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Reports and Information about
BPAC Events and Campaigns
since June 2005


Benefit for the People of Iraq
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium

Bloomington, Indiana

A Benefit Concert and Program of Musical Offerings, Education, and Inspiration.

Raising awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and raising funds for Direct Aid Iraq,
an organization providing aid to Iraqis
, tragically impacted and displaced by six years of war,
violent sectarianism, and military occupation.

Join us for an evening of goodwill, love, and compassion for the people of Iraq!

Click here for more information on the Benefit.
See local media coverage of the Benefit

"End U.S. Military Occupations" Peace Demonstration and March

"Peace for Iraq and Afghanistan!"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A people's march calling together students and local residents to demonstrate for ending the
U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

4:00 p.m.: Meet at the Red Clock on the green
between Woodburn and Ballantine Halls on the I.U. campus.

Marchers will process across the Indiana University campus, down Kirkwood Ave. to the
Courthouse Square for a Peace Gathering, and culminate at the Benefit for the People of Iraq.

5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Monroe County Courthouse Square
intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana

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On the Sixth Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq …
Join us for a massive mobilization in Washington to demonstrate the will of the people:

“End the U.S. Occupation! Bring All the Troops Home Now! Peace for Iraq!”

March on the Pentagon in Washington , D.C.
Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition organized transportation to D.C!
Click here for more information

See a Report & Analysis on the March

Peace on Earth ~ Goodwill to All!

BPAC organizers/ Declaration of Peace coordinators participated in the
United for Peace & Justice National Assembly
December 12-14, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois

See our report here.

Speak for Peace:
U.S. Veterans and Iraqis Creating the Way Forward

with Iraqi political analyst Raed Jarrar and U.S. veteran Ken Mills

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. K
irkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana

Click here for more information

Peace Week 2008
September 21 - 27, 2008
Bloomington, Indiana

Educational & Cultural Events, Speakers & Discussion Forums, Peace Festival
Personal & Relational Peace ~ Domestic & International Peace

Sponsored by the Department of Peace Campaign - IN District 9 Chapter
Co-sponsored by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and others

For a full schedule of the week's events, see: http://www.bloomingtonpeaceweek.org/

For BPAC co-sponsored events, see the Participate for Peace.

May & June 2008

"Defund the War"

Stop Paying for War and Occupation in Iraq

The Bush Administration is seeking another $178 Billion
for funding the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
We, the people, must demand that Congress NOT provide
these appropriations.

Take Action Now!

"IRAQ 2008"
Town Hall Meeting
with featured speaker Cliff Kindy
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Eyewitness Report on life in U.S. Occupied Iraq

An Evening of Education, Inspiration, and Discussion on
Iraq and Ending the U.S. Occupation

Thursday, April 24, 2008 ~ 7:00 p.m.

First United Church
2420 E. 3rd Street ~ Bloomington, Indiana


Click here for more information.

How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death"

Free Public Film Showing

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s Prophetic Voice

A Time to Break Silence:
Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq and Afghanistan

Sunday, April 6, 2008 ~ 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ivy Tech Community College ~ Bloomington

Featuring: Reverend King's Riverside Sermon
Panel Discussion ~ Table Dialogue ~ Music ~ Reception
CLICK HERE for more information.

See Photos of the event.

2008 Midwest Peace & Justice Summit
IUPUI Campus, Indianapolis
Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2008
CLICK HERE for more information

"Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Indiana"
Iraq War Boots Display

in Bloomington, Indiana
Thursday, April 3, 2008

See Photos, Video, and Reports from the
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
"5 Years Too Many ~ PEACE NOW!"
Bloomington, Indiana
Demonstration with Speakers & End-the-War Action

See photos and reports from across the country at:

2008 Interfaith Peace Witness for Iraq ~
March 7th in Washington, D.C.

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
along with more than 13,000 others participated in the
October 27, 2007 Mobilization in Chicago
To End the U.S. Occupation of Iraq

Bus to Chicago!

Read the Bloomington Alternative article covering
the Chicago demonstration here.

Click here to see other reports, photos, and videos from Chicago and other participating cities in the October 27, 2007 Mobilization.

