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July 28th, 2017

Track 11: A movie about integration in Germany

type:Crowd Funding, Donation
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In 1966 Fehmi Gönüleğlendiren, a young man from Adana in Turkey arrived in the German city Mönchengladbach. He was one of the so called guest workers (Gastarbeiter) who came to help building up post-war Germany. He came among throusands of other unprofessional workers from Turkey. They were living in collective accommodations, ten to twelve men sharing a room. Because of the shift work in the factories, there was a permanent coming and going, day and night.

Fehmi Gönüleğlendiren was the grandfather of Çağdaş Eren Yüksel. The young filmmaker never got to know his grandfather, because he died much too early in a car accident. But now, Yüksel – who is known for his film „Asyland“ – is retracing his family’s roots and thus putting up a historical phenomenon to discussion which is more than ever an up-to-date topic in Germany: „I want to tell the story of the first generation of Turks who came to Germany in the 1960s,“ he says. „It’s our last chance, because these people will leave us soon.“

For several months now, he has been talking intensively with first-generation guest workers as with Germans who recall the 1960s and 1970s. The first days in rainy Germany. The first Turkish neighbor. The first German-Turkish love.

Çağdaş  Yüksel processes the stories he collected in his film „Gleis 11“, meaning „Track 11“ which was the arrival track of guest workers at the station in Mönchengladbach. Thanks to the stories told, Yüksel provides the audience with a glimpse of the living conditions and circumstances at that time. „I want to tell the untold stories,“ he explains.

The team of young filmmakers involved in this project are in need of funding in order to continue their production of this independently produced film which is planned to be released in spring 2018- more than half a century after Yüksel’s grandfather arrived on track 11. Feel encouraged to donate on the crowdfunding platform startnext, or like and share this great and necessary project!

startnext.com|
HumanitarianBazaar_War Suvivors Advisory
June 30th, 2017
Support civilians before they are hit by mass violence
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Education, NGO, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

As fighting rages in Aleppo, Mosul, Sana’a, Donetsk, Kunduz, and beyond, and even hospitals and schools have been hit, millions of civilians are trapped in the crossfire. Many families have disabled, elderly, or young dependents who are difficult to evacuate, or cannot afford to flee, so they are at high risk of getting killed or injured.

How does one speed up evacuations? Prepare bomb shelters? Convert items at home to shield family members with a reinforced shielded bed, a combat crib, or a sniper blind?  How do you zone living space and courtyards for risk of gunfire or sniper fire? What alternate foods can one eat during shortages in isolation?

There are many medical, humanitarian, and mine action response teams aiming to help them, but the realities of war mean that most of that help comes months or even years after the community has already been destroyed. Therefore, most civilians are left to their own devices in the lead up and first months of violence and isolation. That’s why the non-profit organisation Humanitarian Bazaar decided to create the War Survivors Advisory as a multimedia project harvesting the wisdom of survivors of past wars to create advocacy and training tools to help protect civilians newly at risk. The main goal of the NGO with its vast network of aid workers, war journalists, and refugee advisers, is to provide a more local, organic approach to “pre-combat” civilian protection.

You can support this important project by donating an amount of your choice and like and share the contents of Humanitarian Bazaar. You may also support them by signing up for one of their webinars or workshops or contribute your own knowledge and skills in case you are a war survivor. 

Credits: Humanitarian Bazaar

Photo: Daniel J. Gerstle

crowdrise.com|
Taner-Kilic-Amnesty-Turkey
June 28th, 2017
Turkey: Free Taner Kılıç!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Turkish government arrested Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, for being part of the so called "Gülen movement" which the Turkish authorities blame for last year's attempted coup during which 240 people were killed. Since then, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the arrest of about 50.000 persons and removed about 150.000 persons from public offices.

According to Amnesty International, Kılıç had been taken into custody on June 6th together with 22 other lawyers in the province of Izmir and charged three days later. He is being held in detention pending trial. 

