2nd Edition – Call for Action Series ( Gabe Hamda, Ph.D., SPHR )

articleEthiopia: One Love Many Voices

This is the 2nd Edition of my post on the call for action in support of the Ethiopian popular movement. Why do you post the 2nd Edition? Isn’t one call for action enough? Great question. After my first post, I received numerous comments and suggestions including ideas for more suggested action items that I want to share with you. This 2nd edition includes additional good action items for your consideration.

Remember, the fuel of a popular movement is public engagement.  Why is public Engagement so important and why is your engagement so important? The situation in Ethiopia is very volatile and dangerous. Many people think that the country is on a very risky path. Many of us check on the latest news updates several times a day and discuss how terrible the situation is. This situation creates anxiety and stress.

This is not good for your health and toxic for your normal functioning.

The remedy is to be engaged in a positive action of your choice that will contribute to the solution. Reading or watching the news and debating the matter with others is not action. Action is setting a goal of what you want to accomplish in support of the popular movement and trying to implement alone or with other likeminded people.

Here is an updated list of actions you can take to positively contribute to the situation in Ethiopia and support the popular movement. If implemented, these action items can positively support the tide of popular movement:

Action # 1: Develop a blue print to guide the transition and the future state of Ethiopia. Individually or in self organized small groups, you may develop a blue print that will guide the transitional period of Ethiopia as well as the future state of Ethiopia. Such blue prints must be shared and debated in community forums to develop consensus on transitional strategies and the future state of Ethiopia.

Action # 2: Provide material resources to support the popular movement. Use your imagination of what material resources and capabilities are needed that you wish to supply. Such resources and capabilities range from bullet proof vests for self-defense to food items for displaced people to supplying smart phones that work without internet.

Action #3: Support Your Local Businesses. Make a habit of having a meal at a local Ethiopian Restaurant of your choice with your family and or friends at least once a month. This will strengthen the local economy of an Ethiopian cottage industry. I also encourage Ethiopian Restaurants to upgrade the quality of your food and service to incentivize and attract more customers.

Action #4: Support Independent Media. Financially support the media groups that frequently bring you news and analysis about the current events in Ethiopia. These media groups need financial resources to produce quality programming.

Action #5: Actively Support Your Political Party.  Be actively engaged with a Political party of your choice. Give your talents, time and money.

Action #6: Engage with a Civic Organization. Be actively engaged with a civic organization of your choice. Give your talents, time and money.

Action #7: Connect with an Activist in Ethiopia. Connect with one of the activists you admire, who resides in Ethiopia and who actively supports the reform. Support this activist financially and morally.

Action #8: Connect With a Released Political Prisoner. Connect with one of the recently released political or journalist prisoners in Ethiopia. Provide material and emotional support.

Action #9: Support the Ethiopian Global Remittance Restriction Campaign.

Actively support the remittance restriction campaign that is intended to weaken the hands of the forces who are relentlessly working to reverse the popular movement. Use your imagination and use your God given talents to figure out how to make this happen. I know you can do it.

Action #10: Actively Listen to Different Solutions. Seek to understand before you disagree. There is no single solution for the challenges facing the Ethiopian people. Active listening is respectfully asking clarifying questions to understand an expressed opinion. You may respectfully listen to understand without agreeing with an expressed opinion.

Action #11: Create and lead an organization to address an issue that concerns you. If you believe there is an issue that is big enough that warrants an organization, you may take a lead to create it and lead it.

Action #12: Pray for the people of Ethiopia. Please pray so that the people of Ethiopia are granted justice, freedom and peace. Also, please pray so that the leaders who are in the trenches of the popular movement shall have wisdom, courage and favor. Also, please pray so that the oppressors are filled with fear and responsibility.  For starters, please say “Amen” to this prayer out loud and believe. God is going to answer your prayers by giving you the needed wisdom to do your part and he will bless your action (s).

Action #13: encourage your immediate family members to reach out and support Vulnerable families in their community. Vulnerable families are families with very limited means and with members who are the elderly and with very young children and who cannot defend themselves.

Action #14: Express appreciation for heroic actions of the Ethiopian people. No energy must be wasted complaining about the brutal actions of the oppressive ruling regime. More energy must be spent celebrating the resilience and the heroic resistance of the people. Why? Celebrating the heroes of the popular movement provides psychological boost to the public movement and resistance.

Action #15: Encourage your family members to alienate planted informants who serve the interests of the oppressors in their community. Encourage your family members to persuade the informants to side with the people.

Action #16: Encourage your family members to alienate the few people who are Beneficiaries of the current corrupt system. Encourage your family members to Persuade beneficiaries of the corrupt system to side with the people.

Action #17:  Build a durable infrastructure to raise and manage funds with a great degree of transparency to address the big national needs.  There is a need for credible institutions, who can be stewards of public funds and who are capable of and who are dedicated to accomplishing dedicated worthy missions to support the Ethiopian popular movement. If your calling is to make this happen, go do it.

 Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. By the power vested in me, I hereby empower you to try to implement at least three of these action items or create your own items and make them happen.

Background Information

As I see it, the unfolding event in Ethiopia is between our Ethiopian brothers and sisters who stand for reform against our brothers and sisters who want to maintain the status quo. In other words, a war is raging between forces of reform against forces of the status quo.

I want to caution my esteemed readers to understand that the forces of reform Include those from the people of Tigrai, Amhara, Oromo, the Southern People and others. Forces of Status Quo also include the people of Tigrai, Amhara, Oromo, the Southern People and others. The point here is the confrontation between the forces of reform and the Status Quo is based on confrontation between those on the basis principle and not based on an intra-ethnic group confrontation.

I am standing in support of the forces of reform in Ethiopia. Why? (1) The people of Ethiopia, like other people of the world deserve justice, liberty and peace (2) the overwhelming majority of Ethiopia are ready for change and have expressed intolerance for the status quo. (3) The overwhelming majority of youth, the future owners of the country are ready for change and have refused to be governed by the repressive regime.

I write this message to inspire my readers who support the reform in Ethiopia to take immediate action for the success of the reformists.

Popular movement is not spectator sports. Yes, your favorite team can benefit from your cheer leading for morale support. The success of a popular movement depends on the active engagement of its constituents.

The supporters of the reform who reside in Ethiopia are expressing their support for the reform with their dear life, with beatings, with imprisonment and with harassment.

While the forces who are determined to maintain the status quo are fewer in number, they are working around the clock. They have the National Defense. They have the National intelligence and the national economy at their disposal to try to suppress the popular movement. As history has shown the will of the people shall triumph.

I am directing my call for action toward Ethiopians worldwide to take action in support of the reformists in Ethiopia, who are waging a peaceful resistance.

I urge each Ethiopian worldwide who supports the reform in Ethiopia to take at least 3 of the actions or comparable actions of your own immediately.

While these are examples of actions you may take to support the popular Ethiopian movement, you may think of other comparable actions.

Remember, when it comes to your popular movement, your actions speak louder than your words.

Stay tuned for more action items in support of Ethiopia: One Love Many Voices.

You may send comments about these action items or your preferred action items to Gabe Hamda by email at gabe.hamda@icatt.net. Your suggested action items will be included in the next edition of action items to support the Ethiopian popular movement.

“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude; it’s gratitude that brings us Happiness.”  Unknown.


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