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La Puente City Council passes unanimous resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Concerned citizens from all walks of life turn to local government to make their voice heard.
Jacob Bertram
Feelings of celebration and solidarity throughout the crowd after the resolution is passed

La Puente became the latest of more than 30 California cities to pass a resolution calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on Tuesday, April 9.

The resolution was brought forward by city councilman David Argudo, and seconded by Mayor Gabriel Quinones after weeks of community input.

The council’s unanimous final decision to adopt the resolution came after nearly two hours of passionate public comment from 30 members of the La Puente community and the surrounding area. All of whom were in favor of an immediate and permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and a swift end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Joshua Martinez, a Jewish Mexican-American from the La Puente area, discusses how he feels his culture is being undermined by the actions of Israel.

“I was raised in a beautiful culture, a beautiful Jewish tradition of kindness, love and compassion,” Martinez said. “But that’s not what the world is seeing because of this colonial state that is wiping away our beautiful culture with the cameras rolling as they mass murder women and children.”


Joshua Martinez speaks to the council demanding a ceasefire. (Jacob Bertram)


Martinez has not felt safe since the war started.

“They manipulate our grief. They manipulate our trauma,” Martinez added. “Opportunistic organizations like the [Anti-Defamation League] and [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] are flooding our government with money and claiming this is about Jewish defense – Jewish safety, but I have never felt more unsafe in my life as a Jew.”

Martinez’s sentiment was shared by Avraham Stern, who is also Jewish and has familial ties to Israel. During his public comment, Stern made a clear distinction between Zionism and Judaism and expressed discontent with continued U. S. support of Netanyahu’s government.


“Zionism denies Palestinians ethnic origins and positions the genocide of Palestine as necessary for Jewish survival – a deeply immoral, unethical, indefensible, disturbing and insane fallacy. This is not Judaism.”

— Avraham Stern


“I’m tired of Zionism in Israel speaking for me,” Stern said. “Does being America’s friend mean Israel can do no wrong? Israel is Zionist, not Jewish. But does the perception of being Jewish mean Israel can do no wrong?”

During his public comment, Stern called on the council to hold state and federal officials accountable to the public voice.


Avraham Stern demands an immediate and permanent ceasefire and that state and federal government is held accountable to the public. (Jacob Bertram)


“Stand up now,” Stern said. “I beg you. Or this genocide will continue in all of our names. Don’t ask us what you are supposed to do, show us what you can do. Don’t ask us what difference it will make; show us you can make a difference. Ceasefire now.”

Other notable speakers included many members from both the Jewish and Muslim diasporas as well as West Covina Mayor Brian Caldaron, who recently tried to bring a resolution to his own district but lacked support from his colleagues.


West Covina mayor Brian Calderon addresses the council imploring they listen to their constituents. (Jacob Bertram)


After consideration was given to what was said during public comment, council member Argudo motioned to reword the verbiage of the resolution to represent the desperate situation in Palestine and particularly in the Gaza Strip.

Changing the title of the resolution from “an end to the conflict in the middle east” to “an immediate and permanent ceasefire” was seconded by Mayor Quinones and subsequently accepted by the rest of the council.


Councilman Argudo responds to the crowd and thanks them for their input. (Jacob Bertram)


The resolution was passed with a 4-0 vote, as council member Valerie Munoz was absent from the meeting. However, the reason for her absence is currently unclear.

Council member Nadia Mendoza addressed the crowd in her comments after the vote and thanked them for coming out to speak.

“You know, it’s just, it’s humbling that this is going on in real time,” Mendoza said. “And we’re here. We’re safe. As safe as we can be. As this is going on and we are watching it unfold in front of our eyes daily, it does not fall lightly on any of our conscience or our humanity. So thank you, thank you.”

The resolution came on the final day of the holy month of Ramadan.

La Puente became the most recent addition to the list of dozens of southern California cities to pass a ceasefire resolution. West Covina Mayor Caldaron said he plans to bring forth another resolution for his city in the coming weeks, with many others expected to follow suit soon after.

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Jacob Bertram
Jacob Bertram, News Editor
Jacob Bertram is the News Editor. He is  in his second year at Mt. SAC and enjoys covering labor, politics, and social justice. He is also a Navy veteran.

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