The past week coincided with some tragic anniversaries, but ones we must remember: March 15th marked the 7-year anniversary of the war in Syria, a devastating war to which many have grown numb. But as the massive loss of life in Ghouta reminds us, this is very much an active tragedy, and the Syrian people deserve better than the world’s silence. March 16th was the 15th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, an American hero who, at just 23, put her life on the line to protest the injustices of Israel’s occupation, and paid the ultimate price. March 20th marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which also devastated Iraq and set events in motion that would later lead to an uncontainable wave of terrorism and sectarian violence. So many years later, Syria remains at war, Palestine remains under occupation, and some of our leaders still want to drag us to other unnecessary wars in the region, with untold consequences. Peace and justice are not easy to achieve, but they are absolutely worth fighting for, and we’re committed to keeping this fight going.

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