Christian Peacemaker Team's 'Stop Depleted Uranium' Campaign

Panel presentation on the production and use of depleted uranium weapons

Friday, October 19, 2007
7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church ~ Fellowship Hall
2120 Fee Lane, Bloomington, Indiana

Panel of speakers includes: Cliff Kindy, Mabel Brunk, Wes Rehberg, Ethel Umble, and Juanita Shenk.
Members of the Stop DU Campaign will highlight their constructive efforts to help end the production of these weapons of indiscriminate mass destruction. The hour-long presentation will be followed by Q & A.

This free event is sponsored by:
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Just Peace Task Force of the UU Church, and WILPF.

Statewide Rally Against the Iraq War

Saturday, October 6, 2007
2:00 p.m.
Vigo County Courthouse ( U.S. 41 & Ohio St.)
Terre Haute, Indiana

Sponsored by the Indiana Peace and Justice Network
Featured speaker will be Noel Beasley (national president of the labor union UNITE)
Music provided by singer/ songwriter Ann Feeney
Bring your signs & drums to call for an end to the war/ occupation in Iraq. 

"Speak Truth To Power"

September 20, 2007

The Declaration of Peace and National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance encourage
your participation in nonviolent action in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill
to demand an end to the war and occupation of Iraq.

The Declaration of Peace & Bloomington Peace Action Coalition present:

“Supporting A Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq”

Our Public Declaration of Peace

See Reports and Photos of the
Multi-media Presentation & Dramatic Nonviolent "Die-In" Action

Saturday, September 15, 2007
11:00 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. (EDT)

Bloomington City Hall ~ Council Chambers
401 N. Morton Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

See more about the Presentation and Action

A Nonviolent Action Campaign For an End to the U.S. War in Iraq

"Defund the War ~ Establish A Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq !"

The Declaration of Peace is a nationally coordinated, grassroots-driven campaign
to increase pressure on the U.S. Congress to end the Iraq War
by stopping all funding of the U.S. occupation, and
to initiate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
by engaging in nationally coordinated nonviolent actions.

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition endorses:


Midwest Peace & Justice Summit

IUPUI Campus, Indianapolis
April 13 -14, 2007

"Speaking Peace To Power"
Keynote Speaker: CINDY SHEEHAN
Author and Activist Extraordinaire

Dozens of workshops and forums

Find out more: http://www.MPJS.org

"Baron Hill Now Owns the War"
Presentation of Certificate of Ownership

Monday, April 2, 2007 ~ 4:00 p.m.

Congressman Baron Hill's Bloomington office
Suite 114 in the Shower's Building
N. Morton Street  ~ Bloomington, Indiana

Telling the Truth about the Iraq Accountability Act and the U.S. war
and occupation of Iraq, and why it must end NOW!

Learn more.

Read the April 4th Press Release / Action Report:
"Appropriating More Money for the Occupation of Iraq
Is No Way to End It!"

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition endorses:



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Bloomington Peace Action Coalition endorses:


Thousands marched to and encircled the White House with candlelight;
222 were arrested engaging in Nonviolent "Divine Obedience"
Learn more and plan to participate.

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition endorses:
The March on the Pentagon
March 17, 2007

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On Saturday, Jan. 27th, people from every corner of the country will march on Washington, D.C.
Our message will be clear, our voice will be strong:
End the war in Iraq! Bring all the troops home now!
We urge you to join us!

On Monday, Jan. 29th, we will take our message directly to the new
Congress during the United for Peace and Justice lobby day.

For more information, click here.

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition has arranged bus transportation to Washington, D.C. for the
Jan. 27th "End the War" Mobilization.
We have filled two buses from south-central Indiana!
Contact us to join the mobilization.


"Just Say No!" Demonstration

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Monroe County Courthouse Square
intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana

~ Iraq: Then and Now ~

A Robert Greenwald double-feature film presentation

Iraq for Sale - The War Profiteers _

"Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War" (2003)
   and "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" (2006)       
Documentary Film Showings

Wednesday, November 8, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

Documentary Film Showing/ FREE Bloomington Premiere
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

9/11 Documentary Film Series

Bloomington, Indiana
September 6, 11 & 13, 2006


"five years ... too many unanswered questions"

Join the Campaign!

"IRAQ 2006: Ending the U.S. Occupation"

Join our "End the War" delegation to Congressman Sodrel.

