Occupy Gezi – this is nuts – here are some resources

I normally don’t post non-comics related things, but this is important.

A helpful note my American friend shared. Her friend Hannah, who’s currently living in Istanbul wrote this:

Dear friends from afar,
Most of you have probably gotten wind of what’s going on in Turkey due to the explosion of international media coverage of the events of the past few days. For those of you who want to learn more and may not know where to start, I’ve consolidated a list of recommended readings/viewings, which you can find below. It’s so important that the international community stay informed about what’s happening in Turkey so we can find creative and effective ways to demonstrate our solidarity for the protesters here from near and far!
In love and solidarity,

-a very basic, helpful timeline with visual aids:http://howcanyousupportturkey.com/pictures-videos/

– Mashallah News has been keeping a really awesome liveblog of the Gezi Park Occupation here: http://mashallahnews.com/?p=10341. You can also find lots of other helpful links (background information, context etc.) on this site.
-Mashallah News has also compiled a list of people tweeting in (mostly) English about what’s going on here in Turkey (mostly Istanbul) here:https://twitter.com/MashallahNews/english-occupygezi
-You can follow Mashallah News here on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MashallahNews) or on twitter (https://twitter.com/MashallahNews). Can you tell I’m into them? I’m really into them.
-Follow the hashtags #direngeziparki, #occupygezi, and #occupytaksim on twitter (probably Instagram too)
-More facebook pages to check out: Ötekilerin Postası (https://www.facebook.com/OtekilerinPostasi), Occupy Istanbul (https://www.facebook.com/OccupyistanbulOccupygeziparki), and Diren Gezi Parkı (https://www.facebook.com/geziparkidirenisi)
-Want to know WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ISTANBUL? go tohttp://www.whatishappeninginistanbul.com/. That’s not so complicated.

-Nar Photos is doing an UNBELIEVABLE job of collecting and disseminating images from the demonstrations in Istanbul.
-The #occupygezi tumblr is amazing: http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/


-Put pressure on Turkish media, which has been doing an AWFUL job of covering the recent events, by petitioning CNN International to pull it’s name franchise from CNN Turk: http://www.change.org/petitions/cnn-international-must-pull-its-name-franchise-from-cnn-turk#share
-For the amerikanski folks: I signed this White House petition…don’t really know how much it’ll help but it doesn’t hurt to try:https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/condemn-actions-taken-against-peaceful-protesters-istanbul-turkey/zDGtGCDZ
-Keep your eyes peeled for other online petitions (there are more)
-Call/email the Turkish embassy in your country to tell them how you feel about what’s happening here, how it might affect your decisions to travel to Turkey etc… Contact info here: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/turkish-representations.en.mfa
-Reach out to the media: http://howcanyousupportturkey.com/take-action/
-Post articles, images, videos, feelings etc. about what’s happening in Turkey to your facebook walls etc.


Photos from the Carlboygenius tumblr.

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