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refugees-welcome
September 09th, 2015

Share your flat with a refugee!

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

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Avaaz_Amazon-indigenous
September 04th, 2015
Save the Amazon!
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!

secure.avaaz.org|
healthy_dolls
August 31st, 2015
Help bringing true diversity to the toy aisle!
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!

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amnesty_dalitwomen
August 29th, 2015
Two sisters to be raped as punishment – demand justice!
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!

amnesty.org.uk|
Oxfam_Jemen
August 28th, 2015
Demand an end to the violence in Yemen!
type:Petition
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!

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free_biram
August 27th, 2015
Free Biram, end slavery in Mauritania!
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!

secure.avaaz.org|
arctic_ice
August 26th, 2015
Tune into Greenpeace' musical protest against Shell!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Since almost four weeks now the workers of Shell Headquarters in London experience an outstanding type of protest: From string orchestras to bag-pipe tunes, well-known artists like Jon Snow or latest Charlotte Church tuned into the greatest musical protest against Shell's arctic drilling plans.

With this action, Greenpeace activists call out to the humanity of Shell's employees: "Some people are moved by words and some people are moved by music. It makes people stop and think for a while. It touches their hearts as well as their mind," says Greenpeace activist Anna Jones.

The whole Arctic eco-system is at risk with Shell's drilling ships' passage. The lowest sea-ice maximum ever was recorded at the pole in March this year. At the end of this year will be the climate talks, so the message to send out must be as strong as possible.

To make sure that the music won't stop playing and even grows louder, tune into the Requiem for Arctic Ice, sign the petition against Shell's devastating plans, like and share the message!

Greenpeace - Requiem for Arctic Ice on Soundcloud 

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greenline_lebanon
August 23rd, 2015
For a greener Lebanon!
type:NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The smell in Beirut's streets these days is so horrendous one can hardly breath. Due to the general inability of the Lebanese government to agree where to dump the capital's waste, the country is left with mounting piles of rubbish in the streets. A mass protest broke off last Saturday in Beirut, hundreds of protestors were attacked by the police with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. The activists were not only protesting against the stinking piles of rubbish in front of their homes but the general dysfunction of the political system.

The Green Line Association is a non-governmental association which tackles environmental problems in Lebanon caused by political corruption and division due to regional and local conflicts. The NGO exists since 1991, when a group of professionals from the American University of Beirut decided to translate their concern about the post-war devastated cultural, human and natural environment into an organized action. Their goal is to raise public awareness for environmental problems in Lebanon and contribute towards a scientific framework for a sustainable environmental management policy.

Support Green Line Association by donating, volunteering or simply sharing their contents!

greenline.org.lb|
Mexico_freedom_of_expression
August 21st, 2015
Mexico: Freedom of expression in danger!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was just found tortured and murdered, along with human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women. Almost none of these crimes have been solved.

Rubén is the 14th journalist killed in the southern state of Veracruz where governor Javier Duarte has made open threats against reporters. Freedom of expression is under attack in one of Latin America's oldest democracies! This case has sent thousands into the streets and set off an explosion in the national and global media. Hundreds of journalists, writers and artists have signed an open letter demanding justice for journalists in Mexico, murdered for doing their jobs.

Add your voice now and show the Mexican government that people from every country in the world stand with the freedom of expression fight in Mexico!

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