Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stand with Greece - SIGN PETITION


This week, Greece could be forced to accept grinding and failed austerity policies, or be forced to exit the Euro -- causing chaos. Or we could help create the biggest people-powered push for social democracy ever, get Merkel and others to give up their austerity crusade, and allow Greece's economy space to recover. The Chancellor is hugely influenced by public opinion. Let's create a massive European call for people before banks -- and plaster our voices all over the media. Join now:

Sign now

Dear friends across Europe,

This week, Greece could be forced to accept grinding and failed austerity policies, or be made to exit the Euro -- causing chaos across Europe. Or we could help create the biggest people-powered push for social democracy ever, and pull this crisis back from the brink!

Let's be clear, behind all the debate and jargon there are only two things we really need to know: 1) the most vulnerable Greek people have borne the brunt of brutal public spending cuts -- 4 in 10 kids live in poverty, infant mortality rate has increased by 43%, and youth unemployment has nearly hit 50%! And 2) it's been for nothing -- the debt problem has got worse, not better. So more of the same will mean, well, more of the same -- more pain and more debt.

Yet Chancellor Merkel and the creditors keep flogging this irresponsible policy, and claim that is what the public wants. 

This week, Prime Minister Tsipras has courageously turned to democracy, and called on his country to say "No". 70% of Greek Avaaz members say they will vote "No". Now if enough of us stand with them, we can show our leaders that the public wants to stop inflicting harm and move instead to debt reduction. Sign now -- when enough of us have joined, Avaaz will cover the media with our call:


https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_greece_loc_eu/?bwQkDab&v=61419

Chancellor Merkel listens to what the people say, and has been known to change course when the moment demanded it -- after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and massive public protests against nuclear energy in Germany, she agreed to switch off Germany's nuclear power plants.

Yes, political corruption, misgovernance and reckless borrowing by previous governments are ingredients of the cocktail that has brought Greece's economy to its knees. But while 90% of the bailout funds have gone to foreign banks, the Greeks have complied with austerity, privatised and deregulated, cut pensions and salaries, and raised taxes. But, as many predicted, it hasn't helped the debt problem. And the misery is hitting the poorest -- rich Greeks have pulled a lot of their money out already.

This acrimonious standoff doesn't need to be taken to a Greek referendum between two tough choices. A wide spectrum of economists, and powerful world leaders agree on the answer for Greece: a debt conference to restructure and reduce Greek debt, giving the economy breathing room to recover and gradually pay off the rest of its debt over time.

We have a tiny window of opportunity this week to show Merkel and other key leaders that the world supports a "No" to these failed policies. Join now --  let's be the impetus for a critical transformation to put people before banks:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_greece_loc_eu/?bwQkDab&v=61419

Turning a crisis into an opportunity is what a community of our size and power does best. This could be a historic disaster, but if enough of us speak out, we could persuade Merkel to change course, and be European social democracy in action. Today, it's up to all of us to stand up for a humane, people-centred economic system, and it can start in Greece.

With hope,

Alice, Ricken, Spyro, Alex, Marigona, Mike and the whole team at Avaaz

Sources:

Greece over the brink (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/29/opinion/paul-krugman-greece-over-the-brink.html

Creditors' economic plan for Greece is illiterate and doomed to fail (The Guardian) 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/23/creditors-economic-plan-for-greece-is-illiterate-and-do

Europe's Empress Stays Silent (Politico)
http://www.politico.eu/article/grexit-greece-merkel-empress-stays-silent-germany-debt-default/

Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty and Other World-Renowned Economists Demand End to Greek Austerity (In These Times)
http://inthesetimes.com/article/18020/joseph-stiglitz-thomas-piketty-greece-syriza-austerity

Child poverty up in more than half of developed world since 2008 (The Guardian) 
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/28/child-poverty-developed-world-unicef-report-global-recession

Crumbs of comfort don't hide Europe's employment divide (EU Observer) 
https://euobserver.com/news/129396

Health cuts see new-born deaths jump 43% in Greece (Euractiv) 
http://www.euractiv.com/health/troikas-pressure-greeces-healthc-news-533948



Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Heat wave in the westpoort Amsterdam, ADM outreach project!! zibabu, bucket boyz, ADM in juli

Hellloh sweet people on this hopefully not to annoying maillinglist.

