28/09/2019 Feminism

Speech by Moviment Graffitti activist Karen Tanti during Malta’s first Pro-Choice rally

Abortion is most certainly one of the most taboo subjects one can speak about here in Malta. There is a reason why this is Malta's first pro-choice rally, as in the past, it has been impossible to even debate or talk about the subject in public without facing extreme backlash. Things are...

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The protest isn’t over - Wayne Flask

Andre Callus’ last words rang out, bouncing off the walls of Renzo Piano’s expensive Parliament building – a building which, when considering the current political crop, appears rather ostentatious. His speech was an indictment of the ruling class, elected and unelected, unequivocally...

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Establish a permanent relocation mechanism based on human dignity and solidarity

On the occasion of the meeting of the 23 September between representatives of Malta, Italy, Germany, France, Finland and the European Commission the undersigned organisations strongly urge the meeting participants to bring to an end a distribution of responsibilities that results in human...

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Disappointment that MDA and PN are opposing rules for basic decency in rent

Fifteen organisations working in the social field are disappointed that the Malta Developers Association (MDA) and the Nationalist Party (PN) are pushing to remove basic obligations on landlords contained in the draft Residential Leases Bill. A number of NGOs had presented a proposal for rent...

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[WATCH] Thousands join Iż-Żejjed Kollu Żejjed protest in Valletta

View more photos here  and here .  It’s been a great day, after four busy weeks of organisation. Every minute was worth it. Thanks to all those of you who came - over 3,000 people - the 68 groups who endorsed the protest, and who helped with the organisation. Today you’ve...

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[WATCH] Malta needs masterplan that goes beyond economic growth

Malta needs a national masterplan on construction that goes beyond economic growth, and that respects the environment as well as people's quality of life, according to Graffitti activist André Callus. Callus was speaking on current affairs programme Xtra Sajf where he stressed the need for a...

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Civil Society Statement regarding the ongoing detention of asylum seekers at Safi Barracks and the Initial Reception Centre

We are deeply concerned about the ongoing detention of hundreds of asylum-seekers – men, women and children – on medical grounds at the Initial Reception Centre and Safi Barracks. We believe that, in many cases, the detention is completely unlawful. National law allows the health authorities...

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60 groups hold Press Conference ahead of 7th September protest

View the Press Conference here ( 1st part) and here ( 2nd part ).  The Press Conference was addressed by: Christine Cassar - Moviment Graffitti; Robert Fenech - Flimkien Ghal Ambjent Ahjar; Alex Torpiano - Din l-Art Helwa; Norman Zammit - Pembroke resident opposing the db Group project;...

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Record number of objections to the db Group’s application for the excavation of the former ITS site

Over 6,000 objections to the db Group’s application for the excavation of the former ITS site (PA/05533/19) have been submitted to the Planning Authority, an all-time record. This adds to the over 4,500 objections that had been submitted to the db Group’s application for the City Centre project...

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Fifteen ENGOs and residents file appeal challenge to controversial Central Link Permit

Fifteen ENGOs and residents yesterday filed an appeal against the controversial Central Link permit which will see the take-up of nearly 50,000 square metres of agricultural land, the uprooting of several hundred trees and the demolition of vernacular buildings of heritage value.The appellants...

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52 groups register their participation for the 7th September protest

Public Forum in August seeks citizens’ participation in formulating demands. Fifty-two groups have already registered their participation for the 7th September national protest ‘ Enough is Enough: We’re off to Valletta ’. In the days prior to the protest, a Public Forum seeking the...

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NGOs commend Maltese Government and call on European Member States to do more

The undersigned NGOs commend the decision taken by the Government of Malta to receive the 356 migrants and refugees saved at sea by the Ocean Viking. For two long weeks, the rescued men, women and children were abandoned on a rescue vessel, forced to endure the scorching heat, uncertainty and...

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Europe must take collective responsibility for rescued migrants

Joint NGO Press Statement As Malta swelters in the summer heat, over 350 men, women and children are out at sea, stranded aboard rescue vessels waiting to be allowed to land. Despite repeated requests to Italy and Malta for a safe port, to date neither Member State has allowed...

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Graffitti dismayed new fuel stations policy will require third round of public consultation before approval

Graffitti activist Andre Callus has again raised his concerns about the length of time it is taking for a fuel station policy revision to be put in place, as he appeared dismayed at the fact that the proposed new rules will have to go through a third round of public consultation. Parliament’s...

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The system is rigged against us, we have to protest

For a country whose independence from various colonisers is only 55 years young, the culture of pro­test has been very successfully defused by the bipartisan system and the Stalinist use of the media by both admi­nistrations. Considering our forefathers’ dependence on wars and contraband for a...

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