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November 28th, 2017

Germany: No more separations of families!

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

Many refugees in Germany have close relatives left behind in their countries of origin, in neighboring states or on the Balkan route. In many cases it is just too dangerous for women and children to follow up, often the financial resources are just enough for the escape of only one person. While those arriving in Germany sometimes wait for years for a decision in their asylum procedure, their families often wait under the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

However, with the „Asylum Package II“ the possibility for a family reunification for subsidiary protected persons was suspended for two years; their situation has become even more hopeless – because now, also refugees from Syria only receive subsidiary protection. In plain language, this means a separation for years for many families: In addition to the duration of the asylum procedure and the tightening of laws, the waiting period for a visa application in the German embassies of the neighboring Syrian countries takes many months.

The German Bundestag must finally act on these points! The protection and value of marriage and family is anchored in the German constitution. It must also be fully valid for refugees and their families. Therefore the German association PRO ASYL e.V. demands an end to the suspension of family reunification for subsidiary protected persons and an advancement of visa procedures for their family members who are entitled to follow-up.

Support the work of PRO ASYL e.V. by signing their petition, donation and/or spreading their articles in your circles!
March 09th, 2018
'HAYMATLOS': Support a (post)migrant literature project!
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

As post-migrant activists, Tamer and Taudy launched the project "KANAKISTAN"in 2016,  organizing an event series that brings together artists of multiple backgrounds and disciplines in Erfurt (Thuringia/Germany) to discuss (post)migrant perspectives, racism, art and culture and to make these perspectives visible.

Now the project is about to publish a (post)migrant poetry book called "HAYMATLOS" (meaning "homeless"). In January 2018, Taudy and Tamer launched a call to send in poems addressing racism, discrimination, migration, family histories, right extremism, (post) migrant and other perspectives. Many poems were sent in and a selection of them will be published in a poetry book by the left political publishing network "edition assemblage".

To be able of financing the printing costs, the activists of KANAKISTAN still need support. For this reason a Crowdfundig campaign was established on the platform "Startnext".

Feel encouraged to donate and support this creative and important project, raising awareness for (post)migrant perspectives not only for Germany-based migrants, but many diasporic communities all over the globe!
February 27th, 2018
Tell Russia to Stop Killing Stray Dogs for World Cup 2018!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Fortunately, just as in 2014, worldwide outrage over this culling has apparently changed officials' minds. Instead of euthanizing the dogs, sports minister Pavel Kolobkov has recommended that host cities create temporary animal shelters in which the strays can be housed during the World Cup games.

There are about 2 million homeless dogs and cats roaming the streets in the 11 cities hosting the World Cup this year. Instead of killing them – which costs about $100 per dog – that money would be better spent on spay-and-neuter programs.

As a first step, all of the dogs that are housed in those temporary shelters during the World Cup should be spayed and neutered during their stay.

Influential World Cup sponsors like Coca-Cola, Visa and Adidas should also put pressure on Russian officials not to kill strays.

Please sign and share this petition urging World Cup sponsors to pressure Pavel Kolobkov to require that street dogs be sterilized, not killed, in cities hosting the World Cup!
February 10th, 2018
Help protecting the wolves in Germany!
type:Donation, Education, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Wolves had been eradicated in Germany for a long time. For about 150 years, they did not exist. Since only a few years have they returned to their traditional habitat. But they could quickly disappear again, for there are more and more voices calling for shooting down wolves in order to limit or even reduce their numbers.

Wolves are part of the native wildlife in Germany, as are deers and stags. They help preserve the regional biodiversity and play an important role in the ecosystem.

The successful return of the wolves to Germany began in 2000, when a she-wolf in Saxony raised her offspring. Today most wolves live in Brandenburg, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lower Saxony. Educational work is of fundamental importance so that the animals can return to their natural habitat in the long term.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Germany helps shepherds and other grazing animal owners to protect their animals from wolf attacks. The organization clarifies how conflicts between grazing animals and wolves can be avoided. This includes targeted information, on-site consultations, the provision of suitable fence material, the support of shepherds in keeping work and the work with herd protection dogs.

The IFAW is ready to do their utmost to protect both these rare wild animals as well as the grazing animals. If you want to help and ensure that the wolf gets a second chance in his old, new habitat in Eastern Germany, feel encouraged to donate and spread this appeal through your preferred channels.
Bitty and Beaus Coffee
February 07th, 2018
Inclusion: Bitty & Beau's - it's more than a cup of coffee
type:Donation, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Amy and Ben Wright are the parents of four children – the two youngest, Bitty & Beau, having Down syndrome. As advocates for the value, inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), the Wrights have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for their children and others living with IDD. The couple's vision for changing the 80% national unemployment rate for people with IDD, led them to founding Bitty & Beau’s Coffee.

The Wrights developed the first business model for employing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the financial services sector and later formed the non-profit ABLE to Work USA. The shop as well as the headcquarters of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is located in Wilmington/North Carolina and currently employs 40 people with IDD.

