The San Francisco Bay Area Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today applauded the city of Oakland for passing a resolution that calls on members of Congress to demand a ceasefire in Gaza.
At its November 27 city council meeting, Oakland became the second Bay Area city to adopt a ceasefire resolution to address the “dire humanitarian crisis” in Gaza. The resolution, introduced and championed by Oakland city leaders, reflects the city’s commitment to justice, peace, and human rights and sends a powerful message of solidarity with those affected by the most recent conflict.
The resolution calls for:
- An immediate ceasefire.
- Release of all hostages.
- Unrestricted entry of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.
- Restoration of food, water, electricity, and medical supplies to Gaza.
- Respect for international law.
The resolution also acknowledges the need to address the root causes of violence in the Middle East to achieve lasting peace, emphasizes the critical role of diplomacy and underscores the importance of the United States leveraging its position and influence to resolve longstanding issues and break the cycle of violence.
In a statement, CAIR-SFBA Policy Coordinator Musa Tariq said:
“We commend the city of Oakland for taking a principled stand for peace and justice and for fostering a climate of empathy and understanding within the community.
“This resolution is a testament to the city’s commitment to upholding human rights and promoting a just resolution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
“By supporting a ceasefire, Oakland joins a growing chorus of voices for permanent peace and sets an example for other communities to follow in advocating for a diplomatic resolution to this crisis.”
CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said:
“We thank the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Jewish Voice for Peace, Anti-Police Terror Project, Council President Nikki Fortunato Bass, and Councilmember Carroll Fife for their collaborative efforts in advocating for the ceasefire resolution. These organizations and leaders consistently play a pivotal role in fostering dialogue, understanding, and solidarity among diverse communities, contributing to the broader movement for justice and peace.”