LA GEZI FORUM
Join us at our next forum as a participant and be part of the dialogue. We meet every first weekend of the month at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA as per our calendar. Our forums are public and feature a guest speaker discussing a Gezi related topic. The forum discussions are followed by LAGP business meetings open to active LAGP members.
LA GEZI LIBRARY @ UCLA
UCLA Research Library is accepting any and all materials related to current events in Turkey. The types of materials collected could include but are not limited to leaflets, tshirts, newsletters, bags, buttons and digital media such as videos or audio representing all points of view. Any materials donated would be preserved and digitized, if necessary, to make them accessible to students and scholars. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact turkey2013 (at) library.ucla (dot) edu. As the LA Gezi Platform is assisting in collecting these materials so you may also contact losangelesgeziforum (at) gmail (dot) com
EMERGENCY CALL: We'd like 5 seconds of your time to express solidarity with the ongoing struggles on Van earthquake survivors! Would you kindly complete the sentence "I feel the cold with Van because...." and email it to vanusuyor at gmail dot com so we can string all replies together on a youtube link.
"WHAT IS NOT HAPPENING IN VAN?
Two massive earthquakes and over 10,000 aftershocks struck the city of Van in eastern Turkey in October-November 2011, resulting in 644 casualties and over 10,000 displaced persons. The thousands of families that sought shelter in temporary container homes are still struggling three years after the quakes. Their basic human needs have yet to be met; their electricity and water are cut, their children are deprived of school, and none of their proposed solutions are heard. Now, in the middle of Van’s fierce winter, they are even forced out of their containers! Their resort to hunger strikes affirms how helpless the Van victims really are.
We see VAN!
We hear their voices and we echo their demands:
1. Stop the forced evacuation of the container homes and provide the right to shelter for all!
2. Provide basic living necessities such as electricity and water!
3. Determine and meet the needs of every family having to live in containers!
4. Provide affordable housing and long term solutions for low-income and poor families!
The conditions of life in the container homes do not fit in any good conscience. As forums in the USA, we stand together with the people of Van and demand that our citizens’ needs be heard and immediately met!
WE ARE FREEZING IN THE USA with Van!