Message from Bob Lovelace on Board the Flotilla: Stay Human
The Marianne is leaving the harbour at Messina, destination Gaza. We’ve worked hard all day getting the boat equipped and ready to go, fuelled up, fresh water, provisions for the kitchen and going over the boat again. We had divers that were paid for by the municipality of Messina go under the boat and check it out to make sure that there was no sabotage that had taken place while we were in the harbour. Everything is great, everything is fine.
This is a great effort to challenge the blockade of Gaza. The reason that everyone on board is committed to this is that they believe in human rights and they believe in justice. They believe in freedom for all people, not just for those who can afford it, not just for those who are in nominal democracies and who are protected by their capital investments
Stay human. That is a phrase we used on the Tahrir when we trained in 2011 to go to Gaza, and that is a quote that I am using in our nonviolence training, that is the foundation: stay human.
This is the front line of the fight for human rights. There’s many front lines around the world, and good people, smart people, reasonable people and just people need to be aware of this struggle to help Palestinians liberate themselves.
Gaza needs to be opened up. It is the only port in the entire Mediterranean that is closed to commercial traffic, that’s closed to any sort of traffic at all.
And there’s many, many ways in which you can learn about Gaza. So follow our blog (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Lovelace-Decolonization-Blog/222117117808310?fref=ts), got to Canadian Boat to Gaza (www.tahrir.ca), and follow each and every story for the next week or so. And then after than, because no matter what challenges we face, we ‘ll always need you the supporters to help us: write to the politicians, ask them to step up and support ordinary people who are willing to stand with the oppressed on the front lines.
For my aboriginal friends: I want you to realize and I want you think about the fact that colonialism is not just a Canadian or American phenomenon. Colonialism has been a world-wide scourge.
video: Heather Milton Lightening on Aboriginal solidarity with Palestine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF-rCYn6yiI
The colonialism we know has been going on for at least 400 or 500 years, and it’s time for all aboriginal people to stand up and to recognize that our liberation, our freedom and our justice are tied together with all the peoples in the world who are oppressed, whether they live in Mexico, or Latin America, the United States, or in Africa or in the Middle East or in the Far East. It is time for us to keep the struggle for freedom in a way that we include everyone who is oppressed by colonialism.
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