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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

EDITORIAL: Local, student activism matters

Rob Le Cates
Jason Farias, a senior history education major, leads a group throughout campus during a student walkout demanding a free Palestine at the Mellin Steps in protest of the Israel genocide on Palestinian civilians Wednesday afternoon. Farias said there were around 100 other schools in the nation participating in the walk.

To give a voice to people halfway across the globe, especially some who aren’t able to speak for themselves, is brave and inspiring. 

We at The News support the students who participated in the National Student Walkout on campus Wednesday afternoon.

The Mixed Identity Student Organization condemned what it said was a genocide and a breach of basic human rights. 

The group garnered around 20 to 30 students, alumni and locals as they campaigned throughout campus promoting their stance. 

Earlier Wednesday, Columbia University students conducted an “End Jew Hate” to protest that colleges are not doing enough to protect Jewish students, reported on by Spectrum News. 

Israel declared war on Hamas on Oct. 7 following the Hamas group’s surprise attack killing at least 1,400 Israeli people, according to Reuters. 

Israel retaliated with many airstrikes killing at least 5,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, according to the United Nations, and it imposed a siege on Gaza and blocked the transport of goods. 

The fatalities are expected to continue climbing. 

Eastern University President Jay Gatrell released a statement on Oct. 10 saying Eastern remains dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where people, no matter their backgrounds, can coexist. 

Those protesting Wednesday on campus showed that no matter how big or small, how close, or how far an issue is, students should come together as one to fight for causes they believe in.

Some might ask what does this conflict have to do with Eastern or say that no one cares, and that participating in the protest will have zero influence.

Supporting issues that directly impact you or not is something every single person should be doing.

Doing so brings awareness and can create ripples for change.

When people walk by and wonder what and why they are protesting for, that is the perfect opportunity to educate someone.

They are leaders for what many people are afraid to do, which is to fight out loud for change.

They are working toward the difference they want to see.

Having passion for others is a human instinct. Follow that instinct and stand up for what you believe to be true and good for humanity. 

When was the last time you stood up for something you believe in?

The Editorial Board can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].

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Rob Le Cates
Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief
Rob Le Cates is a junior journalism major. He previously served as summer editor-in-chief, photo editor and assistant photo editor at The News.

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