If I didn't have kids, I'd be all over this. I've always wanted to be able to pick up and run to a protest event that I believed in, but I'm not willing or able to leave the kids to do this. I wish I could...
Dear Members of Military Families Speak Out,
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! As we approach the start of the 8th year of war in Iraq, Americans need to be reminded that this war continues even as the war in Afghanistan escalates! Our troops continue to be in harms way and our families are suffering.
NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK OUT! Please make your voice heard by joining us at one of the activities listed below. Let us know what you will be doing to commemorate this tragic anniversary by responding to the Survey Monkey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMRYRCW. If you are unable to attend but would like to get more involved, please contact MFSO Organizer Nikki Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This email contains information about what we know is happening around the country. If you are participating in something that isn't listed, please let us know. If you would like to order MFSO t-shirts or brochures, please go here or email email@example.com.
If you are planning on coming to Washington, DC, please email Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know when you will be in town. She can be reached throughout the activities at 347-703-0570. National Director Deb Forter will also be there, she can be reached at 508-237-5343.
� Monday, March 15, 2010
Peace of the Action
Beginning March 15th, a tent city will be erected on the grounds of the Washington Monument as a base camp for actions, community gathering and joint activities http://peaceoftheaction.org
� Thursday, March 18, 2010 - Joint Press Conference with ANSWER, VFP and IVAW, Time and Place TBD.
� Friday, March 19, 2010 - Capital Hill Visits
9 a.m. We will be gathering in the basement cafeteria of the Cannon House Office Building at the corner of New Jersey Ave and Independence Ave to prep for visits. If you are able to schedule visits with your legislator, please contact Nikki at email@example.com otherwise we will send you with otherwise scheduled visits.
� Saturday, March 20, 2010
National Assembly, ANSWER Coalition and others D.C. March
9:30 a.m. Gather at the Peace of the Action campsite at Madison Dr, NW & 15th St, NW for a Memorial service.
11:00 a.m. March to IVAW Press Conference and Action at to the VA office across from Lafayette Park, H Street NW and Madison Place NW.
12:00 p.m. Demonstration and March. MFSO will be marching with IVAW and VFP at the front of the march. If you haven't been able to join us at either of the previous points, please find us then.
5p.m. Social gathering with VFP/IVAW at Bus Boys and Poets,
5th and K, near the Chinatown Metro stop
� Sunday, March 21, 2010
Noon - 3 p.m. Joint strategy session with Military Families Speak Out, Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. at the Church of the Holy City, 16TH and Corcoran St. NW, Washington DC to talk about future actions and activities
4 - 6 p.m VFP DC chapter is hosting a speak out event at the Church of the Holy City, more details to follow.
Many buses have been organized from various places around the country. Information about buses is at http://www.pephost.org/site/PageServer?pagename=M20_transportation.
For getting around Washington, DC, information about the Metro system is at http://www.wmata.com/.
We are not reserving a block of rooms at a hotel, however National Director Deb Forter will be staying at the Allen Lee Hotel at 2224 F. St NW and welcomes other members to join her there. Rates are $100/night and can be reserved at 202-331-1224. There is cheap housing ($5/night) available at St Stephens - 16th St & Newton St NW. Contact Robby Diesu at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saturday, March 13
St. Charles - Fox Valley Citizens for P & J St. Pats Parade in St. Charles Protest
Chicago- Iraq Veterans Against the War mud-stenciling
Sunday, March 14
Belfast - Women in Black, Standing for Peace Belfast Weekly Vigil
Ellsworth - Local Activists Ellsworth Peace Vigil
Bar Harbor - Local Activists Bar Harbor Peace Vigil
Waterville - Waterville Area Bridges for P & J Waterville Bridge Peace Vigil
Skowhegan - Waterville Area Bridges for P & J Skowhegan Weekly Vigil for Peace
Detroit - Detroit Area Peace w/ Justice Network Pointes for Peace Vigil
Bloomfield NJ Bloomfield Peace Action Silent Peace Vigil
Monday, March 15
Deer Isle - Island Peace & Justice Deer Isle Vigil for Peace
Grand Rapids MI Peace Presence Grand Rapids Peace Presence
Detroit - Detroit Area Peace Justice Network Ferndale Anti-Occupation of Iraq
Ferndale- Detroit Area P w/ Justice Network Anti-Occupation of Iraq Protest
Binghamton NY Broome County Peace Action Binghamton Peace Vigil
Delmar - Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace Delmar, NY Vigil for Peace
Aiken Women in Black Silent Vigil for Peace
Tuesday, March 16
Atlanta - Emery students Stand for Peace Vigil
Kankee - Speak Out
IVAW member Tyler (email@example.com)
Bangor - Peace & Justice Center of Easern ME Bangor ME Peace Vigil
Wednesday, March 17
Chicago - M20 Coalition 7th Annv of Iraq Invasion March
Adrian - The Lenawee Peacemakers Lenawee Peaceful Demonstrations
St. Paul - Women Against Military Madness Vigil to End the Occupation of Iraq
Minneapolis - Twin Cities Peace Campaign Special Bridge Vigil: 7 Yrs Too Long
Chapel Hill NC Pease1st Anniversary of Iraq War Vigil
Spiotta Park NJ Military Families Speak Out Anti-War Vigil
Teaneck, MFSO and Bergen P&J Coalition Weekly Vigil, 4:30 PM
New York - Grandmothers Against the War Rockefeller Ctr NYC Against War
Staten Island - Peace Action of Staten Island Staten Island Weekly Vigil
Madison, WI IVAW Mud-stenciling
Thursday, March 18
Augusta ME Waterville Area Bridges for P & J Augusta Peace Vigil
Manchester - Veterans for Peace End the Occupation Vigil
New York-Veterans for Peace 034 NYC Vigil at Downtown Recruiting
Charlottesville - Charlottesville Center for P & J Peace Demonstration
Friday, March 19
San Diego - Veterans for Peace San Diego Iraq - 7 Years of War
Bloomington - Bloomington Peace Action Coalition Get on the Bus for DC Peace Demo
Newport - Intercommunity Justice and Peace Ctr. War Moratorium
Brunswick - Brunswick PeaceWorks Brunswick PeaceWorks Vigil
Augusta - Augusta Women in Black Augusta WIB Vigil
Farmington - Western Mountains Peace Action W. Weekly Vigil for Peace
Lansing - Greater Lansing Network Against... Noon-hour Peace Vigil
Minneapolis - The Iraq Moratorium Committee Iraq War Protest and Bannering
Montclair Parishioners for Peace & Justice Montclair Peace Vigil
Columbus - Columbus Campaign for Arms Cont. Peace Prayer, March, and Forum
Cincinnati - Intercommunity Justice and Peace Ctr. Mt. Healthy Peace Vigil
Logan - Cache Valley Peace Works Peace Vigil
Bellingham - Local Activists Bellingham Vigil
Hayward - Peace North - Wisconsin Hayward Iraq Moratorium
Saturday, March 20th
San Francisco - San Francisco ANSWER San Francisco