Fargo residents gather to pressure city leadership to support ceasefire resolution

Courtesy: City of Fargo
Courtesy: City of Fargo

(Fargo, ND) -- Several speakers walked up to the podium at the Fargo City Commission Monday night, urging for Mayor Mahoney and other city leaders to support a resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The group, along with several others at the meeting carrying signs and holding banners supporting a ceasefire, say the conflict has led to a genocide in the Gaza Strip. A similar event occurred in January, where speakers also called for an end to the conflict and for the support of city leadership. 

"Although unpopular with the federal government, a ceasefire is nationally popular and is supported by 60-70% of American voters. It is a symbolic but crucial measure for us to be on the right side of history, to restore our faith in what the US proclaims to stand for, and to mitigate our sense of abandonment by those who are supposed to represent us," said Dr. Mahmoud Soliman, a Fargo resident who spoke at the commission meeting. 

The group is also calling on Fargo residents to call Mayor Mahoney to support the resolution. 

The group was supported by CODEPINK Fargo-Moorhead, who is self-described as "a feminist grassroots organization working to end U.S. warfare and imperialism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming* programs."

Original Air Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2024