March 2, 2007

30 Demonstrations Planned in Midwest Region, Four Years Far Too Many -- Help Make This the LAST Anniversary of the War in Iraq

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Help Make This the LAST Anniversary of the War in Iraq

30 Demonstrations Planned Throughout Midwest Region

March 2, 2007

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Bush's escalation in Iraq is underway, and the bloodshed continues; dozens of people are killed and hundreds wounded nearly every day. And yet Congress, and its numerous presidential hopefuls, continues to dither on cutting the funding for the war and setting a timetable for withdrawal. Elected with an overwhelming mandate for peace, they can barely find the courage to pass a non-binding resolution to oppose the escalation, let alone stand up to the White House on plans to attack Iran.

On March 19th the fifth year of this illegal, immoral, disastrous war will begin, and we must mark this occasion with the loudest and widest demonstrations for peace that we can muster. ANSWER is organizing a March on the Pentagon on March 17, and Troops Out Now Coalition is calling for an Encampment to Stop the War beginning March 12 in Washington, DC. We encourage you to attend these actions if you are able to do so. At the same time, United for Peace and Justice knows that our movement must also be vocal and visible in every community across the country, around the 4th anniversary and beyond.

We must capture the momentum of the huge numbers of new people coming to the realization that this war must be stopped. UFPJ member groups and allies from Alaska to Florida are working hard to organize a wide array of actions, including vigils, marches, rallies, nonviolent civil disobedience and more, to mark this tragic milestone and to raise the demand to bring the troops home

We urge you to take a moment now to find an event to participate in, to begin planning one or to make your arrangements to go to DC. Whatever you do to mark the 4th anniversary, start spreading the word now to ensure a great turnout! To make Congress, the White House, the media and our communities take notice, we need to be loud and we need to be everywhere, saying, END THE WAR and BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

On January 27th, hundreds of thousands surrounded the U.S. Capitol to send a loud, clear message to Congress. Since then, our movement has been keeping the pressure on through initiatives like the Occupation Project, initiated by UFPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Over the last few weeks, dozens of congressional offices around the country have been "occupied" by people demanding that their members of Congress pledge to cut off funding for the war.

And that momentum will continue through the 4th anniversary and beyond. Check the UFPJ calendar to find activities close to you, and be sure to post all activities you plan on that same calendar.

Several Major Events:

March 17, Rally for Peace in Fayetteville, NC: The home of Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville is also the place where an annual rally for peace is held on the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. On Saturday, March 17th, this military town will be where military families, Iraq war veterans, and veterans of other wars will gather with people from throughout the South to march behind the banner demanding: Real Support for the Troops, Bring Them Home Now!

Veterans Caravan to the Gulf Coast: Veterans for Peace will launch its second caravan from Fayetteville after the March 17th rally, bound for the Gulf Coast, where the huge task of recovery and rebuilding remains far from finished. The caravan will include representatives from Veterans For Peace, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, signers of the Appeal For Redress, and possibly several war resisters.
March 18, March in NYC to End the War
: UFPJ-NYC is calling on every New Yorker, every community group, every church, mosque and synagogue, every student organization, every tenant association, every labor union to take to the streets to say NO MORE!

March 16-19, the Declaration of Peace Campaign, building on the work begun last fall, will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience and peaceful resistance in cities across the United States to mark the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

More than 100 rural towns in Maine will participate in a campaign called "From Every Village Green." The organizers have put together a straightforward step-by-step action plan for those who would like to hold such an event in their town, in Maine or elsewhere.

On March 16, the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq will gather for a religious service in Washington, DC. Gathering to call for an end to the U.S. war in Iraq and to make it clear that they oppose Christian support for this bloodshed, Christians from many denominations will pray for an end to the war beginning at 7 p.m. at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and then take part in a candlelight procession to the White House. Over 400 people have already committed to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience at the White House as part of this event.

How You Can Get Involved:

Check the calendar on the UFPJ website to find an antiwar activity near you -- and then be sure to help get the word out and help make that event as large as possible.

Plan your own activity (and be sure to post it on the UFPJ calendar!);

organize a vigil in front of the offices of your members of Congress;

get people together to stand with signs and banners against the war in the busiest part of your town; hand out leaflets to high school students to make sure they know the military recruiters are not telling the truth;

plan an act of nonviolent civil disobedience at the office of a military contractor, a recruitment station, or the district office of your Congressional representative;

organize a march through a part of your city or town where lots of people will see you, and in memory of Molly Ivins, bring pots and pans to appropriate events (i.e., not to silent vigils) and make some noise!;

Collect signatures on our national petition to Congress: No matter what you are doing on and around the 4th anniversary, we hope you are talking to people about the war and how they can get involved. One tool you can use is the new petition being circulated by United for Peace and Justice.

