For the past few months, I’ve participated in a lot of discussions about the just-released Wonder Woman film, which appears to be doing very well. I’m a firm supporter of many actions surrounding the release, for example, some theaters offering woman-only screenings. However, I’ve also been listening to a lot of critics of the film’s star, Gal Gadot. As a repeat, vocal, uncritical supporter of the Israeli Defense Force (the IDF), her stance appears to support the egregious human rights violations the IDF visits upon the people of Palestine, of Lebanon, and others. 60% of Gaza’s residents are refugees. They average 12 hours a day without power. Their unemployment rate is over 40%.
I’m not here to argue these points today. Everyone has to make their own decisions with their money, and there’s ultimately no ethical consumption under capitalism.
What I am doing, however, is making an effort to help, commensurate to my ability. I’m just an author, and an unestablished one at that. However, for the month of June, I’ll be contributing 25% of my earnings from Blood Flow to ANERA, who provides relief effort to Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon. They provide medicine, food, and clothing, as well as supporting teachers, and helping to provide much-needed water.
There are a lot of groups providing aid to Gaza, so I encourage you to look into one you can support. You can find more on ANERA here. Another option is the Maia Project, who specifically addresses the clean water crisis which plagues Palestinian children.
If you want to pick up a copy of Blood Flow, here it is. This contribution offer extends to my independent roleplaying game work as well, if you’re into that sort of thing. You can find my RPG stuff at DrivethruRPG.