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May 21st, 2015

Jam the culture of fear with a wave of compassion!

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

The most persecuted peoples are right now taking to ‘floating coffins’ to flee violence and seek sanctuary for their families. But instead of responding with humanity, the governments of the Global North are closing their doors, letting those who need a safe shelter, food and medical care, starve and drown at sea. The Mediterranean and Andaman Seas are becoming graveyards.

Burma is driving the Rohingya out, and thousands of families are drifting helplessly at sea, forced to drink their own urine because Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia had turned them away. Syrians and Africans risk drowning every week off the coast of Southern Europe, braving the terrifying crossing as their last hope to escape torture, hunger, and traffickers.

This is the biggest refugees crisis since World War II, but so far governments have let them die in a climate of rising xenophobia.


A small donation would help funding rescue operations at sea; building an Avaaz refugee team to assist those missions and resettlement, and create effective lobby cells to get leaders to open up borders; and launch ads to counter the racism.

Together we can help rescue refugees, and rescue our shared humanity.
Pledge to urgently launch the Avaaz refugee campaign – Avaaz will only process your donations if it is raised enough to start saving lives.

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Tanisha Anderson
May 19th, 2015
#SayHerName
type:Allgemein, NGO, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In order to shed light on Black women’s experiences with police violence, the African American Policy Forum, in partnership with One Billion Rising, BYP100, The Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Black Lives Matter NYC, and many other community organizations will hold #SayHerName: A Vigil in Remembrance of Black Women and Girls Killed by the Police.

The event will lift up the stories of Tanisha Anderson, Rekia Boyd, Miriam Carrey, Michelle Cusseaux, Shelly Frey, and Kayla Moore - women who died due to police violence. These deaths have gone primarily ignored, unaccounted for and unpunished. Although Black women are killed, raped and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in our popular understanding of racialized state violence.

For the first time the family members of these women are coming together to create a space to honor their lost loved ones.

Join this event on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm, Union Square South, NYC and take part in this moment of remembrance and sympathy.

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hunting_trophies
May 19th, 2015
A signal to Delta: Stop transporting animal trophies!
type:Allgemein, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Last year, more than a thousand rhinos were poached in South Africa, elephant populations have plummeted 66% in just five years, and the export of lion "trophies" has increased ten-fold-hunters bringing home animals' heads and bodies to stuff and mount. In response to such threats, South African Airways has declared an immediate, worldwide ban on transporting any hunting trophies made from rhinos, lions, elephants, and tigers.

As one of the world’s largest airlines, and the only U.S. carrier with direct service to South Africa, Delta Air Lines is in a key position to help protect these and other vulnerable wild animal populations from further hunting and poaching pressures.

South African Airways made it clear this ban applies to all such hunting trophies, without exception, "even if the shipper has a valid permit issued by the relevant authorities." "With the depletion to near extinction of wildlife that once roamed in prolific numbers," there is no justifying the slaughter of such incredible animals for sport and vanity. But for South African Airways' embargo to have the most effective result in saving animals’ lives, it is imperative that the hunting trophy transport ban is honored across all air carriers.

Join Chris Green, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee, to stop the carriage of animal trophies by signing his petition with a letter to the CEO of Delta Airlines.

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May 18th, 2015
Shell no!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The US government just gave oil giant Shell the go-ahead to drill in the pristine Arctic, putting our climate and the ocean’s majestic wildlife under grave risk.


Before Shell can get to the Arctic, their monster ship needs to gear up in Seattle. One man has the power to turn Shell away - Seattle's green mayor Ed Murray. He's already told Shell that they don't have permission to service their rigsin Seattle, but they've essentially said that they're coming whether the City likes it or not.

Now it's up to Ed to decide whether to lay down or go all-in for the Arctic. We know he's with us, but it takes real guts to stand up to one of the most powerful companies in history. Let's show the Mayor that the whole world stands with him and the people of Seattle in doing whatever it takes to say "Shell No!" to Arctic drilling.

Sign the petition to support the protest against Shell.

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muhammad-bekzhanov
May 16th, 2015
Put an end to torture!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

“I am lying there in a pool of blood for at least a few days - no water, no food. I am trying to remember all the good things in my life, my children, my wife. And mentally I am preparing myself that I am going to die.” This is Muhammad Bekzhanov, a critical voice of Uzbekistan, imprisoned since 16 years, describing some of the torture he was subjected to in prison.

