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Y C. I'm Michael Hill. Pro Palestinian groups have been organizing rallies around the region for years, but the activists say they've noticed a difference in the crowds over the last year. Since George Floyd was murdered and in how people perceive them. W in my Ci's race and justice reporter Joseph Jenny, Um reports on the influence of George Floyd on the protest. Rania Mustafa has been participating in pro Palestinian rallies since she was a child in North Jersey. She could always recognize the faces in the crowd because only a couple 100 people demonstrated. Most of the Arab American, so we always called any protest that we had in Paterson. Kind of like talking to our echo chamber. Mustafa is now the executive director of the Palestinian American Community Center in Clifton, New Jersey. And she says that after George Boy's murder sparked thousands of protests last year that all changed. So this is the first time that I saw a lot of people coming out in large numbers from many different groups from many different walks of life to support in solidarity, she says. A recent protests was the largest in Paterson for Palestinian cause. At least 4000 people gathered the biggest crowd they had before that wasn't 2014 when 1000 people marched to protest the war in Gaza. What happened after the killing of George Floyd really woke up a lot of people specifically the youth and had them started thinking critically about their position. Al it e and their privilege. Kendall Thomas is a Columbia law school professor. He says the George Ford Rally's put a spotlight on human rights issues and inspired people to engage with events around the world. We saw demonstrations in Paris and Berlin in London. We saw the name of George Floyd and the story of what happened to George Floyd. Literally travel around the globe, he says. People watching began connecting the black lives matter marches with conflicts in their own communities. I could make sense of what's happening to me as someone who lives in New York City. Or someone who lives in Ramallah that I couldn't make before because I can watch and listen to stories about events that are similar to and resonate with my own experience. So Har Izzy's is a law professor and Middle East legal expert at Rutgers University in New Jersey. And like Palestinian organized Iranian Mustafa, she says the faces in the crowd are telling the ones showing up to rallies and protests in the last year are no longer just the familiar faces. It's not simply people who are of Arab heritage or people who are Muslim, she says. It's African Americans, Latino Americans. White Americans and Jewish Americans. Joseph Jerry in W. N. Y C news. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm no well King Good morning in the military commanders and not prosecutors pick which serious criminal cases will go to trial. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says that system does not work. She now has bipartisan support for legislation that would change how criminal cases are handled for service members. But one Democrat is standing in her way. Here's NPR congressional reporter Claudia Chrysalis Night after night. Last week, Democrat Kiersten Gillibrand took to the Senate floor to ask for passage of her bill to reform the military's criminal justice system. I rise today I rise tonight to once again, I rise on behalf of the supporters of this bill. And night after night. Her Democratic colleague who chairs the Armed Services Committee, Rhode Island, Senator Jack Reed has said no, I would object. I object, preserving my writer Jack. It's the latest chapter in a battle that has been years in the making. Since 2013. Gillibrand has sponsored legislation to remove criminal cases such as sexual assault from the chain of command and put them in the hands of trained military prosecutors. I asked for a vote in 2016 2017. 18, 2019 and 2020 and I was denied every single time. But this year, Gillibrand joined forces with Iowa Republican Joni Ernst Ernst is a sexual assault survivor herself before she later became a better in combat company commander in Iraq. It is time we take new action to stop these attacks. To bring justice for the victims and to prevent these actions going forward. Now, the bill has more than 60 co sponsors, a majority that could approve the plan on the Senate floor today. Ernst was a former hold out on the bill, who is now fed up with the military's climbing criminal case Loads. I was tourney We have not seen improvement. Reed wants the legislation put through the committee process for this year's defense bill, which would start later this summer and the top Republican on the panel overseeing the military agrees. When it comes to important issues like this, we should not rush That's Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, a long time opponent of the proposal. Some skeptics have said other serious crimes such as murder and manslaughter should be kept in the chain of command. But supporters of this bill say that would be a move to water it down. Whether it's in the military or whether it's outside the military. A crime is a crime. And it ought to be punished. That's Iowa GOP Senator Chuck Grassley, who has co sponsored the legislation with Gillibrand since it was first introduced. We've been waiting almost a decade. There's no.