Write letters to your local newspapers, call in to radio talk shows, and try to get media coverage for any antiwar activity you are involved in: Be sure to explain why you oppose the war, why you think it needs to end now, and why you don't want a new war in Iran!Together, we the people will end this war!


Des Moines, Iowa RSVPPeace Bus to DC Rally"
Monday, March 19th 2007 10:30 PM
Rally and Send off of Peace Bus to Pentagon. Music, speakers, petitions...

Des Moines, Iowa RSVPNot One More Death ... Petition Parade
Monday, March 19th 2007 3:00 PM
Vigil & petition delivery to Senate offices in DM. The Names of the Iraqi & US deaths in the war will be read outside as petitions are delivered to Senators Harkin and Grassley offices. Sen. Harkin's office will stay open until 6:30. Visitors must arrive by 5:45 to be allowed in the building.


Arlington Heights, Illinois RSVPCongregational UCC Peace Vigil
Sunday, March 18th 2007 3:00 PM
Join us for a peace vigil featuring American Friends Service Committee's "Eyes Wide Open" display of boots commemorating those killed in Iraq, both American and Iraqi. All are welcome!

Canton, Illinois RSVPInterfaith Prayers & Readings For Peace
Monday, March 26th 2007 2:30PM
A demonstration for peace that includes people of many faiths and beliefs.

Chicago, Illinois RSVPDreams and Nightmares
Tuesday, March 13th 2007 12:00 Noon
May 24th-May 28th

Dreams and Nightmares is an exhibit on life and death in Iraq. This memorial marks Iraqi casualties with names, photographs, and personal narratives.

Chicago, Illinois RSVPVigil at Congressman Rahm Emanuel's office
Saturday, March 17th 2007 10:00 AM
We will visit the Congressman's office to ask him to publicly oppose the war. We will hold a vigil outside to engage the public.

Chicago, Illinois RSVPMass Mobilization, March and Rally to "Stop Funding War and Occupation, Troops Home Now!"
Tuesday, March 20th 2007 6:00 PM
Chicago area's response to the 4th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq: Mass Mobilization, Michigan Ave March and Rally to "Stop Funding War and Occupation, Troops Home Now." 6:00 pm Assembly at 25 E. Walton7:30 pm March down Michigan Avenue8:30 Rally in Daley Plaza Sponsored by the M.20 Coalition, a group of more than 40 organizations and scores of individuals.

Yorkville, Illinois RSVPToo Many Lost, Too Much Spent
Sunday, March 18th 2007 6:00 PM
Peace vigil.


Fort Wayne, Indiana RSVPEnd the Occupation: Bring Them Home Now!
Saturday, March 17th 2007 12 Noon
Mr. Bush and his warmakers have had four years in Iraq, resulting in the deaths of nearly 3200 American troops, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. U.S. Taxpayers have funded nearly $400 Billion, and are being asked for another $100 Billion. It's time to say NO, and Bring the Troops Home, and Take Care of Them when They Get Back! Join Fort Wayne and hundreds of cities across the country in speaking out!

Indianapolis, Indiana RSVPFour Years Too Long: Iraq War Protest
Saturday, March 24th 2007 11:00 AM
A student protest against the War in Iraq. Everyone is welcome.

Terre Haute, Indiana RSVPWe are the Deciders! 4th Anniversary of the war Demonstrtion
Saturday, March 17th 2007 11:00 AM
Terre Haute Stop War on Iraq will have a demonstration to mark the 4th anniversary of the Iraq war at 11 a.m. on March 17th at the Vigo Co. Courthouse. The courthouse is on US 41 and Ohio St. Bring your pots and pans!! We will have lunch afterwards at Pizza City.


Ann Arbor, Michigan RSVPDowntown Ann Arbor Rally - Stop the War, the Time is Now!
Saturday, March 17th 2007 Noon
Various groups from Washtenaw County will be hosting our Week of the People - a week full of events focusing on exercising the power of the people - starting March 10th and ending on Saturday, March 17th with a noon rally at the UofM Diag.

East Lansing, Michigan RSVPOut of Iraq: Voices of Experience
Sunday, March 18th 2007 2:00 PM
Out of Iraq: Voices of Experience - teach-in at Michigan State University, with Dahlia Wafsi MD, speaking on Iraq's women and children, a veteran from Iraq Veterans Against the War, and others. Networking, resources, and action opportunities.

Flint, Michigan RSVPTownhall event on the 4th anniversary of the war
Sunday, March 18th 2007 1:00 PM
An afternoon (in the Flint U of M Kiva Auditorium, including speakers, a forum, and more, to mark the beginning of the Iraq war, to honor our fallen soldiers, and to further inform the audience on background of the Middle East and the war.

Grand Rapids, Michigan RSVPAntiwar March: US Out of Iraq
Saturday, March 17th 2007 12:30 PM
ACTIVATE, the Grand Rapids affiliate of Students for a Demcoratic Society (SDS) is holding an antiwar march to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq. Bring signs, banners, drums, and other materials to help demonstrate in favor of an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq.

