Anti-War Rally Chicago Illinois 4-21-18 0921
A few hundred people gathered at the intersection of Congress and Michigan Saturday April 21st to protest the U.S. wars occurring on a permanent basis in various parts of the world. The overriding message was one of peace, and to put an end to the endless wars.
Two speakers stood out for calling attention to the crises occurring in their countries.
Shireen Al-Adeimi is from Yemen. She spoke eloquently about the relentless bombing campaign being carried out by Saudi Arabia with the support of the United States against her country. Hospitals, schools, even weddings and funerals have been targeted. There is a blockade against her country which prevents food and medicine from being provided to the people who need it the most. Starvation and disease are rampant. It's being called the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. You can listen to some of her speeches on Facebook Live.
Rania Salem is a Palestinian activist. She spoke about how Gaza has been turned into a huge open air prison and how Palestinians are being shot down by Israeli snipers by the wall separating Gaza from Israel while peacefully protesting for their Right of Return to their ancestral lands.