"The fact that the Turkish cleansing campaign after the Putsch has also pulled the chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey into their vortex, shows once again how far and arbitrary this campaign has become", declared AI Secretary General Salil Shetty after Kılıç's detention. Currently there is no indication that the arrest is related to his work for Amnesty and does not seem to be a specific action against the organization. It is unclear why Kılıç is suspected of having connections with the Gülen network. According to the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet the attorneys are accused of the use of the messenger app ByLock which is popular among Gülen followers, according to the government.

Shetty: "Taner Kiliç has a long and distinguished record of defending exactly the kind of freedoms that the Turkish authorities are now intent on trampling." Taner Kılıç is a lawyer, political activist and struggled for the rights of refugees during his work as chair of the NGO "Mültecilerle Dayanışma Derneği" (Association for Solidarity with Refugees).

Amnesty International fights for the release of Taner Kılıç. Support their campaign #FreeTaner and sign their letter to the Turkish government demanding to drop the charges against him and release him immediately.

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climate_children
June 27th, 2017
Back the climate children!
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Education, NGO, Petition, Protest, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Suing the current government of the United States is en vogue: This time it's not judges trying to stop president-elect Trump to fulfill his travel ban plans, but 21 children suing the U.S. government for its affirmative actions in causing climate change and thus violating the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.

President Trump, a real estate developer and former reality television star, vowed his withdrawal out of the Paris Global Climate Deal and, despite harsh criticism, still advocates vehemently against climate action. The only way to stop this regressive style of leadership is legal action: The U.S. lawsuit, Juliana et al v. United States, was brought by young people aged 9 to 21 and a group of powerful advocates at Our Children’s Trust. After years of battling motions to dismiss their case, a U.S. court ruled that the 21 young suing the government have a constitutional right to a safe climate.

“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society," declared Judge Ann Aiken in her historic ruling in November 2016. Now, a Federal court will hear the climate children's case against the President, which means: If they win, Trump will be forced to rein in the fossil fuel industry.

The 21 youth and their team of great attorneys (among them world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen) are asking now for your help to fight Trump and the oil industry's fire with fire. Support them with a small donation via avaaz.org, spread these great news in your circles and motivate people to engage in climate action!

Image by Robin Loznak

secure.avaaz.org|
Bikeygees_Berlin
May 18th, 2017
#BIKEYGEES: Cycling against isolation
type:Donation, Education, NGO, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Annette Krüger and Anne Seebach from Berlin believe that cycling is a basic way of (re)gaining individual mobility and ensuring independence for refugees and newcomers. Women in particular need this support. Many newly arrived women feel isolated in their accommodations and have to walk in order to get from A to B in an unknown urban landscape. Cycling is an easy and free way to explore their new environment without depending on the costy option of public transport.

In 2015 the idea of founding #BIKEYGEES e.V. was created by the two women. The association is a comprehensive approach that aims to share empowerment, independence, CO2-neutral transport, fresh air, exercise, joy, and mutual success stories with its volunteers and participants. The founders' goal was to create a safe space for refugee women who did not only loose their homes but also their mobility and independence. The team organizes free bike trainings every third Sunday of a month at the Wassertorplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg as well as traffic education in Farsi, Arabic, Kurdish, English and German.

This great project combines physical activity, relaxation, and active use of a newly acquired language for female refugees and is thus contributing to the integration of a highly marginalized group of migrants. The common goal fosters a sense of community and friendship among the newly arrived ones and local volunteers. Support this inspiring idea with a donation, volunteer for them or like and share their contents in your circles!

bikeygees-berlin.org|
Climatechangegraph
May 15th, 2017
No back room deals against the climate deal!
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Apparently President Trump is eager to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Deal from 2015. According to his electoral program supported by so-called climate skeptic Myron Ebell, President Trump is about to carry out his threats and basically undermine the Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gases established under the Obama administration. The short-term future he promises to the US-citizens: lower taxes and better infrastructure. The reality: Global climate going rack and ruin.

