EYFA is looking for collaborators in 2021. We hope to explore how multiple forms of inequalities affect socially marginalized groups with the aim of understanding and practicing accessibility that moves us closer to justice. Our overarching workplan for 2021 focuses on the intersection between disability and racial justice, within which we are planning to open room for critical thoughts e exchanges, host an international youth exchange, create a publication and develop an online course.
We are looking for people/groups to get involved in the organizational process of these activities, in particular we are looking for:
disability justice individuals/groups who are open to sharing their knowledge and experiences in the disability rights movement
content contributors (disability and racial justice writers/vloggers/activists/educators, etc for the publication & online course)
designers (web and graphic designers for publication & online course)
facilitators for (hopefully in-person) training
organizing team to help in planning logistics
The idea of this collaborative magazine is to create a guide on how we can better organize ourselves / events / networks and daily life in a way that is more inclusive and accessible to all. The final work will be distributed among grassroots groups/projects & basically any individual interested in creating spaces that are safer and accessible!
Any input, feedback or proposals you may have is very welcomed. Please share this general info with your trusted comrades who might be interested . Further, if you have any suggestions for groups or organizations that we should contact to collaborate with on this workplan, share your tips with us!
In the newly adjusted ESC online format, volunteers have put together a participatory virtual program for the time until we can meet again.
Join us this coming Friday as we share and discuss the kinds of care practices we are creating and shaping in and for our communities during these difficult times. Based on the context where systemic violence continously affects the ways in which we exist, we imagine a society that actively builds and maintains alternative structures of care. We would love to hear about the methods of care work you have organized in your respective communities and exchange ideas on ways we can support each other in sustainable ways.
The past year was a challenging year where we needed to reconsider and reshape the way we do and organize projects. In this spirit, we wanted to find a way to continue to support young volunteers as we have in the past with our ESC program. In light of the times, we decided to start our volunteering program for 2020/21 online with 3 young people from Ukraine and Belarus. This is a new experience for us, as we have never hosted an online volunteering service and we hope that it can still be as beneficial to our volunteers. Check our website for the info about great online activities run by our volunteers and who knows, maybe one day we will meet in person again?
Trial & Error Kulturlabor Berlin is looking for a long-term volunteer from Germany to join an ESC project in Rustavi, Georgia starting anytime in 2020 for 12 months. Follow the link to read more information about the project and hosting organisation. European Solidarity Corps volunteering projects are available to people from 18 to 30 years old.
Casa Kuà is a trans* inter* queer community & health centre in Kreuzberg, Berlin. This space is organised by trans* and non binary BIPoCs to make health more accessible to other trans*, inter*, non binary and queer people, and especially for those affected by racism.
Thinking of applying for European Solidarity Corps? We will come together to share our unique experiences that came from our year as ESC volunteers. Get to know more about Erasmus+ and the ESC programme from our first hand experiences, at a time when activities had to be shifted around and how we managed to work on some of our projects regardless. We will be sharing results from selected projects and engage in open discussions on the processes while answering your questions.
One person from the EYFA office will be there to help you with organizational questions, application tips, and best practices on the ESC.
Are you ready to see new horizons, build new friendships, and learn how to challenge yourself? Then register at email@example.com to get the participation link!
Festival Y?! will take place 21 – 24 August 2020 in Estonia, Annimatsi Kamping, gathering individuals and grassroots groups to discuss how to build a strong and inclusive movement for systemic political action in
There is no place for racism or anti-black racism in our grassroots 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, to defund the police and towards the political necessity of reparations and related wealth redistribution.
As we are based in Germany, we find it important to acknowledge that anti-black racism is not a systemic problem only in the US, but also 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. Black lives matter.
After the onset of the Covid pandemic, we saw ourselves struggling to stay connected. We tried to imagine in which ways we could still offer support and solidarity when we cannot physically meet in our usual collective spaces, in our gatherings, workshops, retreats or trainings. We decided to reach out with a proposal for a small support structure for groups, initiatives and/or individuals within our network that had to stop their actions due to coronavirus, but still had expenses. Or, because of the crisis, started new activities or would like to do something and need money to continue or kick it off. For people, who lost their jobs or other sources of money, who can’t afford the current way of living, who support other people in need, who suffer from capitalism even more…
We created the CrisiFund Newsletter to share information about the different initiatives and individuals who reached out to this proposal. We are still feeling anxious and confused about the future and when and how we might all see each other again. But we want to continue to support and connect with one another despite the difficulties.
Lastly, to close off this newsletter, we share a list of tools and resources for safe, encrypted and open source online communication and facilitation.