Invitation for Online Youth Gathering for Climate and Social Justice

We are very happy to announce and officially invite you to join the Online Youth Gathering for Climate and Social Justice, which will take place online from 3rd to 13th of September.

The main objective of the online gathering is to cover topics around Intersectionality, Commons, European Green Deal and the injustices behind the pandemic of Covid-19. Also we are aiming to collect young people’s visions for what European Green New Deal should look like, including concrete demands and goals for European and national governments. Apart from this, we will have a lot of additional sessions, to share, learn and enjoy.

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In Defense of Black Life

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.

CrisiFund – Support during Pandemic Times

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.

*Ongoing* Solidarity Actions for COVID-19 risk groups & Info Share

Due to the increasing need for care and solidarity during the lock-down moments of the pandemic, our volunteers are conducting weekly solidarity actions for people falling under certain risk group categories. Every Friday we will gather to do and deliver shopping for those unable to, cooking for the homeless, engaging in neighborhood book-exchanges, etc.

To join and help, write us at eyfa@eyfa.org. The actions will be documented and volunteers will have the opportunity to share knowledge and insights gained at an online info share on the 13th of August! Take care of one another.

**MOVED ONLINE** Plant Awareness to Grow Solidarity! ESC Programme

As mentioned last month, we’ve postponed all scheduled activities and are working on how to reschedule them for the summer or move them online.

Our ESC volunteers have worked hard developing this workshop and thus would like to take the opportunity to try our their digital skills.

Workshop: Social Justice and Anti-Gentrification Community Work has been moved online and is set to take place on Tuesday, 12th May 2020 at 19:00.

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