After meeting with Indiana Congressional Representatives, their staff, and Senator Richard Lugar in Washington, D.C. in September 2005, we are making plans to again lobby Congressman Mike Sodrel to end funding for the war on Iraq and to support House Concurrent Resolution 35 (calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq). A face-to-face meeting at Congressman Sodrel's Bloomington office is being organized for September 2006.

Our lobbying delegation will present the petitions with more than 4,200 signatures, in support of enactment of House Concurrent Resolution 35. We are seeking individuals who will speak about the need to "Bring the troops home now" to join our delegation to Sodrel.

Please contact us to participate in this crucial lobbying campaign.
Phone: (812) 988-1917 E-mail: BPACpeace@hotmail.com

On November 10, 2005, BPAC organizers presented the second in a series of programs addressing the need to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
This presentation, "IRAQ 2005: Ending the U.S. Occupation ~ Part 2" both educational and organizational, was designed to draw citizens and activists into the crucial campaign to support Congressional Resolutions calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Starting on Nov. 26, 2005, "IRAQ 2005: Ending the U.S. Occupation ~ Part 2" has been
broadcast on Bloomington's community television channel, CATS. See the CATS schedule for details on broadcast dates and times.

The "IRAQ 2005: Ending the U.S. Occupation!" Multi-media Presentation on July 25, 2005 at the Monroe Co. Public Library Auditorium was a success.
The response was overwhelmingly positive with people becoming involved in the campaign to support House Concurrent Resolution 35, calling for development and implementation of a plan for the swift withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

The "IRAQ 2005: Ending the U.S. Occupation!" presentation has been broadcast on Bloomington's Community Access Television Services (CATS - Channel 3) since August 8, 2005.

Order copies of audio or video discs of "IRAQ 2005" Part 1 & Part 2 programs
by writing to BPACpeace@hotmail.com

Help end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Get involved today.

Help collect signatures on the petition (downloadable below)
and attend our next meeting on October 2 at 6 p.m.

The U.S. Occupation of Iraq must end now!

Support House Concurrent Resolution 35 (HCR 35), calling for an end to the occupation, by developing and implementing a plan for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

Write and call your Congressional Representatives and ask them to support and co-sponsor
House Con. Res. 35. 

Read the full text of HCR 35 at:

All Congressional contact information can be found at:

The House of Representatives switchboard number is 1-202-225-3121
Print out and gather signatures on the "HCR 35 Petition"

Download "Factsheet on U.S. Occupation" (in MS Word)
Download "HCR 35 Petition" (in MS Word)
Download "Rep. Woolsey's Introductory Statement for HCR 35"
Woolsey Calls for U.S. Soldiers to Come Home
Read the latest from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey here.

'Divine Strake' Blast Halted in Indiana

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The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has confirmed that they will not explode
'Divine Strake' in Indiana.

Take Action NOW!

"Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land -
U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"

Free film showing
MCPL Auditorium, Bloomington
Thursday, August 17, 2006

“No Nukes!” Rally & John Wayne Film Showing
61st Anniversary of Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Bombing
Monday, August 7, 2006
Click here for more information.
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Activists, in conjunction with The Ryder film series and a film archivist,
organized a free showing of the 1956 John Wayne film, “The Conqueror,”
preceded by an anti-nuclear rally on Bloomington's Courthouse Square.

Bloomington Says “NO NUKES!” Rally
5:30 p.m. ~ Monroe County Courthouse Square

What do John Wayne, Indiana corn, Yucca Flats Nevada, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (north of Madison, Indiana), and Susan Hayward all have in common?
Find out by clicking here.

Read the Bill Quigley article:
Weapons of Mass Destruction Discovered Here

August 2, 2006

"HADITHA is Happening Every Day in Iraq!"
Demonstration and March
to mourn and protest the killing of civilians
in Haditha and throughout Iraq!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 ~ 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Monroe County Courthouse Square ~ Bloomington, Indiana


•  We memorialized the 24 innocent victims of the Haditha massacre and all Iraqi civilians killed in the illegal, immoral U.S. occupation of Iraq, by reading their names and ages.

