Here are messages from Jessica, a student from Corvallis:
WE ARE GOING Dec 30th, 2009 by Jessica
Several hours later, we are about to leave for Gaza with Jodie Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK. WE have TWO BUSES. We are GOING.
Update from Jessica Dec 30th, 2009 by Jessica
Oregon students Jess and Sarah are on the bus to Gaza. Our heart is with the Gazans and that is why we have decided to occupy the bus until it leaves for Gaza. Before we boarded the bus, the March steering committee announced that they made the wrong decision by accepting the Egyptian government’s offer for a 100 person delegation. The delegation boarded the buses where we were told by the steering committee that the Gazans did not want us in just that many words. Three hours later, we have called Gazans and Gazan civic organizations and they are waiting for us. We are accountable to those who fundraised to send us here and we are accountable to those who we have said we would come to help. Right now, we have filled one bus (50 people) and Marchers are piling onto a second bus. We want to bring aid and break the siege on Gaza and that is exactly what we are going to do. Please contact the media, please talk to your community organizations, and please keep us in your thoughts.”
EDIT: Two buses of people have been filled refusing to give up on their journey. Please help Jessica by distributing updates.
It seems they may have garnered enough clout to break the standstill. Hopefully they can now push through and make it to the other side. This is a moment of truth for what could be a historic march.
Please notify your congresspersons that two of their constituents are currently en route to Gaza.
DeFazio: (202) 225-6416
Wyden: (202) 224-5244
Merkley: (202) 224-3753
Blumenauer: (202) 225-4811
Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 6:30pm
Corvallis: AN EVENING OF SOLIDARITY WITH GAZA FREEDOM MARCHERS
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
128 SW 9th St, Corvallis, OR
OSU junior Jessica Campbell will be one of 1000 Americans (including 100 students, 3 from Oregon) marching with 50,000 Palestinians on the Gaza Freedom March on December 31st. For a full description of the March and the Oregon students participating go to:
Join us for a potluck dinner and "live coverage" of preparations for the march. We plan to Skype with Jessica and the other Oregon students as they prepare to start the march that morning in Gaza.
This event is free and open to the public, but any donations collected will go for school supplies for children in Gaza living in tent camps.
Event sponsored by Palestine Action Group.