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Stop Bombing Gaza! Market and Montgomery December 29th, part 1
On Monday evening, December 29th, a candlelight vigil took place at Market and Montgomery Streets in downtown San Francisco, outside Senator Diane Feinstein’s office. The vigil turned into spontaneous direct actions as hundreds of protesters blocked the streets and shut down rush hour traffic through downtown San Francisco, blocking the intersection for about two hours. Protesters linked arms in the streets, chanting, “Free, Free, Palestine! Stop Bombing Gaza!”
The International Jewish anti-Zionist Network had a collective presence at the action: we participated in civil disobedience, helping to shut down the street, and supported the young Palestinian protesters who took the lead in actions. Finally, the crowd formed a spontaneous march through downtown, passing through Union Square’s busy streets of holiday shoppers, where there were more speak-outs. The night culminated in a die-in on Market Street. The event was co-sponsored by Direct Action to Stop the War; the Middle East Children’s Alliance; Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism; SF Women in Black; Break the Silence Mural Project; Global Exchange; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper; Beacon Presbyterian Fellowship; Jewish Voice for Peace - Bay Area; and the American Friends Service Committee SF Office.