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Rally to End the War in Front of White House on September 15


ANNOUNCEMENT

A rally will be held at Lafayette Square Park (in front of the White House) at 5 p.m. ET on September 15, 2005. Earlier the same day, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will host hearings on Capitol Hill on exit strategies for Iraq. Also the same day, a coalition of organizations will hand in to Congress a petition for an exit strategy. (See http://www.peoplespetition.org )

Speaking at the rally will be Congresswoman Woolsey and other congress members who support ending the war. The rally will bring together a broad coalition, including military families and leaders from throughout the peace movement (including some not supporting the petition cited above).

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and other Congress Members; Gold Star Families for Peace Member Tia Steele; Founder of American Families United, Gold Star Mother, Member of Military Families Speak Out, and star of "Farenheit 9-11" Lila Lipscomb; family member of U.S. soldier serving in Iraq Jawaid Khan; Co-Founder of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Tom Hayden; Code Pink Co-Founder and United for Peace and Justice organizer Gael Murphy; Peace Action Organizing and Policy Director Paul Kawika Martin; U.S. Labor Against the War Co-Founder Gene Bruskin; Center on Conscience and War Executive Director J.E. McNeil; PDA Board Member and After Downing Street Co-Founder John Bonifaz; Pastor of Pasadena, Calif., All Saints Church Ed Bacon; PDA Executive Director and After Downing Street Co-Founder Tim Carpenter; PDA Board Member and After Downing Street Co-Founder David Swanson; Democracy Rising Director and likely U.S. Senate candidate from Maryland Kevin Zeese; Pacifica Radio Washington Bureau Chief Verna Avery Brown; Co-Founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Ray McGovern; PDA Board Member and President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

THE RALLY IS SPONSORED BY:
Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, Code Pink, Peace Action, Democrats.com, Democracy Rising.

GET FLYERS HERE:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/2369

BUILDING TOWARD SEPT. 24-26
This event is part of a movement building toward mass mobilization in Washington, D.C., on September 24-26
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/septmobe

FUNDING NEEDED
We need funds to cover the expenses of organizing the September 15th rally. Please contribute here.

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I wonder how the timing will impact the effectiveness of this. It's only 2 weeks away. I'm sure Katrina will still be the top story in the news by then.

but if it is and we haven't made it a story that includes the war, something is wrong with us

where was the money for the levees?
where was the National Guard?
where were the trucks and helicopters?
where were the thoughts of our "elected" "leaders"?
what caused the global warming?
where are our priorities?

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