Groups to Protest Gaza Massacre, Friday, 1/2, 3PM, Hartford
Contact: Stan Hellar, Middle East Crisis Committee, 203-934-2761, 203-506-0953(cell)
Frank O'Gorman, People of Faith, 627-2290, 841-5006 (voicemail)
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Several human rights and political groups will be holding a demonstration at 3PM on Friday, January 2, in front of the Federal Building, 450 Main Street, Hartford, to protest the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Sponsoring organizations include the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Palestinian-American Congress, the Middle East Crisis Committee, and People of Faith CT.
"In this Christmas season, Christians throughout Connecticut stand in solidarity with the impoverished Palestinian refugees imprisoned in Gaza who are being slaughtered by the Israeli government," said Frank O'Gorman, director of People of Faith CT. "Peace will only come to Palestine when the immoral Israeli apartheid occupation, funded by US tax dollars, is dismantled," he continued.
"At the demonstration we will call for Connecticut's Congressional delegation to speak out now against the killing. The violence is being described in the media as a 'war', but the Israelis so overpower the Palestinians in the means of violence and the number killed that the event has to be described as a massacre. We will be calling on President-Elect Obama to break his silence about the Israeli attack," said Stanley Hellar, MECC chairperson.
(CT Bob here: I don't necessarily agree that Barack Obama should publicly comment on the volatile situation in Gaza until after he becomes President. We still have a sitting president who should do his goddamned job and speak up about this situation. Anything Obama says right now might be blamed for further escalation of the conflict. I think our current president should be the one to lead us on this.
After all, that's what he's supposed to be getting paid for!)
People of Faith is an interfaith organization that works in collaboration with faith communities, organizations and people of goodwill to articulate faith-based values as a foundation for progressive politics and to mobilize constituents for social justice and peace activism.