RLS

Profile of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is one of the six political foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany associated with political parties. The Foundation’s main task is to provide political education. It is closely connected to the Left Party.

Since 1990, the work of the Foundation has been in keeping with its eponym, Rosa Luxemburg, and represents the main current of democratic socialism with an unwavering international focus. The Foundation considers itself committed to a radical perspective of enlightenment and social criticism. It stands within the tradition of the workers’ and women’s movements, as well as anti-fascism and anti-racism.

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is a registered non-profit organization, whose most important body is the General Assembly. Its work is supported by the dedication and commitment of a large number of volunteers throughout Germany.

With its work, the Foundation promotes a critical analysis of society and fosters networks of emancipatory, political, social and cultural initiatives. It is active internationally in development co operation and advocates an equal dialogue between the North and the South. At the same time, with the help of the Archive of Democratic Socialism, it documents important events and the results of left-wing politics. Within the framework of its Scholarship Depart ment, the Foundation also provides grants to young academics. Like other political foundations, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung seeks to further develop the classical concept of political education. However, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung here emphasizes a critical analysis of society as its central task, a claim further under lined by its name.

Based on the assumption that social change requires a reflective confrontation with today’s capitalist society as a whole, the Foundation strives to develop alternative concepts and approaches for a comprehensive process of transformation that will enable the creation of a more united and just society. 14 Education and training in socialist-democratic politics, analysis, information and policy advice are thereby the Foundation’s basic tasks, which it pursues and implements at the regional, national and international level.

Goals

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung aims to:

  • Organise political education and disseminate knowledge about social relations in a globalized, unjust and hostile world
  • Provide a venue for critical analysis of current capitalism;  act as a hub for programmatic discussions about a modern democratic socialism, act as a socialistic think-tank for political alternatives
  • Be a forum in Germany and internationally that supports dialogue between left-socialistic powers, socialistic movements and organisations, left-minded intellectuals and non-governmental organisations
  • Grant funding to young scholars via undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships
  • Give impulses to self-defining socialistic political activities and support commitment to peace and international understanding for a socially just and solidary union

More information can be found at: www.rosalux.de

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