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architecture
February 07th, 2017

Architecture as a catalyst

type:Donation, Project
by:Ama Lorenz

KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE is first and foremost a social instrument: its cultural, economic and ecological building solutions are always underpinned by a social process. With the objective of combining his knowledge as a western trained architect, and traditional building methods from Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré is setting up an infrastructure that enables people to have access to education, which is the key to development.

To finance projects in his home village of Gando, Francis Kéré set up the association Francis Kéré Foundation (formally Schulbausteine für Gando.)

With your financial support and the commitment of the community, they can develop sustainable projects and help build a more promising future for the people of Gando in Burkina Faso.

The Francis Kéré Foundation is a registered charity in Germany.

kere-architecture.com
trump
February 01st, 2017
"Dear Mr. Trump..."
type:Protest
by:Ama Lorenz

People from all over the world sign a letter to the President of the United States of America. It starts with "Dear Mr. Trump,..."

With the Muslim ban, Trump has shown that the worst fears about his Presidency are true. Add your voice to the open letter to join the resistance — then spread it far and wide.

secure.avaaz.org
refugees
January 26th, 2017
STOP REFUGEES FREEZING TO DEATH IN GREECE
type:Donation, NGO, Project
by:Ama Lorenz

As sub-zero temperatures hit Greece, thousands of people are being held in makeshift detention camps on the Greek islands.

After making treacherous journeys across land and sea to reach the supposed safety of Europe, it is in these freezing, squalid conditions that people await to hear their fate within the asylum system. Trapped in squalid detention camps, refugees are surviving in flimsy tents as temperatures plummet below zero.

No one should be left to live or die like this.Therefore, Amnesty Internationa UK calls for your support: Call on the President of the European Commission to move people to a safe place on the mainland now. So, please, take action and support this call. Only 2,000 voices missing!

amnesty.org.uk
meet group pic
December 07th, 2016
Reject Hopelessness in the Middle East!
type:Donation, Education, Project
by:Murat Suner

According to a recent poll, almost two thirds of Israelis, Jews and Arabs, believe there will never be peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Not merely within the next few years, not only within their lifetimes, but never!

The people at MEET reject this self-fulfilling hopelessness – placing themselves firmly among those who still believe.

But not only do they have hope. They have a plan that promotes leadership and understanding among the most promising youth of both populations, and that builds motivation and practical skills to solve problems together.

As we have reported earlier, we strongly believe in their mission and support this enduring educational project. MEET and its people are true change makers.

With 12 years of high demand and retention in a region where most bi-national efforts don't last, MEET is convinced that it can make a significant contribution toward this goal.

Make 2016 about hope. A donation to MEET today is an investment in our future leaders.

Make a gift to MEET now.

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trump_climatewar
November 16th, 2016
Call to the World Leaders: Protect the Paris Agreement!
type:Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In 67 days, President Trump could go to war with climate action. But governments are at their annual climate summit right now. Trump has called climate change a hoax, dismissed the Paris agreement, and just gave a climate denier with ties to Big Oil the job of determining his environmental policy in the next few months!

But over 100 countries have signed up and Paris is already in force. Germany, China, India, Brazil, the climate vulnerable countries, and others are reasserting their commitment to the Paris climate deal. Now the world's most vulnerable countries are leading the charge for urgent climate action: Yesterday, Germany announced a bold new plan to radically cut carbon and, crucially, China is shutting down coal and breaking records on renewable energy.

Sign the Paris protection petition, and share with everyone to urgently lock in the way to zero climate pollution, demand the US keeps its Paris promise, and commit to advance faster towards climate solutions that Trump won't be able to stop!

secure.avaaz.org
before the flood leo
November 14th, 2016
Save our planet before the flood!
type:Project
by:Murat Suner

Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.

He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction.

He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.

With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

Here's the site of Before the Flood for more information on the film, project and how to support.

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October 26th, 2016
Free the slaves!
type:Donation, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Slavery has been outlawed everywhere, but it has not been eradicated. Tens of millions are trapped in modern-day slavery: They toil at mines, quarries, farms and factories, on fishing boats, in brothels and in private homes. They are forced to work, without pay, under threat of violence, and they cannot walk away.

Slavery isn’t legal anywhere, but it happens nearly everywhere. About 25 percent of today’s slaves are children. It is a result of vulnerability: The poor, the marginalized and the uneducated are easy prey. People migrating for work get tricked and trapped by traffickers and are most at risk to be forced into slavery.

