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Anti-war tour hits Cleveland on way to D.C.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Plain Dealer Reporter
A war protest launched in Texas is coming to Cleveland as it spreads across America.
The Bring Them Home Now Campaign will arrive today at the Federal Office Building on East Ninth Street, and fan out Saturday to Akron and Oberlin.
The protesters, including Iraq war veterans and relatives, ended a monthlong protest last week at Camp Casey (named for the slain son of founder Cindy Sheehan) when President Bush left his nearby ranch.
Now they are touring the country in three groups and planning to converge for a rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24.
"Hear it straight from these military families," says Norman Robbins, a local campaign organizer.
"The longer we stay, the worse it'll get."
Since the beginning of the war in March 2003, 1,895 U.S. military have died and an estimated 26,000 Iraqis.
Here are the tour's public events:
Today: 2 p.m., bus arrives at the Federal Office Building, 1240 East Ninth St.
7 p.m., talk at Congregation of St. Joseph, 3430 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland; 7 p.m., talk at Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights.
Saturday: 11 a.m., vigil for peace, rear lot, West Side Market, Lorain Avenue and West 25th Street, Cleveland.
Noon: Vigil at southeast corner of Tappan Square, College Street and Ohio 58, Oberlin.
2 p.m.: Talk at New Covenant Community Church, 981 W. Market St., Akron; 6 p.m.: fund-raising potluck, Cleveland Heights.
For more information, call Laurel Hopwood, 216-371-9779, or visit www.nioncleveland.org and click on "Stand w/ Cindy."
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