If you consider Amy and Ben Wright's idea of  labour possibilities for people with IDD worthy, you're invited to donate via their webpage to the project or simply grab a cup of coffee at Bitty & Beau's Coffee to support them!
January 31st, 2018
Support Jewish organisation to ban antisemitic march in Bulgaria!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Shalom Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria is campaigning against the holding of the annual “Lukov March” in Sofia in February 2018, calling for an effective ban on an event that honours the pro-Nazi general Hristo Lukov. During WWII Lukov was the leader of the Union of Bulgarian National Legions, a pro-Nazi organisation that held considerable influence over the government of Bulgaria during the Second World War, when the country was allied to Nazi Germany.

The Lukov March has been held for the past 14 years in Sofia, without municipal permission, but with a substantial police escort.

This year Bulgaria will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The global Jewish community, together with Shalom Organization argue on behalf of the common values of the European Union in their petition adressed to Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov:

"In this position, the nation of Bulgaria will be looked to for leadership and to uphold the shared values of the European Union, including those of tolerance and the rejection of extremism and anti-Semitism. It would be anomalous for the country at the helm of the EU to permit a parade of torchlight-wielding, dark-clad supporters of a man and an ideology that epitomised the darkest period of 20th century."

Support the global Jewish community and demand the Bulgarian authorities to ban the anti-semitic Lukov-March in Sofia by signing their petition and sharing it via your preferred channels!

InitiativesofChange_Hope in the cities
January 25th, 2018
Initiatives of Change: Building trust in the heart of community
type:Donation, Education, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Initiatives of Change, USA is part of a diverse global network with an 80-year track record of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and forging partnerships across divides of race, class, religion and politics. It grew out of the work of Frank Buchman (1878-1961), an American Lutheran minister. Buchman affirmed that there is a divine purpose for the world and everyone in it, and demonstrated the connection between faith and change in society. Over the years his work expanded to include people of different religions and none. 

Initiaves of Change's mission lies in the equipment of leaders to build trust in diverse communities through a process of personal change, inclusive dialogue, healing historical conflict and teambuilding. They connect core values with personal and public action with a focus on racial reconciliation, economic inclusion and interfaith understanding.

"Hope in the Cities" is a special training program of Initiatives of Change offering workshops on dialogue facilitation and design, acknowledgment of painful history, trustbuilding, and building and sustaining diverse teams in communities divided by race, ethnicity, class, or religion. In the past 20 years this program helped transform the city of Richmond/Virginia - known as the second capital of the Confederate States of America  during the Civil War - from a symbol of racial division to a model for reconciliation. 

Support Initiatives of Change and spread their contents through your preferred channels, like and share their contents in Social Media or simply donate to maintain their important work against all types of social division.
January 19th, 2018
#LetHimWrite: Freedom for Tibetan author Shokjang!
type:NGO, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Tibetan writer Druklo, known by his penname “Shokjang”, was sentenced to three years in prison on February 17, 2016 due to his essay  Is Nationalism a Good Thing? in which Shokjang wrote:

“You may say that you do not want self-determination but you must know that it’s no different from saying you want to be a slave or a serf.”

On March 19, 2015, Shokjang was arrested and taken to Menyuan prison and held without being charged. He was not granted family visitation rights. In the days leading up to his arrest, he wrote a blog post about the deployment of Chinese security forces in Tibet. He has responded to authorities and rejected their sentence and maintains his innocence.

Shokjang was born in Sangchu County, Tibet (ch. Xiahe County, Gansu Province) and was previously detained for one month in 2010 for his involvement in student protests during the 2008 Uprising in Tibet.

Students for a free Tibet created a petition webpage for Shokjang and other Tibetan activists. In order to support their initiative, spread Shokjang's case and make it more public. Demand the Chinese government for his immediate release and his right for a regular and unrestricted access to his family and a lawyer of his choice.

January 16th, 2018
Urgent: Call on the UK Government to Help Girls Go to School
type:Education, Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Education is a universal human right — but around the world, the mayority girls are being denied their right to learn, simply because of their gender. This is not only completely unjust, but also has drastic consequences on their health, wealth, and happiness.

The UK has the power to help these girls thrive by renewing its commitment to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) , a fund ensuring that all children are given their right to learn.

The U.S. based community platform Global Citizen is calling on the UK government to help 1.6 million more children — including 783,000 girls — go to school by committing vital UK aid to this fund. A full pledge of £380 million would also help to train about 141,000 teachers, build some 2000 classrooms, and distribute around 17 million textbooks.

The UK’s previous contributions to GPE have had a huge impact on girls’ lives; in just two years it helped an extra 670,000 girls go to school. It could continue to play a leading role in the fight for girls’ education by renewing its support for this vital fund, which could encourage other countries to follow suit. But time is running out. In less than one month, world leaders will meet at the GPE Financing Conference in Senegal to announce commitments to support education in developing countries.

Act fast to get the ball rolling for girls’ education: send a tweet calling on the UK to help children go to school by committing UK aid to GPE.
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