International Activism

Hope for Haiti

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We are coming up on the one year anniversary of our American president saying Haitian people have AIDS and that their country is a “shithole.” Remember that? Find our original Grab on the topic here.

Your DGB for this weekend is to team up with Hope for Haiti to support the island republic, which has historically struggled with colonial exploitation and corrupt government. Today, they need help with infrastructure and health care, among other things. Let’s show the Haitian people that the rest of the world cares.

For further reading, here are some interesting facts about the Republic of Haiti:

https://thefactfile.org/haiti-facts/

WTF Is Brexit

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Have you been putting off learning about Brexit? Like, maybe forever? Has it been too long to ask your friends to explain it now? UK Politics are mad confusing, but, to be fair, Britons are probably pretty perplexed about how we got ourselves into our current position as well.

Your DGB for today is to review this BBC Brexit explainer. We guarantee you’ll feel cultured and informed afterward.

Clinton Health Initiative

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Your DGB for today is to sign up to receive emails from the Clinton Health Matters Initiative.

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, which makes it a great day to get involved in reducing prescription drug abuse and saving the lives of those battling an addiction. One of the great things CHMI tackles is distribution of naloxone (Narcan) to community groups, educational institutions, and public safety organizations. Both sites also have a donation option.

If you or someone you know is living with an addiction, please also check out DGB’s Health and Mental Health Resources list. 

 

 

If Only There was Something I Could Do

Your DGB for today is to learn more about ways to help Syria, and then actually do it.

When something as horrific as what is going on in Syria happens, people tend to say things like “If only there was something I could do” or “I wish I could help.” The truth is that you can, but sometimes it takes a little work or investigation. Today we are doing the work for you.

First, you need to understand what is going on in Syria. To do that, you can read this breakdown of how it all started. Next, you need to learn about some of the organizations that are helping out in Syria. DGB recommends watching the documentary White Helmets, available on Netflix. It’s only 40 minutes and it’s about the first responders putting their lives at risk every day to rescue victims from the rubble of this war torn country. Lastly, you need to find a way to actually help. If you have the means, you can donate to The White Helmets or to one of the 20+ organizations on this comprehensive list.

If you don’t have funds to donate, that’s okay. There are other ways to help. You can sign this petition urging Congress to continue funding lifesaving humanitarian programs at risk of being cut. You can also volunteer with the International Rescue Committee, which works with refugees doing volunteer work like mentoring refugee families and helping them learn interviewing skills.

Okay, we've given you the tools. You know what’s going on in Syria, you know about the organizations helping out, and you know how to personally help. Now it’s time to do it. We can’t wait any longer.

 

The Last of Aleppo

Monday, the ongoing situation in Aleppo reached its lowest point yet as civilians, including women and children, were shot or burned to death in their homes and in the streets and bombing reached critical mass.

The Syria Civil Defence (The White Helmets), Kesh Malek, Independent Doctors Association, and Syrian American Medical Society wrote:

“We are calling on the international community to provide a safe passage out of Aleppo for the remaining ~100,000 people. We know that the UN has a plan to get us out across the four kilometres of Western Aleppo to safety: with a few dozen buses and lorries we could all be evacuated in twenty four hours. However, we need the international community to guarantee the safety of their workers and our own.”
 

Tuesday, Turkey and Russia were finally able to facilitate a ceasefire deal to allow the remaining people in Aleppo to move to safety. Two dozen buses arrived to transport the displaced, as well as the hundreds of injured. Only needing to travel approximately three hours to the Turkish border, or less than an hour to Idlib, we remained hopeful that this was the beginning of the end to this nightmare. Evacuations were set to begin at 5am local time the following morning for a ride that, in a peaceful country, is merely a morning commute but in Aleppo means the difference between life and impending death.

It’s now Wednesday and the people of Aleppo still have no means of escape and nowhere to hide. Although evacuations were set to begin at dawn, residents were unable to leave before shelling began again at approximately 10am. The fragile ceasefire appears to have been broken by parties not included in ceasefire talks and who are now making their own demands. The buses returned to their depots empty today.

Now, there are victims currently dead and dying in the streets and no one to help heal the wounded. They are trapped by violence in a one-square-mile enclave of the city. These crucial evacuations require infrastructure to move people quickly and safely, the secure entry of humanitarian aid workers to help the sick and wounded, and UN observers to report human rights violations.

This is a quickly evolving situation and because of the current siege and how dangerous it is there for journalists, it is difficult to verify facts. DGB has identified one thing you can do immediately to put pressure on the international community to enforce safe passage for the last people of Aleppo.

Call the State Department at 202-647-9572 and the Russian Embassy at 202-298-5700 and say “I am a concerned citizen of the world and I urge you to do anything and everything you can to facilitate the rescue of the remaining people in Aleppo.”

Do this now. Do this often. And please share widely.

Note: these numbers may be busy or have a full mailbox. This is a good thing, but we also encourage you to keep trying.

 

 

“Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world.”

Ann Clwyd

 

 

Feeding the Babies of Aleppo

Your DGB for today is getting food to infants in Aleppo. If you’ve read the stories about the parents and children stuck in Aleppo, we’re sure you’re as heartbroken as we are and wondering what you can do to help. DGB has found a small but significant way to make a difference. Aleppo is suffering from large shortages of formula for infants. The Karam Foundation’s #milk4syria campaign has been working tirelessly on this and we ask you to help them in their efforts by donating the cost of at least one can of formula. Anything you can spare will help in feeding these babies.

Please spread this DGB widely because the lives of infants and children in and around Aleppo desperately depend on these organizations delivering food to them. At DGB, we believe it’s important to Grab Back both locally and abroad. Humanity is without borders.

Please read more about what it’s like raising infants and children in Aleppo here.