Kassem Taher Saleh
I am Kassem, 28 years old and I am member of the 20th German Bundestag for the Saxon Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and the electoral district 159 Dresden-Süd.
I am a civil engineer by profession. Befor I was voted into the parliament, I was working as a site manager for a construction company in Dresden. Although I am passionate about civil engineering, politics has accompanied me all my life.
I was born in Zakho in 1993. I grew up in Plauen, Vogtland and graduated from high school in 2013. Growing up and spending my youth in Plauen was particularly formative for me. I was passionate about playing soccer for 1. FC Wacker Plauen - playing soccer gave me experiences that reflect well the dual reality of Saxony and Germany. Where others often talk abstractly about some right-wingers and Nazis, I have experienced firsthand what it means to see previously convicted Nazis on the field again and to be racially insulted by them. On the other hand, there are numerous initiatives, organizations and clubs in sports that work for an open and fairer Saxony. These experiences are reflected in one of my fundamental political convictions - the right-wing danger potential in Germany must finally be taken seriously and our democracy must be strengthened and supported in the long term. It was never enough for me to have this realization only theoretically, which is why I was actively involved in various honorary offices in Plauen. For example, I acted as a student representative, referee and interpreter.
After finishing high school I studied civil engineering at the TU Dresden. I also stayed abroad at the Universidad de Cantabria, Santander in Spain. In Dresden, I co-founded the initiative "Die Anderen," a network for people affected by racism in Dresden that aims to initiate political change. In addition, I was involved in "DresdenPostkolonial" and worked as an interpreter for the Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat e.V. (Saxon Refugee Council) on a voluntary basis. I am an alumnus of the START Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
During my studies, my political commitment intensified, which is why I joined the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party in 2019. Within the party I am the spokesman for the Federal Working Group on Migration & Refugee and spokesman for the State Working Group on Migration, Integration and Anti-Discrimination. In addition to running for the Bundestag, I am a candidate for Brand New Bundestag, a grassroots civil society organization that supports progressive candidates running for the 2021 election.
Dresden, Saxony and Germany are my home. In the same way, it is the home of many people with experiences of migration and discrimination, refugees or children of non-academic parents. I am a voice for these people in the Bundestag. I make politics with a breath of fresh air from Saxony.