There's lots happening all of a sudden. Seems like when it's to chill out people decide to start organizing lots of things. We can miss out on that. First of all the ADM is under threat of eviction. The owner finally after 18 years decides that he/it want's to do something with our home/livelihood/oasis. We won;'t let this happen so we're planning different ways of keeping our little squatted village ours. One way you can help is by signing our petition.

https://secure.avaaz.org/nl/petition/Burgemeester_van_Amsterdam_Eberhart_van_der_Laan_Wij_vragen_u_dringend_om_de_culturele_vrijhaven_ADM_te_behouden/?cljMvjb

Do it!!!!!!!

Now for a long/short agenda of awesome stuff to see and do.

Tonight Thursday 2 juli Bucket boyz @ Climate Camp
https://www.groundcontrolcamp.net/en/
All week there will be workshops, actions, nice people, and nice music in the evening.
We play at 21:00

Friday 3 juli Keko yoma, Skampida, the Balcony players @ ADM
https://adm.amsterdam/event/concert-skampida-colombia-keko-yoma-chilli
Great latinskarockreggeafolkklezmir dance your ass off bands.
Dinner at 19:00
Concert @ 21:00

Zatersag 4 july Zibabu/Bucket boyz @ Gezi Festival rotterdam
http://gezifest.nl/en/
nice little festival commemorating and celebrating the Gezi resistance in turkey. All day long.
zibabu 22:00
bucket boyz a pit everywhere.

Sunday 5 July No surrender and Mud city trash daddies @ Climate camp
https://groundcontrolcamp.net/en/
Don't surrender (rock n'roll, Fr)
www.dontsurrender.fr
Mud city trash daddies (ska reagge stinky legends, Nl)
21:00 bands start

Wednesday 8 Juli Berk @ Einde van de wereld
Berk at a poetry night solo or with any body that wants to join.
Great restaurant food served at 19:00
show starts at 20:30
Javakade 61 Amsterdam

Friday 10 Juli Bucket boyz @ Wasted festival
http://www.wastedlab.nl/nl/night/
Festival about recycling and all that junk.
Bucket boyz are planned at 21:30
Ticket are free but you have to sign in or something check the website.


Sunday 12 Juli Bucket boyz @ de Kaaij
http://dekaaij.nl/
Lindenberghaven 1c, Nijmegen

Saterday 18 JUli Bucket boyz @ Nomads Gathering
https://amsterdamnomadsgathering.wordpress.com/
Vondelbunker, Amsterdam

See you hopefully soon and enjoy the warm bier and sunburns.
sweaty love from the Amsterdam swamps.

P.S 14th of juli the bucket boyz are going to do some recording in a fancy studio. So if you think we have to change or record a song or what not tell us soon before the world has to listen to the way we see the world forever.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Guess who just said goodbye to fossil fuels?! good news

Just in case you missed this last week! --

Dear Avaazers,

Our appeals followed G7 Chair Angela Merkel everywhere for 6 weeks.

Many told us it was a pipe dream, but the G7 Summit of leading world powers just committed to getting the global economy off fossil fuels forever!!!

Even the normally cynical media is raving that this is a huge deal.

And it's one giant step closer to a huge win at the Paris summit in December -- where the entire world could unite behind the same goal of a world without fossil fuels -- the only way to save us all from catastrophic climate change.

For 2 years our community has led global public mobilisation for this goal, including:
  • spearheading the gigantic, momentum-changing, 700,000 strong climate march last year
  • a 2.7 million person petition for 100% clean/0 carbon delivered to dozens of key leaders
  • scores of rallies, high-level lobbying meetings, opinion polls, and ad campaigns, all funded by our community
  • a 3 month all-out push for the G7 summit leadership, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to put this on the agenda and agree to this goal

Our work is far from done, but it's a day to celebrate -- click here to read more and say congratulations to everyone else in this incredibly wonderful community!!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_here_we_come/?bwQkDab&v=61209

We spearheaded the largest climate march in history - nearly 700,000 strong and a game-changer for political momentum.

Just last year climate change seemed to many of us like a behemoth that was dooming our species to a significant probability of extinction due to our own stupidity and corruption.

But with hope, and good strategy, (the Avaaz effect:)), and the efforts of many leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis, and organisations like our friends at 350 and the Guardian newspaper's work on fossil fuel divestment, as well as killer research from groups like the World Resources Institute, most experts now believe the tide is turning, and momentum is building to get a global deal in Paris this year that will set the world on course to a solution. It will be a long fight, we cannot afford to drop our guard, but today, we celebrate a battle won!!!

