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Back the climate children!

Suing the current government of the United States is en vogue: This time it’s not judges trying to stop president-elect Trump to fulfill his travel ban plans, but 21 children suing the U.S. government for its affirmative actions in causing climate change and thus violating the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.

President Trump, a real estate developer and former reality television star, vowed his withdrawal out of the Paris Global Climate Deal and, despite harsh criticism, still advocates vehemently against climate action. The only way to stop this regressive style of leadership is legal action: The U.S. lawsuit, Juliana et al v. United States, was brought by young people aged 9 to 21 and a group of powerful advocates at Our Children’s Trust. After years of battling motions to dismiss their case, a U.S. court ruled that the 21 young suing the government have a constitutional right to a safe climate.

“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society,“ declared Judge Ann Aiken in her historic ruling in November 2016. Now, a Federal court will hear the climate children’s case against the President, which means: If they win, Trump will be forced to rein in the fossil fuel industry.

The 21 youth and their team of great attorneys (among them world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen) are asking now for your help to fight Trump and the oil industry’s fire with fire. Support them with a small donation via avaaz.org, spread these great news in your circles and motivate people to engage in climate action!

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Support civilians before they are hit by mass violence

As fighting rages in Aleppo, Mosul, Sana’a, Donetsk, Kunduz, and beyond, and even hospitals and schools have been hit, millions of civilians are trapped in the crossfire. Many families have disabled, elderly, or young dependents who are difficult to evacuate, or cannot afford to flee, so they are at high risk of getting killed or injured.

How does one speed up evacuations? Prepare bomb shelters? Convert items at home to shield family members with a reinforced shielded bed, a combat crib, or a sniper blind?  How do you zone living space and courtyards for risk of gunfire or sniper fire? What alternate foods can one eat during shortages in isolation?

There are many medical, humanitarian, and mine action response teams aiming to help them, but the realities of war mean that most of that help comes months or even years after the community has already been destroyed. Therefore, most civilians are left to their own devices in the lead up and first months of violence and isolation. That’s why the non-profit organisation Humanitarian Bazaar decided to create the War Survivors Advisory as a multimedia project harvesting the wisdom of survivors of past wars to create advocacy and training tools to help protect civilians newly at risk. The main goal of the NGO with its vast network of aid workers, war journalists, and refugee advisers, is to provide a more local, organic approach to “pre-combat” civilian protection.

You can support this important project by donating an amount of your choice and like and share the contents of Humanitarian Bazaar. You may also support them by signing up for one of their webinars or workshops or contribute your own knowledge and skills in case you are a war survivor. 

Credits: Humanitarian Bazaar

Photo: Daniel J. Gerstle

 

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Turkey: Free Taner Kılıç!

The Turkish government arrested Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, for being part of the so called „Gülen movement“ which the Turkish authorities blame for last year’s attempted coup during which 240 people were killed. Since then, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the arrest of about 50.000 persons and removed about 150.000 persons from public offices.

According to Amnesty International, Kılıç had been taken into custody on June 6th together with 22 other lawyers in the province of Izmir and charged three days later. He is being held in detention pending trial. 

„The fact that the Turkish cleansing campaign after the Putsch has also pulled the chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey into their vortex, shows once again how far and arbitrary this campaign has become“, declared AI Secretary General Salil Shetty after Kılıç’s detention. Currently there is no indication that the arrest is related to his work for Amnesty and does not seem to be a specific action against the organization. It is unclear why Kılıç is suspected of having connections with the Gülen network. According to the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet the attorneys are accused of the use of the messenger app ByLock which is popular among Gülen followers, according to the government.

Shetty: „Taner Kiliç has a long and distinguished record of defending exactly the kind of freedoms that the Turkish authorities are now intent on trampling.“ Taner Kılıç is a lawyer, political activist and struggled for the rights of refugees during his work as chair of the NGO „Mültecilerle Dayanışma Derneği“ (Association for Solidarity with Refugees).

