We'll see how many Wake high school students walk out of class today "to express their outrage at on-going US occupations in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan."
Organizers say that students from Enloe, Broughton, Sanderson, Green Hope, Wakefield, Wake Forest-Rolesvile, and Athens Drive high Schools will walk out of class at 11:30 a.m. for a noon rally on the State Capital grounds.
Here's the press release that was sent from a group calling itself Muslims of America Joined as One:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
As Obama speaks, Raleigh High School Students Walk-Out Against War in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan
Raleigh students from Enloe, Broughton, Sanderson, Green Hope, Wake Field, Wake Forest, and Athens Drive High Schools will be walking out of classes at 11:30am on Friday, February 27 and will convene at a rally at east side of State Capital grounds at 12noon to express their outrage at on-going US occupations in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.
After last months bloody seige on Gaza that killed over 1,300 Palestinians, we demand that the US ends it's military aid to Israel. We want the immediate withdrawl of all US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. During these harsh economic times, with sky rocketing unemployment, rising cost of college tuition and millions of US citizens without health care, we want the tax payer money to go to the needs of the US people, rather than the military of Israel or the US.
The rally is planned to occur simultaneously as President Barack Obama speaks in our state at Camp Lejune to address possible withdrawl of troops from Iraq. He will still leave ten's of thousands around to protect US interests and maintain the US occupation. We demand a complete withdrawl immediately to allow Iraq to be governed by the Iraqis.
President Obama has also recent authorized sending an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. This is an outrage. "This will only make the conflict worse, " says rally organizer Zaid Alemam, senior at Enloe High School.
(Below that are contact numbers for students at Enloe, Sanderson and Broughton who are coordinating the event.)
The protest drew 10 students.