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Broadsided Responds to the October 7th Hamas Attack on Israel and the Ongoing Bombardment of Gaza

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At Broadsided, as we join poetry and visual art to make something new, we are particularly aware of the ways that our work, shared, creates perspective shifts, new beauty, and change. We do not make art or justice alone. Our liberation is bound together.

We, as makers, are hopeful.

We grieve for the Palestinian and Israeli lives already lost in this long and painful conflict. Our grief must not be used as justification for more violence, and we reject the ahistorical notion that criticism of a nation state, whether Israel or the United States, can be antisemitic. We stand with our Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and other/non-denominational friends who stand against state-sanctioned violence in the name of nation.

We, as makers, are hopeful. We find beauty and strength in the courageous artists, writers, activists, religious leaders, and people of conscience protesting in solidarity around the world against genocide in Gaza and for peace. Crucial work often rises out of excruciating moments and acts of witnessing, and we have been and will be here to hold and uplift this work.

Crucial work often rises out of excruciating moments and acts of witnessing, and we have been and will be here to hold and uplift this work.

Over the years, we have published many broadsides that have considered war, grief, identity, justice (and injustice), and solace.  We hope that these folios offer ways for readers to hold space and time in this moment: