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Paris ‘generously’ allows hundreds of migrants to stay in abandoned school

Migrants walk in the courtyard at the Guillaume-Bude secondary school, near a banner which reads,

Migrants walk in the courtyard at the Guillaume-Bude secondary school, near a banner which reads, “Flee from War, Live on the Streets” in Paris, France, August 2, 2015. Some two hundred migrants, some of whom were expelled from a makeshift tent city in Paris seek refuge in the annexe of the secondary school. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe – RTX1MRMF

“We are convinced that we must make the choice of responsibility and generosity. The city of Paris has to show solidarity,” Julliard said. “These migrants have risked their lives crossing the Sahara, the Mediterranean, they fled war in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Eritrea.”

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Taz: Frauen als Flüchtlinge Schutzlos in einem sicheren Land


Auch wer es nach Deutschland geschafft hat, ist nicht sicher. Gerade weibliche Flüchtlinge sind oft Gewalt ausgesetzt – nicht zuletzt in Asylbewerberheimen. 

Das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte prangert mangelhaften Schutz für Frauen an, die nach Deutschland geflohen sind. Seit etwa 15 Jahren gelte unter anderem das Gewaltschutzgesetz; es werde aber nicht für alle umgesetzt, die es brauchten, heißt es in einem Policy Paper unter dem Titel „Effektiver Schutz vor geschlechtsspezifischer Gewalt – auch in Flüchtlingsunterkünften“. Dazu gehörten nicht zuletzt Asylbewerberinnen, schreibt die Juristin und wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut (Dimr), Heike Rabe,in ihrer in dieser Woche erschienenen AnalyseWeiter lesen.

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VIDEO: German news anchor Anja Reschke uses slot to attack ‘little racist nobodies’ in impassioned call to end hatred towards refugees


The Independent: A German news anchor has sparked a huge debate after using her evening TV slot to wage verbal war on those who racially attack refugees.

Anja Reschke expressed her anger at how worryingly normal it now is to publish “hate tirades” under real names in comment pieces she believes has contributed to a “rise in extreme right wing acts” including arson.

“Until recently, such commentators were hidden behind pseudonyms but now these things are being aired under real names,” she said in the two-minute segment, which quickly went viral.

“Apparently it’s no longer embarrassing – on the contrary, in reaction to phrases like ‘filthy vermin should drown in the sea’, you get excited consensus and a lot of ‘likes’.”

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Women and children arriving at Calais’s migrant camps ‘need greater protection’

calaisWomen and children are turning up in large numbers at migrant camps in Calais for the first time and authorities are not doing enough to shelter and protect them, a senior aid worker has warned.

“Since last summer we started to have an increase in woman and children and families. It was not like that before,” said Jean-François Corty, director of French operations for Médecins du Monde (MdM), which runs a clinic in the camp.

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The 3 powerful women who found Black Lives Matter

blacklivesmatterALICIA GARZA: “… Black Lives Matter was born out of the incredible pain and rage that each of us feels and that black people across the world feel when any of our lives are taken unnecessarily, particularly in relationship to state-sanctioned violence. The phrase was coined on Facebook, and it was really a response to the responses that I was hearing after the verdict in the Trayvon Martin trial. And those responses really ranged from responses that we call kind of social justice cynicism, right, where folks were talking about how the criminal justice system doesn’t work for black people, which is true, and then, on the other hand, there was a real narrative around respectability politics and how if Trayvon had only pulled up his pants and if we just vote and if we just get a better education, then somehow we can save ourselves from untimely deaths, when the reality is that structural racism kills black people every single day. In fact, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has documented that every 28 hours a black person in this country is murdered by police, security guards or vigilantes.”

Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, director of Truth and Reinvestment at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and founder of Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization in Los Angeles fighting for the dignity and power of incarcerated people and their families.Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

FOR VIDEO PART 2, go to Democracy Now website

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Warum vor allem Männer Asyl suchen / Why more men seek asylum

lapedusa womenIn 2014, around 70% of the asylum seekers in Europe, as well in Germany, were men. The reasons have nothing to do with the fact that women are not as persecuted or endangered as women, but the result of a family decision. As the journey to Europe is expensive and dangerous, families choose to send the men because their are supposedly stronger to cope with the difficulties of the journey, more educated, have therefore better chances to get a job to send back home, and because women face enormous dangers when traveling through certain routes, namely the danger of being kidnapped and raped. Full article here in the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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«We will rise» Refugee movement – Exhibition and Archive in Progress

Ausstellungseröffnung Refugee movement - Exhibition and Archive in Progress Leben, arbeiten, bleiben. Willkommen in Berlin! Zehn Tage Experimentierfeld für Begegnungen und Bewegungen. Berlin, 16. bis 25.7.2015

Refugee movement – Exhibition and Archive in Progress
Leben, arbeiten, bleiben. Willkommen in Berlin! Zehn Tage Experimentierfeld für Begegnungen und Bewegungen. Berlin, 16. bis 25.7.2015

Visit the Movement’s exhibition and stop by our box, where we tell the history of the International Women Space, from when it was created in the Ohlauer School and it’s nowadays activities. There is plenty of material of the former Women Space, the women-only wing on the second floor of the School, texts, photographs, info-material and videos documenting the work of many women involved in the Refugee Movement.

When and where: Donnerstag, 16.07.2015 19:00 Uhr bis Samstag, 25.07.2015 18:00 Uhr

Zelt Kommune 8, Berlin Am Postbahnhof 10243 Berlin

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