Amnesty International fights for the release of Taner Kılıç. Support their campaign #FreeTaner and sign their letter to the Turkish government demanding to drop the charges against him and release him immediately.

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#BIKEYGEES: Cycling against isolation

Annette Krüger and Anne Seebach from Berlin believe that cycling is a basic way of (re)gaining individual mobility and ensuring independence for refugees and newcomers. Women in particular need this support. Many newly arrived women feel isolated in their accommodations and have to walk in order to get from A to B in an unknown urban landscape. Cycling is an easy and free way to explore their new environment without depending on the costy option of public transport.

In 2015 the idea of founding #BIKEYGEES e.V. was created by the two women. The association is a comprehensive approach that aims to share empowerment, independence, CO2-neutral transport, fresh air, exercise, joy, and mutual success stories with its volunteers and participants. The founders‘ goal was to create a safe space for refugee women who did not only loose their homes but also their mobility and independence. The team organizes free bike trainings every third Sunday of a month at the Wassertorplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg as well as traffic education in Farsi, Arabic, Kurdish, English and German.

This great project combines physical activity, relaxation, and active use of a newly acquired language for female refugees and is thus contributing to the integration of a highly marginalized group of migrants. The common goal fosters a sense of community and friendship among the newly arrived ones and local volunteers. Support this inspiring idea with a donation, volunteer for them or like and share their contents in your circles!

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No back room deals against the climate deal!

Apparently President Trump is eager to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Deal from 2015. According to his electoral program supported by so-called climate skeptic Myron Ebell, President Trump is about to carry out his threats and basically undermine the Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gases established under the Obama administration. The short-term future he promises to the US-citizens: lower taxes and better infrastructure. The reality: Global climate going rack and ruin.

On this year’s G7 summit, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK will meet to debate about the future of the global climate deal. The six nations stated their support and protection of the Paris Deal, but they could succumb to Trump’s deals in the back room. Unless people expose this sham and protest against Trump’s regressive transition plans. 

The global deal of Paris signed by 197 countries can’t be destroyed by one single man! Sign the petition to demand the six leaders draw a red line around Paris and share this in your networks!

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Free Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak!

Dawit Isaak, a Swedish-Eritrean journalist, is imprisoned since September 2001 due to his engagement for independent journalism and free press in his country. Together with 11 of his colleagues he fell victim to an order of Eritrean President Afeworki who demanded the detention of politically engaged journalists and a shut down of all independent media outlets in the country.

In the course of the years, the NGO Reporters Without Borders reveived informations that seven of the detained journalists have died in prison. Dawit Isaak still seems to be alive. The most recent proof of life was the 2010 account of a former prison guard, who described Isaak as being kept handcuffed, isolated and exposed to terrible heat. Not one of the detained journalists has been brought before a judge or had access to a lawyer. Dawit Isaak’s case is internationally observed by several NGOs like Amnesty International. The Swedish  support group “Free Dawit Isaak” works for his release via advocacy methods such as public manifestoes, appearing at meetings or events where his case can be recognized and acted upon.

Action is urgently needed so that Dawit Isaak and all the other journalists detained in Eritrea can be freed. Sign the letter to President Afeworki! Share and spread the news via hashtag #freedawit in your circles and help preventing the death of a truly engaged fighter for democratic values and human rights!

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Sea Rescue Mission "Mind 'n' Rescue"

2017 will become a hard year for refugees and the organisations trying to rescue them on their routes away from war, hunger and persecution. Meanwhile the EU is closing the boarders and making deals with authoritarian governments to hold their population back, the causes why people flee still remain. It is to be feared that the fleeing people will always accept more dangerous routes. 

Organisations like Cadus won’t to deal with the fact that every year people who are taken to the sea by tugs are drowned there. They have a good and year-long expertise of succesful sea rescue, interdisciplinary and European wide cooperation with several partners and the consideration of social, sustainable and ecological aspects.

