1. Raise-Op Housing Cooperative


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    Learn more about our start-up campaign.

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    • Digital Bauhaus Summit 2015 - Corinna Sy & Sebastian Däschle: Cucula


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      Find out more at: http://www.digitalbauhaussummit.de To help ‘translate‘ utopia into reality, we need a concrete image, the figure of a real ‘Vorschein’ – as stated in Ernst Bloch’s philosophical theory. CUCULA is indeed such a ‘Vorschein’: As opposed to theoretical debate about the refugees’ situation in Europe, we opt for pragmatic and immediate action, the ‘practice of making’. As a pilot project, CUCULA investigates in new approaches, articulates concrete solutions within the realm of refugee politics. By putting the pilot to the test we want to question established structures and to formulate possible alternatives. We aim for concrete and direct action while keeping our independency and flexibility. We interact, experiment and activate in order to collectively create new perspectives and to enter a constructive dialogue. In our talk we would like to introduce our pilot project CUCULA and hopefully open up a fruitful dialogue. Corinna Sy, Sebastian Däschle and Jessy Medernach are the co-founders of CUCULA. CUCULA – Refugees Company for Crafts and Design – is a project initiative, which helps refugees build their own future. It is an association, a workshop and an educational program, all in one, established for and together with refugees in Berlin. By manufacturing design furniture based on Enzo Mari’s ‘Autoprogettazione’ plans, the aim is to enable refugees to finance their living and education. Complementary, the educational pilot project provides education to people, for whom the doors to society are otherwise closed. CUCULA wants to establish a ‘welcoming culture’, which helps refugees to break with the notion of ‘victimhood’, and at the same time unfold their self-efficacy and to open up a perspective for a self-determined life. CUCULA, a small Design Workshop and a refugees company, actively engages in the social, political and cultural debate, challenging established structures and formulating alternatives through trialling the implementation of a concrete and novel business model. Contrasting the theoretical debate, the initiators strive for a pragmatic, immediate and action-oriented approach, achieving ‚together with‘ the refugees and not simply doing something ‚for them‘. http://www.cucula.org/

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      • Mokwi [Brother]


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        • OutPour Movement [The Ward's Story]


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          Outpour Movement, a satellite office of Kingdom Inc., is a ministry with a unique blend of empowerment, entrepreneurism and humanitarian efforts. We are seeking to transition and expand our Training Center (restaurant and bike shop,) open SEEds, a creative center for youth, and buy land for an Emergency Placement Home that will offer counseling and training to help us combat human trafficking, slavery and oppression for the displaced people on the Thai and Burma border. To this end we are seeking to raise $180,000 to fund this forward motion. BE THE MOveMENT: www.OutpourMovement.com

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          • One Syd Vid


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            One: Sydney Aug - 9 @createordie ‪#‎Marrickville‬ ‪#‎MarrickvilleCouncil‬ ‪#‎Repost‬ @the_equal_project with @repostapp. ・・・ One: Sydney is next Sunday! Sun - Aug 9 - @createordie - 4pm Now more than ever we need to invest our time and effort in strengthening our bonds while respecting, cherishing and celebrating our rich diversity. Come join us at One: Sydney and lets make a real difference in the lives of people who have left their homes to come to Australia seeking freedom by helping raise funds for the ‪#‎AsylumSeekersCentre‬ in ‪#‎Newtown‬.

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            • Jordan: Syrian Alaa’s DAFI Scholarship


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              Alaa is a young Syrian refugee who is attending a Jordanian university close to Za'atari refugee camp thanks to a scholarship from UNHCR's DAFI program. With demand outstripping the available scholarships through DAFI, more funding is needed to ensure bright young Syrians don't miss out on a university education. "Every day I go to university, I'm happy ... You see the colors other than the color of the desert. So when I go to the university, my mental state changes." --Alaa A video made for the UN Refugee Agency.

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              • South Sudan: investing in peace


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                In South Sudan, less than half of children are in school and illiteracy rates are among the highest in the world. The same is true for the 130,000 Sudanese refugees who are seeking asylum in Maban, South Sudan, the overwhelming majority are women and children. JRS believes education ensures knowledge is passed on to younger generations and promotes a more peaceful tomorrow. “When I teach I feel happy because I know my students are going to know their rights,” said Leila, one refugee teacher who, at 27-years of age, has dedicated her life to fostering a new generation of peace builders. Learn more about JRS efforts in South Sudan at http://www.jrsusa.org or http://www.jrsea.org This video was produced by Andrew Ash.

