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Quando: 15 de setembro de 2020, às 21h30Onde: Com Calma – Espaço Cultural (R. República da Bolívia 5C, Benfica, 1500-475 Lisboa) Convidadx: Tavares (Rede Ex Aequo) Moderação: Mariana Rodrigues (Academia Cidadã) Em Março de 2019, Portugal assistiu a um debate público, alimentado por falsas acusações e desinformação, sobre a endoutrinação de ideologias de género causada pelas formações do Projecto Educação LGBTI nas escolas básicas e secundárias em Portugal. O Estudo Nacional sobre o Ambiente Escolar, do ano lectivo anterior, revela que 61,1% das pessoas inquiridas afirma ouvir comentários homofóbicos na escola “de forma regular ou frequente” e três quartos dos estudantes afirmam que nunca assistiram a uma abordagem positiva sobre questões LGBTI nas aulas.No início do ano lectivo 2020/21 convidámos Tavares da Rede Ex Aequo para conversarmos sobre os 14 anos deste projecto educativo, o impacto desta formações e os desafios atuais.Vens conversar connosco? Evento no Facebook Na terceira terça-feira […]

Formações LGBTI em escolas subvertem as crianças? CONVERSA #nuncamais


Quando: 20 de outubro de 2020, às 21h30Onde: Com Calma – Espaço Cultural (R. República da Bolívia 5C, Benfica, 1500-475 Lisboa) Moderação: FumaçaConvidadx a definir em parceria com o Fumaça Evento no Facebook Na terceira terça-feira de cada mês (exceto em dezembro, que será no dia 10), às 21h30, no Com Calma – Espaço Cultural (Benfica), lançaremos uma nova pergunta provocatória, baseada num preconceito, estereótipo ou bode expiatório veiculado pelos movimentos neofascistas. Junta-te a nós e vem refletir, discutir e encontrar estratégias para desmontar discursos discriminatórios, xenófobos e simplistas. Fascismo #nuncamais (25 de abril sempre)!Este é o mote da campanha da Academia Cidadã para valorizar e fortalecer a democracia, identificando, desconstruindo e eliminando práticas anti-democráticas. “Conversas #nuncamais” são a primeira de muitas atividades da “Campanha #nuncamais”, pensada para combater o crescimento da extrema-direita em Portugal. Programação completa das Conversas #nuncamais (25 de abril sempre)!

As fake news elegeram Trump e Bolsonaro? CONVERSA #nuncamais



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Caros Eurodeputados que votaram contra a Resolução sobre a Busca e o Salvamento de Vidas Humanas no Mediterrâneo, Uma Europa que deixa os vizinhos implorando auxílio a morrer à sua porta não pode ter orgulho no que se tornou. Sabendo da orientação de voto por vós exercida no Parlamento Europeu, a 24 de outubro, vimos expressar o nosso profundo repúdio. Pois ela desrespeita frontalmente a Declaração Universal dos Direitos Humanos, nomeadamente o direito à vida, à liberdade e à segurança pessoal (artigo 3º), o direito de abandonar o país em que se encontra, incluindo o seu (13º), e o de procurar asilo noutros países (14º), entre outros. Temos vergonha e asco dos votos que exerceram por cruelmente negarem os princípios mais básicos de dignidade e proteção da vida humana. O vosso voto não representa os portugueses mas uma mentalidade oportunista, assente no calculismo político-partidário, que mostra a face de uma […]

Repúdio aos Eurodeputados que votaram contra a Busca e Salvamento no Mediterrâneo


On the 10th of December of 2018, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was celebrated. On this day, in Lisbon, the Citizenship Academy promoted the meeting of representatives of more than 20 organizations of the Civil Society of Portugal. This event, “No Day Without Us”, was an initiative of the European Civic Forum, which mobilized several European organizations to celebrate the 70’s Human Rights through the promotion of online activities and events throughout Europe in December 2018. In Lisbon, “NoDayWithoutUs” happened at EKA Palace (Vila Maria Luísa) and was attended by the following organizations: Ansol – Associação Nacional para o Software Livre ALEM – Associação Literatura, Literacia e Mediação APAC Portugal APAV – Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima Associação bué fixe Associação Cabelos Brancos CulturFACE Cuntroll Zine D3 – Direitos Digitais Pro Bono – Ajuda Legal Fumaça GAT Portugal Habita Humans Before Borders Las Piteadas Projecto Crescer Transparência e […]

