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10,000 on 12/30 in SF Protest Us/Israel Genocide in Gaza
by repost
Wednesday Dec 31st, 2008 6:30 AM
Over 10,000 protestors filled the sidewalks in front of and across the street from the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco and marched. In New York City, thousands demonstrated at the Israeli Consulate located on 2nd Avenue and 43rd St. Between 4,000 and 5,000 marchers took to the streets in Los Angeles. In Dearborn, Michigan, thousands braved below-freezing weather to demonstrate. In San Diego, 500 people protested.
From: http://answer.pephost.org/site/News2/2094855410?abbr=ANS_&page=NewsArticle&id=8873&news_iv_ctrl=1621

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in scores of U.S. cities in response to the call for December 30 to be a National Day of Action to support the people of Palestine. The call was issued 72 hours ago by a number of organizations including the ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, the National Council of Arab Americans, Free Palestine Alliance, Al-Awda - International Palestine Coalition for the Right of Return and others.

In Washington D.C., 5,000 people gathered at the State Department and marched to the White House. Those taking to the streets included many children, teenagers and young adults demanding an immediate end to the bombing of Gaza. As the nighttime march entered the White House grounds, it took over and filled all of Pennsylvania Avenue with young people raising Palestinian flags at the White House fence.

Thousands of protestors rally in New York.

Over 10,000 protestors filled the sidewalks in front of and across the street from the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco and marched. In New York City, thousands demonstrated at the Israeli Consulate located on 2nd Avenue and 43rd St. Between 4,000 and 5,000 marchers took to the streets in Los Angeles. In Dearborn, Michigan, thousands braved below-freezing weather to demonstrate. In San Diego, 500 people protested.

Today, people carried out demonstrations in Anchorage, AK; Phoenix, AZ; Modesto, Sacramento, San Jose, and Santa Rosa, CA; Colorado Springs and Denver, CO; Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Ocala, FL; Atlanta, GA; Honolulu, HI; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Ann Arbor, Flint and Kalamazoo, MI; Concord and Portsmouth, NH; New Brunswick, NJ; Albuquerque, NM; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Cincinnati, Cleveland and Youngstown, OH; Portland, OR; Philadelphia, PA; Sioux Falls, SD; Knoxville, TN; Dallas and Houston, TX; Norfolk, VA; Bellingham, Seattle and Tacoma, WA; and scores of other cities in the United States. Protestors even lined the street in front of incoming U.S. President Barack Obama's vacation compound in Kailua, Hawaii.

Coordinated protests were also held throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

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by Mario
Wednesday Dec 31st, 2008 10:05 AM
ANSWER deserves all due credit for playing a major role in organizing last nights intense powerful event . But the impact is (slightly ) offset by their grossly exagerating our turnout . We had at our peak, perhaps 2-2500. (with only a combined total of approx. 150 Zionist counterdemostators )
Our real size and the passion and power of Yesterday's mobilization was a political success. We shouldn't however fight the often gross underestimation our rallies by the capitalist media by greatly inflating our numbers. I think it can hurt our crediablity .
by Ms. Meroe
Wednesday Dec 31st, 2008 10:55 AM
I was there and there were at least 2,000 perhaps 2500. I don't think there were 150 zionists there though. Perhaps a few dozen. It is important for the left to get our numbers as accurate as possible. It does harm to our credibility when we misrepresent ourselves.
by (
Thursday Jan 1st, 2009 9:45 PM
By all accounts, the march took up several blocks, closing Montgomery Street for a while. That is far more than 2,000 or 5,000; it sounds like 10,000 easily. As to the Zionists, whether it be 50 or 150, it is still a small crowd, considering how numerous they are in the Bay Area. And their Christian fascist friends, the ones who wave the American flag, are here by the millions. And speaking of Zionists, we need more phone calls to Barbara Boxer and Jackie Speier; we seem to have filled up the voice mail boxes of the other 2 pro-Israel fascists, Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein, but not Boxer and Speier. Get off the dime for now is the time to speak your mind!