Founded in 2000, Free the Slaves is widely regarded as a leader in the modern abolition movement. The US-based NGO continues the work that earlier generations of abolitionists started. Their team of 25 confronts slavery in strategically-selected hot spots in India, Nepal, Ghana, Congo and Haiti—operating in partnership with locally-based organizations.

The mission of Free the Slaves is to help those in slavery escape the brutality of bondage, prevent others from becoming trapped by traffickers and help officials bring slave holders to justice. Survivors of slavery are supported and endorsed to rebuild their lives, reclaim a perspective for themselves, their families, and their communities and restore their dignity.

Support Free the Slaves by donating an amount of your choice, liking their Social Media Channels or sharing their contents and help them ending modern slavery!

Graphic art: © 2014 Daniel Garcia

freetheslaves.net
TQU_queer_prison
October 24th, 2016
Help changing history written by white men
type:Donation, Project, Protest, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Transnational Queer Underground or TQU emerged as a reference to the "international pop underground", a convention initiated by Calvin Johnston (K Records/Portland/USA) in 1991 to take a stand against the sell-out of the music industry, which also laid the foundation for the riot grrrl movement. In 2009, the founder of the project and Berlin-based journalist Verena Spilker was researching on issues related to the queer music scene and thought that the information she collected might be useful to some other people as well. This is how TQU started as a website.

The website can be considered as an online magazine and platform with a focus on queer topics in music, art and literature. At TQU the term 'queer' is understood as a (self-)description for people or groups of people who do not conform to heteronormative rules and/or feel uncomfortable with categories implemented through a heteronormative society.

Most of history has been written by white men. What they wrote and the truths they created are what we see reflected in mainstream global politics, media and discourses today. The way we see our sexuality, how we build families, how we structure our communities, and the power relationships around us, are deeply influenced by how history has been written so far. TQU is trying to change that by offering an alternative platform open to people who would like to publish their stories, their art or present their music to a larger audience.

If you want to help TQU develop further and make sure that independent platforms, magazines and as such continue existing and emerging, then don't hesitate to contribute by submitting your piece of art or donate an amount of your choice.

Illustration by solundurraga & mujer gallina

transnational-queer-underground.net
aleppos_children
October 06th, 2016
Protect Aleppo's children, now!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

100 children have been killed in Aleppo in the last few days. For years we have watched barrel bombs and chemical attacks. But the all out destruction of Aleppo is a new level. All deals and rules are broken. A quarter of a million people are trapped in eastern Aleppo with almost no access to food, medicine, or clean water. There is no easy way to end this war, but there’s only one way to prevent this terror from the skies - people everywhere demanding a no-fly zone to protect civilians.

A no-fly zone will mean that an international coalition can threaten to down planes that try to bomb Northern Syria. Aleppo proves that any solution needs to start by protecting civilians. A no-fly zone, done well, might not cost a single life, and will save many. And genuine peace negotiations will be even more likely if Syria's ruler Assad and Russia know the world is serious.

400,000 people have died in Syria. It is a stain on the conscience of all humanity. A no-fly zone is the only decent thing to do in this awful situation. And it won't happen without the US. Sign the Avaaz petition and call on Obama and others to end the arbitrary bombing and save the children and families of Aleppo!

secure.avaaz.org
kannouta_tunisian_film
October 03rd, 2016
Donate for Tunisian film project "Kannouta"
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

“Kannouta” is a 40 minutes docufiction about the reasons behind illegal migration from Tunisia. The film raises the question of what makes young Tunisians take the boats direction Europe.

It contains interviews with 11 people of different ages talking about their stories and their reasons for leaving. The two filmmakers Zied Ben Taleb and Margarete Luetke Twenhoeven spoke to young people who dream about leaving and finding a better life abroad, or who don’t have another choice than leaving. Between these interviews they integrated the fictional part of the film. The spectator can see at a glance the "typical" daily life of a Tunisian kid, and how he reaches the point of being ready to leave, even if this means leaving everything and everyone and risking his own life on the way to an unclear future.

Zied Ben Taleb is a Tunisian filmmaker and activist. In his neighborhood many people have crossed the sea and many others dream of leaving. Margarete Luetke Twenhoeven is involved in struggles for freedom of movement and has been living in Tunisia for many years. The team has been working on the film for nine months, talking to people, asking them the question: Why do people leave? They traveled to different cities, to neighborhoods where a high number of teenagers have left, and to places from where the “haraga” start their journey.

The movie tries to explain a phenomenon which increased in the recent years without looking at the topic from a sheer objective viewpoint but instead trying to express people’s hopes, sufferings, fears and constraints.

Help those two ambitious and talented filmmakers to realize this project and contribute to a better understanding of illegal migration by donating.

There are only 12 hours left to donate!

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