This post includes 3 simple ways to take action and make a difference regarding the genocide in Gaza.
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“We speak with our wallets.”
As I see my social media algorithm diluted from the news and talks about Gaza, and as helplessness urges me to do more, to look for more ways, I stumbled upon someone saying the above sentence.
Again and again, it is proven to me that people forget we are not isolated units. We are not alone in persisting, and even though it may seem like our voices or actions are not enough, we are social beings. That’s just a human fact. What we do collectively can have a major impact. Again, brick by brick,…
3 Simple Ways To Take Action: We Speak With Our Wallets
In looking for ways to take action, three things (a minimum) come to focus as a means to make a change through everyday effort.
One of the ways we can take action (and in explanation of the above quote) is by boycotting businesses that support the genocide. Also, pressure the celebrities we gave such big platforms to to speak up.
The rhetoric started circling – and among the people with the biggest platforms! – that our posting and sharing can’t help but then the question is, why do you feel you should have a platform if you won’t use it for what’s right?
Why would you be given such a following that whatever you do, however minor and trivial, is seen across the globe if you don’t acknowledge the power and the audience you have? Maybe it’s time to rethink how we cultivate our celebrity culture.
Our money and time go into that and into who we support. The issue is, so far, we’ve done it pretty much by default. We like a character, so we support the actor. That’s just one example of how we work and how quickly someone can be raised to the pedestal they prove time and time again they can’t handle. Let’s dethrone our fake heroes.
On the same note, let’s invest in knowledge. Let’s take some time to learn and relearn the language of the matter at hand. With that, we find another way we can take action.
3 Simple Ways To Take Action: Non-Fiction November
In this part, I’d like to highlight three titles you and I can implement into our reading list.
On Palestine by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé
Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s most recent assault on Gaza, left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land grab. The need to stand in solidarity with Palestinians has never been greater. Ilan Pappé and Noam Chomsky, two leading voices in the struggle to liberate Palestine, discuss the road ahead for Palestinians and how the international community can pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses against the people of Palestine. On Palestine is the sequel to their acclaimed book Gaza in Crisis.
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis
In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.
Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.
Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that “Freedom is a constant struggle.”
The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017 by Rashid Khalidi
A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history
In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous people who would not easily accept their own displacement. He warned of the perils ahead, ending his note, “in the name of God, let Palestine be left alone.” Thus Rashid Khalidi, al-Khalidi’s great-great-nephew, begins this sweeping history, the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspective.
What I’m trying to say is that there are ways we can make a difference with our everyday actions. We don’t even have to sacrifice our daily routines and still have the power to do something great. Imagine the power and the privilege we have!
That leads me to one other way we can be effective, but before I head into that, I would like to share with you a post I saw here on WordPress that was very concise in conveying the message that’s important right now. You will find the post here.
3 Simple Ways To Take Action: Mental Health Awareness
As October 10 marks World Mental Health Day, it accentuates the talk about mental health, well-being, the importance of self-care, and debunking the myths surrounding mental health. While it is a great opportunity to shed light on this issue, as I’ve said before, it cannot be a trend or a new campaign but something that needs to be pushed into everyday talks in all spheres.
Now, there are two things I want to highlight regarding this topic. The first thing is amazingly communicated in the post I linked above about the balance between taking care of ourselves when we get overstimulated by so much graphic news and still meeting our goals in this fight to stop the genocide.
The second thing is, while we take October as a perfect opportunity to start, continue, or amplify the talks about mental health, let’s direct that towards where it’s needed the most now.
Mental Health in Light of The Situation in Gaza
Research has shown that “95 percent of children from the Gaza Strip showed symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma.”
Living in constant fear – from the bombing and the water and food shortages – losing their loved ones, searching through the rubbles, hospitals that are both targeted and out of service because of the lack of fuel and electricity, all affect people deeply. But that’s just one – albeit major – issue.
The other one is all the people who already have PTSD, or who are on a spectrum, or who already struggle with mental health in any other way. This situation in Gaza won’t just create new problems and risks to the mental health of Palestinians in the future, but it already puts them in danger now.
That is why it is important to talk about it. It’s time we realize the proportions of their suffering. Let’s not exclude them from our conversations but rather do the opposite. Please include them in your readathons, awareness conversations, or whatever we are already doing.
In Conclusion, …
Like in every other post so far, I feel like I’m forgetting a lot of what I wanted to or should have said. Please join in and share more on this topic, more ideas to help, and more resources. We need to and can do more!