•  We marched from the Square to Congressman Mike Sodrel's office to express our outrage at our Representative's complicity in the killings and atrocities, by his support of the U.S. Occupation of Iraq.

1. END the U.S. Occupation of Iraq!
2. BRING all those responsible for the invasion of Iraq and the resulting atrocities
to justice,
starting with the highest levels of government and military leadership,
down to the soldiers who committed the murders.

"People of Conscience and the Morality of War"

forum and discussion
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Bloomington Friends Meeting,
'Truth in Recruiting', 'Spirit of Service' (St. Paul Catholic Center),
and the I.U. student group 'Against the Occupation of Iraq'
present a forum for youth considering conscientious objection

Monday, June 12, 2006 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1-B

303 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN


Youth and Community Forum

with Roland Wiederkehr
(former member of the Swiss Parliament, Director of the World Wide Fund For Nature in Switzerland 1968 – 87,
and co-founder of Green Cross International)

Monday, June 5, 2006 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1-B

On Monday, June 5, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition organizer,
Christine Glaser
spoke on WFHB (southcentral Indiana Radio) about
ex-Change for Peace, citizen diplomacy, and the need to stand for Peace NOW!
More on ex-Change for Peace can be found at: http://www.ecfp.org

Legislative Action: Keep the Pressure On!

United for Peace and Justice
Grassroots Training & Congressional Advocacy Days

May 20 - 22, 2006 ~ Washington, D.C.

For more information, schedule, and to Register: Click here.
Information on PDA's Congressional Lobbying Days, also occurring May 21-22, click here.

Mother's Day 2006: A Call for Peace!

Full coverage of Mother's Day 2006 Vigil in D.C.

CODEPINK National Mother's Day Blogs & Photos
For other CODEPINK photos, click here.


See more information and full CodePink Mother's Day schedule.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Over 300,000 Marched for
"Peace, Justice, and Democracy"
Mobilization in New York City

To listen to WFHB's April 29 coverage with BPAC organizers,
click here
and scroll forward to 11:00

See a brief video from April 29 by clicking here.
Click here for Truthout.org coverage of April 29 March.

Click here for second Truthout.org video. or go to
Truthout.org Multimedia Page

CodePink coverage from New York City

Photo: Diane Lent

Initiating organizations: United for Peace and Justice, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, National Organization for Women, Friends of the Earth, U.S. Labor Against the War, Climate Crisis Coalition, People's Hurricane Relief Fund, National Youth and Student Peace Coalition,
Veterans For Peace.

Endorsed by: Bloomington Peace Action Coalition,
Vietnam Veterans Against the War,
Traprock Peace Center,
and scores of other organizations.

From Indiana to N.Y.C. on April 29, 2006

2006 Midwest Peace and Justice Summit
IUPUI Campus, (Informatics Building) Indianapolis, IN

Friday - Sunday: April 7 - 9, 2006

The Second Annual Midwest Peace and Justice Summit brought together students, activists, and concerned citizens to share ideas and work cooperatively for positive social & political change. Events included a series of workshops, lectures, art exhibits, cultural performances, and public demonstrations on the need to end the United States occupation of Iraq, as well as to promote nonviolent conflict resolution, and social and economic justice. Performances by singers/ songwriters, Anne Feeney and Dave Lippman. Keynote Address by Colonel Ann Wright, State Department official who resigned, protesting war on Iraq.

We Say NO to War on Iraq!

"How Many More Iraqis Will YOU Allow To Be Killed and Tortured?"
Bloomington, Indiana "End the War!" Action and March
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 ~ 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington
organized by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and
I.U. student organization 'Against the Occupation of Iraq'

The Bloomington Action is in cooperation with Campus Antiwar Network's call for a “College Not Combat! Troops Out Now!” National Week of Campus Action (March 13 - 17, 2006) endorsed by
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
, Cindy Sheehan,
Traprock Peace Center, Kathy Kelly, Howard Zinn,
and dozens of others.

“Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, End the War!”

Indianapolis' 3rd Anniversary demonstration against the Iraq War
Saturday, March 18, 2006 ~ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis

Organized by Progressive Indiana and Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center
Co-sponsored by
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and others.

