On November 7th, 2023, members of the Peace and Freedom Party of Butte County stood side by side with the Chico Palestine Advocacy Network to call for a ceasefire in Palestine. The resolution they put forth to the Chico City Council is the same resolution adopted by the city of Providence, Rhode Island, a week earlier. Other city councils around the U.S., including Richmond, California, have passed similar ceasefire resolutions.
This action occurred one month after the surprise attack launched by Hamas against Israel. The attack resulted in the death of around 1,200 people, hundreds of them Israeli soldiers, and in the taking of Israeli hostages, military and civilian. Israel responded with wholesale bombardment, blockading, and cutting off resources such as food, power, internet, and water to the entire Palestinian population of Gaza. This collective punishment of the people of Gaza has resulted in over 10,000 deaths, including 4,000 children, and in the destruction of hospitals. The deprivation and killing continues.
Deya Ammar of the Chico Palestine Advocacy Network and yahmóʔ ʔahqha, Butte County Peace and Freedom Party Chair,
presenting the resolution for a ceasefire to the Chico City Council
The resolution has not yet been taken up by the Chico City Council. PFP Butte County continues to contact other local organizations to support this effort. They call on all PFP members and comrades in allied organizations to work towards proposing similar resolutions to their prospective city councils throughout the state and country in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Following is the text of the resolution:
City of Chico
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL
WHEREAS, all human life is precious, and the targeting of civilians, no matter their faith, or ethnicity, is a violation of international law; and
WHEREAS, between October 7th and November 7th, 2023, armed violence, has claimed the lives of over 10,000 Palestinians and over 1,400 Israelis, including Americans, and wounded thousands more; and
WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of lives are at imminent risk if a ceasefire is not achieved and humanitarian aid is not delivered without delay; and
WHEREAS, all members of the California Federal Delegation must use the platform provided by the office to advocate for measures that will result in the least amount of death and violence; and
WHEREAS, the federal government holds immense diplomatic power to save Israeli and Palestinian lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Chico
1. Urges the Biden administration to immediately call for and facilitate de-escalation, and a cease-fire to urgently in the current violence; and
2. Calls upon the Biden administration to promptly send, and facilitate the entry of humanitarian assistance to Gaza
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon passage a copy of this resolution be sent to the office of US, President Joe Biden, the office of US representative Doug LaMalfa, the office of US senator Alex Padilla, and the office of US senator Laphonza Butler.