Dear Friend of MECA,
On Saturday, December 7, I’ll be turning ninety-one. Back in 1969, when I wrote my first article about the Middle East, I thought life would be much better for Palestinian children by now. But I know that many things don’t turn out the way we hope, and we just have to keep going, working for what is right and just.
I’ve been pleased—and in fact honored—to lend what support I can to MECA since its origins more than thirty years ago. They do incredible, courageous work of enormous significance for children under occupation and under military attack.
As you know, Palestinian children and Syrian refugee children urgently need food, clean water, education, and a future of safety and peace.
I have come to count on MECA to come to the aid of children in the Middle East who are facing the direst circumstances. For more than thirty years, MECA has gotten the help that’s needed most to the children who need it, despite enormous obstacles. With your help, MECA can do it again now.
My dear friend, the late Howard Zinn once said, “war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” That is a very sad truth. But I believe that as long as there is a war against children, all of us need to do what we can to heal their wounds and meet their needs.
Many, many thanks.
MECA Founding Advisor and Supporter
P.S. If you’re in the Bay Area next year on March 21, I hope you’ll join me at a speaking event I’ll be doing in San Francisco as a benefit for MECA’s important work. In the meantime, please make a special year-end contribution to meet children’s urgent needs. Thank you.