Resolution in Support of a Ceasefire in Gaza
This is the final version of the resolution which has already been presented to Amherst Town Council and which the Amherst Town Council will consider on March 4th (new date!). Below this text you will find a form for you to fill out to sign onto the resolution as a Community Sponsor (if you are an Amherst resident) and support this effort further (non-Amherst residents welcome!)

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A CEASEFIRE IN GAZA
Community Sponsors: 550 + Amherst residents (as of 2/23/24)
Councilor Sponsors: Patricia De Angelis and Ellisha Walker

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WHEREAS, on October 16th, 2023, the Amherst Town Council gave unanimous support to a resolution condemning the October 7th Hamas attack on Israel that took nearly 1,200 lives; and

WHEREAS
, since October 7th, 2023, the Israeli government’s siege of Gaza has killed more than 27,500 Palestinians, most of them civilians, nearly half of them children; and

WHEREAS, more than 1.9 million residents of Gaza have been forced to leave their homes, many of them displaced multiple times; and

WHEREAS, humanitarian aid into Gaza has been blocked, threatening more than half a million people with death from starvation and disease; and

WHEREAS, during the temporary ceasefire in November 2023, 110 Israeli and international hostages and 240 Palestinian prisoners were released, since then, no further hostages or prisoners have been freed and more than twenty-five have died; and

WHEREAS, since October 7th, 2023, the United States government has pledged an additional $14 billion of unconditional military aid to the Israeli government and sent $250 million without Congressional approval; and

WHEREAS, the United States was the only nation to veto the United Nations Security Council call for a ceasefire; and

WHEREAS, the conflict is rapidly spreading to the West Bank, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and beyond; and

WHEREAS, the climate of fear, anger, and disinformation in the United States—and Amherst has been no exception—has led to an escalation of threats, hate speech, and hate crimes against Jewish, Palestinian, Muslim, and Arab Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Amherst Town Council, call for an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza, an end to the Israeli military siege of the Gaza Strip, the release of the hostages and detainees on both sides, the removal of obstacles to urgently needed humanitarian aid entering Gaza, and an end to unconditional United States military aid to the Israeli government.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we extend our support to all the broken-hearted and vulnerable members of our Amherst community who are directly affected by this ongoing crisis, reaffirm our commitment to the safety of all members of our community, and pledge to join with others seeking just and peaceful solutions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the Amherst Town Council shall cause a copy of this Resolution to be sent to President Joseph Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Edward Markey, and Representative Jim McGovern.

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SIGN-ON AND SUPPORT to get Amherst Town Council to pass the "Resolution in Support of a Ceasefire in Gaza"
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Thank you for your interest in supporting the Resolution in Support of a Ceasefire in Gaza.  The Town Council will likely vote on the resolution at the March 4th (new date!) meeting.

This resolution calls for an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza, an end to the Israeli military siege of the Gaza Strip, the release of the hostages and detainees on both sides, removal of obstacles to urgently needed humanitarian aid entering Gaza, and an end to unconditional U.S. military aid to the Israeli government.

Passing a resolution in Amherst would not be merely a symbolic act. It would take a stand for peace and justice and join the calls for the U.S. government to listen to the American people on this burning issue.

You can find the The Resolution in Support of a Ceasefire in Gaza here .

More information, updates, and resources about the campaign can be found at tinyurl.com/Amherst4CeasefireToolkit (please share with other supporters!) 


This form allows individuals and organizations to officially sign-on in support of the Resolution in Support of a Ceasefire in Gaza. 

(If you are an Amherst resident, you may officially sign on as a publicly listed Community Sponsor of the resolution. If you are not an Amherst resident, you may still support this effort in a number of ways and we welcome you to fill out this form!)

Contact Amherst4Ceasefire@gmail.com with any questions or comments.
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Please indicate whether you are an Amherst resident who would like to have your name publicly listed as a community sponsor of the Amherst "Resolution in Support of a Ceasefire in Gaza". (*Students in Amherst DO count as residents.) *
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For Amherst residents, please share your address OR what district you are in (sharing your district is preferable to your address). You can find the district you live in here. Only Amherst residents are able to officially sign on as Community Sponsors.
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(i.e. friends or family who live in Amherst, you work in Amherst, you frequently visit Amherst, etc.). While non-Amherst residents cannot sign on officially as Community Sponsors, we appreciate your support and would love to keep you in the loop for how to support.
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You can also find ways to support the campaign at tinyurl.com/Amherst4CeasefireToolkit
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