Making the global local: Southerners rally for Gaza peace
This past week tens of thousands of people took to the streets in several U.S. cities to protest against the controversial Israeli military offensive in Gaza. They have joined in the several hundred thousands of people from around the globe who have rallied in front of embassies and politicians' offices, marched in the streets and held candlelight vigils.
- More than 500 people gathered in downtown Charlotte, N.C., for a rally and march where protesters, with Palestinian and Muslim youth at the forefront, took over downtown Charlotte with a sea of Palestinian flags and energetic chants.
- More than 1,000 people gathered at the federal building in Dallas on Jan. 2 to express their outrage and to pray for peace, demanding that Israel stop its bombing of targets in Gaza.
- In Houston more than 1,000 came out to the Israeli Consulate on Jan. 2.
- In San Antonio hundreds gathered at the federal building and again in front of the Alamo on Jan. 3, when ground troops entered Gaza.
- A crowd of more than 2,000 demonstrators confronted a heavy police presence in downtown Orlando for the "Let Gaza Live: Florida Statewide March for Palestine" on Jan. 10. The demonstration is said to be the largest anti-war demonstration in Florida in more than a decade.
- On Jan. 2 more than 60 people turned out in Richmond, Va., to protest the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza. Activists in Norfolk and Blacksburg, Va., also organized demonstrations.
- In Atlanta on Jan. 3 more than 500 people massed in front of CNN, took to the streets in a spirited march and rallied at Woodruff Park with two black caskets draped with Palestinian flags and more than 100 signs with the names of people who have died in the assault.
- Even in smaller Southern cities, such as Fayetteville, Ark., people showed up despite the freezing weather on Jan. 10 to participate in a vigil for the loss of life and to protest Israel's aggression. On Jan. 5 more than 400 people converged at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.