Kalamazoo, Michigan RSVPProtest the War in Iraq
Saturday, March 17th 2007 1:00 PM
We will start with a rally in Bronson Park and then march to congressman Fred Upton's office with messages that we will leave at his door. Next we will walk to a gathering place for refreshments etc.

Lansing, Michigan RSVPCritical MassRide to the End the Iraq War
Tuesday, March 20th 2007 5:00 PM
We’ll be riding from the capitol lawn to Grand River Ave. in East Lansing to meet the anti-war rally starting at 5:30 p.m.

Lansing, Michigan RSVPCommunity Peace-In at Everybody Reads
9:00 AM Multi-Day EventEvery day between March 7th and March 13, 2007.
Building Peace Through Community - A week of family-friendly peace events, discussions, and activities at the Everybody Reads Bookstore in Lansing, Michigan.

Saginaw, Michigan RSVPRemembering Michigan's Fallen Soldiers
Saturday, March 17th 2007 1:00 PM
TCAP will plant personalized crosses and flags in memory of all fallen soldiers from Michigan.

Traverse City, Michigan RSVPMarch 17, 2007 Demonstration
Saturday, March 17th 2:30 PM
Multi-Day EventMarch 14, 15, 16, 17, events leading up to demonastration on the 17Starting Wed. March 14 Demonstration at Sen. Levins and Rep. Camps office in Traverse City, from noon till 1pm. Thur. March 15 screening of film Sir No Sir @ Grace Episcopal Church a short anti war movie by local film maker, March 16 Peace potluck sign making, 5pm till 630 pm Sat Anti War Demonstration Bring Signs, Banners Meet at Lay Park At 6th and Union Traverse City.


Duluth, Minnesota RSVPMarch 18 Anti-War Protest
Sunday, March 18th 2007 2:00 PM
March and Rally to Bring the Troops Home Now! Meet at 2 PM at the Minnesota Power Plaza (Lake Ave. and Superior St. in downtown Duluth); we will march to the Civic Center for a rally at 2:30. )

Minneapolis, Minnesota RSVPU.S. Out of Iraq Now
Sunday, March 18th 2007 1:00 PM
Gather at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in Uptown at 1 p.m. for a rally. At 1:30 we will march to downtown Minneapolis. A concluding rally will be held in Loring Park.

Rochester, Minnesota RSVPUnited for Peace as a Global Family
Saturday, March 17th 2007 1:30 PM
Gather at Rochester Public Library at 1:30 to march with banners and flags of all nations to Peace Plaza, then return to library auditorium for DVD "How to Peace," refreshments, and dialogue.

St. Paul, Minnesota RSVPEyes Wide Open Minnesota
Saturday, March 3rd 2007 Noon
As the Iraq War begins its fifth year, take time to honor those who have died, and to contemplate the human cost of war.


Columbia, Missouri RSVPPeace is Growing! - Rally & March to End the War
Sunday, March 18th 2007 2:00 PM
Gather 1:30-2pm at Courthouse Square.
Rally starts at 2pm sharp. March at 2:30pm, Tree dedication at Douglass Park 3:15, Optional Potluck Picnic Follows. Rain site: Gather Commission Chambers, Boon Co. Gov't Center. The march is rain or shine.

Kansas City, Missouri RSVPBullets Fail-Let Peace Prevail Vigil, Rally & Peace Caravan
Sunday, March 18th 2007 1:00 PM
Bullets Fail -Let Peace Prevail: Vigil, Peace Caravan & Rally to mark the 4th Anniversary of the Iraq.


Beloit, Wisconsin
Sunday, March 18th 2007 3 PM
A demonstration against the continued US presence in Iraq, featuring Iraq Veteran for Peace, Beloit College student, music, etc.

Janesville, Wisconsin RSVPStand for Peace
Saturday, March 17th 2007 10:30 AM
We will STAND for PEACE on Milton Ave. in Janesville on Sat. morning at 10:30 by the post office. Our focus is the cost of the war in terms of lives and dollars. We have signs, but you can be creative and bring signs that endorse our focus.

Madison, Wisconsin RSVPBring the Troops Home Now Rally
Saturday, March 17th 2007 12:30 PM
Rally to stop the war and bring the troops home. Gather at 12:30pm at UW Library Mall for music and spoken word artists. Speakers begin at 1pm and march at 1:30pm. Bring signs and noise makers. We will be leafletting to encourage young people to choose alternatives to military enlistment. Please come early to volunteer to help with leafletting and other tasks.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin RSVPAnti-War Rally and March
Saturday, March 17th 2007 12:00 noon
Short Rally followed by a march to Senator Kohl's office at 3rd St. and Wisconsin Ave. Bring the Troops Home Now! Defund the War! No US Attack on Iran! Restore Veterans Benefits! Stop the War on Immigrants!

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