Opposing the occupation

Abdillahi Abdinoor holds a protest sign. The demonstration lasted more than an hour.

Sign of protest

Syed Ahsam holds up a sign among the protesters gathered outside the post office.

Gathering spot

Demonstrators gather outside the post office.

Heading toward the post office

Protesters cross Walnut Street toward the post office in downtown Columbia.

Calling for a cease-fire

Ahmed El-Tayash chants for a cease-fire and peace.

Moving west on Locust

Protestors march west down Locust Street away from the Islamic Center of Central Missouri. As they marched, they chanted for peace and justice and an end to the Israeli siege in Gaza.

Marching for peace

Ahmed El-Tayash chants for a cease-fire and peace in Gaza during a march by the Islamic Center; Boone Tikkun, a Jewish and interfaith group; the Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation; and Mid-Missouri Peaceworks. The group marched at 2 Friday afternoon from the Islamic Center up Providence Road then east to the Post Office.

Meghan Gilliss

“My friend and I were talking last night, and she decided to learn to make new mistakes instead of the same ones over and over, which seems like a good idea to me.” — Meghan Gilliss, 25

Dane Altemueller

“I want to start waking up earlier, exercise regularly, eat a balanced breakfast and read the paper before 9 a.m.” — Dane Altemueller

Kim Jennings

“I want to treat my wife better. And I’m going to quit smoking, but not until Jan. 17 because that’s when I have my next doctor’s appointment.” — Kim Jennings

Alleyah Loveall, 3

“I just want to play and do homework!” — Alleyah Loveall, 3

Somrith Lem

“I want to see Missouri basketball win the national championship this year!" — Somrith Lem

Dwight Williams

“My wife and I would like to travel more. We’re putting some things on hold so we can get our debt paid down.” — Dwight Williams, 68

Addison Myers, 77

“I’m hoping to live another year. I hope for good health for my wife and myself. I’ve been healthy, and I’d like to continue to be. I’d like to play one more (acting) role somewhere.” — Addison Myers, 77

Stephany Williams

“I’m going to college, getting a new car, changing my appearance. … I’m excluding people out of my life. One more person that doesn’t benefit me.” — Stephany Williams, 18, Columbia

Jordan Anderson

“My New Year’s resolution is to be nicer to people, be more kind, not so mean. Like the other day, I told a girl get out of my way because she was standing in front of me, she was tall. I thought that was mean. I don’t want to do stuff like that again.” — Jordan Anderson

Kristin Schaadt of Moberly, 39

“Let’s just cut down on the amount of material stuff we have and be happy with what we have. Not buy used books at bookstores or stuff that sits around on the shelves and you just look at.” — Kristin Schaadt of Moberly, 39

Matt Poppa

“This is first year I don’t have a resolution because last year didn’t work. I just decided not to make resolutions because it’s too depressing.” — Matt Poppa, 30

Grant Blackwell

“I am kind of a superstitious artist. Whatever piece of art I am working on New Years’ Eve, I have to finish it by the start of the next year, but I never finish. So, my resolution is to finish a piece of art that I am working on today.” — Grant Blackwell, 25

Trevione Gardner, 5

“I want to have PlayStation 3 in 2009. I like the basketball game a lot." — Trevione Gardner, 5