Saturday, October 29, 2005
"2,000 U.S. Deaths Too Many ~Get Them Out Now!"
Indiana Statewide End-the-War Rally
Citizens and activists from across Indiana will come together in Terre Haute on October 29, 2005 for an End-the-War Rally that will include speakers, inspiration, free literature, activist networking, and “take action”opportunities.
The gathering on the 29th continues the momentum and excitement that was generated during the weekend of September 24-26, when hundreds of Hoosiers came together in Washington, D.C. with nearly 300,000 others from across the country to demonstrate, lobby, and act for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq and ending the war.
Nearly 2,000 U.S. troops have died in this war, and no end is in sight – daily, weekly, monthly, the number of U.S. soldiers killed and wounded in Iraq increases. As of October 23, 1,996 U.S. military personnel have been killed in action in Iraq and more than 15,220 U.S. soldiers have been wounded in action.
The Iraqi civilian death toll is in the tens of thousands. A minimum of 26,690 and upwards of more than 100,000 civilians in Iraq have been killed since the 2003 U.S. invasion.
U.S. citizens increasingly disapprove of the U.S. involvement in Iraq. 59% of the people would like to see the U.S. leave Iraq as soon as possible, even if Iraq is not completely stable, according to a nationwide CBS poll from October 3-5. The tide also appears to be turning in the U.S. House of Representatives. On May 25, 2005, 128 Congressional Representatives voted "Yes" to an amendment on the Defense Authorization Bill, calling for the development of a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq.
However, 7th District Congresswoman Julia Carson is the only Indiana Representative to show any support for measures to bring the troops home from Iraq. Senator Lugar and Senator Bayh have, so far, not supported the only initiative in the Senate, introduced by Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, to urge the United States to make a commitment to get combat troops out of Iraq by the end of 2006.
There are several legislative initiatives that have been introduced into the House of Representatives aimed at withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. House Concurrent Resolution 35 (HCR 35) was the first of these resolutions, introduced on January 26, 2005 by California Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. HCR 35 currently has 34 co-sponsors, none of them from Indiana. The other legislation includes House Joint Resolution 55 (the “Homeward Bound” bill), House Concurrent Resolution 197 (No Permanent Bases in Iraq), and House Resolution 3142 (calling for no long-term or permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq), all introduced in June 2005.
Anti-war and peace activists from across the state hope that the End-the-War Rally on October 29 will serve to advance a number of goals.
Because of the revitalized spirit and energy engendered by the participation of hundreds of Hoosiers at the September D.C. Mobilization to End the War on Iraq, Indiana activists desired to come together in their home state to reestablish unified efforts, recommit themselves, and draw others into the serious work of ending the war and occupation in Iraq.
The Rally will also serve as an opportunity for people from different parts of Indiana to be together to remember and memorialize the nearly 2,000 U.S. soldiers and the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been killed since March 19, 2003.
Speakers from a number of Indiana Peace organizations, veterans, singer/songwriter Anne Feeney, as well as parents of U.S. soldiers from Indiana, will be featured at the Rally.
Organizers of the Terre Haute gathering are planning a community action component designed to encourage Indiana Representatives and Senators to take a strong stand for swift withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by supporting legislation that would initiate a real exit strategy.
Participants of the rally will be encouraged to gather signatures in support of HCR 35 throughout Terre Haute. In the coming month, the completed petitions will be presented to Indiana Congressional Representatives and Senators in the hope of persuading them to co-sponsor “out of Iraq” legislation.
The Indiana Statewide End-the-War Rally will take place on Saturday, October 29 beginning at 1:00 pm at the Vigo County Courthouse at 33 South Third Street in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Rally is being organized by activists and organizers with the Indiana Peace and Justice Network, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Terre Haute Stop War on Iraq, and the Northwest Indiana Coalition Against the Iraq War.
Ride sharing is being organized from many parts of Indiana. Contact should be made to the following regional representatives:
Contact: Julie Fernat at firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (317) 816-9112
Contact: Timothy Baer at BPACpeace@hotmail.com
phone: (812) 988 –1917
Northwest Indiana --
Contact: Nick Egnatz at email@example.com
phone: (219) 838-0807
or Geri Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (219) 884-3129
Contact: Sheila Rosenthal at email@example.com
phone: (765) 463-4705
Contact: Cathy McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (812) 235-8351
Please use the following links for more information:
Sept. 24-26 D.C. Mobilization: News Coverage, Photos, Stories, Assessments
Iraqi civilian deaths
U.S. and Coalition forces casualties
House Concurrent Resolution 35
Talking Points: “Stay the Course” or Get Out Now?
Plan now to participate!
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Vigo County Courthouse 33 South Third Street
Terre Haute, Indiana
Sept. 24 - 26, 2005 - The D.C. Mobilization to "End the War on Iraq!" was historic as The People marched, spoke out, lobbied, and acted against war. With approximately 300,000 people involved, the "End the War on Iraq!" national mobilization was Washington D.C.'s largest anti-war demonstration since the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
See details of the weekend at D.C. Mobilization.
See News Coverage of the "End the War" Mobilization
Feedback, stories, photographs, and assessment from activists and organizers are available at Mobilization Reports .