By Max Reed, President of the American Student Union
On Thursday, October 12th a march was held in downtown Fredericksburg in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The event was organized by the American Student Union at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) and the UMW Students for Justice in Palestine. Despite the waverings of other organizations and the reactionary denouncement by the right-wing ADL, the march downtown went as planned without any hiccups. Fifty students and residents marched up and down William St, briefly taking breaks for pictures and speeches by lead organizers.
October 12th was a national day of action for Palestine supporters, and other marches took place across Virginia and the country. This included demonstrations at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, the City University of New York (CUNY), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and other colleges across the nation. The youth of Gen Z, joined by many others, are unwavering in their commitment to stopping US aid to the Israeli apartheid regime. Despite the threats against students’ free speech, the blacklisting, doxing, and propaganda of the media, American youth bravely came out into the streets to express their solidarity with the people of Palestine and against the US government’s role in propping up Israeli apartheid.