This year, the RadComms Leadership Team has been in deep discussion about our network: who we are, who we serve, and how we can show up in alignment with our values and political orientation as a community of practice in service of progressive and left movement workers building narrative power for liberation and freedom.
In the past, during crisis and state-sanctioned violence, we have stepped up as a network to support people on the ground building power—during Trump’s “Muslim Ban,” after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Now, we are called—as communicators, narrative power builders, storytellers, and humans—to be in solidarity with the people of Palestine and their global movement for liberation.
During the past few weeks, you have shown up for each other in vulnerable conversations, truth-telling, powerful dialogues, and on-the-ground at protests and actions. We compiled a list of narrative strategy resources—many of which you have shared on the RadComms ListServ. This growing list includes media resources, messaging guides, fact checks, calls to action, and more. In the coming weeks, RadComms will also facilitate a closed space within the network to discuss how to show solidarity with the Palestinian liberation movement.
The statement below, drafted by the RadComms Leadership Team, calls for a ceasefire and names the power and responsibility we hold as narrative practitioners in the fight for Palestinian sovereignty. We can do more together than we can do apart.
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We Demand an Immediate End to the U.S.-Backed Genocide of the Palestinian People and the Imperialist Occupation of Palestinian Land
The Radical Communicators Network (RadComms) demands an immediate end to the U.S.-backed genocide of the Palestinian people and the Zionist, imperialist occupation of Palestinian land—beginning with an immediate ceasefire.
We, storytellers and practitioners of narrative power, are unequivocally committed to the liberation, self-determination, and justice of a Free Palestine. As the Palestinian people endure a generations-long siege of their homeland and genocide of their people—including the most recent state violence by the Israeli government that has killed more than 10,000—we recommit ourselves to fighting for the liberation of Palestine and oppressed people globally.
What power does the narrative practitioner wield in the decolonial project? To narrate from the rooftops, the treetops, and the very ground beneath: decolonization, insurrection, and revolution are not distant dreams; they are the lifeblood of freedom. To etch into the collective consciousness the indomitable truth that every decolonization endeavor must take narrative control to confront power and reflect the social reality and material conditions of those targeted by oppression and domination. In the parallel fight for Black Power, Stokely Carmichael asserted that “The power to define is the most important power that we have…whoever controls language controls the world.”
Narrative power is a fierce catalyst for mobilization, rebellion, and insurgency. It doesn’t just set the agenda; it forges the very battleground where decolonial struggle crashes onto the landscape of public discourse—a tumultuous arena where ideologies, perspectives, and propaganda fiercely clash. As narrative practitioners for social justice, we are responsible for connecting the dots between movements for self-determination and the human right to live free from oppression. The pursuit of global liberation demands our continued efforts in identifying, dismantling, and countering narratives of supremacy and dehumanization.
George Lipsitz reminds us, “domination produces resistance, and resistance plants the seeds of the new society in the shell of the old.”
The fight for Palestinian sovereignty isn’t a choice; it’s a mandate for universal human rights. Many in our community wear the scars of colonization, occupation, and imperial terror. Our history compels us to act. With unyielding fervor, we challenge and dispel the web of lies woven to divide the oppressed. As communicators, we bear the responsibility of countering the misleading narratives spread by the Israeli propaganda machine. These narratives, supported and disseminated by the US government, contribute to a warped worldview where Palestinians are viewed as expendable collateral damage.
Hand in hand, we rise against imperial violence, forging a united front for our shared liberation. We will not stand idly by as military juggernauts bombard our Palestinian siblings, who resist their looming obliteration. We demand a ceasefire and an immediate end to U.S. funds fueling Israel’s Zionist-imperial warpath and an uncompromising inquest into the state’s ceaseless human rights abuses against Palestinians.
In our hearts, we carry the weight of profound sorrow for those we have lost, and in the face of such loss, we stand as unyielding champions for the living. In recognition of the devastating void left by those killed since Oct. 7 and long before, we recommit to fighting for the liberation, freedom, and self-determination of all oppressed people—for their lives, their hopes, and their dreams.
Radical Communicators Network Leadership Team
Shanelle Matthews, Founder