EMU students, faculty, staff join voices for peace in Gaza


by Ryan Cornell for Eastern Mennonite University and available here

Protesters on Tuesday march to City Hall in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where they sang hymns and demanded a permanent cease-fire to the fighting in Gaza. (Photos: EMU/Macson McGuigan)

In a stirring display of solidarity, a group of about 200 protesters gathered outside City Hall in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Tuesday afternoon calling for an end to the violence in Gaza. 

Protesters join in hymns calling for peace on Tuesday in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The protesters, which included a large contingent of passionate EMU students, faculty, and staff, held signs and banners with demands such as: “Ceasefire Now,” “Let Gaza Live,” “Stop Genocide in Gaza” and “Free All Hostages and Prisoners.” 

They joined together in nearly an hour of hymns led by Benjamin Bergey, assistant professor of music at EMU, and Dorothy Jean Weaver ’72, emeritus professor at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. 

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