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April 25th, 2017

Togo: Inspiring film project needs your support!

type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

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!

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creditcards
August 16th, 2017
Stop corporate funders of hate groups!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The big payment processing companies - Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover - are processing funds for some of the vilest white supremacist groups - including the groups behind the racial terrorism in Charlottesville.

White supremacist hubs are able to easily receive funding from their members because these companies are allowing them to. And thanks to transaction fees, these companies are making money every time someone donates to these hate groups.

White supremacist groups like Stormfront have played a major role in the recent and rapid rise in anti-Black, anti-Jewish and anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in the last year and a half. These groups plot to turn their hatred into violence. Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since the site was put up in 1995. In the past decade alone, Stormfront members have murdered close to 100 people. Other hate groups, like Label 56, Crew 38, National Alliance and Northwest Front have been responsible for the radicalization of terrorists like the Charleston shooter Dylann Roof or Wade Michael Page.

By profiting from donations to hate groups these companies are directly enabling the rising violence and vitriol directed at marginalized communities. Help stopping corporate funders of hate groups and sign the petition on Color Of Change! Show them which credit card YOU use to make them see just how many of the users are outraged!

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Transmodernity_film_changemakers
August 10th, 2017
Transmodernity - A Film About Changemakers
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

A Serbian drama therapist, a swiss drug expert, an Armenian performace artist and a former monk from India- what do these different people and their professons have in common? They are all changemakers. The three young filmmakers Halea, Luisa and Friedi from Berlin decided to portrait these people who are part of their circle of friends and acquaintances and created this great movie about personalities with inspiring life projects as an inspiration and appeal to take responsibility, dream and act upon it.

The movie's title "Transmodernity" is an umbrella term that addresses a socioeconomic, political and philosophical shift way beyond our globalised hyper-capitalist world. It is an exemplary term that could be used to describe the new age that we are diving into. While being critical of modernity and postmodernity, it takes the best elelments of both – trans-forming our society into something improved. Old systems that over the course of time, proved to not work out need to be reformed from within. The makers of "Transmodernity- In The Blue Hour" suggest to stay playful, have courage and optimism that people can make a difference collectively if they take responsibility as individuals.

If you liked the idea of this film and got inspired, you have the possibility to support Halea, Luisa and Friedi with their project via kickstarter. Only a few hours are left!

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ZMAG_educationalwork
July 31st, 2017
ZMAG: A place where nature loves society
type:Donation, Education, NGO, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

ZMAG (Zelena Mreža Aktivističkih Grupa, Green network of activist groups) is an NGO founded in 2002 and is engaged in permaculture education, environmental protection and raising awareness on sustainable living. The organization’s members are organic gardeners and food producers, sustainable and natural building practitioners, permaculture designers and teachers, researchers of fair and egalitarian social and organizational models, environmental activists and those interested in sustainable living.

ZMAG is one of the Centers of Knowledge for Social Development in Croatia in the area of sustainable living and development of permaculture. The NGO promotes, develops and practices permaculture, environmental knowledge and skills, applicable models and technology as well as relations that are important for sustainable living. Over the years ZMAG has established itself in the areas of permaculture education, natural building and promotion of renewable energy resources and development of low-tech DIY technologies. ZMAG is working through several projects, on promoting Food Sovereignty, helping startup Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups in Croatia and creating good economic models that support family-owned small eco-famers. Through advocacy and education on seed protection and saving, they are acting on a local level in order to create community resilience.

At the same time, the members of ZMAG are actively involved in several educational programs in schools on subjects from climate change, seed saving, food production and preparation, composting and energy. In addition to advocacy work, policy analyses, networking and campaigns, their members participate in national working groups that create public policies, strategies and plans in areas relevant to our organization. All of the subjects which are addressed –food, economy, energy, political power, ideologies, social values and consumerism – through their practical hands-on approach, are an endeavor of creating a new culture of collaboration and environmental stewardship that is necessary to sustain a livable planet.