Looking Back: No Day Without Us – 70 Years of Human Rights – 10th December



70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights What would society be like without non-governmental organisations? What is the relevance of Civil Society for the protection of Human Rights? The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration is celebrated, but are all human rights guaranteed for all? On December 10, you will be able to learn about the work of more than 15 civil society organisations that work to protect Human Rights in Portugal.While celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration today, Human Rights are under threat in Europe by the advance of anti-democratic forces. Therefore, on the 10th we will reflect the role,  action and the impact of Civil Society and we will discuss a joint plan between participants and organisations on effective action to protect Human Rights and Democracy at a time when both are threatened. #NoDayWithoutUs is an event (link to facebook) that will bring together […]

No Day Without Us – 70 Years of Human Rights – 10th December


Call for Organisations (Portuguese Civil Society)   As part of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Civic Forum (ECF) is mobilising itself! NO DAY WITHOUT US is a set of simultaneous actions that aim to disseminate the impact of many civil society collectives working on the protection of human rights. This set of actions will take place in various parts of Europe on December 18, 2018. The actions are being organised by ECF member organisations. They aim not only to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also to raise awareness of the importance of civil society in defending what this document represents. As a member organisation, the Citizenship Academy is responsible for organising the action in Lisbon. In order to promote the impact of civil society in Portugal, we plan to facilitate an event where members of various […]

NO DAY WITHOUT US!



After the XX century trend of squatting houses, we bring to the XXI a new necessity: squatting rivers. By using unsustainable economic models, urban communities have been losing their rivers as a common good. It is urgent to rescue the ancient relationship between both. How to squat a river is a R&D comprehensive learning tool that aims to show how can a community redeem a river for the common good.     The river-city relationship is essential for urban development. The availability of water was always one of the decisive factors for the definitive establishment of populations. With the industrial advance, river-city relationships have changed. There is a functional separation, caused by great works of correction perpetrated to urban rivers, aggravated by the strong levels of pollution of streams and banks. If the larger rivers are now used almost exclusively for economic purposes, the smaller ones, usually extremely polluted, constitute, […]

How to squat a river


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Shortfilm In recent years, Lisbon has become one of the European Cities with the larger tourism growth. Each year, 6 million people come to visit the Portuguese capital: 200.000 tourists every day. Tourism brings opportunities in a city heavily hit by global crisis: about 15% of Portugal domestic product and 8% jobs in Portugal, nowadays are related with tourism. But in the meanwhile, the city is basically disappearing: over the last 30 years, Lisbon lost about 300.000 inhabitants, vacancy rate in the traditional centre is over 40%, about 5.000 buildings are disused, and today only 12.000 persons live in the city center. In April 2016, STADSLAB (Urban Design Laboratory of Tilburg University – Amsterdam) organized an international Masterclass on City Making & Tourism Gentrification for professionals and graduates: the urban intervention case-study was focused on Mouraria, one of the oldest Lisbon’s neighborhood. Originated as a 13th century Moorish neighborhood and […]

Documentary + shortfilm + book: Masterclass Tourism & Gentrification



The ideals to discuss and to create alternatives towards issues such as urban poverty; the urgency to have more democratic and participative urban planning projects, giving a fair response to the needs of the newcomers and war victims; the privatization or public spaces; and the negative effects of gentrification, were the central issues of this four-day meeting in Amsterdam, at the City Makers Summit, together with so many projects that make the difference everyday, on a local, regional, national and international level.   The citizens-politicians   The idea of city-making is a political movement. A movement that includes anyone willing to claim a city that promotes direct action with a stronger participative power, supporting visible changes on the urban and social programme. Claiming the right to public spaces ( or the heterotopian spaces that Lefebvre used to claim) as a “survival strategie”, we are also confronting all the social and […]

Because the city is for everyone to have it


Between the 27th and the 30th of May 2016, the Pakhuis de Zwijger foundation, in the Netherlands, promoted the meeting of more than 600 activists, coming from the four corners of Europe. Because they are normally involved in democratization actions of the cities, as spaces of inclusion, prosperity and resilience, they are called as the “City Makers”. It was during the “City  Makers Summit” that they met, to talk about the main problems of their cities, and the practices that they have been developing, in order to solve them.     City Makers   Visit to the centre of Zaanstad, which was complete renovated in the last 5 years, looking to offer more inclusion, functionality and visual beauty. This Summit had two main goals. The first one was to provide field trips to participants to Dutch local based projects or initiatives, with actions developed in urban context, regarding the improvement of the […]

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