INFORM PEOPLE - Write op-eds and letters to the editor to your local newspapers. Blog about it. Use twitter, include #Libya hashtag.
SUPPORT NEWS MEDIA THAT IS DOING COVERAGE OF LIBYA - CLICK CLICK CLICK on news articles! And comment on them! And share them on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr. This is how news media thrives. It’s a sad reality, but clicks and comments encourage editors to cover a stort more. Tweet “Thanks” to Anderson Cooper, AlJazeera, etc. Send them thank you letters.
GO TO LOCAL SOLIDARITY PROTESTS - The Libyan people think no one outside cares about them. Sending them photos and videos of supporters would bring up morale. If there are no protests planned for your city, plan one! Stage one in your University’s free speech zones!
MIRROR VIDEOS - Many videos are being taken down- especially Facebook videos. If you know how to, mirror the video, upload it yourself.
TRANSLATE - If you know Arabic, help translate things like tweets, videos, audio, etc. The more people this information is accessible to, the better.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL STATESMEN AND WOMEN - Tell them you want the U.S. to acknowledge what’s happening in Libya. Tell them you want them to call for the resignation of Gaddafi. Tell them you want them to send aid to Libya. Tell them to support freedom. Tell them to support democracy. Tell them to freaking CONDEMN THIS MASSACRE. Look here and here.
SEND AID - Muslims Without Borders is organizing a medical convoy from Alexandria, Egypt to Libya. Send them money “earmarked” for Libya.
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Other organizations where your donations or time could potentially do some good (sorry no links since I’m reblogging from my phone):
Amnesty International (on Twitter as @amnesty; if you’re in the US you might be interested in this tumblr: aiusayouth.tumblr.com)
Avaaz.org (on Twitter as @avaaz)
Due to the reprehensible lack of attention US news gives to the events in Libya and Bahrain, I get most of my information from Twitter, especially: @arabist, @sultanalqassemi, @ajenglish, @ajarabic, and by watching the hashtags: #Libya, #Bahrain, and #Feb17.
In my job, I’m intimately aware of how much Western governments and business entities place a lot more value on their social media profile than they want to let on. So if you’re on Twitter or Facebook, don’t be shy about expressing your opinion about the groups and states who are refusing to sever ties with Qaddafi’s regime, who are still exporting weapons there, who are caving to Qaddafi’s government’s demands that they stay silent or risk severing already tenuous diplomatic channels. What’s happening in Libya (and Bahrain to a lesser extent) is nothing short of massacre - let BP and the US State Department and everyone else hear your anger and frustration. Be loud, and yell it far and wide.
Reblogging again to add: @CNN apparently has a news team in Libya now; keep up the social media/email pressure so they don’t continue to bury this story.
Gaddafi’s statement released on Libyan State TV [source]:
“I am satisfied, because I was speaking in front of the youth in the Green Square tonight, but the rain came, praise to God, it bears well. I want to clarify for them that I am in Tripoli, not in Venezuela. Do not believe these channels. They are dogs. Goodbye.”
it’s a very privileged way of thinking to be able to say, “this hasn’t got anything to do with me.” just because you are far removed from the people of libya in geographical terms doesn’t mean that their problems aren’t your problems; this is a human issue, not a libyan issue….