Chicago: Massive balloon launch for Palestinian children

If you’re in town, join the Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights as it releases hundreds of balloons into the sky to honor the children killed during Israel’s invasion of Gaza three years ago.

Each balloon will carry a tag with the name of the martyred child printed on seed paper. Wherever these (biodegradable) balloons land, flowers will eventually sprout from the seed paper in a way that resembles life in Gaza — blooming vibrantly and standing tall.

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There are 10 comments

  1. Abdullah Shawky

    Thank you for this, I am inspired by the idea and I want to host a similar event in Dallas. Can you please contact me regarding the balloons and seed paper you are using? I want to be able to do the same thing here in Dallas. Thank you very much.

    Long live Palestine!

    1. Kristina Witter

      Please do not release balloons into the atmosphere for ANY reason! It can result in the direct death of wildlife and all that litter harms our environment. Released balloons can travel up to hundreds of miles before settling in oceans, woods and even zoos and wildlife sanctuaries where animals including sea turtles, birds and many mammals will undoubtedly ingest them. Please consider the implications of your actions and consider an alternative, less environmentally destructive way of expressing your support.

  2. Kristina Witter

    Please do not release balloons into the atmosphere for ANY reason! I am a Wildlife Biologist on the Florida Gulf Coast and can tell you from firsthand experience that balloons are deadly to animals including sea turtles, birds and many mammals. Released balloons can travel up to hundreds of miles before settling in oceans, woods and even zoos and wildlife sanctuaries where animals including sea turtles, birds and many mammals will undoubtedly ingest them. If you MUST use a balloon, tethering one instead of releasing it will get your message across for a longer period of time without endangering animals. No matter what the packaging says, balloons take years to ‘bio-degrade’ but it only takes seconds for an animal to choke to death, drown, or get hit by a car in their pursuit to reach the tantalizing looking object. Regardless of it’s impact on wildlife, LITTER IS LITTER and those released balloons WILL fall back onto the planet as trash! While I respect a person’s right to show your sympathy, next time, please consider the implications of your actions and consider an alternative, less environmentally destructive way of expressing your support.

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