With gratitude and joy,

Ricken, Alice, Emma, Iain, and the whole Avaaz team

PS: the G7 declaration is just a commitment, and we need to hold them accountable, but commitments matter - sending an immediate signal to dirty and clean energy investors that will help accelerate the clean-energy boom we desperately need. There's more info on the summit and how we helped win this on our celebration page:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_here_we_come/?bwQkDab&v=61209

Sources:

Merkel convinces Canada and Japan on CO2 (Politico)
http://www.politico.eu/article/germany-canada-japan-emissions-pledge/

G7 leaders bid 'Auf Wiedersehen' to carbon fuels (Reuters)
http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/08/g7-summit-idINKBN0OO25120150608

Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mass extinction - sign petition for elephants



Scientists just released shocking research that says the world is on the verge of a tragic "mass extinction" of countless species. But they also say there's time to stop it, and they have a proposal for action -- but they say to win we have to reach everyone. Sign their petition and then share it with everyone:


Sign the petition

Dear friends,

It's all over the news — scientists just released new research that says that we're on the verge of a mass extinction of hundreds of species that "could easily, easily ruin the lives of everybody on the planet".

They say we're losing countless species, from dolphins to elephants to rhinos, at rates up to 100 times higher than normal — and it's dismantling Earth's whole biological framework. And it's all because of us, the humans.

But they also say this: there is still time to stop it, though not much.

The scientists — some of the most highly respected in the world — have written a proposal to world leaders about how we can stop the mass extinction and literally save the world. They say the best chance we have of getting urgent action is if we share it everywhere, and educate everyone about what's happening.

Avaaz was made for moments exactly like this -- our community makes up more than 1% of all internet users. If we each share it with one person that's 2%, 2 people that's 3% etc, etc... We could literally be the best chance to spread the word, and we can do it in days! Join now and share this urgent wake up call with everyone: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_mass_extinction_34_twks/?bwQkDab&v=61058

Dear friends,

It's all over the news — scientists just released new research that says that we're on the verge of a mass extinction of hundreds of species that "could easily, easily ruin the lives of everybody on the planet".

They say we're losing countless species, from dolphins to elephants to rhinos, at rates up to 100 times higher than normal — and it's dismantling Earth's whole biological framework. And it's all because of us, the humans.

But they also say this: there is still time to stop it, though not much.

The scientists — some of the most highly respected in the world — have written a proposal to world leaders about how we can stop the mass extinction and literally save the world. They say the best chance we have of getting urgent action is if we share it everywhere, and educate everyone about what's happening.

Avaaz was made for moments exactly like this -- our community makes up more than 1% of all internet users. If we each share it with one person that's 2%, 2 people that's 3% etc, etc... We could literally be the best chance to spread the word, and we can do it in days! Join now and share this urgent wake up call with everyone: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_mass_extinction_34_twks/?bwQkDab&v=61058

It's not the first time in history an extinction event has happened — the last time was 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs and almost everything else on the planet died out. But it's the first time that this kind of biological disaster is happening simply because one species (us) is abusing natural resources past the point of sustainability. 

The scientists were incredibly conservative in their estimates, so it could be even worse than we think. But they're hopeful - one of them even said to CNN "I'm optimistic in the sense that humans react, in the past we have made quantum leaps when we worked together to solve our problems."

They've drafted a memo for governments that lays out the solutions and the actions we can take - which include taking urgent action to stop climate change, supercharging our conservation efforts, and drastically reducing pollution.

Scientists don't always venture into the world of politics with their conclusions, but this brave group of them are doing just that and we can put the strength of global people power behind them so they can win.
Click to sign, and then share with everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_mass_extinction_34_twks/?bwQkDab&v=61058

Someday I'd like to have kids but I think a lot about whether it's the right thing to do, since we're so likely to leave behind a far less beautiful, less hospitable world for all our children (and theirs). It is in moments like these, of great crisis and great opportunity, when the Avaaz community has so often risen up for the planet and won -- and given me hope that one day I'll raise a family and be proud of the world I introduce them to, and hand over to them.

With hope and determination,
Mia, Alice, Emma, Mais, Danny, Sobaika, Luis and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it's humans' fault (The Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/22/the-earth-is-on-the-brink-of-a-sixth-ma....

