We keep on learning to recognize our privileges, flaws and responsibilities. We stand in solidarity with those who fight against systemic oppression. We are researching ways to create and amplify more diversity in our community, structurally, and use our position in a more substantial and helpful manner, structurally. We want to use our platform to shine some extra light on a handful of initiatives doing this already. This editorial contains a collection of initiatives, resources and demonstrations that we believe are important and necessary to actively engage with.
Please keep on signing petitions, donate and make use of resources to educate yourself and others via the links shared earlier and the ones below. Thanks to everyone creating and running these initiatives.
The situation in camp Moria has gotten out of hand immensely. Many refugees still haven’t received the help they need. There are a number of organisations we would like to make you aware of that are doing great work and that need your support.
Because We Carry is an NGO that works locally, and mainly focuses on practical needs. They initiated a call for sleeping bags and other practical needs, such as mattresses and baby formula. They need your support. You can make a donation via this link.
Stichting Bootvluchteling is on sight at Moria and is helping those in need in the camps with their hands-on work. They are starting to express themselves towards the EU/NL/Greek policies, which is something a lot of NGO’s often stay away from, but they are doing more. Please support them here.
It’s often difficult to find the right resources to know what’s really going on. We were made aware of an Instagram account from Syrian photographer Yousef Alshewaili. He lived in Moria back in 2018, now he has a residency status and lives in Greece. He shares photos and videos on a daily basis on how the situation is over there.
The world is becoming increasingly disrupted by the ecological and climate crisis, but politics is failing. Extinction Rebellion is organising a corona-proof demonstration in Amsterdam this weekend (18-21 September) in which they demand that citizens from all levels of society decide on a just climate transition.
Join the demonstrations this weekend in whatever way feels comfortable for you. Corona-measures will be taken, and if you decide to join, please make sure to follow any precautions the organisation expresses beforehand.
Following a live report of an anti-Black Pete rally in 2017, journalist and writer Clarice Gargard received more than 7,000 hate messages. This week, 25 selected perpetrators are on trial for intimidation, hatred and incitement to violence. This past Monday morning, just before the start of the trial, the public prosecutor Jacobien Vreekamp, with whom Gargard had prepared the trial for two years, was removed from the case. Gargard and her lawyer had to learn about this from the media. The Public Prosecution gave in to an extreme right-motivated campaign.
This, again, is an example of systemic racism, and we support Clarice in receiving a fair trial.
Support Clarice Garard and sign this petition. Follow @westandwithclarice for updates and spread the message.
Thanks for your support and spreading the above messages and causes.