Non-profit organizations Human Rights WatchAmnesty International, and Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem described the situation in Gaza prior to October as part of a decades-long system of apartheid by the Israeli state.

Because of the ongoing incursion and history of the region, thousands of people in Los Angeles have taken to the streets protesting the ongoing conflict in Gaza. This also includes progressive Jewish organizations, like IfNotNowLA and Jewish Voice for Peace, who are protesting outside of politician’s homes and organizing gatherings to mourn the Israeli’s killed in a Hamas incursion on October 7th, but also the thousands of Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza.

Here is a rundown of some of the recent events, and some upcoming ones.

Wednesday, November 8

UCLA Divest is holding a rally calling on their university to divest from BlackRock, a financial firm with investments in Israel.

More info here.

Thursday, November 9

The Palestinian Youth Movement, National Students for Justice in Palestine, ANSWER Coalition, the People’s Forum and the International Peoples’ Assembly are organizing Shut It Down For Palestine, calling on people to stage walkouts, sit-ins and other direct actions at institutions “that fund, invest, and collaborate with Israeli genocide and occupation.”

This is an international action, with some actions in Los Angeles. Cal State LA students are walking out and the Party for Socialism and Liberation are painting banners and flyering in Koreatown.

There will also be a community rally in Long Beach.

Saturday, November 11

Traviesa Studios and Reclaiming Homes are holding a healing clinic and grief circle in support of Palestinians and other Indigenous sovereignty movements in Little Tokyo.

Saturday, November 18

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee is holding a workshop on “war tax resistance.” More info here.

First Monday of every month

Eastside Cafe and WOC Women’s Collective is holding a women’s circle in support of “Free Palestine & All Native Lands.”

Phoenix Tso is a journalist with a passion for hyperlocal storytelling. She is usually on the search for coffee, new food to try, or a nature walk.