Fat Liberation & Palestinian Liberation: What do they have to do with HAES®?
In the words of Audre Lorde, “I have learned that oppression and the intolerance of difference come in all shapes and sexes and colors and sexualities; and that among those of us who share the goals of liberation and a workable future for our children, there can be no hierarchies of oppression…I know that my people cannot possibly profit from the oppression of any other group which seeks the right to peaceful existence. Rather, we diminish ourselves by denying to others what we have shed blood to obtain for our children. And those children need to learn that they do not have to become like each other in order to work together for a future they will all share…I cannot afford the luxury of fighting one form of oppression only. I cannot afford to believe that freedom from intolerance is the right of only one particular group. And I cannot afford to choose between the fronts upon which I must battle these forces of discrimination, wherever they appear to destroy me. And when they appear to destroy me, it will not be long before they appear to destroy you.”
These words from 1983 are just as true today as they were 40 years ago. Considering what is happening to Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank; white supremacy, racism, colonization, forced displacement, ethnic cleansing, apartheid and genocide, those of us who claim to be for liberation, including healthcare providers aligned with HAES®, must stand up for what is right. The liberation for fat people, Black people, indigenous people, queer & trans people, AND Palestinian people are interlocked. Our liberation is tied up in one another’s. There is no hierarchy of oppression. If we are all to be free, we must take measured action. And if we are to support the health and wellbeing of all people, we must take strong stances and demand change.
During this teach-in, we will be in conversation with Dr. Caleb Luna, an artist, public scholar and theorist of the body. We will discuss fat liberation, Palestinian liberation, what they have to do with the HAES® principles and framework of care, and why HAES® providers and advocates should care about this issue. We will open with reading of a statement by Fat Rose in solidarity with Palestine and close with community processing and healing time.
From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free. All of our freedoms rely upon it.
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