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Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar


Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar
New Hampshire Citizens Respond to the 2000th Military Death in Iraq

Concord, NEW HAMPSHIRE - A candlelight vigil at State House Plaza,
Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm, will mark the 2000th U.S. military death
in Iraq and ask Congress to ensure that "not one more death and not one
more dollar" are wasted on the war in Iraq. The local event, organized
by NH Peace Action and the American Friends Service Committee, is one
of more than 375 events taking place in 49 states across the country.

After being given a list of names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq,
participants will circle the State House in a half-hour candlelight
vigil remembering the U.S. casualties. After the vigil, people will
gather at the State House Plaza to hear several speakers discuss
actions that New Hampshire citizens can take to put pressure on
Congress to stop funding the war.

New Hampshire contines to pay for the war in Iraq. Eight soldiers from
New Hampshire have died in the Iraq war: Adam R. Brooks, Alan J.
Burgess, Richard L. Ferguson, Timothy Gibson, Angelo Lozada. Jeremy
Regnier, Robert Rooney, and Randy Rosenberg. According to the National
Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org), the war has cost New
Hampshire taxpayers $863.2 million dollars. Concord taxpayers have
spent $24.4 million. "As the human costs of the war grow and our
domestic needs are laid bare, more people are speaking out for the
soldiers to come home now," said Anne Miller, of NH Peace Action.

The event is part of AFSC's "Not One More Death. Not One More Dollar"
campaign, and is supported by Peace Action, Veterans for Peace, Gold
Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and Iraq Veterans
Against the War. Nationwide events will range from candlelight vigils
to the ceremonial ringing of the bells in memory of the U.S. service
people who have lost their lives. Events will also honor the 15,000
U.S. forces injured in combat (according to the Department of Defense),
veterans suffering from PTSD, and the more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians
who have lost their lives since 2003 (according to the British medical
journal Lancet). The events will begin a push to urge Congress to use
the power of the purse to end the war, bring the troops home, close
U.S. bases in Iraq, and instead fund the human needs laid bare by
Hurricane Katrina.

"Spending two weeks in New Orleans helping with relief efforts, and
truly seeing the vast devastation that recent hurricanes have had on
our country, it is hard to fathom that we have spent over $200 billion
dollars on the war in Iraq," said Cathy Bentwood, a nurse from
Plymouth, NH, and board member of New Hampshire Peace Action. "Our
money should be spent saving lives, not funding the war in Iraq."

Details on all "Not One More Death. Not One More Dollar" events are
available of AFSC's website at www.afsc.org/2000.

To schedule interviews with the organizers of this event please contact
Anne Miller, NH Peace Action Director at (603) 520-0839 or (603)
228-0559 or Arnie Alpert, American Friends Service Committee NH
Coordinator at 224-2407.

Anne Miller
Director
New Hampshire Peace Action
anne@nhpeaceaction.org
603 228 0559
www.nhpeaceaction.org

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