MADISON, Wis. — Demonstrators in Madison are putting pressure on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin to call for a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine.
The organizations Madison for a World Beyond War and Jewish Voice for Peace have been setting up vigils outside the senator’s Madison officer for the past week.
On Friday, they read the names of children who have been killed in the bombings of Gaza.
The demonstrators want Baldwin to join other lawmakers who have made public statements supporting a ceasefire and for the government to cut military aid to Israel.
“There’s only so much that letter-writing and phone-calling and phone-banking can do,” demonstrator Phil Trachtenberg said. “She needs to see the people in front of her office saying this is wrong, what we are supporting, what our tax dollars are supporting is wrong and what’s being done in the name of Judaism is wrong.”
Rep. Mark Pocan made a statement in October calling for a ceasefire and for the federal government to send more humanitarian aid to Gaza.