Building a Mass Movement - Gaza - Systemic Change - Justice Now!
Thousands March in London for Palestine - October 28, 2023
Rome - October 28, 2023
Los Angeles - October 28, 2023
San Diego - October 25, 2023
Brooklyn - October 28, 2023Gaza - October 26, 2023
Grand Central Station – NYC – Friday evening: October 27, 2023
Denver - October 29, 2023
Boston U - Student Walkout - October 25, 2023
Philadelphia- October 28, 2023
US Military Jet – Deployed to the Middle East
Chicago – October 21, 2023
The October 7th attack upon Israel by Hamas shocked everyone that I know! The Israeli response has divided us in quite divergent ways!
One side speaks primarily of “Hamas Militants” and “Terror” – and is strongly supportive of Israel’s leadership. This has predominated in the mainstream media. President Biden, with significant support by Congressional Democrats. While the Republican politicians criticize Biden, they aren’t supporting the Palestinians.
San Francisco, October 28, 2023
I’ve been “on the other side” – actively participating in numerous “Ceasefire Now” related protests.
At the coalition focused protests there have been a number of hopeful signs including:
1. 1. A focus on the needs for positive systemic change – extending well beyond Gaza and the Palestinians,
2. 2. Direct emphasis on Settler Colonialism and its relationship of Israel-Palestine (Gaza) and the ties to Filipino, Black, Latino, and other liberation struggles,
3. 3. A growing connection among a diverse group of people who are distrusting of “the popular view” and are committed to pushing for an immediate Ceasefire,
4. 4. Significant – involvement of young people from middle-school students through college students and other young adults – in protesting in public.
San Francisco - October 28, 2023
Right now there is an amazing (potential) movement building in The United States!
I can only hope that it will not dissipate as things seem to be happening among white people – since the Murder of George Floyd in 2020. White people were horrified by this horrific murder, but far too many of us haven’t recognized and built upon our continuing 400+ years of Systemic Racism.
If a Movement really builds, it will be much different than past Movements in the U.S. Similar to the 1960’s – it will be largely Youth lead. It will differ – however – in being Ethnically Diverse – hopefully also with class diversity as well!
It will build upon ending Our Empire – of the Wealthy (of the) U.S. – building upon the backs of those who lack the (seeming) power – particularly those who are BIPOC! It will be an ending of the weaponizing of non-wealthy white USian people towards a more egalitarian, loving and caring community – locally – nationally and internationally.
I can not predict – whether a mass movement will grow and push against oppression! I can hope – that we will force – through love and non-violence – a CEASEFIRE – very soon – and following that – a push towards a better world.
The voices of fear and hatred – and Exclusion – Must Not Triumph!
Many of us are trying! I’m a follower of the Youth – those – who are our future! It is wonderful to see – the young – a majority of whom are East-Indian-American, Yemini-American, Latina/o/X, Black, Palestinian-American as well as our Jewish – Christian – Atheist – Questioning – Non-Binary – Queer and MUCH MUCH MORE!
Bay Area JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace) – Shabbat – Candle lighting – blessing the Challah and more (10/27/23)
As an “old man” of 72 – my energy – is there – and building for allyship – is always my goal! Thanks!