In conversation with Talib Kweli, Rhymefest asks us to think through a “buycott” of artists who speak up and speak out, making everyday choices directly supporting creators moving freedom culture forward. In May 2018, Sabrine Jenin Azraq and her family began shipping boxes of medjool dates from Jericho, Palestine to her home in Ajax, Ontario. Azraq and her community revived a buycott movement in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with Palestinian grown dates harvested by Palestinian farmers being shared in homes, masjids, and restaurants across the city.
Palestinians in Palestine are subject to a zionist system of apartheid and colonial control that exerts enormous obstructions and restrictions on all aspects of Palestinian livelihood. Economic sanctions. Confiscated land. Checkpoints. Road blocks. Systematic theft of resources. Military control. Land, air and sea blockades. Rejected permits. Uprooted olive trees. Demolished homes. Mass imprisonment. Settlement expansion. The list goes on.
A video surfaced of Palestinians cracking holes in the zionist apartheid wall near Jerusalem, Palestine. These “Buycott Palestine, Free Palestine” stickers, serve as physical reminders that we too can crack holes in zionist apartheid by choosing to invest in Palestine. We spread the stickers across countries, publicly and legibly to revive the Buycott Palestine movement, which works in tandem with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement to end zionist apartheid and bring us closer to a just and free Palestine.
In discussing the Prison Industrial Complex, Mariame Kaba addresses the way that abolition is not only about ending prisons but also about creating an alternative system of governance that is not based on domination, hierarchy, and control. Abolitionist movements thus entail not only critiquing the prison and the state but also simultaneously imagining and building alternative forms of governance that are life-giving. The “Buycott Palestine, Free Palestine” sticker and the Buycott Palestine movement more generally are thus reminders of the alternate vision we must continue imagining for ourselves and for the future of a free Palestine that will come in our lifetime, inshAllah.
 Kaba, M. (2018). Foreword in Samudzi, Z., Anderson, W. (Ed.) As Black As Resistance. Oakland, CA: AK Press.