Below are links to the fundraising websites for Steven Salaita. Making a donation - either to the general fund or to the fund for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference honorarium - will not only help support Steven Salaita through this time of uncertainty, but will also help to set a precedent of solidarity with others who may come under similar scrutiny and face similar hardship as a result. Steven Salaita’s firing did not occur in a vacuum; what is happening to him is a symptom of the neoliberalization of our universities and the pervasiveness of a Zionist discourse that succeeds in branding speech critical of Israel as anti-Semitic. It is against these two phenomena that we must join Steven Salaita in his struggle.
The general fund aims to “help Steve and his family to take on a legal struggle that can drag on for years.” As of early October, this fund has already raised nearly $18,000. URL: https://fundly.com/support-steven-salaita#
The MESA-specific fund aims to help pay Steven an honorarium for his talk at the conference. Steven will be a part of a talk entitled, “The Salaita Case and The New Assaults on Academic Freedom,” which will take place on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:30pm. URL: https://fundly.com/honorarium-for-steven-salaita-s-mesa-talk#
In the words of political scientist Corey Robin, when it comes to Steven Salaita:
Our path is not legal; it is political. It’s not about lawyers, it’s not about courtrooms. It’s about principles and movements, words on the web, bodies on the ground, and voices in the street. It is about power. How we deploy that power, I don’t know. That we will deploy that power, I am sure. Now is the time to think creatively and collectively.