Monday: Oakland City Council to vote on Gaza ceasefire resolution in special session

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A little boy rescues blankets from the rubble of his home. Many Palestinian families are using the brief pause in the bombing to dig through the rubble of their homes to find warm clothes and bedding. Winter is already cold and wet, and when they were ordered to leave their homes, they could take nothing but the clothes on their backs. – Photo: Palestinian photographer hosnysalah on Pixabay

Pack Oakland City Hall Monday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m.

by Arab Resource and Organizing Center

Oakland This Monday, Oakland’s City Council will hold a special session to vote on a resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

“The Bay Area has been turning out for weeks, demanding a ceasefire and an end to genocide in Gaza. With this resolution, we are proud that our Oakland City Council will be reflecting the voices of the diverse communities it represents and will stand firmly on the side of peace and justice,” says Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. “The Palestinian and Arab community will be joining its many allies at Monday’s meeting to strongly support this critical resolution.” 

The proposed Oakland City Council resolution comes during a pause in the ongoing violence. The Israeli military has killed over 14,000 Palestinians in the past month, one in every 200 people in Gaza, including at least 5,500 children. The Israeli war on Gaza has been described as “a textbook case of genocide.”

Recent polling suggests that 66% of all Americans and over 80% of Democrats support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. There is also growing pressure from elected officials, including city councils and members of Congress who are supporting an immediate and permanent ceasefire. 

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