Cadus will focus on new approaches to airspace monitoring now. Ships in distress can be found more quickly and the cooperation of different organizations can be made more effective.

Therefor and for a lot of new projects, Cadus needs your support.  Never forget, escape is not a crime, it needs a #safepassage.

Donate for Cadus‘ rescue missions!

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A mobile hospital for Syria

Destroyed medical infrastructure after five years of civil war, a humanitarian embargo and rising numbers of internally displaced people: this is what the current humanitarian crisis looks like in many parts of Syria.

Immediate medical aid is vital. However, the international community seems to lack the will and any concepts to act in that area.

CADUS is a charitable and independent aid organisation that initiate innovative and sustainable projects focussing on need-based capacity building to help people help themselves.With your help CADUS wants to send a mobile clinic into these war-torned areas. It needs to be mobile in order to provide care also for people outside of urban areas. These are refugees in camps aswell as the often neglected population in remote rural areas.

The clinic furthermore needs to be mobile to be able to react to rapidly changing conditions, be it natural disasters or the necessity of a vaccination campaignin a certain area. A mobile clinic will mean a reduced risk as  unlike fixed buildings whose coordinates are known, a moblie clinic can change its location in one day.

The success of this project depends on financial ressources. Every Dollar, every Euro counts!

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Togo: Inspiring film project needs your support!

How many times have we heard in recent years that hundreds and thousands of Africans have been killed on their way to Europe? Many drowned, others were shot or died in the desert. These bad news don’t seem to scare off people from Africa to emmigrate from their countries. Always looking for a way out of the misery, they find new paths to Europe, mostly dangerous ones. Once they made it over to the „promised lands“, they encounter a harsh reality; having to face racism, exclusion, isolation and social disadvantage next to the inherent loss of their home. But despite all these difficulties, many Africans are still dreaming of Europe and the better life there. How so?
How do they get there? What about the people they leave behind? Wives, family, friends? And above all, how is their relationship with their countries of origin?

The story of „Geh, sieg und komm zurück“ or „Va, Vaincs et Reviens“ (engl.: Go, Win and Return) is exemplary for nowadays migration and its stakes: Henoch, the protagonist of the film, lives in Lomé/Togo and is engaged to Flora. He is dealing with second-hand clothes, but is actually a French teacher. With a loan he emigrates to Germany, hoping to find a better future there for his family and friends at home. His life in Germany is not so bright. His fiance Flora suffers from the separation. She is supported by her cousin Rita, who has also been waiting for her boyfriend Gaston. In Germany, Henoch has difficulties to gain a foothold. Nothing meets his expectations but still he is promising to help all in Togo, who expect help from him. But when his stepmother dies, he cannot return and can hardly support the family. He becomes more and more embittered, and Flora is more solitary than ever. Henoch has a German friend, Klaus, who wants to help him return to Togo and start a business there, but he refuses his offer. He wants to be successful in Germany. One day he learns that Flora has a heavy car accident and is dying. Without money he has to return home.

„Go, Win and Return“ is a silent movie, which manages without much dialogue. Most of the time, the audience hears the voices of the couple communicating despite the great distance, either via mobile phone or through time and space, as if their minds were connected. But what  they think or tell is not always what is visible: Reality does not correspond to the ideas or reports they make about their lives. Imagination and reality, fact and fiction collide.

The movie is inspired by numerous real stories the director Samuel Akpene Wilsi has experienced himself. Deriving originally from Togo, he has been living in Germany for over 20 years and regularly returns to his home country. In Germany he often hears the question „Why are you coming here?“ In Togo, he always hears „Can you help me go to Germany?“ For the young artist it was important to make a film on the subject of seperation, expectations, fraud and false hopes to show the quiet life of immigrants from Africa and the hopeful but sometimes hopeless life of the women in their home countries, waiting desperately for their husbands.
 
The project is in need for funding to shoot final scenes in Germany and to accomplish the postproduction in Togo. Support this great feature film project and contribute to the success of a movie which shows „the other side“ of migration in our times!