There is a Migrant Solidarity Kitchen in Tarlabaşı. It is not like any other kitchen. It has neither cooks nor customers. Here, everybody is a cook and all the food is shared. It is part of the neighborhood and everyone is welcomed.
All the stomachs of the world unite!
The migrant solidarity kitchen is a place where all contributors bring something to put into the pots, stir them and land a hand to whatever is needed. Here neither money nor credit cards are valid, but solidarity and collaboration are. This is a place of sharing our food, labor, ideas, stories and daily lives. The kitchen is not solely about eating. Those who are willing to, can share their knowledge, abilities and experiences with others through workshops. For what comes in handy for one, might also be a tool for the others. There are free language classes like Turkish, Kurdish, English, Arabic and German, guitar classes and other activities for children, legal workshops on migration issues and music and film evenings open to everyone’s participation. Every Friday evening we meet altogether to discuss current issues important for the kitchen and for the people meeting here. The kitchen is a communal place open to everyone beyond age, sex and race differences. Together we want to raise visibility of local migration issues. This kitchen serves as a locus of solidarity and sharing against all sorts of borders that tear us apart.