In Defense of Black Life

There is no place for racism or anti-black racism in our grassroots social & climate justice movement.

We encourage all of our network and readers of this website to self-educate (e.g. here bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES) and to reflect on the global state of pandemia and the recent uprisings for racial justice as opportunities to resist, dismantle, and sabotage this white-supremacist, colonialist regime. This uprising against excessive, brutal, and militarized policing has called attention to the pervasiveness of anti-blackness in our communities. There is no way forward without mobilizing our resources and energy towards the powerful ongoing efforts to defend black lives and towards the political necessity of reparations and related wealth redistribution.

As we are based in Germany, we acknowledge that anti-black racism is not a systemic problem only in the US, but also deeply a european one. We stand in solidarity with the anti-racism movement here in Germany whose activism combats pervasive institutionalized racism, condemns racialized police brutality and profiling, and decolonizes our streets. We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and all the intersectional internationalist movements fighting for decolonization and racial justice worldwide. 

Racial justice is climate justice. Black disabled lives matter. Black trans lives matter. ALL Black lives matter.

Ecotopia 2022

Our friends from Ecotopia are back and this time they come equipped with an amazing plan to spend one week in the magical Värmland, having you immersed in Sweden’s beautiful nature.

Visit their website here to read all the details about this year’s gathering and the amazing endevour that the Ecotopia team has been making for years now.

You can directly register here.

Call out for youth exchange DEEP-T

Democracy Education for Ecology and Participation – Training

The DEEP-T project aims to explore in a collective way the roots of the ecological and climate crisis, and how to deal with them for a just and sustainable future. You will have the opportunity to discover relevant topics such as the EU Green Deal, degrowth and zero waste. Moreover, you will engage with practical activities such as permaculture or art production as tools for social change. Once acquired, the theoretical and practical tools, you will use them for the creation of new ideas and projects. The week-long program will be intense, no doubt, but don’t despair, we will
have time to get to know each other and enjoy ourselves.

The conceptual frameworks that will guide this learning experience are “social ecology” and “ecological literacy”. Social ecology is all about redesigning the interaction between humans, environments and the living world in a just, sustainable and imaginative way. Ecological literacy is fundamental to make sense of the economic, political and ecological processes as interconnected.

The programme will be divided in 4 phases:
1) discovering: the activities under this group focus on understanding key concepts such as the various crisis, the EU Green deal, getting to know each other and the place where we’ll live.
2) engaging: this phase is all about experiencing; be it through visiting of the local grassroots projects, or the collective elaboration of the learned concepts.

3) transforming: it’s about taking acquired tools and connections and using them to create something, in our case new projects to further our ecological and social values.
4) evaluation: means activities to critically assess what worked, what didn’t, dealing with conflict.
To understand better how these phases will take concrete form in the project, take a look at the draft program of the seminar
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-T76M9z3GRrKU1lbhNG49a0MCtCM7MjT.


This project wants to be welcoming and inclusive for everyone, for this reason, we adopted the safer space policy, which simply is about the behaviours that we want and don’t want during the project. That we highly invite you to read it https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uxHzF06lYXhKHiSngkIO6LpH1JodjEkK/.


This youth exchange project aims to open a space where the youth empower and educate each other. Doing so, helps to build a stronger EU citizenry and voices critical engagement with the EU Green Deal and its objectives. The week will be co-organized Democrazia e Ambiente – Udine (Italy), Ataec – Glocal Associative Network of Artists & Community/Climate Actions (Spain), Kollektiv N11 e.V (Germany), The Southern Lights (Greece), Zero Waste Zalec
Civilna iniciativa (Slovenia), Zelena Tranzicija (Serbia).


