The Sustainable Economies Law Center will be closed on December 11, 2023, joining the Global Strike for Palestine (#GlobalStrike4Palestine) and supporting the urgent call for an immediate ceasefire. Today we join the call: No work! No school! No banking! No buying! We are closing our offices and encouraging all staff to engage in local actions that advocate for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the ongoing genocide in Gaza.
By striking today, we aim to exercise our power to disrupt “business as usual.” Our work centers on building systems based on solidarity economies and interdependence, and we recognize that our economic practices, including where we invest our time and resources, play a significant role in either perpetuating or challenging violence and injustice.
We are also taking this opportunity to better understand the role of the nonprofit industrial complex in perpetuating human rights violations against poor and oppressed people both at home and abroad. We aim to build a principled movement with other nonprofit workers who share our vision of dismantling the structures of power that contribute to these injustices.
Additionally, we want to highlight the Philanthropy Open Letter for Humanity and Justice by Funders for a Ceasefire Now (funders4ceasefire.org). This letter calls for an immediate ceasefire, safe, unimpeded passage of sufficient humanitarian aid into Gaza, a stop to U.S. and European funding and weapons for the Israeli military, and for all parties to adhere to international humanitarian and human rights laws.