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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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More space for women in the new edition of the Movement Magazine

coverWe are celebrating the new issue of the Movement Magazine. The content now includes more pages with our work, such as our political speeches and testimonials of refugee women, which are part of our soon to be published Broschüre. On the new issue there are also more women writing and reflecting on our role as women inside a male-dominant structure. These are discussions we have to keep in mind are important for the development of our strategies and struggle as whole. And least, but not last, we thank the editors for having transcribed the dialogues of the video the International Women Space did with Angela Davis on her visit to Berlin. Long live the Magazine! Long live the Movement! To order the magazine, please click here:

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VIDEO: Merkel drives young refugee girl to tears

Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a TV program where she discusses with school kids the topic, “Gut leben in Deutschland” (good living in Germany). A palastinean girl describes in perfect german her personal situation as a refugee in Germany, with no clear status, perspective and fear of deportation. Merkel then goes straight to the point: there is no place here for all of you. Lebanon, the country from where the girl and her family flew from, is safe according to Merkel, who says “there is no civil war there”. Merkel continues: it is impossible to let all people of Africa and Lebanon into germany, cases should be solved quickly, so situations like yours will be solved earlier. What she means is, from now on, we will deport you and people like you before you even learn the language, we have no place for you. The girl understands the message very well and all she can do is cry. Shame on Europe!

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Bundestag Passed the new asylum law. What will change?

The law has now been passed officially in the Bundestag (federal parliament) and gets operative on August 1st 2015.

Threat of expansion of Deportation detention: Law for the Right to stay and termination of the residence permission adopted.

On the 2nd of July the Bundestag adopted the redefinition of the right to stay and the termination of the residence permit. Parts of the law shows the intention of making the lives of those already residing in Germany better. At the same time legal opportunities will be created to act more rigorously against newly arrived asylum seekers. An overview of the changes and its consequences: Grounds for detention in the Dublin procedure will be limitless The new law creates the legal possibility to detain asylum-seekers for the sole reason that they entered Germany from another EU country. According to Continue reading

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Asylum seekers face increasing violence in Germany

aljazeeraAl Jazeera/June 15, 2015by @yermibrenner:

Anti-immigrant sentiment is growing in Germany, where refugee housing is burned and asylum seekers are attacked Continue reading

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Ausweitung der Abschiebungshaft droht: Gesetz zu Bleiberecht und Aufenthaltsbeendigung verabschiedet


Pro Asyl : Am 2. Juli 2015 hat der Bundestag das Gesetz zur Neubestimmung des Bleiberechts und der Aufenthaltsbeendigung verabschiedet. Das Gesetz ist in Teilen geprägt von der Absicht, bereits in Deutschland lebende Flüchtlinge besser zu stellen. Gleichzeitig werden rechtliche Möglichkeiten geschaffen, um rigoroser gegen neu einreisende Asylsuchende vorzugehen. Ein Überblick über die gesetzlichen Neuerungen und deren Konsequenzen. Continue reading

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Verschärfung des Asylrechts: Bundestag weitet Abschiebehaft aus


Der Bundestag hat eine umfassende Reform des Aufenthaltsgesetzes verabschiedet. Viele unvermeidliche Begleiterscheinungen einer Flucht stellen künftig Haftgründe dar. Der Spiegel

Verbessertes Bleiberecht für gut integrierte Ausländer, aber auch schärfere Regeln bei der Abschiebung: Der Bundestag hat eine umfassende Reform des Aufenthaltsgesetzes verabschiedet. Ausländer, die bislang nur geduldet sind, dürfen in Zukunft längerfristig in Deutschland bleiben, wenn sie die Sprache gut beherrschen und ihren Lebensunterhalt selber sichern können. Auf der anderen Seite sollen Menschen, die keinerlei Aussicht auf ein Aufenthaltsrecht haben, schneller als bisher abgeschoben werden. Continue reading