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Students write over 150 letters to protest for a ceasefire in Palestine

Students of all ages from all over Montgomery County come together and reach out to Maryland representatives to facilitate peace.

In a remarkable display of unity, students from various high schools across Montgomery County converged at the Islamic Center of Maryland on November 18th to participate in a letter-writing protest. The letters advocated for a ceasefire in Palestine. Orchestrated by Sabrin Niamathullah and Juwairiyah Abbasi, the event sought to bring light to the collective concern for the safety of Palestinian individuals. 

Sabrin Niamathullah and Juwairiyah Abbasi are students at Clarksburg High School, and active in spreading resources and organizing various protests for students. Niamathullah is the SGA President at Clarksburg, and she recently organized a walkout at her high school in support of Palestine. Niamathullah also met and spoke to Senator Van Holland about the issue.

This particular protest included over 150 letters passionately penned to Maryland representatives, urging immediate action toward a peaceful resolution. Niamathullah, in her opening remarks, set the tone for the event. “In this room, what we are trying to do isn’t against any certain race or religion… there is no hate. We want peace,” stated Niamathullah to her audience of supporters.

High school students weren’t the only age group to get involved in this event. Many younger children were present as well, accompanied by parents and siblings to the protest. One elementary school student wrote, “I am 9 years old. I care about other 9-year-olds. Please help the children in Palestine,” echoing a sentiment that resonated throughout the protest – a simple plea for safety. 

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Niamathullah’s introductory speech invoked a call to action, challenging participants to envision their role in shaping history. “We are going to be the generation to create change,” she stated, urging attendees to reflect on the impact of their actions when recounting these events to future generations. Emphasizing the collective responsibility of students, Niamathullah added, “As students, it is so important for us to come together. It is so important for us to use our voices, use our rights as American citizens.”

Zainab Chaudry, a representative from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), delivered a powerful message on advocacy and human rights, guiding students on how to formulate letters that resonate both professionally and personally. She also addressed the concerns of potential backlash, providing resources and support for students navigating the complexities of advocacy.

A bake sale featuring numerous baked goods was also organized at the event. The profits from the sale were dedicated to Doctors Without Borders, with the event planners pledging to match the generated funds when making their donation. 

The students of Montgomery County exemplified an extraordinary sense of community throughout the event. As the event ended, it signified not just the conclusion of an assembly but also the beginning of a strong and unique impact. This moment encapsulated the enduring influence wielded by passionate students, underscoring each individual’s capacity to actively contribute to the cultivation of a future marked by peace and understanding.