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June 02nd, 2018

USA: Stop the seperation of asylum-seeking families!

type:Allgemein, NGO, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Amnesty International has documented US immigration agents forcibly separating families of asylum seekers, even when they have proof of their family relationships and the persecution that they have fled. The long-term detention of asylum seekers is widely documented to negatively affect both their psychological well-being and their ability to lodge asylum claims under US law.

Help seperated families by:

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on CBP authorities ( Customs and Border Protection) to follow US national detention standards that require them to process family members together and maintain family unity;
  • Calling on ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to immediately reunite the four families in family detention; expedite the families’ parole; and, whenever possible, provide alternatives to detention for all families as their asylum claims are considered;
  • Urging the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Inspector General to investigate CBP and ICE practices, to ensure DHS agency officials are not separating asylum-seeking parents from their children in detention in violation of US polices on family unity. 

Border Community Liaison
Toby Don Sosbee
US Customs and Border Protection
San Diego Field Office
610 W. Ash Street Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101 USA
Salutation: Dear Mr. Sosbee

ICE San Diego Field Office Director
Gregory J. Archambeault
ICE San Diego Field Office
880 Front Street #2232
San Diego, CA 92101 USA
Salutation: Dear Mr. Archambeault

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June 02nd, 2018
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

For 7 years Syria has been hell on earth.

President Assad's extermination of his own people has been chillingly surgical: he surrounds towns so civilians can't leave, cuts off access to food and medicine, and drops bombs, even chemical weapons, on desperate families. 400,000 have died -- and he's just started in on a new target.

There's one reason why Assad's been able to continue with this destruction: Russia. But now there's one thing Russia may care about more than Syria: saving the World Cup it hosts this year.

The British Prime Minister just announced no Ministers will attend. Australia, Japan and Poland may be next. And there's massive debate in Germany about a boycott. Russia could finally be pushed to stop the bombing by getting more governments and players to join in opposing the World #Cupofshame.

Sign the Avaaz petition to support the boycott of this year's World Cup in Russia and urge the government to stop the bombing in Syria!
May 26th, 2018
type:Authors, Donation
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Bissan Fakih, a Syrian activist and campaigner wrote a heart-rendering report from the besieged suburb Ghouta before the recent chemical attacks. More than 1330 civilians lost their lives during these attacks of the Syrian regime and their Russian ally, among them 234 children. Around 130,000 people fled the area of Eastern Ghouta.

The civil society of Ghouta survived brutal assaults in the past months and an ongoing siege of 5 years - “longer even than the siege of Leningrad”, writes Bissan in her report posted on The Syria Campaign, a human rights organization that supports Syria’s civil society through widespread campaign work.

Read her full plea for humanity, activism and engagement here and feel encouraged to support this important project which aims to amplify the voices of the unheard people leaving Ghouta.
May 22nd, 2018
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Abortion Rights Campaign and coalition of pro-choice groups in Ireland are gathering signatures to call for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland.

The Amendment equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus. In doing so it criminalises abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death.

The campaigners state that this law violates human rights of women in Ireland and goes against international human rights norms. Furthermore it denies access to basic health care, resulting in more than 154,000 persons concerned to travel overseas for an abortion since 1980 and does not reflect present public opinion in Ireland.

If you wish to pave the way for a more equal, safe, and healthy Ireland, respecting women's rights as human rights, sign the petition of the Abortion Rights Campaign and share their contents in your circles.
May 21st, 2018
type:Petition, Protest

Forced to marry in the age of 15, Noura Hussein ran away from home and sought refugee with her aunt. She was tricked into returning by her father, who handed her over to her husband's family.After Hussein refused to consummate the marriage, her husband's relatives held her down while he raped her. A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and Noura stabbed him to death. When she went to her parents for support, they turned her in to the police.

Noura was imprisoned in Omdurman, Sudan. That was last year, in 2017. On Sunday, April 29, 2018, Noura was found guilty in court of premeditated murder,the punishment for which is death by hanging.

    The harrowing details of her case have set social media and WhatsApp ablaze in Sudan. And in recent days it has captured international attention with the hashtags #JusticeforNoura and #SaveNoura. Thousands of people have shared a petition.

    Noura became also an symbol for the fact that one in every three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence at one time in their lives with intimate partner violence being the most predominant. Two out of three women have been physically assaulted by their partners.

    On Monday (21 June), the United nations – UN Women, UNHCR, UNFPA have called on the Sudanese government to grant clemency in the case of Noura. We call you to support the campaign to get #JusticeForNoura!
    April 24th, 2018
    type:Crowd Funding
    by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

    The German association "Teachers on the Road" came to life after the founding members of the initiative had toured through many refugee camps in Germany, finding the locations and living conditions of the refugees in a desolate state. The goal of the many volunteers was to break the isolation under which most refugees have to suffer and allow them more social participation by learning the local language.

