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Palestine2Ferguson Contingent Shows Power of Unity
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
October 24th, 2014

Artist: Yumna Ali

This month, the US Campaign was honored to help bring together a strong Palestine Contingent to theFerguson October Weekend of Resistance to join a movement moment challenging the national epidemic of racial profiling and police militarization, brutality, and impunity. We know that we cannot advocate an end to Israeli state violence while ignoring state violence against communities of color here at home, as part of our commitment to confronting racism and bigotry in all its forms.

The weekend was a phenomenal success with countless unforgettable moments including:
Contingent members joined more than a dozen acts of civil disobedience, shutting down St. Louis City Hall, blocking the doors to a fundraiser for local complicit politicians, taking part in a shopping mall flash mob and the people’s occupation of St. Louis University, shutting down three Walmarts (in solidarity with recent police victim John Crawford), and much more.

US Campaign Steering Committee co-chair Felicia Eaves and member Sandra Tamari marching in St. Louis

A diverse group of more than 100 joined a national march of thousands holding signs saying, “From Palestine to Ferguson”:“Resistance Is Not a Crime,” “End Racism Now,” and “Justice for All.” The march culminated in a rally where St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) andUS Palestinian Community Network(USPCN) member Suhad Khatib and Palestinian-American Dream Defenders organizer Ahmed Abuznaid spoke eloquently of the importance of joint struggle, bringing tears to many eyes.

Palestinian poet Remi Kanazi performed at the Hip Hop and Resistanceconcert along with Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Tef Poe, and others.

Contingent members from NSJP, PSC, USPCN, and the US Campaign show support for Ferguson youth taking the stage.

PSC members Suhad Khatib, Hedy Epstein, and US Campaign Steering Committee member Sandra Tamari joined Kanazi on stage with Civil Rights leader Dr. Cornel West for a dynamic panel. When local Ferguson youth took to the stage asking to be heard, Khatib and Tamari immediately ceded their spots in solidarity.

Contingent members stood with courageous St. Louis and Ferguson community members to challenge the local militarized police presence in the streets night after night. USPCN member Zena Ozeir and PSC member Bassem Masri were arrested along with more than a hundred others. Ozeir and Masri are both safely home.

Day after day, Palestinians sent photos from across the globe to show their solidarity with Ferguson.

Even more moving than the presence of the Palestine contingent, however, was thebreathtaking, spontaneous outpouring of solidarity shown to the contingent by the people of St. Louis, Ferguson, and the broader movement for justice for Mike Brown. Ferguson youth took to the rally stage and thanked the people of Palestine for being the first to send their support through tweets after Mike’s killing. Dr. Cornel West decried the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which was met by deafening cheers from the crowd of thousands. These and countless other moments of connectedness and solidarity throughout the weekend were deeply humbling and spoke to ourcollective power when we work together for justice for all.

The US Campaign was proud to organize the contingent with an extraordinary coalition of member organizations and allies made up of the PSC, Organization for Black Struggle, USPCN, Muslims for Ferguson, Council on American Islamic Relations – St. Louis, Palestinian BDS National Committee, National Students for Justice in Palestine, Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), American Muslims for Palestine, and African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa.

Be sure to check out these amazingrecordings, images, and resources from the contingent:

The struggle continues — in Ferguson, St. Louis, across the nation, and across the globe. In the words of Ferguson youth: “United we stand, divided we fall.” Let’s stand together when it counts to build a better world for all.

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