Non-profit groups that take tax-deductible donations and are designated as charities by the IRS are staging a general strike in New York, and in other localities across the country set for Thursday, Nov. 9. The strike, which is supported by women's advocacy group Code Pink, among others, is intended to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. This after Palestinian terror group Hamas brutally murdered more than 1,400 Israelis on Oct. 7, and kidnapped more than 250 people.
The charities are not calling for a return of the hostages or the surrender of the terrorists who planned and carried out the attack, but only that Israel stop seeking those terrorists and stop retaliating for the murders.
On Nov. 9, groups across the US are planning to "shut it down for Palestine" to demand an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza as Israel continues its war against Hamas.
"Join the Shutdown for Palestine this Thursday, November 9, 2023. We call on movements, organized labor, youth, students, media and healthcare workers, and all members of society to join us in demanding an immediate ceasefire, cutting all aid to Israel, and lifting the siege on Gaza. This call to action begins on November 9, but we will continue to build up the momentum with ongoing days of action. No business as usual until Palestine is Free," the website for the event states.
The group is urging activists to walk out from work or school, picket at Israeli embassies and consulates, picket against "companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine," and host "speak outs." Activists are urged to wear black armbands and "kuffiyehs," a Palestinian scarf.
Organizing the overarching nationwide effort are the Palestinian Youth Movement, National Students for Justice in Palestine, Answer Coalition, The People’s Forum, and the International People’s Assembly.
Donation pages for the Palestinian Youth Movement and National Students for Justice in Palestine note that donations given would be sent to the WESPAC Foundation, which states that it has been "educating, agitating and organizing for a more just and peaceful world, an end to militarism and racism and a more fair economy that works for all" since 1974.
"Our members are currently involved with criminal justice reform and police accountability, food justice work, fair housing, climate justice and safe renewable energy, immigrant protection, solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, an end to militarism and drone warfare and the struggle for justice, equal rights and human dignity for all the inhabitants of Israel/Palestine," the WESPAC Foundation states.
Among the nationwide protests set to take place is one in New York City, also sponsored by Al-Awda, Labor for Palestine, NY4Palestine, Palestinian Assembly and Liberation, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and Schools Out for #CeaseFireNow.
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