Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What's #Convoy4Syria up to?

In this blogpost I will keep track of activities, media coverage, photos, videos, tweets, etc, on the Marie Colvin Convoy for Syria.

The convoy left Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, March 8, to embark on a cross-country convoy to highlight the growing bloodshed and brutality of the Assad regime's crackdown on Syria's revolutionary movement.

Named in honor of American journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed recently in Homs while covering the uprising, the convoy will travel nearly 3000 miles to the White House, making multiple stops to add participants along the way. The convoy will stop at the home of Colvin's family in New York, participate in a rally in front of the UN on the 16th, before heading to Washington, DC, on the 17th to rally in front of the White House and attend the 'United We Stand for Freedom in Syria" event.
LEONARD ORTIZ, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

"Ms. Colvin was one person, but her loss had resonance across a country (Syria)," Almoukdad said. "We want her family to know that we are sorry they lost their daughter. And that they also gained a family of 20 million brothers and sisters." Read the Orange County Register's coverage of the convoy's launch here.

See also: 
Neon Tommy - Syrian-Americans Embark on Convoy to Honor Slain Journalist
LAist - Syrians from Orange County Caravan to East Coast to Pay Respects to Family of Slain Combat Journalist Marie Colvin
OC Weekly - Syrian Americans Drive From Anaheim To NYC To Thank Family of Slain Journalist 

via @therwees on twitter

Phoenix, Arizona - March 8
- Photos
- Video
- CNN iReport
via @shezbarbour on twitter

On their way to Tucson, the convoy stopped at Sen. John McCain's office to meet with his chief of staff.

Houston, Texas - March 9
- Photos
- Video

Little Rock, AK - March 10
- Video
- Photos

Lafayette, AK- March 10
- Photos
Lafayette, AK, at the home of Najib Ghadban & Mohja Kahf


Chicago, IL - March 11
- CNN iReport
- Video
- Photos

The convoy will stop at MECCA Center, Tuesday March 13, then will head out to Buckingham Fountain in Downtown Chicago to participate in a vigil at 7:30 pm.

AFP - War reporter Marie Colvin laid to rest in New York - "Separately, a group of activists who have formed The Marie Colvin Convoy for Freedom of Syria made a stop in Chicago on Sunday.
The activists earlier departed Los Angeles, and planned to be in New York on Thursday to deliver their condolences to Colvin's family, before heading to Washington for a rally outside the White House."

Washington, DC - March 15
- OC Register
- Festival DC
- CNN iReport
- Photos

The Convoy stopped at the Russian Embassy as Rev. Jesse Jackson held a press conference in support of the Syrian revolution.




New York - March 16
- CBS
- ABC
- Newsday
- Video
- Photos

CNN iReport - It was a solemn occasion today for members of the Marie Colvin Convoy for Freedom of Syria as they met with the family of the slain journalist in Oyster Bay, NY. Marie Colvin was killed on Feb. 22nd while reporting on the government-led siege against the citizens of Homs, Syria.

Los Angeles convoy-organizer, Belal Delati, was moved by the sacrifice Marie Colvin paid trying to bring the crisis of his country, Syria, to the world. “We want to make sure she is not forgotten,” stated Delati. “We really consider her a hero.”

The members of the convoy delivered an engraved “medal of honor”, flowers, other mementos including a Free Syria flag with signatures - all collected during the cross-country drive to build awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The Colvin family had been keeping up with the convoy’s progress through the group’s Facebook and was touched by the tribute. Marie’s mother, Rosemarie Colvin, was comforted by the condolences offered by the group. "Other people are taking up the cause my daughter did, to bring out the truth about Syria and make her life meaningful."

Washington, DC - March 17
- CNN iReport
- Photos
- Video

Charlotte, NC - March 18
- WBTV
- Charlotte Observer
- Photos
- Video

Back in Anaheim, CA - March 22


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