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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Awakened

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Awakened.

Awakened

Don’t put me in a cage again

Let me fly again to my world
Where I can find peace, happiness, and love

Don’t put me in a cage again

I have a hope, I have a dream
Let me reach my goal
Don’t make my life useless

Don’t put me in a cage again

I am silent, not weak
Let me speak
I am the voice of my land, I am the dream of my land
Let me change my future
Let me live my life

Don’t put me in a cage again

Give me my pen and my book
I will write my pain and read it to the world
And tell them that I hunger for peace, happiness, and love in my land

Don’t put me in a cage again!

By Shogofa

Germans Try Integrating with Turkish Migrant Population – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germans Try Integrating with Turkish Migrant Population – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Olaf Zimmermann, managing director of the Arts Council of Germany, believes that the debate about the integration of guest workers is outdated. “That issue is a thing of the past. Historically, Germany and Turkey have a lot in common,” he told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “Turkey is the most important bridge we have to the Islamic world and we should have the courage to cross it.”

For Zimmerman, culture and language are the most direct ways for Germans to connect with the Turkish migrant population. “Germans should learn Turkish,” he says. “The very best way to lessen a divide is to learn about the culture of others, and that includes their language.” He adds: “In my opinion, educators should have a basic knowledge of Turkish.”

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, on a Seattle Parking Garage — City Farmer News

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, on a Seattle Parking Garage — City Farmer News.

“As far as we can tell it’s the first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop” in the country, says Eric Higbee, a landscape architect working on the project. This project, dubbed the UpGarden, will have space for about 120 gardeners. There are a few rooftop farms, such as Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn. But a commercial operation like that runs around $10 per square foot to construct, while the UpGarden has shoestring budget of $4 per square foot—and it’s designed to be built and maintained almost entirely by volunteers.

El Salvador: Documentary Planned on Women of the Civil War · Global Voices

El Salvador: Documentary Planned on Women of the Civil War · Global Voices.

A crowdfunding campaign for Women of the War aims to bring the stories of the women who took part of the Salvadorean Civil War (1980–1992) and who are now leading their communities for peace, equality and justice.

Through IndieGoGoLyn McCracken and Theodora Simon are raising part of the funds needed to make Women of the War, a full length documentary featuring the stories of 28 different women, publish a photo essay book and hold photography exhibits in El Salvador and the USA. So far, they’ve raised $4,000 of their $12,000 goal for that particular site and more than a month remains for people to make their donations.

The teaser video shows a sample of a couple of women telling their stories of survival and active engagement in the Civil War

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Mother

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Mother.

I never felt so good as when I was with you
Your warm hugs
Your powerful support
The single word that guided me
When your presence shined on me, I felt like a star

You made me laugh
And when you made me cry, you held me in your arms
You bloomed like a rose through the day

Today I am a mother myself,
And still, I wish I could be with you.

By Pakiza

Native Canadians See Way of Life Under Assault – IPS ipsnews.net

Native Canadians See Way of Life Under Assault – IPS ipsnews.net.

Money or a sustainable and spirit-filled life? Not an easy choice, if you are allowed a choice…

 

Dismissing the financial promises made to the affected B.C. First Nations, Thomas argued that these benefits can never replace a way of life marked by fishing, hunting, berry-picking and traditional medicine. Following earlier consultations with outside technical advisers, she said her community refused Enbridge’s economic overtures due to concerns over oil-leak damage to waterways, food sources and wildlife. 

What? | yardsharing.org

What? | yardsharing.org. borrow and share space for gardening? A practice whose time is now – check this example out! What is Yard Sharing?

I see yard sharing as resource sharing. Many people have become aware that your yard can be much more than grass and there are simple things that make a difference. Yard Sharing is a way for the community to empower itself, for people to grow.
Yard sharing is a connection. It’s a person who owns a home and has space for a garden giving up some of that space to another person who has time to create a garden.
In return the homeowner can get a share of the food the garden produces.
Excess food that both the Gardner and property owner cannot consume can be donated.

I see yard sharing as resource sharing. Many people have become aware that your yard can be much more than grass and there are simple things that make a difference. Yard Sharing is a way for the community to empower itself, for people to grow.

Yard sharing is a connection. It’s a person who owns a home and has space for a garden giving up some of that space to another person who has time to create a garden.

In return the homeowner can get a share of the food the garden produces.

Excess food that both the Gardner and property owner cannot consume can be donated.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | The Protest

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | The Protest.

 

Sleeping shouts
Came out for the first time in their lives
Because they were tired of injustice,
Tired of living in a jail, even if it is like a heaven.
Because they believe in freedom.

 

They came out even though they knew they might die.
They never experienced a protest, but they wanted to,
It could be a huge win
Or a defeat.
No one could believe these sleeping souls
Now awakened to make history
That will take many pages in the history book of life!

 

They did their parts as members of a group.
They proved we are human –
The same as you –
Our difference is not a reason for our weakness.
They came out and they did what they wanted
Even if they were surrounded with wild animals in human clothes.
The animals pushed them back, giving them a feeling of weakness.

 

But it was their shouts…

 

I am the same as you – with the same rights
You can stop my life or keep me at home
But you can never stop our hearts
We will fly and one day defeat you

 

By Masooma

Editor’s note: On April 15, 2009, our writer participated in the demonstration against the Shia Family Law, which was backed by powerful cleric Sheikh Asif Mohseni. About three hundred women faced angry mobs as they walked two miles to deliver their petition calling for the repeal of the Taliban-like restrictions.