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Searescue
April 21st, 2015

European sea rescue now!

type:NGO, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In Octobre 2013 a number of 366 people seeking for protection die in front of the Italian island of Lampedusa. European politicians respond affected to the endless number of coffins. They speak of shame. And they explain that Lampedusa must be a turning point for the EU’s refugee policy.

But the confessions to a humane refugee policy, even after the Lampedusa disaster, remain lip service. The states of the European Union continue to close their borders with enormous effort. Legal ways to cross European borders are missing – refugees are forced to go on deadly routes. Still, there is no European civilian sea rescue.

The consequences are fatal: since the year 2000 more than 25,000 refugees drowned, suffocated, died of thirst or from exhaustion at EU-borders. A number like this of dead children, women and men should finally move policymakers to rethink.

But the opposite is the case: the Italian maritime rescue operation „Mare nostrum“, which saved the lives of more than 100,000 people should be replaced by a European Frontex operation. The rescue area will be reduced drastically. It is thus predictable that even more people will die.

PRO ASYL demands an immediate pan-European funded expansion and organization of a sea rescue for refugees. A legal crossing for refugees needs to be allowed and mass death in front of Europe’s borders must be stopped.

PRO ASYL turns with an urgent plea to the European Parliament and its President Martin Schulz: the EU must stop the dying at their external borders and open legal and risk-free routes for refugees.

Sign up and stand in for an immediate pan-European provision of financial resources for safe routes for refugees.

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WomenforAfghanWomen
April 19th, 2015
Women for Afghan Women
type:Donation, NGO, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots, civil society organization with the mission to secure  and protect the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York particularly their rights to develop their individual potential and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic.WAW advocates for women's rights and challenge the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change.

In New York, WAW operates a community center in the heart of an Afghan community in Queens, helping Afghan families by offering crisis services, women, and children, including immigration and employment support, domestic violence counseling, and leadership training. In Afghanistan the organisation operates legal aid centers and emergency as well as long-term shelters for women and children in 13 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Women for Afghan Women is the largest shelter-providing NGO in Afghanistan, and often receives the most extreme cases of human rights violations: girls and young women who have suffered mutilation, acid attacks, torture, attempted murder, and rape. Most still reside in their care. 

Stand with Women for Afghan Women and support them in their courageous work to guarantee a life free of violence for every Afghan woman and girl!

womenforafghanwomen.org|
Navajo Women
April 12th, 2015
A Journey For Existence
type:Donation, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Navajo Nation sits on one of the richest energy corridors in the United States, and for close to a century, indigenous inhabitants of this region have been on the frontline on resource colonization to provide cheap energy and water. Since the almost a century, the Navajo land and people have been sacrificed for energy extraction for oil, gas, uranium, and coal poisoning the land, water, air and people. Despite being at the forefront of energy extraction, there are no benefits for the people in this region: Aproximately 1/4 of the Navajo population today live without electricity and running water on the Navajo Nation, while the economy functions at an unemployment rate of 60% and young people are leaving due to lack of opportunity. Now Navajan people are facing the onset fracking and a proposed pipeline transporting crude oil through the emergence place of people of Navajo- and this in the name of "economic development". In facing this crisis of their future, the idea of walking 1000 miles through environmentally threatened regions of native America in order to raise awareness was born.

The walk is a way to raise awareness for this enduring injustice and also a possibility to honor the legacy of their ancestors who were once forced to walk hundreds of miles during winter to be imprisoned for years in the name of American colonization. It is time to heal from the trauma of colonization that native American people have been living under for too long.

Support this courageous protest of young  Navajans and help raising awareness for this important topic by sharing and liking.

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548_syria_lights_gif
April 04th, 2015
Turn the lights back on in Syria!
type:NGO, Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Over 200,000 lives have been lost since the conflict in Syria began four years ago. A staggering 11 million people have been forced to flee their homes and three million children are no longer in school. Now, research has revealed that the population of Syria is living in darkness – satellite images show that in the worst-affected areas like Aleppo, 97 percent of the lights have gone out.

We’re asking you to stand with the people of Syria and demand that world leaders do more to end the suffering. They must bring about a solution to this conflict - and turn the lights back on in Syria!