Practical Information


Participants have to be residents in one of the following countries: Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Serbia and Slovenia.
Age Limit: 18-30yrs old
Dates: Thursday 5 – Friday 13 May 2022
Location: Udine, Italy
The participants of the project will receive a Youthpass at the end of the activity.
This project covers the accommodation and 3 meals per day. Traveling will be reimbursed for traveling by land travel and greener means of transportation whenever possible (for more information please contact the reference contact of your country, see below).
The selected applicants will be invited to choose their voluntary solidarity contribution fee, according to their financial possibilities. Bigger contributions will support the participation of applicants with fewer means. The chosen solidarity fee will not be a selection criterion.
Each participant should check the travel requirements and the COVID regulation in the hosting country (Italy).
Selection form
In order to apply please fill out the application form at the following links, by your country of residency.
Resident in Italy:
https://forms.gle/JjmUMgiTAAdb6c3X9
Resident in Greece:
https://forms.gle/c7mApFCbjS4UtgCs9
Resident in Germany:
https://forms.gle/ByH2BeKP9yRfRs3v7
Resident in Serbia:
https://forms.gle/nqT2EqHbjYgN1FNN9
Resident in Slovenia:
https://forms.gle/1oXhTmLrzmUi7R9KAResident in Spain:
https://forms.gle/CxVfj7DPRAeFSVPV6


Contacts


If you have any further inquiries please contact the following persons corresponding to your country of residence
Italy: Federico Venturini (DEEP-T coordinator) federico.venturini@uniud.it
Greece: Natasa Chatziioannou chatziioannou.n@gmail.com +306982214017
Germany: Danielo cccr@eyfa.org
Serbia: Saša Petrović zelenatranzicija@gmail.com
Slovenia: Daša Jež zerowastezalec@gmail.com
Spain: Victoria Mora arts.climateactions@ataec.com +34 653703218

EYFA Study Visits

EYFA Study Visits

We kicked off our 2021 activities on a high note while adjusting to the continuing pandemic restrictions. The set of study visits gave us the opportunity to interview and have informal chats with groups and individuals doing disability justice work who are themselves people living with disabilities and/or visible & invisible illnesses.

The groups included Radical Resilience – an environmental justice collective doing critical work around chronic illness / activism & caring movements; Misery – a collective organizing sober gatherings, advocating for mental health and harm reduction practices within the QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black,Indigenous People of Colour) community; WinVisible – a multi-racial support group by and for women with visible and invisible disabilities; SAG – Sickness Affinity Group – a network of disabled artists that are activists, advocating for disability justice and challenging ableism and lack of access in the art world.

The conversations gave us insight into ableist structures and the multiple forms of discrimination that affected the participation of those with illness and dsabilities . Together we explored concrete ideas of inclusion that can be adopted by various movements that ensure access for all. Our in depth talks, recommendations and research were documented in the publication Autonomous Passage which is available for download, and you can dive further into the topic with collection of online resources to be found here

We are double booked!

Leipzig and Geneva, here we come!

We are happy to announce that we are gonna be part of 2 info events where we can talk a bit more about this year’s projects and introduce our publication Autonomous Passage. The events are to happen simultaneously in both Leipzig and Geneva with local youth initiatives. The info sessions are a continuation of topics discussed on our youth gathering and also a chance to present our publication to all of you.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the events have reduced in-person participation, write us for registration. But heeey we are also gonna be streaming it live!

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European Solidarity Corps INFO event

The European Solidarity Corps creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Find out more here. Are you ready to see new horizons, build new friendships, and learn how to challenge yourself? Then come stop by this info event to learn how you can make it happen!

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Let’s improve the course together

Dear Participants of (Dis?)Ability: An Online Course Fostering Accessibility in Youth Grassroots Groups! Below you can fill our feedback form – we do care about your opinions – a LOT actually! Contact us anytime if you have any ideas on how we can improve our tool, adjust to your local or specific context or what should be the next part. Share your videos, texts or podcasts with us- any recommendations are very welcome. Let’s learn together!

The feedback form is waiting for you HERE.

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(Dis?)Ability 5: Let’s organize an accessible event

Welcome to the fifth lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will learn how to organize an accessible event. Accessibility and intersectionality are about considering various needs of recipients in advance, not about making projects and then thinking how to adapt them, because accessibility is also about an interesting and attractive form (for instance when it comes to culture, educational projects, film festivals etc.)

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