Sunday, December 27th, marked the one-year anniversary of the start of Israel’s three-week assault on the Gaza Strip that killed some 1,400 Palestinians and thirteen Israelis.  Since that time, one year later, the illegal blockade imposed on Gaza by the Israeli authorities continues to prevent reconstruction, humanitarian aid and recovery for its’ 1.5 million residents. That is why over 1,300 individuals–including six Minnesotans–from 43 countries are convening in Egypt this weekend to travel to Gaza and march nonviolently alongside thousands of Gazans, calling for an end to the illegal siege.

The Minnesotans attending are:

Oauhib and Gail Chalbi, Coon Rapids
Dave Tilsen and daughter, Minneapolis
Sylvia Schwarz, St. Paul
Phil Benson and daughter, Carver County
Duane Suess, Plymouth

Please visit Gaza Freedom March to keep up with the historic event that will take place December 31, 2009.  

And you can be part of this historical event right here in Minneapolis!

Everyone will gather at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza (300 S 6th St. Minneapolis) at 11:30 am and march through the Skyways from 12-1.

We encourage everyone to wear pink (to stand out) and for families to participate; we hope to symbolize how 50% of the people in Gaza who are suffering are children under the age of 15.

For more information on the Minneapolis march watch the attached video and/or email:

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