Actions you can take in light of the unfolding genocide in Gaza

Written by Vu Le

Hi everyone. As you can guess from the title, this blog post will be serious and likely anger some people.

Over the past few days, as lifesaving food, water, energy, and internet are cut off for people in Gaza, the Israeli government has already massacred over 8,000 people, half of them children. Israel has trapped thousands under rubble with its bombs, plans to kill more civilians, and is displacing a million Palestinians from one end of an open-air prison to another.

We must call it for what it is: ethnic cleansing and genocide, committed by the Israeli government against Palestinians in Gaza.

Many of us are reading the news in horror. “Israel has the right to defend itself” has morphed into a justification for the murder of children, the elderly, disabled people, and other civilians in Gaza who are collectively punished for the horrific actions Hamas inflicted on Israeli civilians. And those of us in the US, our tax dollars are funding Israel to do this. We are funding genocide.

I know this can be overwhelming, and it’s easier to turn away. But our sector, nonprofit and philanthropy, has the mission to fight injustice and to create an equitable world. And in this moment, we need to act. As individuals, as organizations, and as a sector. Here are few things you can do, which I’ve synthesized from a few places, such as this website:

Contact your elected officials: In the US, you can go to this usa.gov/elected-officials, enter your address, and it will give you a list of who all your elected officials are, as well as their contact information. Call, email, and message them on social media and ask them to demand a ceasefire and to stop using our tax dollars to arm Israel with weapons to commit horrific atrocities against Palestinian civilians.  

Learn more about the issue: I know it is a complex issue with hundreds (correction: thousands) of years of history. We all need to learn more. I appreciate Jewish Voice for Peace. Here’s a 7-minute video they created that explains the recent history in simple terms. Watch “The Present,” a 24-minute Oscar-nominated film about life in the West Bank. “Born in Gaza,” also on Netflix, is a 70-minute film following the lives of ten Palestinian children.

Donate to emergency response in Gaza: With food, water, power, and internet being cut off, Palestinians are desperate need of support. Here are a few places you can donate to.

Follow and lift up Palestinian voices: As pro-Palestinian voices are being censored and punished, with people being fired and events canceled, it’s vital we provide support. Here are a few leaders to follow. On Twitter, Retweet for Gaza (@silencedvoices4) provides valuable information and perspectives from Palestinian residents and journalists.

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About the author

Vu Le

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com.