Sunday, April 11, 2010

Solidarity Appeal from Ukraine: Stop Repression of Student Trade Union


Dear Comrades!

We are an Independent Student Union, “Priama Dija” (“Direct Action”) and we ask for your support.

The case is that for over the last six months, the union has been under unprecedented pressure. Everything started with our series of successful actions (together with other youth organizations) against the establishment of fees for previously free services in the universities, against cutting funds for scholars and against the plans to suspend scholarships for students who received even a single grade of “3”- (C). Ever since then, the intelligence services, together with the administration of the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, are carrying out a whole campaign of pressure against the union's activists. All available measures are used against them, including intimidation and repression.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


On 7 April feminists from CEU Gender studies organized a performance against the commercial (sponsored by P&G, advertisement of washing powder) exhibition “Great innovations for women” at Gödör, which relies entirely on gender stereotypes and makes false assumptions about women’s lives. The open-air exhibition at the very entrance of the club is a collection of giant things such as a vacuum cleaner, a washing machine, a bra, a lipstick, pants etc.

International Roma Day at Morze Infoshop

Morze Infoshop presents

'Without Rights'
 a film by TASZ (the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union)

Place: Tűzraktér
Time: 19.30
Date: 8 April: International Roma Day

During the aftermath of murders in Tatárszentgyörgy in 2009 TASZ (the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union) began visiting villages around the town of Ózd to support Hungarian Roma/Gypsies living in the area. With advocacy tools provided by the TASZ (HCLU), they assisted these communities advocate for themselves and effectively fight discrimination.
Why would a local government pass a law that forces clubs to close at 10pm, in an area where the only place open at that time happens to be Romani? How can someone be accused of carrying 700kg of wood on a bicycle? How can a case be labelled as a false alarm when the whole street witnessed a gun being pointed at a pregnant woman? How can the parents of six children be put in prison for two of their children skipping school?

Discussion after the film with Balázs Denes (TASZ) and activists from Amnesty International Hungary