ZMAG aspires to a world where an adequate standard of living, social and human rights for all people is met with respect to environment and sustainability. Support them by donating, volunteering and/or spreading their contents through your preferred channels!

zmag.hr
LPT-Kenya
July 29th, 2017
Kenya: Lighting a Candle of Hope
type:Donation, Education, NGO, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Lukenya Pillars of Transformation (LPT) is a Kenyan Non-profit, Student led Community Based Organization that seeks to build a people’s capacity for self-reliant skills through projects and initiatives, active participation in training and mentorship programs and thereby improving the standards of life.


The Lukenya Community is one of the major communities surrounding Daystar University Athi River Campus and is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. It is home to close to 10,000 people. It is a commercial as well as an educational center which is rapidly urbanizing due to a high demand of houses and food products. Being an educational center, Daystar Athi River campus has seen an influx of students from within and outside Kenya coming to pursue their careers and improve their living standards. This has further attracted a large number of people from outside coming to invest in rental houses and in business. The University has offered employment to close to 2,500 people majority being security guards, cooks, drivers and cleaners.

LPT has two mayor projects underway: One sponsorship program with the main aim to boost the less fortunate children at Daystar Mulandi, especially in terms of paying their school fees which is only Ksh 450 to 500 KES (not even 5 USD) for the pre unit children per term. This program will have a tremendous impact not only in the child’s life but also endorse their families' financial stability.The second mayor program is a mentorship program with the goal to connect the youth in the community with individuals who are fully skilled in their area of interest. Currently the mentors are undergoing a two week training before they are connected with their mentees.

Support the students of Lukenya Community in their future-oriented and sustainable project and either donate directly or share and like their contents on your preferred channels!

lukenyapillarsoftransformation.org
gleis-elf-film-cagdas-eren-yueksel
July 28th, 2017
Track 11: A movie about integration in Germany
type:Crowd Funding, Donation
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In 1966 Fehmi Gönüleğlendiren, a young man from Adana in Turkey arrived in the German city Mönchengladbach. He was one of the so called guest workers (Gastarbeiter) who came to help building up post-war Germany. He came among throusands of other unprofessional workers from Turkey. They were living in collective accommodations, ten to twelve men sharing a room. Because of the shift work in the factories, there was a permanent coming and going, day and night.

Fehmi Gönüleğlendiren was the grandfather of Çağdaş Eren Yüksel. The young filmmaker never got to know his grandfather, because he died much too early in a car accident. But now, Yüksel - who is known for his film "Asyland" - is retracing his family's roots and thus putting up a historical phenomenon to discussion which is more than ever an up-to-date topic in Germany: "I want to tell the story of the first generation of Turks who came to Germany in the 1960s," he says. "It's our last chance, because these people will leave us soon."

For several months now, he has been talking intensively with first-generation guest workers as with Germans who recall the 1960s and 1970s. The first days in rainy Germany. The first Turkish neighbor. The first German-Turkish love.

Çağdaş  Yüksel processes the stories he collected in his film "Gleis 11", meaning "Track 11" which was the arrival track of guest workers at the station in Mönchengladbach. Thanks to the stories told, Yüksel provides the audience with a glimpse of the living conditions and circumstances at that time. "I want to tell the untold stories," he explains.

The team of young filmmakers involved in this project are in need of funding in order to continue their production of this independently produced film which is planned to be released in spring 2018- more than half a century after Yüksel's grandfather arrived on track 11. Feel encouraged to donate on the crowdfunding platform startnext, or like and share this great and necessary project!

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HumanitarianBazaar_War Suvivors Advisory
June 30th, 2017
Support civilians before they are hit by mass violence
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Education, NGO, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

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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Taner-Kilic-Amnesty-Turkey
June 28th, 2017
Turkey: Free Taner Kılıç!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

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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climate_children
June 27th, 2017
Back the climate children!
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Education, NGO, Petition, Protest, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

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!

Image by Robin Loznak

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