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EVENT PLANNED IN DC: Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation


When: Sunday, August 29th 2010
Time: 5pm-9pm
Location: Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW

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Is the U.S. military really leaving Iraq or just rebranding? What is the toll of seven years of occupation on Iraqis, U.S. soldiers and our economies? What is the status of Iraqi refugees around the world? Is it still possible to hold accountable those who dragged us into the war or committed crimes such as torture? What role did Congress and the media play in facilitating the invasion/occupation? We'll also look at the role of the peace movement -- its strengths and weaknesses -- and draw key lessons to make our work for peace, including in Afghanistan, more effective.

Speakers/performers include:
Congresswoman Donna Edwards
Kymone Tecumseh Freeman, playwright, performer, reading Letters from Iraq
Head-Roc, hip-hop artist
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Raed Jarrar, Peace Action
Manal Omar, author
Bill Fletcher, labor leader, scholar
Josh Stieber, Iraq Veterans Against the War
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK and Global Exchange
Andy Shallal, Iraqi artist, owner Busboys and Poets
David Swanson, author
Gene Bruskin, US Labor Against the War
Felicia Eaves, activist

Sponsored by: CODEPINK, Peace Action, Institute for Policy Studies, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange, Just Foreign Policy, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), U.S. Labor Against the War, ANSWER, World Can’t Wait, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War is a Crime, Rivera Project, Washington Peace Center.

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Don't expect the U.S. to be really withdrawing from Iraq anytime soon, and two articles are quoted in my second post in the following page.

"Stop This Horseshit: Don't Send the 3rd Armored Cavalry to Iraq"

by David Swanson, Aug. 21, 2010

www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/54509

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