"End the War and Occupation ~ Troops Home Now!"
Chicago, Illinois demonstration against the Iraq War.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Three years of war in Iraq is three years too many. On March 18 -- the 3rd anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq -- send a message to George Bush and all supporters of this illegal war: "End the War NOW!" Chicago and the Midwest will come together for a day-long unified opposition to the ongoing war and occupation in Iraq.
Organized or endorsed by American Friends Service Committee, ANSWER/Chicago,
Campus Anti-War Network, Chicago Area CodePink, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition & dozens of others

“World Unity Against The WAR
- Bring All the Troops Home Now!”
March 18 - 19 , 2006
The Troops Out Now Coalition joins the world movement against the war in calling for coordinated mass protests and resistance to the war and occupation of Iraq on the weekend of March 18 and 19, 2006, the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion.
We demand the withdrawal of all occupation troops now.

coordinated by Troops Out Now Coalition
endorsed by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and dozens of others.

Click here for more info.

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition presents
Documentary Film Showings and Discussions

Part 1: Nonviolent direct action desegregation efforts in Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1960s; Gandhi's Salt March in India in 1930; Anti-Apartheid consumer boycotts in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, 1984-85.
Part 2: Nonviolent direct action succeeds in Denmark (1940-45), Poland (1980),
and Chile (1980's).

Thursday, February 23 & Monday, March 6, 2006
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington

“The Truth Behind the Iraq War”
Double Feature Film Presentation

"Beyond Good & Evil ~ Children, Media & Violent Times"
“In Shifting Sands:
The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq"

Thursday, January 12 , 2006

Monroe Co. Public Library Auditorium - Bloomington, Indiana

“College Not Combat!
Bring the Troops Home Now!”
National Day of Counter-Recruitment
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Bloomington, Indiana Action

coordinated by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition,
Against the Occupation of Iraq, and Campus Antiwar Network

Click here for details.

"2,000 U.S. Deaths Too Many ~ Get Them Out Now!"
Indiana Statewide End-the-War Rally

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Vigo County Courthouse ~ Terre Haute, Indiana


"End the War on Iraq!"
Mobilization to Washington, D.C.
Saturday - Monday, September 24 - 26, 2005
See details of the D.C. Mobilization.

News Coverage of the D.C. Mobilization and
Feedback, stories, photographs, and assessment from
activists and organizers are available here .

For all upcoming BPAC Events,
See the Events Calendar for details.

RADIOACTIVE Depleted Uranium Weapons:
"Abolish Them Now!"

"The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium and the Dying Children"

On Wednesday, August 10, 2005, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition presented an evening of education and action with a speaker and the Bloomington premiere film showing of "The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium & the Dying Children". (© 2004 Telepool)
The award-winning film by Frieder Wagner and Valentin Thurn, shown on German Public Television, distributed in the U.S. by Traprock Peace Center, exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq.

Learn more about Depleted Uranium weaponry and the campaign to abolish it at
Traprock Peace Center's site.

Read the August 25, 2005 article, "Radioactive Wounds of War"
Read the August 10, 2005 article, "Abolish DU Weaponry Now!"

Learn more about Depleted Uranium at BPAC's DU site:
America's Big Dirty Secret: Depleted Uranium Weapons

Rick McDowell served in Iraq, along with his wife Mary Trotochaud,
for two years as the AFSC's Iraq Country Representatives.

Rick McDowell is now on-line on "Standing Room Only"
WFHB Bloomington Community Radio's lecture series
and has been
broadcast on Bloomington's CATS since July 2005.

"Eyewitness to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq" - Rick McDowell,
Senior Fellow for Iraq Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation,
provides a firsthand account of the human cost of war and inspiring grassroots efforts to rebuild an Iraq struggling to
come to terms with its past and the present reality of war and occupation.
Rick McDowell's Bloomington presentation was organized by
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and the Friends Committee on National Legislation
and was recorded on-location (St. Paul's Catholic Center, B'ton, IN) for WFHB and CATS on June 24, 2005.

You can listen to the program by going directly to:
Rick McDowell and other WFHB programs can be downloaded or listened to at:

For more information, e-mail WFHB News Director Chad Carrothers at news@wfhb.org

Order copies of audio or video discs by writing to BPACpeace@hotmail.com

Read about Rick McDowell in a Bloomington Alternative article and
at the American Friends Service Committee website.