Support this petition intiated by Amnesty International and help them reach 30.000 signers!

amnesty.org.uk|
nina_marco_fotook_350x262
April 01st, 2015
Pulling the stereo out of stereotype
type:Donation, NGO, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The media in Spain, a country with more than 700.000 members of the Romani people, reveals to threaten the Spanish Romani community by highlighting the undesired stereotypes of this community. Stereotypes of Spanish society, as in many countries in Europe, is that Roma people don’t want to work, have no education, nor are they interested in following the rules for social coexistence.

This type of media thus distorts the truth about one of Europe`s greatest minorities and labels and generalizes Roma people as thugs, thiefs and outlaws.

The Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) develops all kinds of actions that contribute in achieving equal treatment of Roma persons, improving their living conditions, preventing all forms of discrimination. An Example: In 2014 FSG has published guides to help journalists approaching the news related with the Romani community without prejudices and stigmatizing speech.

Support FGS by joining their network or contribute by donating!

gitanos.org|
Bosnian Soldier Guards
March 26th, 2015
Her only weapon is a camera
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

"Why is it that borders and nationality, and not freedom, shape the identity of most of the people on this planet?"

With this question in mind photographer Ines Kotarac started her photo project "Drops against Oblivion" in Berlin, where she currently lives, travelling all the way through the Balkans to Istanbul.

Originally from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Ines Kotarac started her journey in order to find the link of the histories between Berlin and Istanbul and the many spots in between to which her country of origin belongs to.

Hoping to find a home somewhere on her journey with paths marked by centuries-old conflicts and divisions, her idea developed into an exemplary art project which touches current and urgent social and political problems worldwide such as xenophobia, exclusion, boarders, personal and national identities, history and rememberance.

The exhibition of the project will take place in various countries of the Balkan region as well as in Berlin.

Do you also believe that art  has the power to make a change in the world? Then become a part of this project and support Ines Kotarac with a donation!

indiegogo.com|
syrian children killed by bombs
March 23rd, 2015
Safe Zone for Syria!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Syrian air force just dropped chlorine gas bombs on children. Their little bodies gasped for air on hospital stretchers as medics held back tears, and watched as they suffocated to death.

But today there is a chance to stop these barrel bomb murders with a targeted No Fly Zone.

The US, Turkey, UK, France and others are right now seriously considering a safe zone in Northern Syria. Advisers close to President Obama support it, but he is worried he won’t have public support. That’s where we come in.
Let’s tell him we don’t want a world that just watches as a dictator drops chemical weapons on families in the night. We want action.

Sign to support a life-saving No Fly Zone.

secure.avaaz.org|
Protest_against_racism_Australia
March 21st, 2015
Racism. No way!
type:Donation, NGO, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Racism. No way! project aims to assist Australian school communities and education systems to recognise and address racism in the learning environment.

Australia has a unique history that has shaped the diversity of its peoples, their cultures and lifestyles today. Three major contributors to Australia's demographic make-up are a diverse Indigenous population, a British colonial past and extensive immigration from many different countries and cultures. Although the majority of the population are Australian born, more than 75% of Australians identified with an ancestry other than Australian in the 2011 Census. In all, Australians come from over 200 birthplaces which makes the population of about 23 million to one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the world.

It is no wonder thus that the Racism. No way! Project had to be established since a very early anti-racist and pro-diversity education becomes essential in a state with that many different people. First it began as an initiative in 1998 and was launched two years later by the then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir William Deane. Since then, the work of the project continues to be supported by the expertise of teachers, parents and curriculum officers throughout Australia.

You can support the Racism. No way! Project by donating or contribute via an online pledge.

racismnoway.com.au|
benslowart_Mandela
March 16th, 2015
Colours for the grey walls of racism
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, NGO, Petition, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

London Street and Fine Artist Ben Slow's unique style of mixing Fine Art with urban surroundings illustrate his passion for finding meaning in his work, spreading a message, telling stories. That is why he joint forces with "Stand Up to Racism" campaigners Rashida Islam and Barbara Ntumy to raise the profile of this year's UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,  by attempting to paint as many walls as possible with Anti Racist art work.

To make this happen a crowdfunding-campaign was initiated. With £ 1000 for materials and support for the demonstration on March 21st  „Street Art Stands Up to Racism“ aims to get the project from London to Paris and New York.

Support this outstandingly creative project which represents a street art credo by uniting urban art and political activism and help them to stand up to racism.

credits: (c) Ben Slow

 http://benslow.tumblr.com/

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