Palestine Solidarity Resources

Groups in at least 11 counties have taken action in support of peace since October 2023. Hosting rallies, vigils, or marches, and writing or calling our congresspeople are some of the most popular ways to engage on this issue. (Send us your announcements, photos, or videos to Rural Organizing Project Facebook and/or Instagram and we can repost them!) Folks are also coming up with other creative ways to organize for peace. Here are a few highlights:

Pressure electeds at every level:

Highlight the cost of war: Set up a big yard sign with velcro numbers to update your neighbors on the amount of money spent by your community on wars abroad, and the number of lives lost. Some suggested adding in the costs of climate inaction as well! The cost of war counter from the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights has been useful for grounding military funding in a local context. This counter estimates the total funds the U.S. government sends to the Israeli military from taxpayers in your area, through federal tax dollars. The graphic shows what needs could be funded instead, such as healthcare, education, and housing.

Pass a resolution calling for an end to military aid through your city council. This is particularly effective in conjunction with the cost of war counter mentioned above to draw the connection between national military funding and local budget shortfalls.

Encourage community conversation and share credible information:

Full audience listens to a few people on a panel lit up at the front of the room

Host a film screening of one of the films recommended by leaders at the Caucus:

Albany Peaceseekers have a flyer (that they ran and grabbed from their car to show everyone) that describes the connections between the climate crisis and the bloated military budget. The flyer states that “the US military is the single largest industrial producer of greenhouse gases in the world.” Check out the full flyer and print it to share with your community here!

Ha’aretz is an Israeli news source that leaders shared they are using to stay up to date on what’s going on in the region.

No Thanks is an app that allows smartphone users to easily see which companies have active boycotts against them by scanning the product at the store so you can make choices of which companies to avoid, and opt for local products instead.  Find it here on Google Playhere for Apple products.

Challenges and benefits of social media came up as a key part of global movement-building

We do not control social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or X. Leaders shared tricks such as sharing content in direct messages and changing your settings to see political content otherwise filtered out by Instagram (go to your profile, click the three horizontal lines button in the top right corner → scroll down to content preferences → political content → select “do not limit political content”’). We also discussed ways to reach out to your community beyond social media including calling people on the phone, distributing flyers, and for small walkable communities: sidewalk chalk can be handy too!

Do you have tools or resources your group is finding useful? Share them with us by emailing emma@rop.org and we can add them to this living list!

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