The World's Sixth Extinction Event Is Upon Us (The New Republic)
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122111/worlds-sixth-extinction-event-upon-us

The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/21/mass-extinction-science-warning

Scientific Consensus for Action (Proposal for leaders by scientists to avert mass extinction)
http://consensusforaction.stanford.edu/statements/Consensus_English.pdf



Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Days to save whales - at least sign petition



Icelandic whalers are about to start harpooning over 150 endangered fin whales. But if we can get a tiny Caribbean nation to remove their flag from a ship that's carrying millions of dollars worth of fin whale meat to Japan, we can hit them where it hurts. Stopping this sale could turn the tide. The ship could leave in six days. Add your voice and share this urgently:

Sign the petition

Dear friends,

The Icelandic whaling fleet is about to leave port to hunt and kill 150 endangered fin whales. We've come close to shutting down this barbaric operation before and now we have a chance to end it for good.

As the whalers sharpen their harpoons for this year's hunt, their boss is trying to ship last year's whale meat to Japan right now. Over 1,700 tonnes are about to be sent through the icy passage between Russia and the North Pole. But if the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis simply removes their flag from the vessel it can't leave port! Tourism is the main pillar of their country's economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight.

We have just six days before the boat could set sail.
 
Our community already helped push European countries to shun this shameful trade. Let's now get St. Kitts to stop helping the whalers! Sign now and share with everyone urgently -- Avaaz will deliver our voices straight to the new Prime Minister, and if he doesn't respond quickly, Avaaz'll target his biggest tourist market - the US - and show how St. Kitts is supporting the slaughter of these majestic beings:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/?bwQkDab&v=61053

Dear friends,

The Icelandic whaling fleet is about to leave port to hunt and kill 150 endangered fin whales. We've come close to shutting down this barbaric operation before and now we have a chance to end it for good.

As the whalers sharpen their harpoons for this year's hunt, their boss is trying to ship last year's whale meat to Japan right now. Over 1,700 tonnes are about to be sent through the icy passage between Russia and the North Pole. But if the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis simply removes their flag from the vessel it can't leave port! Tourism is the main pillar of their country's economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight.

We have just six days before the boat could set sail.
 
Our community already helped push European countries to shun this shameful trade. Let's now get St. Kitts to stop helping the whalers! Sign now and share with everyone urgently -- Avaaz will deliver our voices straight to the new Prime Minister, and if he doesn't respond quickly, Avaaz'll target his biggest tourist market - the US - and show how St. Kitts is supporting the slaughter of these majestic beings:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/?bwQkDab&v=61053

Iceland's entire fin whaling industry is run by one man, Kristjan Loftsson, but his business is barely breaking even, so if we stop the whale meat from reaching Japan we can sink his profits! Other nations have removed their flag from vessels in response to public pressure over other environmental concerns so we know this can work for the whales. All we need to do is create a scandal and get a delay to make the crossing to Japan impossible.

Japanese whalers plan to resume "scientific" whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary despite widespread opposition, and St. Kitts and Nevis votes in support of Japan's "research" at the International Whaling Commission. If we take them out of the equation now we can strike a deadly blow to both Icelandic and Japanese whaling at the same time!

Pressure has been mounting globally and nationally to stop the Icelandic whalers. This could be a turning point for the whales. Together we have the power to turn the International Whaling Commission into the International Whale Conservation Commission. And we can get started by stopping this year's harpooning and this whale meat shipment! Sign the urgent petition now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/?bwQkDab&v=61053

We know our voices work! Following our 1 million strong petition in 2013, the Dutch government blocked Iceland's whale meat shipments docking in the Netherlands. And together with Greenpeace, our community managed to get fin whale meat sent back to Iceland from Germany. Since then major shipping companies announced they would never ship whale meat again. We're making it harder and harder for this industry to make a profit. Let's shut it down for good!

With hope, 

Lisa, Danny, Alice, Ricken, Mel, Nick, Rewan and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Iceland sends shipment of 1,700 tonnes of whale meat to Japan (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/05/iceland-sends-shipment-of-1700-tonnes-of-whale-meat-to-japan.

