ago Eleni, a passionate coffee drinker, moved from St. Gallen to Bern. Not only in her work for a human rights organisation does Eleni pursue her strong sense for justice, but also in her voluntary engagements. For Eleni, café révolution is a long-cherished wish which is finally coming true: "What makes café révolution so unique is the way it, like no other project, creates community holistically."
Naomi grew up in the city of Bern, where she also completed her Master's degree in Social Anthropology and Law. Both in her professional work and in the context of voluntary commitments, it is important to her to address structurall inequalities. The café révolution is a project close to her heart: "It is a place where I can let go. But it is also a place where we all can question and work together to reshape existing structures. It's a place I've been longing for."
Connecting people and enabling change - there is hardly anything the solution-oriented "Seeländer" is more passionate about. Mona-Lisa is currently working in an organisation that provides political education and promotes the participation of young people in elections. The Master's student of World Politics is also involved in various socio-political collectives on a voluntary basis, including café révolution: "What we are trying to offer is a place in Bern where for once people who are subject to discrimination, their work, desires and needs, are at the centre of attention - this is urgently needed in Switzerland that is still struggling to admit that racism exists in this country”
Djinane grew up in Bern. As a lawyer she is involved in various areas to fight social inequality. In her private life too, she regularly launches new initiatives. Most recently she launched a project through which she and her family brought the taste of Senegalese dishes to the people of Bern. Recent events have made her aware of the fact that a Safer Space, as it is offered by café révolution, is a necessity for persons who are faced with racism.
Born in Colombia and raised in Bern, Gloria is involved in various projects. The certified childcare worker, nanny, life artist, content creator, activist and aspiring self-proclaimed illustrator is committed to a more educated society. A society in which power structures, patriarchy and inequalities must be rethought. She approaches the café révolution project with a great deal of joie de vivre and a thirst for action. Even as a child, Gloria has always wished for a space where she would not have to explain herself. And now she wants to seize this opportunity!
Méline from Bern studied political science in Berlin. Back in Switzerland she was involved in various projects to foster a more humain approach in asylum and refugee policy. Today Méline is a mother and prospective naturopath. The café révolution gives her hope, strength and the courage to pursue the one great dream "that my (...) children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the nature of their character" (Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech, 1963).
Anna is a dancer and choreographer. Moving back and forth between London and Bern, she is involved in art, culture and engages with social issues. "I always want my work to be a statement of current events, encouraging people to reflect and reconsider their ways of thinking." For her, the café revolution is a place that will generate exactly this, through art, through the exchange of knowledge, but above all through community.
Tara is born and bread in the heart of Bern. Currently, she is inrolled in social studies. In her studies as well as in her private life she examines different power relations and inequalities in today's world. Deeply burried in her books, Tara acquires knowledge from different points of view to better understand the bigger picture.
For Tara, café révolution is the manifestation of a dream she never knew she had. It is a place where Tara can pursue her activism as a black feminist.