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"Five Years Too Many ~ PEACE NOW!"
Demonstration and Action
Bloomington, Indiana

See Photos, Video, and Reports from Bloomington's
March 19, 2008 Event.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

4:00 pm: IU CAMPUS (Woodburn & Ballantine Halls)
4:30 pm: GATHERING AT SAMPLE GATES (Indiana Ave. & Kirkwood Ave.)
5:00 pm: RALLY AT MONROE COUNTY COURTHOUSE SQUARE w/ Speakers (Kirkwood Ave. & Walnut St.)
6:00 - 6:30 pm: SHOWERS PLAZA w/ Congressional Candidates
(in front of City Hall, Morton Street)

(see details below) ~ Join us for all or part of the event!

"Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must ALL protest."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 marks the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Five years ago, hundreds of us gathered around the Bloomington Courthouse Square, incredulous and devastated, when the bombs started falling on Baghdad.

Now hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed. Untold numbers of Iraqis and nearly 30,000 U.S soldiers have been wounded. Two million Iraqis are living as refugees in other countries, and another 2.5 million are displaced within Iraq.

More than 500 billion dollars have been spent on the U.S. occupation of Iraq, so far.

The great majority of the people of this country want the U.S. occupation of Iraq to end. Yet, policymakers in Washington, D.C, including 9th District Representative Baron Hill and Indiana Senators Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar, to this day have not used their power to end funding for the war and begin bringing the troops home.

On the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, residents of south-central Indiana will come together in Bloomington, Indiana, to:

• Mourn all those who have been killed, maimed, orphaned, widowed, brutalized, tortured, displaced and impoverished as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

• Make a powerful statement to Congress that the U.S. occupation of Iraq must end, and that all U.S. troops and military contractors must be withdrawn immediately.

• Demand that Congress seek peace with Iran.

We encourage you to join the peace demonstrations/action planned for March 19th in Bloomington, IN, and to visit the “Eyes Wide Open” Exhibit on the Bloomington Courthouse Square.

MARCH 19, 2008

4:00 pm: IU CAMPUS
• Indiana University students will gather on Campus between Ballantine Hall and Woodburn Hall for a peace march to Sample Gates.
• Bloomington South High School “Panthers Against War” will join the IU student march.

(Indiana Ave. & Kirkwood Ave.)
Hilary Scarsella, a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will speak about the power of nonviolence.

This includes a “5 Minutes for 5 Years – Freeze Action” at the National Guard Recruiting Office.

(Kirkwood Ave. & Walnut St.)
• Greeting and Passing of the Peace with Sura Gail Tala.
• Speakers Scott Russell Sanders and David Keppel address nonviolence and U.S. policy on Iraq.
• Participants are encouraged to write messages to Congressman Baron Hill about ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
• Reading of the names of Indiana soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in Iraq during the war and occupation.


6:00 - 6:30 pm: SHOWERS PLAZA (in front of City Hall, Morton Street)
• Delivery of postcard messages to Congressman Hill's office.
• Invited members of the U.S. Congress and 9th District Congressional candidates will speak about ending the war and U.S. troop withdrawal. Congressional candidates Democrat John Bottorff, Democrat Gretchen Clearwater, and Libertarian Eric Schansberg have confirmed their participation.

On March 19, 2008, between 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Bloomington Friends will host an ”Eyes Wide Open” exhibit, a project of the American Friends Service Committee. Residents of south-central Indiana are invited to see this powerful and moving display of 85 boots representing Indiana soldiers killed in Iraq. The exhibit on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington, IN. also includes shoes representing Iraqi men, women and children who have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation. See http://www.afsc.org/eyes/ for more information.

Bloomington’s “5 Years Too Many – PEACE NOW” Demonstration and Action is one of hundreds of demonstrations and actions planned around the country on March 19th.
See http://www.5yearstoomany.org/ for more information.

Sponsored by:
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, The Declaration of Peace - Bloomington, Indiana Students Against the War, Truth in Recruiting, Bloomington South’s Panthers Against War, Progressive Faculty Coalition, Just Peace Taskforce of the Bloomington Unitarian Universalist Church, MoveOn.org - Bloomington, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Bloomington.

For additional information, contact:
Christine Glaser, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, (812) 336-0360, christineglaser@sbcglobal.net
Hilary Scarsella, Indiana Students Against War, (574) 276-3821, hscarsella@alumni.iu.edu
Erin Polley, Eyes Wide Open, American Friends Service Committee, Chicago, IL, (312) 427-2533 ext. 25