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Audiovisual installation brings activism from Lesvos to Nijmegen

Last weekend visitors of De Kaaij dived into the world of autonomous living on Lesvos. The gate to this peculiar world was a metal container under the bridge. This container housed an audiovisual installation featuring a fragment of Laura’s documentary “Lesvos: beautiful prison”. Once you step into the container, you immediately feel confined by its… Continue reading Audiovisual installation brings activism from Lesvos to Nijmegen

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Film fragments of autonomy. Lesvos in Nijmegen.

Lesvos is coming to Nijmegen! As you know, two of our group have been to Lesvos. Now, Laura is about to finish the movie and we are going to screen fragments on the Kaaij on the first weekend of September. As the dear Miro put it: “On Lesbos, where refugees are marginalized, our Laura courageously… Continue reading Film fragments of autonomy. Lesvos in Nijmegen.

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Lesvos documentary soon in Nijmegen- article in VOX

On Lesbos, where refugees are marginalized, our Laura courageously creates spaces of hope through activism. In a forthcoming documentary, she will not only show us the horrid conditions on the island, but also the power of solidarity, humanity and cooperation through the compelling stories of five women. Read Laura’s interview in Voxweb and stay tuned… Continue reading Lesvos documentary soon in Nijmegen- article in VOX

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Save No Border Kitchen Lesvos — fight for refugee autonomy

Hello friends, it’s Laura, I’m sharing here this video with you, featuring some of the footage shot during our stay on Lesvos. From personal experience I can tell you that it would be pretty bad, if No Border Kitchen Lesvos couldn’t continue doing their job- which is fighting for human rights and the autonomy of refugees.

They cook every day vegan hot food and give our foodboxes with ingredients to cook for 350 ppl, worth $7000 monthly.

Their urgent crowd-funding campaign is now LIVE!

–> youcaring.com/nbklesvos <–

Please read, donate and share to help them hit the ground running!

“No Border Kitchen Lesvos currently supports 350 refugees to cook and subsist autonomously.

We work alongside refugees failed by the broken asylum system and the bloated NGOs, standing with them as they self-organise and live outside the detention regime at Moria prison camp.

But our bank account will run empty this week. Unless we raise at least $7000 in the next two weeks we will have to shut down or reduce our operations, leaving hundreds of vulnerable refugees without access to urgently-needed support.”

Save No Border Kitchen Lesvos — fight for refugee autonomy!

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Thanks from our side again to everyone who supported our campaign and project in order to be able to go to Lesvos, work there and film in the first place: Thanks crowd, thanks Alert Youth Fund.

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Individuals fight like lions for dignity on Lesvos, prison island.

Some friends from our justpeople collective were supporting at the greek border for two months. Laura gives a personal account on what she feels, being back now. Hello! I have been back in the Netherlands for about two weeks now. Time to let some thoughts and emotions settle. I’ve seen the darkness of enforced EU… Continue reading Individuals fight like lions for dignity on Lesvos, prison island.

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You want a bag made of lifejackets? It’s a beauty!

Hello Nijmegen. Would you like one of these amazing bags? They are made of lifejackets and create job opportunites for refugees and locals on Lesvos. Very good initiative against the waste problem on the island! Write us until Monday 08:00 am which one you’d like to buy, we pick them up at Mosaik Support Center and bring them on our way back to the Netherlands.

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Just Party I One World Soliparty this Saturday, 27th of May.

• justParty people! Bring your vibes and come join us for a great evening and night! • 19:00 // Vegan dinner at De Klinker Nijmegen for €7,50 (3-course) + donations 21:00 // Bands – Papas Kopen Tandenborstels // Mandeleo 00:00 // DJ’s – Hermelin // Swingmar & Blau Nightly love // Vegan cakes & snacks… Continue reading Just Party I One World Soliparty this Saturday, 27th of May.

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Eating together- Rare moments of freedom on Lesvos.

Some friends from our justpeople collective are supporting at the greek border for a little over a month now. Laura gives a personal account of  what is happening and what they have been doing on Lesvos. We’ve now been here for a month. With one month to go we arrived in the middle of the… Continue reading Eating together- Rare moments of freedom on Lesvos.

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“One freedom, one justice, one equality!”

Hundreds of refugees and other protesters sit down in front of the port of Mytilini, Lesvos, protesting against the conditions they are forced to live in and the policies that create this inhumane situation.
Read the protesters’ statement:

Read the protester’s statement:
“We have spoken, we have shouted, we have pleaded!”
Still we face imprisonment, deportation and inhumane treatment and an uncertain future. Months of waiting and suffering and still we wait for answers. We have come together to claim our rights!

The time is now for the world to see our struggle and to act. We cannot wait for more corrupt political decisions to decide our fate. We who have suffered in these conditions have united for freedom.

How much longer can we wait? Why are we kept prisoners on this island? Why are our voices being silenced? Whe are we being traded between Turkey and the Eu like slaves or cattle? Unity and numbers give us power! Our freedom has been taken, united we will take it back!

We are peacefully demonstrating today at the port of Mytilini because Eu policies have kept us prisoners on the island of Lesvos. Although we are in Greece, a false border between the mainland and the island has been erected and we have been trapped on the island for months. We are not free to come and go from Lesvs to Athens trough this port, which is Lesvos’s main contact point with Greece and the rest of Europe. We have fled wars and persecution, and yet we are being treated like criminals.

We have made recommendations to the EU and the European commission, but our letters remain unanswered, and our invitation for European leaders to visit us in Lesvos has been ignored. We are nonviolently resisting today so that the world can no longer ignore the situation in which we are being forced to live.

We thank the Greek people who are standing beside us today and in solidarity have supported our right to freedom and and to live in dignity in Europe.”