FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 6, 2023
MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Garriga | [email protected]
BREAKING: Peace Coalition Floods US Senate with Demands Ceasefire in Gaza in Day of Action
Washington D.C. - A coalition of passionate citizens and prominent organizations, spearheaded by CODEPINK and the American Palestinian Women's Association, staged a gripping day of action within the hallowed halls of the Senate on Wednesday. Their mission: to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and challenge Congress's controversial proposal of an additional $14 billion in aid to Israel.
Over 100 individuals converged on the Senate to confront the stark disparity between public sentiment and political action. Despite numerous polls revealing overwhelming support for a ceasefire, only four senators had the courage to voice their endorsement of such a critical measure.
Since the Senate is technically the people’s house, the coalition used “their” building to hold a teach-In inside the Senate cafeteria, shedding light on the toxic influence of AIPAC on American democracy and foreign policy. The group was met with a formidable police presence, determined to stifle their message and even threaten arrest.
Despite being followed by the police, the group pressed forward, navigating the corridors of power with a singular purpose: to question senators, particularly those benefiting from AIPAC's financial support. Armed with a stark visual display of blood-soaked sheets and bloodied baby dolls, symbolizing the tragic toll of the conflict, they sought to draw attention to the urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The coalition's initial target was Senator Lindsey Graham's office, though they were met with a locked door. Undeterred, they visited the offices of senators such as Marco Rubio, Chuck Schumer, Maggie Hassan, Kristen Sinema, Richard Blumenthal, and others.
The visceral display of symbolic bloodshed underscored the urgency of addressing the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The coalition passionately calls on Congress to reassess its proposed aid allocation to Israel in light of the palpable public demand for an immediate ceasefire.
Not missing an opportunity the coalition confronted senators they encountered who were en route to Intelligence briefings, fearlessly reminding them about their complicity in supporting genocide. Videos capturing these intense interactions are now available upon request.
The group, driven by a commitment to amplify the voices of the majority of American people, stands unwavering in its quest for a just and humane foreign policy. Today’s action was just one of many actions that continue daily across the country during this pivotal moment in the fight for justice and peace for Palestine.
For more information or to request videos please contact Melissa Garriga at [email protected]