On this year's G7 summit, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK will meet to debate about the future of the global climate deal. The six nations stated their support and protection of the Paris Deal, but they could succumb to Trump's deals in the back room. Unless people expose this sham and protest against Trump's regressive transition plans. 

The global deal of Paris signed by 197 countries can't be destroyed by one single man! Sign the petition to demand the six leaders draw a red line around Paris and share this in your networks!

Image: http://recap.asia/

secure.avaaz.org|
free-dawit-isaak
May 11th, 2017
Free Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak!
type:NGO, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Dawit Isaak, a Swedish-Eritrean journalist, is imprisoned since September 2001 due to his engagement for independent journalism and free press in his country. Together with 11 of his colleagues he fell victim to an order of Eritrean President Afeworki who demanded the detention of politically engaged journalists and a shut down of all independent media outlets in the country.

In the course of the years, the NGO Reporters Without Borders reveived informations that seven of the detained journalists have died in prison. Dawit Isaak still seems to be alive. The most recent proof of life was the 2010 account of a former prison guard, who described Isaak as being kept handcuffed, isolated and exposed to terrible heat. Not one of the detained journalists has been brought before a judge or had access to a lawyer. Dawit Isaak's case is internationally observed by several NGOs like Amnesty International. The Swedish  support group “Free Dawit Isaak” works for his release via advocacy methods such as public manifestoes, appearing at meetings or events where his case can be recognized and acted upon.

Action is urgently needed so that Dawit Isaak and all the other journalists detained in Eritrea can be freed. Sign the letter to President Afeworki! Share and spread the news via hashtag #freedawit in your circles and help preventing the death of a truly engaged fighter for democratic values and human rights!

rsf.org|
sea rescue
May 02nd, 2017
Sea Rescue Mission "Mind 'n' Rescue"
type:Donation
by:Ama Lorenz

2017 will become a hard year for refugees and the organisations trying to rescue them on their routes away from war, hunger and persecution. Meanwhile the EU is closing the boarders and making deals with authoritarian governments to hold their population back, the causes why people flee still remain. It is to be feared that the fleeing people will always accept more dangerous routes. 

Organisations like Cadus won't to deal with the fact that every year people who are taken to the sea by tugs are drowned there. They have a good and year-long expertise of succesful sea rescue, interdisciplinary and European wide cooperation with several partners and the consideration of social, sustainable and ecological aspects.

Cadus will focus on new approaches to airspace monitoring now. Ships in distress can be found more quickly and the cooperation of different organizations can be made more effective.

Therefor and for a lot of new projects, Cadus needs your support.  Never forget, escape is not a crime, it needs a #safepassage.

Donate for Cadus' rescue missions!

betterplace.org|
mobile hospital
May 02nd, 2017
A mobile hospital for Syria
type:Crowd Funding, Donation
by:Ama Lorenz

Destroyed medical infrastructure after five years of civil war, a humanitarian embargo and rising numbers of internally displaced people: this is what the current humanitarian crisis looks like in many parts of Syria.

Immediate medical aid is vital. However, the international community seems to lack the will and any concepts to act in that area.

CADUS is a charitable and independent aid organisation that initiate innovative and sustainable projects focussing on need-based capacity building to help people help themselves.With your help CADUS wants to send a mobile clinic into these war-torned areas. It needs to be mobile in order to provide care also for people outside of urban areas. These are refugees in camps aswell as the often neglected population in remote rural areas.

The clinic furthermore needs to be mobile to be able to react to rapidly changing conditions, be it natural disasters or the necessity of a vaccination campaignin a certain area. A mobile clinic will mean a reduced risk as  unlike fixed buildings whose coordinates are known, a moblie clinic can change its location in one day.

The success of this project depends on financial ressources. Every Dollar, every Euro counts!

betterplace.org|
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