Palestinian debka dancer on stage during a tour to the US organized by MECA. Photo: Brooke Anderson

Dear Friend of MECA,

As you may know, I am a human rights attorney, professor, author, and activist.

I’m telling you this because I believe the kind of work I do is important to advance the Palestinian struggle for freedom but I do not think it is enough.

As a MECA supporter, I know you agree that the cornerstone of our advocacy is helping Palestinians sustain themselves and remain on their lands under the most dire circumstances—sumoud.

I’m asking you to make a special year-end contribution to the Middle East Children’s Alliance. Generous supporters will match your gift dollar for dollar.

I first encountered MECA as an undergraduate student at Berkeley when I collaborated with MECA to organize a national tour for a Palestinian refugee youth debka troupe. The tour created stages all over the US for Palestinian youth to tell their stories on their own terms in a universal language of dance.

I continued to work with MECA—shutting down talks for Netanyahu, volunteering at events featuring Edward Said and Howard Zinn, and working towards divestment on the Berkeley campus.

MECA continues to fill a critical organizing space that fulfills much-needed humanitarian needs without ever sacrificing the political agenda.

I am honored to be a part of its legacy and I hope you are too.

Please make the most generous contribution you can by midnight on December 31. All gifts will be matched up to $100,000 to double your impact.

One day, there will not be a need for MECA because the Palestinian people and solidarity activists around the world will have won justice and freedom for Palestine. This is what we are all working toward in our own ways. But while we do that work, we must also make sure Palestinian children are growing up healthy and strong and confident that a global community stands with them in their struggle for freedom. Thank you.

In solidarity,

Noura Erakat
Human Rights Attorney, Author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine