FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 31, 2024
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CODEPINK Celebrates Ceasefire Victory in Chicago
CHICAGO – Today, the city of Chicago passed a ceasefire resolution after months of pressure from city residents. With a population of 2.7 million people, Chicago is the largest city in the United States to call for a ceasefire. Mayor Brandon Johnson broke the tie amongst city council members by voting in support of a ceasefire in Gaza.
“Today was a test for our city and we passed. Despite the best efforts of those who tried to write off the deaths of thirty thousand Palestinians in Gaza, our city took a stance firmly against genocide and in support of a ceasefire,” Danaka Katovich, CODEPINK Co-Director said.
“This is just the start of what the movement for Palestine can accomplish together,” she continued.
City council members highlighted the similarities between struggles people face in Chicago, and struggles faced in Gaza. Several of them reflected on their duty to represent the residents in their ward. And it has been clear that a vast majority of Americans support a ceasefire in Gaza. Chicago, in passing this resolution, is amplifying popular opinion to the Biden Administration and other important entities that have failed to call for a ceasefire at this point.
Chicago joins around 47 other U.S. cities who have passed ceasefire resolutions on the war on Gaza.
CODEPINK congratulates all organizations in Chicago who made this resolution possible, and commends Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, Alderman Daniel La Spata, Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, and every alderperson who supported this resolution despite backlash and immense pressure.
We will continue to work with other organizations across the country in pressuring local, state and federal elected officials to support a ceasefire and an end to the ongoing genocide in Gaza.