Desperate whalers go north (Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/whale-meat-iceland/blog/53241/

The Winter Bay (Vessel Fider - shows where the ship carrying the whale meat is and which country is registering it)
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/WINTER-BAY-IMO-8601680-MMSI-341433000

Japan to resume whaling hunt despite IWC warning (AFP)
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/japan-resume-whaling-hunt-despite-iwc-warning-105354478.html#ohHmAJ1



Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Elephants beaten at the circus


 
 
 
 
Causes
 
 
 

Posted By: PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (campaign leader)

This summer, dozens of elephants will be shackled in tiny boxcars and trailers as circuses crisscross the U.S. during the hottest months of the year. 

Many will spend hours—even days—in chains as they're transported from one city to the next, perhaps even your own. When they feel the painful blows of a bullhook to the sensitive, paper-thin skin around their eyes and mouth, it can signal that they've reached the next destination—and they'll once again be forced to perform tricks, fearing what will happen to them if they don't. 

These animals need our help, and they need it now.

Will you stand up for elephants and all other animals suffering in circuses and other cruel entertainment by making a gift today? 

Circus promotions fail to mention that elephants and other animals don't voluntarily balance on balls, ride bicycles, or stand on their heads. They're forced into performing these ridiculous tricks, which they learn during violent training sessions during which they're beaten with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods. 

When you stand with PETA, you'll be helping us achieve victories that truly make life better for elephants and all other animals abused by circuses. As we've seen in recent months, the drive to end the suffering of animals in circuses is gaining momentum, with significant progress such as the following: 

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the George Carden Circus International have announced that they're ending elephant performances, further proof that the public rejects the practice of separating baby elephants from their mothers and chaining and beating these sensitive, intelligent animals in order to force them to perform silly tricks. 
  • Richmond, Virginia, and a growing list of other municipalities around the U.S. have banned bullhooks. These violent weapons don't belong in any city or state, and now we're working in other jurisdictions to get similar bans enacted to spare elephants pain. 
  • New charges are being filed, including recent ones by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the notorious animal abuser Carson & Barnes Circus in response to an incident in which elephants allegedly ran amok for 45 minutes.

Yet despite these and other vital developments, animals in circuses continue to suffer.Your tax-deductible gift to PETA now can change the lives of elephants and other animals who face cruelty and neglect. 

Your support saves lives—please make your generous gift right now and help bring relief to animals in desperate need. 

Thank you so much for your compassion. 

PLEDGE
 
 
 
   
       



Saturday, June 20, 2015

UNITED Press Release: Death by Policy - Time for Change - International Refugee Day 2015


UNITED press release, 20.06.2015

DEATH BY POLICY - TIME FOR CHANGE!
International Refugee Day – 20th June

To mark International Refugee Day, UNITED is publishing an updated edition of its List of Deaths, a new website and an interactive map. We call on civil society to protest against the fatal policies of Fortress Europe that lead to the deaths of desperate people looking for safe refuge.

In recent months, stories of the thousands of people who have drowned in the Mediterranean sea while attempting to reach Europe have shocked people all over the continent and seen the issue of refugee deaths rise towards the top of the European political and media agenda. But despite the attention generated by the situation in the Mediterranean, EU representatives seem unable to come to any consensus on sharing the burden of migratory waves between southern and northern Europe, with nationalistic interests dominating discussions. Meanwhile migration continues, with the risky conditions at sea not seeming to provide any discouragement to migrants.

Complicating the issue yet further is the fact that refugee deaths are not limited to the Mediterranean: refugees die of suffocation and exposure hiding in freight containers and the undercarriages of planes; refugees die in the dire conditions of detention centres; refugees die in police custody and at the hands of deportation officials; refugees are murdered by fascist thugs, denied both the protection of the authorities and recourse to justice. As diverse as they may seem, all of these deaths are a direct result of the fatal policies of Fortress Europe: the political agenda which puts the protection of Europe's borders ahead of the protection of the lives of the world's most desperate and vulnerable people. This is DEATH BY POLICY.

Since 1993, UNITED has been documenting the effects of these fatal policies by compiling a list of the thousands of people who have died in their attempt to reach Europe. Now including details of over 22,000 people, the UNITED List of Deaths has become a key tool
(1) for activists, artists and researchers dealing with the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.
In Strasbourg, the activist group Collectif pour une autre politique migratoire has held demonstrations using a 100m-long print of the list which they unfurl at the European Parliament, defiantly reminding MEPs and the European Commission of their failure to act. Across the continent, Turkish artist Banu Cennetoglu displays the list on public billboards, reminding the people of Europe of the lives lost in search of the security and prosperity that they take for granted. In Amsterdam, Prof. Thomas Spijkerboer and his team have used the list to assist with their research into undocumented migrant deaths in Europe's maritime borders, shining a much-needed light into this neglected area of study.

