Making anger an effective tool for liberation

Shades of Anger, June 7, 2024 post

June 7, 2024

Good morning. Your anger can be a tool for Palestinian liberation!

LEARN. Acting from anger can be useful, or it can be ineffective and lead to burnout. By design, systems of oppression don’t give us the practical knowledge and resources we need to make effective use of our anger. Read this registration page for the “Critical Thinking in Violent Times” course, co-sponsored by Amena Chaudhry, one of the leaders of the Shades of Anger collective.

Credit: Ahmed Afzaal. Image description: a screenshot of the registration page referenced above (click on image to see page). On a gray background, the title reads, “Critical Thinking for Violent Times,” and the white text that follows is descriptive.

NOTICE. What emotions come up when you think about anger, critical thinking and violent times? Were you ever taught how to be a critical thinker? If not, can you believe that it’s never too late to learn - and are you willing to learn, for the work of liberation?

ACT. Register for the course, right now, here. It begins on June 16th.

SHARE. Send this email to 3 friends or colleagues who would benefit from participating in this course with you. Either invite them or challenge them to join you! Bonus: share this with a leader or HR director who needs to provide this course for their team.

ASK. What else do you need or want to know about the role anger can play in liberation for Palestine? Please reply to this email (or, if you are reading this online, leave a comment below) to let us know.*

In solidarity for Palestinian liberation,

Kay Coughlin, on behalf of the Shades of Anger collective

*You can also continue the conversation with us in the Speaking Up Network, a private social media platform co-created by Animah Kosai, one of the leaders of Shades of Anger.

Shades of Anger was created by a global collective of women to raise awareness and inspire action to free Palestine. We chose the name of our collective to honor the poem, “Shades of Anger,” by Palestinian-Canadian poet Rafeef Ziadah. We also believe in liberation for Sudan, the Congo, Haiti, and all places where systems of oppression are causing immense suffering and crushing the life out humans. We are led by women of the Global Majority/BIPOC. Shades of Anger is for everyone who wants to act for liberation and you can learn more about it here.

Alt text: On the top half is a grey background with black text that reads "Shades of Anger 'Palestinians do not know the word impossible' - Fatima Bernawi, So why should we?" On the bottom half are three photos. The first is a photo of an adult with short greyy hair holding the hand of a young child, who is holding up a Palestinian flag high in their other hand, while standing on a hill overlooking a field of people and cars. The second is a black and white photo of a person with a long ponytail, holding a kuffiyeh and chanting at a protest. The last is a person wearing a kuffiyeh around their head, and a black and red dress, looking at the camera while holding up a Palestinian flag and a peace sign.

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