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Ali Mohammed al-Nimr
October 02nd, 2015

Saudi Arabia: Save Ali (21) from Beheading and Crucifixion!

type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Saudi Arabia is about to behead a 21-year-old man and then crucify him to display his body in public. A cynical fact: This same country was just chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel.

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested when he was only 17 for participating in demonstrations against the government, then he was convicted under torture. But his case is not an exception in the kingdom – Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 people this year, that’s a rate of one every 2 days!

France has already requested that Saudis stop this execution, but the US, Germany, and the UK also maintain close relationships with the regime. The best way to get urgent action is to channel our outrage to these leaders who can persuade their Saudi allies.

Sign up now to save Ali, and then stop this human rights farce, his execution could happen anytime!
September 23rd, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Forum for Community Change and Development (FOFCOD) is an organization dedicated to the needs of Southern Sudanese young women and Girls.

Founded in 2009 by a group of innovative women, the organization has grown into a broader Youth (girl) movement that is committed to contributing to the national development through programs of Human rights, Democracy, Conflict resolution, health, Education Livelihoods and food security, Entrepreneurship, peace and justice in South Sudan. The organization focuses especially on women's rights since women in South Sudan have confronted manifold violations of their human rights including physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, cutting across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography.

Focusing on gender equality, FOFCOD believes development isn't fully attainable without women making decisions with men, as equals. Support this brilliant organization and their goals by donating or volunteering!
MTI_medical care
September 16th, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Medical Team International is a global health organization, helping with disaster relief around the world. They deliver medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race. They send teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured, and help establish long-term health promotion initiatives.

Medical Teams International’s programs are designed to provide a swift, coordinated disaster recovery plan in crisis situations. Collaborating with local government agencies, they evaluate the disaster impact and coordinate with a standby pool of trained and experienced disaster response volunteers to send aid within 48 hours.

Through partnerships with local health organizations, MTI provides transitional health and community programming for impacted communities, from disaster relief to development, saving lives and improving quality of care. They also enable self-sufficiency, preparing communities for future disasters by identifying the highest risks for disaster and how to mitigate these.

In times of the biggest refugee crisis after the 2nd World War, it is our turn to support professional organisations with focus on crisis response. Support Medical Teams International by volunteering, donating or simply praying.
September 12th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Global climate change and its consequences are a tangible threat to our societies. The global temperature rises continuously and climate is changing in front of our eyes. Almost all governments of the world agree that a warming of more than 2 ° C would be dangerous and could cause catastrophic consequences so that human life on our planet becomes impossible.

However, oil companies continue to exploit the existing ressources and spend billions of dollars in order to find more fossil fuels.

Now the time has come that public institutions, cities and local authorities end their support for the promotion and development of fossil fuels.
Our public money should be invested in a better future, not in an industry that aims on destruction of our planet.

The city of Münster has to stop its investments in the fossil or nuclear industry and join many other cities which actively reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Münstler could be the first German city which attempts to boycott fossil and nuclear industry and could also serve as a model for following cities. Withdrawing the social legitimacy of fossil and nuclear industries' destructive practices is the first step to set an impulse for a total social transformation.

Sign the petition for Münster to become the first German city withdrawing investements into fossil industry!
September 09th, 2015
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, NGO, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The idea is as brilliant as it is simple: Why not offer the room your former housemate left to a displaced person urgently in need for a proper accomodation? Why should refugees live in mass accomodations, seperated and isolated from the society they should actually be part of? Mareike Geiling and Jonas Kakoschke from Berlin had this idea and started a revolutionary project of house- and flastharing called "Refugees welcome".

How does it work? If you have a free room in your flat or house for rent, sign up on the projects webpage. After signing up, a local partner organisation will get in touch with you in order to find a matching housemate. You meet your new future flatmate and if the sympathy is on both sides, you may welcome your new refugee housemates in their new rooms. The rent will be covered via micro- and crowdfundings. So far the project matched 138 refugees to shared flats, expanded to Austria with a fully established sister organisation and helps building up similar projects in about 20 other countries.

If you are unsatified with how refugees are treated in your country and if you have spare room, if you want to establishing a new way of welcoming refugees and have some funds left even for a small donation, then support, sign up, donate, share and like!

Photo: Olga Syrova/AP
September 04th, 2015
type:Crowd Funding, Donation
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

You know the Amazon? It provides 20% of the planet's oxygen, 10% of our biodiversity, our best defense against climate change and home to unique indigenous peoples.
They're cutting it down, at the rate of over 16 football fields.

