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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
October 24th, 2016
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
October 06th, 2016
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!
October 03rd, 2016
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 French 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.

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September 14th, 2016
type:NGO, Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Remember Omran? The five-year-old Syrian boy placed in an ambulance after a bomb attack, in shock and bleeding, rescued amid the rubble of a crumbled building?

The only reason you or I can even picture this innocent boy and know his story is because journalists risked their own lives to capture this moment and to shine a bright spotlight on the need for dramatic action in Syria to help save lives. But there’s a frightening growing trend in the journalist community – and we need your help today to reverse the tide.

In the last 10 years alone, nearly 800 journalists have been killed in the line of duty. Many more have been kidnapped, tortured or reported missing.
And when journalists die, the information that they are struggling to get out to the world, dies with them.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is leading the effort as part of a worldwide coalition of organizations to defend journalists’ lives by calling upon the UN to appoint a politically powerful Protector of Journalists, a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists.

Journalists endure risk after risk – and sometimes pay the ultimate price with their lives to share their stories with us. Join the campaign of RSF #ProtectJournalists by signing their letter today!
September 13th, 2016
type:NGO, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

When the bombs fall, the wounded and dying are rushed to makeshift hospitals in caves, basements and even living rooms. In these unlikely beacons of hope, doctors operating by the light of cellphones, using rudimentary equipment and insufficient medicine, manage to save lives everyday. Against all odds.

More than three-quarters of Syrian doctors have fled since 2011. Those that remain have chosen to stay to serve, believing it their duty to save lives, even though it means risking theirs as hospitals are targets of daily airstrikes. Yet, theres a lack of needed training for those who remained: Dentists are performing surgeries, vets are treating cases of malnutrition and young volunteers are trained as anesthesiologists. In July 2016 a medical facility was attacked on average every 17 hours. Many facilities have been attacked multiple times, often changing location for safety.

Despite being in clear contravention of international humanitarian law, medics have been executed and tortured. However, the biggest killer of medical workers in Syria is neither torture nor execution. The greatest threat comes from the air - the Syrian government and Russian bombing. At least 750 medical workers have been killed and over 400 hospital attacks have been destroyed by these indiscriminate weapons.

These attacks are not just killing physicians and destroying hospitals, but damaging entire communities. When you kill one doctor in Syria, you are ensuring that hundreds of people will die.

Help stopping the targeting of hospitals, doctors and medical care workers in Syria by signing the petition of Medics Under Fire! Set a clear signal to the Syrian government to respect the resolutions of the United Nations condemning attacks against medical facilities and medical personnel in conflict!
September 03rd, 2016
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In the worst humanitarian catastrophe of a generation, the UN has handed the reins of its aid operation to Assad and his regime which is dictating where UN aid goes from Damascus, who the UN is allowed to work with and what the UN spends its money on.

The UN’s capitulation to the Assad regime means they have failed to successfully challenge Assad’s starvation sieges under which a million Syrians are denied access to food, medicine and running water. Instead, over 95% of the food aid managed by the UN in Damascus has been issued directly into areas under regime control.

Aid should go to those who need it most, regardless of side. That is the principle of impartiality. Instead of defending the importance of impartiality in the face of these bullying tactics from the Syrian government, UN agencies in Damascus have bent over backwards to protect their relationship with the regime.

Join Syria’s largest humanitarian and human rights groups and demand the UN set clear conditions for its cooperation with the Syrian government to enact a fair and impartial aid operation. If those conditions aren’t met, the United Nations in Syria should suspend cooperation with the government.
child in heart surgery
August 10th, 2016
type:Donation, NGO, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Preemptive love coalition is a Non-Profit-Organization which provides live-saving heart surgeries and emergency relief for displaced communities around Iraq.

In many war-torn countries there is a backlog of children with life-threatening heart defects, unable to get the care they need. Since 2008 PLC has provided more than 1600 livesaving heart operations for sick children around the world. These Remedy Missions began in Iraq and expanded into Lybia, Nigeria and other conflict and crisis ridden countries. A Remedy Mission includes between 15 to 25 surgeries, along with hundreds of hours of training for local doctors and nurses – providing a more efficient and sustaining lifesaving solution for now and for later.

Another focus of the NPO is the economic recreation of displaced communities around Iraq. Families and persons who have been displaced by conflict are turned from victims into selfemployed owners of small businesses, entrepreneurs and helped to achieve job positions with a sustainable income. Displaced children are empowered by being put back into school, while PLC is advocating with officials to prioritize education, refurbishing schools and providing uniforms and supplies for the classroom. In 2015 PLC put 20.000 Iraqi children back into the classroom. Currently the organization, led by CEO and founder Jeremey Courtney, is focusing on the crisis in Fallujah where a major humanitarian crisis is taking place.

If you want to help Preemptive love coalition and follow their core values of giving love, showing up and getting out of the way so that others can stand on their own, donate or host an event via their webpage.
Syrian refugees
August 01st, 2016
type:Donation, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Lebanon, a small country of about 4.5 million citizens, has taken on an enormous burden, hosting 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees. More than 250,000 school-age Syrians live there who are out of school. With international assistance, the Education Ministry has opened public schools to Syrian refugees, and 158,000 enrolled last year. The Education Ministry estimates another 87,000 are in private schools. But five years into the war in Syria, the number of refugee children still out of school is an immediate crisis.

Donor support, and pressure, are needed to eliminate barriers that are still keeping children out of school. As leading donors, the European Commission and European Union member states have a critical role to play for children’s fundamental right to an education, Lebanon’s stability, and Syria’s future.

Lebanon needs sustained and targeted support to prevent a generation of Syrian children from growing up without an education. With more than 70 percent of Syrian families in Lebanon living below the poverty line, subsidized transportation is needed to get more children into school. But enrolling children is only the first step—providing a quality education is key to preventing dropouts. Syrian children need trained teachers, mental health support, and accelerated programs to teach English and French, the unfamiliar languages of instruction in Lebanon.

Lebanon needs help, and the children who fled the horrors of war in Syria need the tools to build a better future for themselves and their country. Will you help Syrian school children and donate for their better future?
July 11th, 2016
type:Donation, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Can you imagine being forced to marry a man old enough to be your grandfather? Maria can.

She’s one of thousands of girls as young as 11 who are being denied their basic human rights. They are being robbed of an education. They aren’t getting a say in what happens to their bodies. And they’ve had enough. They’re starting a revolution against child marriage. But it will fail without your support.

Burkina Faso has a child marriage prevalence rate of 52%. On average, almost one out of two girls in Burkina will be married before the age of 18. The rates of child marriage vary from one region to another, and are as high as 86% in the Sahel region and 76% in the East region.

Maria ran away from her husband and is living with her family again – but thousands of young girls just like her are at risk. Will you join their revolution and help end child marriage once and for all?