    The "Teachers" offer free German language courses for refugees and migrants in general regardless of their residence status, origin or language skills. With currently 120 volunteers, they organize daily low-threshold courses in in many urban areas of Germany. Their offers create spaces for an appreciative togetherness, for friendship and active solidarity. The volunteers support participants in the areas of education, work, asylum, housing, financial distress and practical everyday life. They also finance public transport tickets, enabling mobility and social participation - a key measure for a succesfull integration of newcomers.

    Now their project is in need of new funding possibilities to maintain their free of cost offers. That is why the initiative started a campaign on the crowdfunding platform, applying for the German Integration Prize of the Hertie Foundation.

    If you wish to support them in their funding goal of 10.000 €, you may choose to donate a small amount for extra credits on your Karma account or get an "Isolation-Breaking-Package" as a goody, if your possbilities to give are less limited. Whatever you decide to give, support this great and important project with your donation, or simply share and like the contents of the "Teachers" in your circles.
    Yemen_Hunger crisis
    April 10th, 2018
    by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

    Yemen is a catastrophe -- millions are on the brink of starvation, cities lie in ruins, and the largest cholera outbreak ever recorded grips the country.

    For three years, Saudi Arabia has led a vicious bombing campaign, while at the same time blocking humanitarian aid from reaching desperate civilians. 

    They aren't doing it alone -- the US is actively participating, sending them weapons and sharing targeting advice, even refueling Saudi bombers during airstrikes.

    Now US senators from both parties, horrified by the slaughter, have introduced a bill to stop US participation in this tragedy. If the US steps away, it could finally stop the war. The vote will be close but they believe a massive show of public support could make the difference to fence-sitters. 

    Add your name now to the petition for peace.

    You can read more about the situation in Yemen in our story here.
    March 09th, 2018
    by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

    As post-migrant activists, Tamer and Taudy launched the project "KANAKISTAN"in 2016, organizing an event series that brings together artists of multiple backgrounds and disciplines in Erfurt (Thuringia/Germany) to discuss (post)migrant perspectives, racism, art and culture and to make these perspectives visible.

    Now the project is about to publish a (post)migrant poetry book called "HAYMATLOS" (meaning "homeless"). In January 2018, Taudy and Tamer launched a call to send in poems addressing racism, discrimination, migration, family histories, right extremism, (post) migrant and other perspectives. Many poems were sent in and a selection of them will be published in a poetry book by the left political publishing network "edition assemblage".

    To be able of financing the printing costs, the activists of KANAKISTAN still need support. For this reason a Crowdfundig campaign was established on the platform "Startnext".

    Feel encouraged to donate and support this creative and important project, raising awareness for (post)migrant perspectives not only for Germany-based migrants, but many diasporic communities all over the globe!
    February 27th, 2018
    type:Petition, Protest
    by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

    Fortunately, just as in 2014, worldwide outrage over this culling has apparently changed officials' minds. Instead of euthanizing the dogs, sports minister Pavel Kolobkov has recommended that host cities create temporary animal shelters in which the strays can be housed during the World Cup games.

    There are about 2 million homeless dogs and cats roaming the streets in the 11 cities hosting the World Cup this year. Instead of killing them – which costs about $100 per dog – that money would be better spent on spay-and-neuter programs.

    As a first step, all of the dogs that are housed in those temporary shelters during the World Cup should be spayed and neutered during their stay.

    Influential World Cup sponsors like Coca-Cola, Visa and Adidas should also put pressure on Russian officials not to kill strays.

    Please sign and share this petition urging World Cup sponsors to pressure Pavel Kolobkov to require that street dogs be sterilized, not killed, in cities hosting the World Cup!
    February 10th, 2018
    type:Donation, Education, NGO
    by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

    Wolves had been eradicated in Germany for a long time. For about 150 years, they did not exist. Since only a few years have they returned to their traditional habitat. But they could quickly disappear again, for there are more and more voices calling for shooting down wolves in order to limit or even reduce their numbers.

    Wolves are part of the native wildlife in Germany, as are deers and stags. They help preserve the regional biodiversity and play an important role in the ecosystem.

    The successful return of the wolves to Germany began in 2000, when a she-wolf in Saxony raised her offspring. Today most wolves live in Brandenburg, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lower Saxony. Educational work is of fundamental importance so that the animals can return to their natural habitat in the long term.

    The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Germany helps shepherds and other grazing animal owners to protect their animals from wolf attacks. The organization clarifies how conflicts between grazing animals and wolves can be avoided. This includes targeted information, on-site consultations, the provision of suitable fence material, the support of shepherds in keeping work and the work with herd protection dogs.

    The IFAW is ready to do their utmost to protect both these rare wild animals as well as the grazing animals. If you want to help and ensure that the wolf gets a second chance in his old, new habitat in Eastern Germany, feel encouraged to donate and spread this appeal through your preferred channels.