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                • Refugee Focus Community Event at Biltmore Pointe


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                  Refugee Focus hosted a community event at the Biltmore Pointe apartments on Friday, July 24. As it turns out, some of the local kids are pretty good dancers!

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                  • HOPE (trailer)


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                    Written and directed by CIBOIDEALE & MARTINO CHITI Since 9th june 2015, as a result of migration flows and the block of the borders, about 300 expatriates have settled on the rocks of Ventimiglia, on the border between Italy and France. The European Union falters, bounding a humanitarian problem. Along the old mountain paths, historically used to cross the border without customs control, it was mapped out a night way that leads to the border. Installation by Andrea d'Amore www.andreadamore.wordpress.com www.ciboideale.com www.martinochiti.com

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                    • Refugees welcome 2015


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                      This work is for refugees, for their stories, for their rights. It is dedicated to all the people who must leave their home country and have to rebuild their lives elsewhere. I arrived in Berlin at the end of 2013. At that time I immediately realized that the problem of refugees, of their rights and of their documents was very debated and visible in the city as the refugees had erected a tent city in Oranienplatz, a square in the central district of Kreuzberg. When I was invited to present a performance art piece at the Kreuzberg Pavillon I realized that I was not interested in presenting a work of mine, nor in speaking about me. I wanted instead to give voice and space to the Refugees people and their problems, also because I was aware that the media, at least in Italy, gave distorted informations on the whole issue. So I decided, in agreement with the organizers, to invite Refugees people in the Art Space and welcome them. Furthermore, with this gesture, I wanted to state that life and problems of people are more important than art. To achieve this goal, apparently easy, I had to work hard in contacting the refugees, hearing their stories, building relationships in order to invite them to come to the gallery. At the beginning it was not easy for me to get their confidence, but after a while the ‘ice broke’ and important human experiences were born. The project consists in two part: the collective performance itself, at the gallery, and the previous, long, site specific work on meeting and knowing refugeees people and their problems, inviting them to come to the gallery and standing for their rights. The performance is only like the ‘iceberg point’ of a long and deep relational process. Some practical information about refugees: Refugee : according with the 1st article of the Genevra Convention of 1951, Refugee is a person who ‘owing to wellfounded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.’ The whole Europe accomodate about 1 million 700 thausand refugees, a numer similar to that in the only Pakistan. Most of tham are located in Germany, with a presence of 589.737, meanwhile 149.799 are in UK and 64.779 in Italy. Asylum seeker : is a person persecuted by his/her own country whom request protection by another foreign country, and each state have to offer protection basing on the Genevra Convention of 1951, or according to other forms of international protection. Dublin Convention: In order to avoid mutiple Asylum’s requests and to determine rapidly the Member State responsible for an asylum claim, the European Union decided to standardize the asylum procedures with the Dublin Convention, effective from September 1997. This is based on the principle that the first Member State where finger prints are stored or an asylum claim is lodged, is responsible for a person’s asylum claim. It’s clear that in accordance with this regulation Italy, due to its geographical characteristics, has become one of the most affected country and no longer able to be just a “transit country” as was in the previous years. The Dublin Convention caused two paradoxical effects: on the one hand Italy should manage alone all the great arrival flow of refugees, and on the other hand Refugees people wishing to go in an other European country looking for a job, found themself without valid documents and therefore they were denied the opportunity to work. Among the many protests for the acquisition of rights, the most visible and numerous were in Germany, in particular in 2012. With the slogans “We are here” and “Kein mensch ist illegal” (No one is illegal), more than 200 refugees from all around the world rise their voice for the acquisition of social and civil rights, building a protest camp in Oranienplatz, a square in the central Kreuzberg district of Berlin, supported by the solidarity of many citizens and some politicians. “The camp housed around 100 people from the end of September 2012 until April 2014, when it was cleared. From the dozens of tents that once covered the southern side of the square, only one – an information tent – was allowed to remain, and that was burnt down a few weeks ago. The refugees based there demanded the right to work, the abolition of residenzpflicht and assurances that they will not be deported " ( Nina Rossmann) UPDATED NEWS Since 8.25.2015 Germany decided not to follow the Dublin Convention anymore for Sirian refugees and welcome them no matter where they first arrived in Europe. This is a big step.

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