This year, to mark The International Refugee Day on 20th June, UNITED is once again publishing an updated version of The List of documented deaths of asylum seekers, refugees and (un)documented migrants due to the restrictive policies of Fortress Europe. We have launched a new website, which includes an interactive map that clearly shows that the issue of refugee deaths is not limited to the Mediterranean and Europe's southern borders: this is a Europe-wide problem, which, if it is ever to be resolved, will require a Europe-wide response. Now more than ever, it is essential that we stand UNITED against refugee deaths.

Wake up the policy-makers! It is extremely important for the purposes of the campaign to raise awareness of this issue throughout Europe. The main targets are media and the general public. With their help it is possible to force European politicians to reconsider European immigration policies and to develop a human vision on migration.

Why 20th of June?

The Europe-wide network UNITED for Intercultural Action brings together more than 550 organisations from 48 European countries and a wide variety of backgrounds to work together on common activities and projects against racism, fascism and nationalism and in support of migrants and refugees. In order to bring new perspectives to the debate and to highlight the issue of migrant rights and refugee deaths, UNITED has been coordinating an annual campaign around this date since 1996. In 2001, following years of pressure and advocacy from campaign groups such as UNITED, a special UN General Assembly Resolution was adopted to declare 20th June as International Refugee Day. As the former African Refugee Day, this date was chosen as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which is the continent that hosts the most refugees.

(1) The UNITED List of Deaths and other UNITED publications can be freely re-used, translated and re-distributed, provided source (www.unitedagainstracism.org) is mentioned and a copy is sent to the UNITED Secretariat.

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The Fatal Policies of Fortress Europe - No More Deaths – Time for Change!

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listofdeaths@unitedagainstracism.org
Twitter @UNITED__Network #AgainstRefugeeDeaths

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UNITED is the pan-European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees, supported by more than 550 organisations from 48 European countries. How to join the network: see www.unitedagainstracism.org/supporters/

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This campaign has been made possible with support of the Council of Europe (European Youth Foundation), the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, and the Open Society Foundations.
The information contained herein does not necessarily reflect the position nor the opinion of our sponsors. Sponsors are not to be held responsible for any use that may be made of it.

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- by bank to: UNITED, Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
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more than 550 organisations from 48 European countries, many prominent individuals, private supporters and long-term volunteers from Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste, Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. UNITED is always looking for new supporters. Also want to become a supporter? Fill the form on www.unitedagainstracism.org/supporters/ and send it to UNITED.

Since 1992 financial support was received from various sponsors such as: European Commission (General Budget/Socrates/Grundtvig/Youth in Action/Erasmus+/DG Employment Social Affairs/TACIS IBPP), Council of Europe (European Youth Foundation/European Youth Centres), OSCE-ODIHR, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, World Council of Churches, Olof Palmes MinnesFond, Cultural Council Sweden, Ministry of Education Slovenia, Green Group-, Socialist Group-, and GUE/NGL Group in the European Parliament, European Cultural Foundation, Stiftung West-Östliche Begegnung, Aktionsbündnis Gegen Gewalt, Rechtextremismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit Brandenburg, Home Office UK, Ministry of Interior-BZK NL, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs CH, the Matra Programme of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Instituto Português da Juventude, National Integration Office Sweden, Service Nationale de la Jeunesse Luxembourg, LNU - Norwegian Youth Council, Europees Platform Grundtvig, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Federal Social Ins. Office (Dep. for Youth Affairs) CH, Swiss Coordination Office of Youth for Europe, Federal Service for Combating Racism (Fund for Projects Against Racism) CH, Migros Kulturprozent CH, Comunidad de Madrid, Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, The Swedish National Board of Youth Affairs, Rothschild Foundation, Local Municipality of Budapest, Youth Board of Cyprus, Jewish Humanitarian Fund, Foundation Remembrance Responsibility and Future, Minority Rights Group Europe, OSCE - Mission to Skopje, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Open Society Foundations, Children and Youth Development Fund Georgia, Final Frontiers Internet, Dijkman Print and others.
This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the sponsors cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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