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January 15th, 2015

Tell New York City Council: Don’t Tour Apartheid Israel!

Monday, January 12 — Press conference on the steps of City Hall regarding the planned trip of 14 New York City Council members to Israel next month.

Perhaps due to the heavy rain, the turnout of supporters (maybe 30) and media (maybe 5) was limited, but an excellent group of speakers clearly indicated the reasons why the coalition opposes the visit. The progress in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement was highlighted.

Messages to the participants for the planned trip, especially Melissa Mark – Viverito need to continue. City Council members participating in the delegation to Israel are Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Treyger, Brad Lander, Antonio Reynoso, David Greenfield, Rafael Espinal, Darlene Mealy, Mark Levine, Helen Rosenthal, Corey Johnson, Ritchie Torres, Andrew Cohen, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich, and James Van Bramer. To contact a City Council Member go to: http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

Grannies at the press conference included Phyllis, Eva-Lee, Ann, Jenny, Barbara W, and myself.

– Marty Rajandran
for the Granny Peace Brigade

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