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GU Students Plan Walkout Today to Demand Solidarity with Palestine

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Students, faculty and staff at Gonzaga University are organizing a walkout on today (Wednesday) at noon to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and advocate for their liberation, according to a press release.

The walkout is led by the GU Community for Justice in Palestine group, which demands that the university disclose its investment portfolio, withdraw from the Inland Northwest Consortium, end study abroad programs in Israel, cut ties with Boeing and divest from arms manufacturers and companies supporting Israeli apartheid.

The organizers, including Jewish and Muslim students, emphasize the need for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They cite the ongoing violence and massacres in Gaza, where over 34,000 Palestinians, including 13,000 children, have been killed by the Israeli state in the last six months, according to a press release.

The protest will start on Herak Lawn, where students will read a letter detailing their demands, make speeches and lead other activities. The group will then march around campus to College Hall and deliver a letter of demands to the university administration. The organizers in a press release, stress that the walkout will not tolerate antisemitism, Islamophobia or hate speech in any form, and their priorities “are to promote true peace and liberation for all.”

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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