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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.
May 16th, 2015
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!
May 12th, 2015
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.
May 01st, 2015
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.
April 27th, 2015
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!
April 23rd, 2015
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!
April 22nd, 2015
type:Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Forests are the lungs of the earth and our greatest ally in fighting climate change. But instead of returning the favor, we cut them down. It's estimated that roughly 15% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions today are the result of deforestation and forest degradation.

Stand For Trees is a global and grassroots intervention with the goal to protect forests and restore those that have been degraded. It is in fact one among the easiest options for slowing climate change: It doesn't require any new technological breakthrough - just the participation of people willing to stop deforestation and the severe consequences of it.

One can support the Stand For Tress project by purchasing a unique and verified carbon credit. Each Stand For Trees Certificate one purchases supports a specific forest community so the trees remain protected and offset a tonne of CO2 from entering the earth's atmosphere helping trees to live and do, what they do best: store carbon, produce oxygen, provide habitat and support local communities.

Support this important project and do a tonne of good!
April 21st, 2015
type:NGO, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In Octobre 2013 a number of 366 people seeking for protection die in front of the Italian island of Lampedusa. European politicians respond affected to the endless number of coffins. They speak of shame. And they explain that Lampedusa must be a turning point for the EU's refugee policy.

But the confessions to a humane refugee policy, even after the Lampedusa disaster, remain lip service. The states of the European Union continue to close their borders with enormous effort. Legal ways to cross European borders are missing - refugees are forced to go on deadly routes. Still, there is no European civilian sea rescue.

The consequences are fatal: since the year 2000 more than 25,000 refugees drowned, suffocated, died of thirst or from exhaustion at EU-borders. A number like this of dead children, women and men should finally move policymakers to rethink.

But the opposite is the case: the Italian maritime rescue operation "Mare nostrum", which saved the lives of more than 100,000 people should be replaced by a European Frontex operation. The rescue area will be reduced drastically. It is thus predictable that even more people will die.

PRO ASYL demands an immediate pan-European funded expansion and organization of a sea rescue for refugees. A legal crossing for refugees needs to be allowed and mass death in front of Europe's borders must be stopped.

PRO ASYL turns with an urgent plea to the European Parliament and its President Martin Schulz: the EU must stop the dying at their external borders and open legal and risk-free routes for refugees.

Sign up and stand in for an immediate pan-European provision of financial resources for safe routes for refugees.
April 19th, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots, civil society organization with the mission to secure and protect the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York particularly their rights to develop their individual potential and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic.WAW advocates for women's rights and challenge the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change.

In New York, WAW operates a community center in the heart of an Afghan community in Queens, helping Afghan families by offering crisis services, women, and children, including immigration and employment support, domestic violence counseling, and leadership training. In Afghanistan the organisation operates legal aid centers and emergency as well as long-term shelters for women and children in 13 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Women for Afghan Women is the largest shelter-providing NGO in Afghanistan, and often receives the most extreme cases of human rights violations: girls and young women who have suffered mutilation, acid attacks, torture, attempted murder, and rape. Most still reside in their care.

Stand with Women for Afghan Women and support them in their courageous work to guarantee a life free of violence for every Afghan woman and girl!
Navajo Women
April 12th, 2015
type:Donation, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Navajo Nation sits on one of the richest energy corridors in the United States, and for close to a century, indigenous inhabitants of this region have been on the frontline on resource colonization to provide cheap energy and water. Since the almost a century, the Navajo land and people have been sacrificed for energy extraction for oil, gas, uranium, and coal poisoning the land, water, air and people. Despite being at the forefront of energy extraction, there are no benefits for the people in this region: Aproximately 1/4 of the Navajo population today live without electricity and running water on the Navajo Nation, while the economy functions at an unemployment rate of 60% and young people are leaving due to lack of opportunity. Now Navajan people are facing the onset fracking and a proposed pipeline transporting crude oil through the emergence place of people of Navajo- and this in the name of "economic development". In facing this crisis of their future, the idea of walking 1000 miles through environmentally threatened regions of native America in order to raise awareness was born.

The walk is a way to raise awareness for this enduring injustice and also a possibility to honor the legacy of their ancestors who were once forced to walk hundreds of miles during winter to be imprisoned for years in the name of American colonization. It is time to heal from the trauma of colonization that native American people have been living under for too long.

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