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April 04th, 2015

Turn the lights back on in Syria!

type:NGO, Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Over 200,000 lives have been lost since the conflict in Syria began four years ago. A staggering 11 million people have been forced to flee their homes and three million children are no longer in school. Now, research has revealed that the population of Syria is living in darkness – satellite images show that in the worst-affected areas like Aleppo, 97 percent of the lights have gone out.

We’re asking you to stand with the people of Syria and demand that world leaders do more to end the suffering. They must bring about a solution to this conflict – and turn the lights back on in Syria!

Support this petition intiated by Amnesty International and help them reach 30.000 signers!
April 01st, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The media in Spain, a country with more than 700.000 members of the Romani people, reveals to threaten the Spanish Romani community by highlighting the undesired stereotypes of this community. Stereotypes of Spanish society, as in many countries in Europe, is that Roma people don’t want to work, have no education, nor are they interested in following the rules for social coexistence.

This type of media thus distorts the truth about one of Europe`s greatest minorities and labels and generalizes Roma people as thugs, thiefs and outlaws.

The Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) develops all kinds of actions that contribute in achieving equal treatment of Roma persons, improving their living conditions, preventing all forms of discrimination. An Example: In 2014 FSG has published guides to help journalists approaching the news related with the Romani community without prejudices and stigmatizing speech.

Support FGS by joining their network or contribute by donating!
Bosnian Soldier Guards
March 26th, 2015
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

"Why is it that borders and nationality, and not freedom, shape the identity of most of the people on this planet?"

With this question in mind photographer Ines Kotarac started her photo project "Drops against Oblivion" in Berlin, where she currently lives, travelling all the way through the Balkans to Istanbul.

Originally from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Ines Kotarac started her journey in order to find the link of the histories between Berlin and Istanbul and the many spots in between to which her country of origin belongs to.

Hoping to find a home somewhere on her journey with paths marked by centuries-old conflicts and divisions, her idea developed into an exemplary art project which touches current and urgent social and political problems worldwide such as xenophobia, exclusion, boarders, personal and national identities, history and rememberance.

The exhibition of the project will take place in various countries of the Balkan region as well as in Berlin.

Do you also believe that art has the power to make a change in the world? Then become a part of this project and support Ines Kotarac with a donation!
syrian children killed by bombs
March 23rd, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Syrian air force just dropped chlorine gas bombs on children. Their little bodies gasped for air on hospital stretchers as medics held back tears, and watched as they suffocated to death.

But today there is a chance to stop these barrel bomb murders with a targeted No Fly Zone.

The US, Turkey, UK, France and others are right now seriously considering a safe zone in Northern Syria. Advisers close to President Obama support it, but he is worried he won’t have public support. That’s where we come in.
Let’s tell him we don’t want a world that just watches as a dictator drops chemical weapons on families in the night. We want action.

Sign to support a life-saving No Fly Zone.
March 21st, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Racism. No way! project aims to assist Australian school communities and education systems to recognise and address racism in the learning environment.

Australia has a unique history that has shaped the diversity of its peoples, their cultures and lifestyles today. Three major contributors to Australia's demographic make-up are a diverse Indigenous population, a British colonial past and extensive immigration from many different countries and cultures. Although the majority of the population are Australian born, more than 75% of Australians identified with an ancestry other than Australian in the 2011 Census. In all, Australians come from over 200 birthplaces which makes the population of about 23 million to one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the world.

It is no wonder thus that the Racism. No way! Project had to be established since a very early anti-racist and pro-diversity education becomes essential in a state with that many different people. First it began as an initiative in 1998 and was launched two years later by the then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir William Deane. Since then, the work of the project continues to be supported by the expertise of teachers, parents and curriculum officers throughout Australia.

You can support the Racism. No way! Project by donating or contribute via an online pledge.
March 16th, 2015
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, NGO, Petition, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

London Street and Fine Artist Ben Slow's unique style of mixing Fine Art with urban surroundings illustrate his passion for finding meaning in his work, spreading a message, telling stories. That is why he joint forces with "Stand Up to Racism" campaigners Rashida Islam and Barbara Ntumy to raise the profile of this year's UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, by attempting to paint as many walls as possible with Anti Racist art work.

To make this happen a crowdfunding-campaign was initiated. With £ 1000 for materials and support for the demonstration on March 21st „Street Art Stands Up to Racism“ aims to get the project from London to Paris and New York.

Support this outstandingly creative project which represents a street art credo by uniting urban art and political activism and help them to stand up to racism.

credits: (c) Ben Slow
March 15th, 2015
type:Donation, NGO, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Millions of people in Europe face specific forms of racism - anti-Gyspsyism, Afrophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and xenophobia - which hamper their inclusion perspectives and opportunities in life. These forms of racism have also been shaped by Europe’s history of colonial abuse and repeated persecutions against minorities. EU laws against racism and discrimination already exist but racism and its specific forms continue to be prevalent, ranging from very brutal acts of violence or harassment to extremely sophisticated forms of discrimination, instrumentalising Fundamental Rights to exclude minorities.

The European Network Against Racism, short ENAR, is the only pan-European anti-racist network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racist actors in Europe. The organisation was set up in 1998 by grassroots activists on a mission to achieve legal changes at European level and make decisive progress towards racial equality in all EU Member States. Since then, ENAR has grown and achieved a great deal.

One can contribute to the work of ENAR by joining them as an organisation with focus on anti-racism and anti-discrimination, volunteer for them or make a donation.
March 08th, 2015
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Honor Diaries features nine courageous women’s rights advocates who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure. By engaging in a dialogue about gender inequality these women are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out and bring visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.

Support the filmmakers and activists of Honor Diaries and help them to break open the violent structures of institutionalized misogyny.
man trying to rescue child_syria
March 04th, 2015
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Guess what the US military is doing with crucial information that could save countless lives in Syria? Absolutely nothing.

The US has access to radar information over Syrian airspace. Right now, someone is sitting in a US military control center watching regime aircraft packed with barrel bombs head towards schools, hospitals and homes while doing nothing to warn Syrians of incoming attacks.The UN Security Council banned barrel bombs exactly a year ago. Since then the barrels have killed nearly 2,000 children. If the international community won’t stop the bombs the least they can do is warn Syrian rescue workers - like the White Helmets - that the barrels are coming. It’s information that will save lives.

Sign the petition on the right and tell the US to release radar information to Syrian rescue workers who can use it to warn neighbourhoods of incoming attacks.
March 01st, 2015
type:Donation, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

What happens when war journalists cross the line of their profession and get involved for an even better cause than delivering information? They start taking action and help people instead of documenting their prevailing misery. This is how the People in Need Organization was established. During the Balkan Wars in 1992 a group of war correspondents were no longer satisfied with just bringing back information to the Czech Republic. Instead, they began sending out aid. It gradually became established as a professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world. Within the 20 years of existence, People in Need has implemented relief and development aid programmes in more than 40 countries, currently taking care of refugees in rural Syria and sending out aid convoys to crisis-ridden Eastern Ukraine. Support People in Need by donating money, buying a gift for a farmer or creating a “Run for Africa” charity event at your school to help building schools in poverty affected regions of Africa.