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Veterans Day Parade NYC


From U.S. Labor Against the War

Friday, November 11, 2005, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Up Fifth Avenue, from 26th Street to 56th Street

Labor participation in Anti-War Action at the NYC Veterans Day Parade: Iraq Vets Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, and Gold Star Families for Peace are having an anti-war float at the Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11th. They are asking for only Veterans and their families to join them in the parade. If you know of any union activists or anti-war activists, co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc, who are vets or their families, please tell them to meet at 10:30 am on E. 28th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenue on Nov. 11th. US Labor Against the War and other anti-war groups will have an anti-war contingent as observers on the parade line of march (Fifth Avenue between 26th and 51 Streets --exact details will be sent out as soon as we have them), so if you can come to the parade on Friday, November 11th, please consider joining us.

1199 SEIU Forum with IVAW & MFSO: This forum will be held on Saturday, November 12th, in honor of Veterans Day from 2:30-6 pm, at 330 W. 42nd Street, 9th Floor Breakroom. All welcome. See attached flyer.

Future IVAW and MFSO speakers-Book them now: If you would like to book Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) speakers for your workplace, school, chapter meeting (perhaps even dovetailing a school forum with a chapter meeting), members of these organizations are available and eager to help us bring the war issue to our workmates and students. Please contact Nancy Romer (nancyromer@verizon.net) to set up a speaking engagement. They can plan to speak as briefly as 15 minutes or as long as 2 hours. You decide.

Invitation from Metro Veterans Peace Council
This year the Veterans Day parade in New York City is being billed as the 2005 Nation's Parade, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of WW 2. The parade is being co-sponsored by the Department of Defense, the City of New York and the United War Veterans Council (who usually organizes the parade). Their web site is www.nationsparade.org

We expect a large presence of active duty and reserve units as well as veterans and civic organizations (their leaflet claims "25,000+ participants from across America").

For a number of years, Veterans For Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War have marched as a united contingent and have always gotten an overwhelmingly positive response from the spectators along the parade route.

We have already submitted the application to march and expect no problem on this front as well as having a NYC VFP member working on the official parade logistics committee.

This year we will be joined by members of Military Families Speak Out and Iraq Veterans Against the War and are also trying to get Black Veterans for Social Justice and several other local vets organizations to participate. We hope to have a vehicle for older and disabled veterans that will be decorated with banners etc.

The overall themes and slogans we will be marching under are: Support The Troops--Bring Them Home Now & Treat Them Right When They Get Back.

We are appealing to veterans throughout the east coast and elsewhere to come to NYC and march with us if you are not committed to events elsewhere. A large veterans and families peace contingent will be a good anecdote to the parade's expected "stay the course" militarism.

Up to date information about the march, assembly point, times etc. will be made available at 212-726-0557 and in future postings.

We are also asking United for Peace and Justice and other peace groups to organize "peace blocks" throughout the route of march to have an organized presence with pro-soldier/anti-war signs and banners among the spectators.

On Saturday, November 12 we are putting together a Veterans Meeting & Speak Out and will leaflet the parade with announcements and hopefully draw new veterans, military families and supporters into our ranks. This event is still being planned and more info will be forthcoming when it is available.

Remember Veterans Day started as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WW 1, a day to commemorate peace. Let's keep that spirit alive and continue to stand up against the war.

Metro Veterans Peace Council
Veterans For Peace Chapters 021, 034, 060
Vietnam Veterans Against the War-Clarence Fitch Chapter
Military Families Speak Out-NY, NJ, PA, CT Chapter
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

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