Against Genocide: An Update on the Boycott of Poetry Foundation, and Holding Cultural Institutions Accountable by Omar Sakr, Tariq Luthun, George Abraham, Noor Hindi, and Summer Farah

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

  • ┬áIn our conversations, we learned a great deal about the Poetry Foundation that should have been more readily accessible to the public, to which they agreed. Statements from POETRY Magazine and the Communications department are forthcoming, and should clarify a great deal for the community. Additionally, the Foundation has been divesting from fossil fuels, prisons, and arms for the past few years and will ensure that their investments continue to be reflective of their values. We have also received confirmation that they are not funding, receiving funds from, or engaged with any apartheid or foreign settler-colonial entities. While this is not an outright commitment to PACBI, this is at the very least an alignment we are comfortable with as they work towards improvement. Other items we look forward to are a more pronounced code of conduct and a communication strategy that ensures those aforementioned values are made clear.
  • For these reasons, we are lifting the boycott against the Poetry Foundation. We hope that, in doing so, this enables the community to effectively hold the Foundation accountable, while also leveraging the platform this institution offers. This is not to say that we expect the Foundation to be perfect moving forward, but that we believe it has a path forward that will ensure better accountability to the people it serves.
  • Our demands for all cultural institutions (journals, presses, etc.) remain:
  • Make clear your stance against imperialism, including the colonial genocide enacted on Palestinians.
  • Commit to supporting, instead of censoring, Palestinians and anti-zionist accomplices.
  • Commit to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
  • Divest from Israeli companies and those companies doing business in Occupied Palestine

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