In 1999 Uzbekistani security forces tortured journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov, editor of a banned opposition newspaper. They beat him with rubber truncheons, suffocated him and gave him electric shocks, all with the aim of forcing him to confess to “anti-state” offences. In court, this “confession” was used to sentence him to 15 years in prison. Despite numerous complaints from his lawyer and family, the authorities have never investigated allegations that Muhammad was tortured and were dismissed in court. In doing so, the trial flagrantly violated international standards of fairness. Muhammad remains in prison.

Muhammad Bekzhanov's case is not unique in Uzbekistan! Men and women in one of the world’s most repressive states are routinely pressured to sign confessions in the most brutal ways imaginable. Courts rely heavily on these so-called “confessions”, whilst judges routinely ignore or dismiss allegations of torture.

The President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, can change this. He can sign a decree instructing legislators to amend the Criminal Procedure Code to explicitly outlaw the use of torture to obtain confessions. Support Amnesty International and sign the letter to President Karimov to put an end to this inhumane method in the name of justice!

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May 12th, 2015
Use your voice for Rohingya people!
type:Donation, NGO, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

About 735,000 Rohingya people live in northern Rakhine, Myanmar and are one of the most persecuted Muslim minorities in the world. Due to structural and institutional racism in the majority-Buddhist country, many Rohingyas have fled to ghettos and refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh and to areas along the border to Thailand. More than 100,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar live in camps for internally displaced persons, not allowed by authorities to leave.

In May 2012, sectarian violence broke out in Rakhine State between the Buddhist Rakhine people and the predominately Muslim Rohingya. Around 140,000 people remain displaced in and around Sittwe and Maungdaw by the violence. These people urgently need food, shelter, medicine and protesction. Partnersworld is a NGO that is providing emergency relief to people who live in camps near Sittwe, including rice distribution, basic medical support, tarps for shelter as well as animals, seeds and fertilizer to help establish more sustainable food supply.

Help provide continuing life-saving care to vulnerable children and families by supporting worldpartners with a donation, by joining their network and spreading the topic.

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monsanto_pesticide
May 01st, 2015
Protect our health, stop Monsanto!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The world's most used pesticide is probably cancerogenic - leading scientists are warning now!

Monsanto demands from the World Health Organization to withdraw its groundbreaking report which could lead to a silencing of science. This can be preveneted if the public sends out an urgent call.
It is well known that the agrochemical industry is holding firmly our opaque regulatory system in its hands. But now is a unique opportunity: in the EU, glyphosate is checked officially and similar processes occur in Canada, Brazil and the United States. The Netherlands, Sri Lanka and El Salvador even consider a ban of the pesticide.

The danger is clear - this poison is in our food, used on our fields, playgrounds and streets. Let us ensure that it is withdrawn from the market!

Help banning the pesticide glyphosate by signing the petition adressed to the EU Commissioner for health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, the authorities in the United States, Canada and Brazil and all ministries and regulatory authorities for health and environmental policy.

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April 27th, 2015
Nepal needs your help!
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

A major earthquake has struck Nepal, causing massive damage. Hundreds of people are confirmed dead, and thousands have been injured. The epicenter of the quake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, was in a densely populated area near Kathmandu, and the impact has extended into northern India.

Oxfam aid workers are on the ground, preparing to launch a rapid response to ensure food and water reaches those in need.

The priority is to ensure that affected people have adequate humanitarian assistance and to prevent secondary disasters, including outbreak of disease by providing safe water and critical sanitation support. Sanitation facilitieswill be built in the temporary camps working in partnership with UNICEF. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries. Half of its 28 million population live below the poverty line.

You can help rush aid to survivors in the wake of this disaster by donating now!

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nestlé
April 23rd, 2015
Nestlé: stop taking water from drought-stricken areas.
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

California will run out of water very soon. According to NASA's new report, California only has enough water to get it through the next year. People are under strict water-saving measures; farmers are struggling to keep their crops alive.Yet, Nestlé is bottling water from at least ten natural springs throughout California, including from some of the most drought-stricken areas of the state, and selling it for profit. In places like Sacramento, it's paying less than $0.14 per gallon. This is bananas! As California's water supplies dry up, Nestlé continues to make millions selling bottled water. 

The biggest victims of this unprecedented drought are California's food crops and the minimum-wage workers who grow them. As crops sit withering on the vine and tens of thousands of farm workers lose their livelihoods, it's a travesty that precious water is being bottled and sold for profit instead of feeding our crops. SumOfUs members have stood up to Nestlé exploiting natural resources for profits, and the company has heard them loud and clear. 

Sign the petition to stop Nestlé from taking water from drought-stricken areas!

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