Webster students plan to join local universities in walkout, sit-in demanding cease-fire resolution

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Webster students plan to walk out of class tomorrow afternoon, demanding the St. Louis County Council pass a resolution for a cease-fire in Gaza. 

Students will leave classes at 1:15 p.m. to meet in the University Center, before joining students from Washington University and University of Missouri—Saint Louis at the St. Louis County Council meeting at 2:30 p.m. 

In a press release issued by Webster Students For Palestine, organizer Luke Adams urges the university to take a stance against “the most well-documented genocide in human history.”

Adams cites Webster’s global presence as a reason for the university to support a cease-fire. 

“If global citizenship is our goal we clearly must strike and mobilize to stop the killing, and to end the siege on Palestine,” wrote Adams in the press release shared Jan. 22.

Photo by Zoe DeYoung
Protesters march outside West County Center in Des Peres and along Manchester Road on Nov. 24, 2023. Photo by Zoe DeYoung

The walkout follows several area protests in late 2023. Protesters successfully canvassed the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to pass a cease-fire resolution on Jan. 12.

“It is time for students, teachers, lawyers, workers, leaders… everybody…to unite and demand our government to stop abusing its veto power…to stop enabling and funding this mass murder…this assault on humanity,” Palestinian-American Webster alum Sara Bannoura said in the press release.



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