How can this be stopped?

Here's the idea: the world's first, international, fully protected, incredibly massive, reserve park!

A million of supporters have already backed this idea - and the Colombian government supports it, too! Now Brazil needs to be winned over. President Dilma's popularity is in the toilet right now, and she needs a crowd pleaser - Brazilians love the Amazon, so insiders say she could go for it!

This park will be twice the size of *France*. It sounds like a dream, but Avaaz organisation is within striking distance of winning. But as soon as it gets close to a win, the ranching and mining lobbies will come hard at it with fistfuls of corrupt money. So a full bells and whistles publicity campaign is needed to get President Dilma behind this and quickly!

Chip in and help transforming the Amazon into the world's greatest protected reserve park!
August 31st, 2015
type:Crowd Funding
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Yelitsa Jean-Charles is a children's illustrator from the Rhode Island School of Design. Growing up, she suffered from many insecurities about her skin color and hair texture. She was often told that in order to be beautiful one had to have long, flowing hair or fair skin. Not seeing many girls like her in the media didn't help these issues. Today, only 8% of children's books have main characters of color, but about 50% of children in the USA are of color.

These numbers don't add up.

That's why she created Healthy Roots to fill that void. Internalized racism and colorism stem from mainstream beauty standards that exclude women of color. The pressure that girls feel to appeal to mainstream beauty standards impacts their self esteem, leading them to use dangerous chemicals like perms and bleaching creams to become "beautiful".

Healthy Roots teaches girls of color self-love through education, diversity, and positive representation. If the toys we play with influence how we perceive ourselves, imagine the kind of impact we can have with a toy that aims to inspire and empower.

Support Yelitsa in her creative and critical attempt to change girls' perceptions of their appearance and abandon beauty-standards which do not represent real diversity!
August 29th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Your eyes do not deceive you. An unelected all-male village council in India has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are raped.

The ‘sentence’ was handed down as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman. They also ordered for the sisters to be paraded naked with blackened faces. Nothing could justify this abhorrent punishment. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it is against the law. It is a clear violation of human rights and misogynistic act against women as their bodies are abused as a space for "legal" punishment.

Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately and sign Amnesty International's petition to send out a message to the ones who approve illegal punishment methods!
August 28th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Before the current conflict, Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East. Over 10 million people were going hungry, including 1 million acutely malnourished children. This number has increased by nearly 3 million since the conflict began. We know that over 21 million people - nearly 84% of the population - currently have no access to clean water as fuel supplies dwindle.

Violence has damaged homes, schools and even hospitals. So far, over 4,300 civilians have lost their lives and over 1.5 million people have been had to flee their homes.

Food and diesel, which is needed to pump clean water, are increasingly in short supply and their prices are rising – putting these basic necessities out of reach for ordinary families. And at a time when people desperately need them, vital supplies can't enter the country. That could prove disastrous, because Yemen relies on imports for 90 per cent of its food.

It is critical that the government pushes for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, so that vital humanitarian assistance can be delivered to people in Yemen. Sign Oxfam's petition in order to send out a demand to world leaders to stop violence in Yemen and help preventing any further suffering to those who already desperately need help!
August 27th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In Mauritania slavery was officially outlawed in 1981 but human rights groups claim it is still widespread. About 4 % out of a total population of 3.8 Million people in Mauritania are enslaved. Slavery in Mauritania is not only a side-effect of general poverty, but basically institutionalized by the society and the authorities. Slaves are tied to their masters not only by tradition and economic necessity, but also by "a misinterpretation of Islam" teaching that slavery is governed by religious law and thus legal.

The greatest anti-slavery activist of Mauritania, Biram Dah Abeid, is imprisoned since November 2014. His believe is that if you raise enslaved people's awareness of the possibility of a life outside servitude, the root problem of slavery is tackled: The freedom of mind is the most basic necessity for a free life.

It is not the first time for Biram Dah Abeid to be imprisoned for his believes and actions. His fight against modern slavery is a thorn in the side of Mauritanian authorities since 13 years, when he started as an active member of NGO "SOS Slaves". Later he founded the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA-Mauritania) and became the initiative's president. He was the Senior Adviser to to the President of The National Commission for Human Rights for continuously voicing slavery issues and won the UN Human Right's Price.

To this day Biram Dah Abeid stands as a symbol for Human Right and their establishment for a just and and free world. Sign this petition and spread it through your channels to support Abeid's mission to end slavery!