Demonstrations / Actions Call for End to War on Iraq and "Bring the Troops Home Now!" on Third Anniversary of "Shock and Awe" Invasion of Iraq ~ March 2006

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Bloomington “End the War” Action and March

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sample Gates, Kirkwood Ave., and Monroe County Courthouse
Bloomington, Indiana


Local groups will mark three years of Iraq war with protest calling for immediate end to U.S. occupation

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA -- In conjunction with anti-war demonstrations taking place across the country, there will be an “End the War” Action and March in Bloomington on Kirkwood Avenue on Wednesday, March 15. Former MCCSC educator, Deb Mayer, will speak at Sample Gates and the Courthouse Square.

Sunday, March 19 will mark the third anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. / British invasion of Iraq… the beginning of the devastating “Shock and Awe” campaign … the beginning of three years of escalating violence.

Yet, March 19, 2003 was not the beginning of the U.S. war on the people of Iraq. A U.S. / British bombing campaign, that included civilian, infrastructure, and agricultural targets, decimated areas of Iraq throughout the 1990’s. Nearly thirteen years of crushing economic sanctions left approximately one and a half million Iraqis dead, due to contaminated water, malnutrition, the prohibition on a vast array of desperately needed medicines, along with the lives destroyed by bombing and strafing.

Local anti-war organizations, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and 'Against the Occupation of Iraq' call on everyone to remember the children of Iraq, the innocent victims of this illegal, immoral war, and to demand that U.S. troops be withdrawn from Iraq immediately.

When a delegation of 9th District constituents visited with Congressman Baron Hill at his Washington, D.C. office on March 17, 2003, just days before the invasion, photos of the children of Iraq were shown to him and stated that these would be the ones who would be most grievously affected by his and other Congresspersons' and Administration officials' decisions.

Considering the tragedies that the Iraqi people have faced during the past three years, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition organizer, Timothy Baer states,
“It is unspeakably appalling that more than 37,589 Iraqi civilians have been slaughtered in their own homes and on their own streets. This is the “triple-verified” number from the independent comprehensive data collection organization, Iraq Body Count.”
(see http://www.iraqbodycount.net/ )

“It is an outrage that the U.S. military used more than 1,750 tons of radioactive 'depleted uranium' weaponry in the 2003 invasion, contributing to severely increased occurrences of cancer, kidney damage, birth defects, and other serious maladies among Iraqi men, women, and children, as well as among U.S. veterans of the Iraq War.”

“And don't forget: Abu Ghraib, detainments without charges, torture, sexual abuse and humiliation, rape, ongoing unlawful searches of homes, the use of cluster bombs on civilians, the use of white phosphorous and banned napalm-like munitions ... not to mention the lack of infrastructure rebuilding. Why are so many Iraqi people still without adequate electricity, water, and sewer services?”

“Is this liberation? The list of violations and atrocities seems endless. And for what?
· No weapons of mass destruction.
· No terrorist connections to Iraq.
· No credible military threat from Iraq.”

“Clearly, the invasion and occupation of Iraq is about the expansion of the U.S. military and economic empire. This includes the control of Iraq’s vast petroleum resources and the establishment of extensive military bases. Four huge permanent bases are now completed, while eight others are under construction or being planned, and more than 106 U.S. military encampments exist in Iraq -- a country the size of Texas.”

As the third anniversary of the Iraq War approaches, Congress is considering the Bush Administration's request for an additional $72 billion in war funding. Last Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved $67 billion and will now send the Administration's request on to the full House of Representatives and Senate. This comes on the heels of the appropriation of $52 billion that was approved by the U.S. Congress this past December.

Faced with the facts and figures presented by the National Priorities Project and the Institute for Policy Studies, it isn't hard to imagine the scores of ways to use our tax dollars that would be better than prolonging a war based on lies. Yet Congress keeps rubber-stamping request after request for tens of billions of dollars more.
(see http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182
and http://www.ips-dc.org/iraq/quagmire/IraqQuagmire.pdf )

Opposition to this war continues to increase. 58 to 64% of the general public are opposed to a continuation of the war. (http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm )

And now even U.S. troops are calling for the implementation of a serious exit strategy.

A new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey, completed two weeks ago, shows that 72% of American troops serving in Iraq, an overwhelming majority, now think the U.S. should exit Iraq within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately.
( http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1075 )

This week, across the country and around the world, mass demonstrations will take place, calling for an end to the war and military occupation in Iraq.

On Wednesday, March 15, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition (BPAC) and the I.U. student organization 'Against the Occupation of Iraq' (AOI) will lead the community in a demonstration and action to oppose the war on the people of Iraq.

BPAC and AOI declare:
“After three years of war, occupation, torture, and violation in Iraq, it is time to take bold actions to actively oppose the carnage in Iraq and the immoral behavior of this war machine! It is only by our unified efforts that this illegal war and occupation will end.”

Wednesday’s non-violent action will dramatize the devastating impact of the war on the people of Iraq, as well as deliver a strong, clear message: “End the War Now!”

The demonstration will also serve as a rallying call for individuals to make a deeper commitment for working to end the U.S. military occupation of Iraq.

Beginning at Sample Gates (Indiana and Kirkwood Avenues) at 4:00 p.m., the Bloomington “End the War!” Action will take place on Kirkwood Avenue, and proceed with a March to the Monroe County Courthouse at 5:00 p.m.

Among others, Deb Mayer, the Monroe County teacher who was terminated for speaking out about Peace in the classroom, will speak.
(see http://www.bloomingtonalternative.com/subscribers/news.php?id=869
http://www.bloomingtonalternative.com/subscribers/news.php?topicid=881
http://www.progressive.org/mag_mc012506 )

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

For more information on all of these efforts, see the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition website, http://www.BPAC.info or call (812) 988-1917

Bloomington “End the War” Action and March
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Locations: Sample Gates, Kirkwood Ave., and Monroe County Courthouse, Bloomington

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Bloomington “End the War” Action and March

This week, across the country and around the world, mass demonstrations will take place, calling for an end to the war and military occupation in Iraq.

On Wednesday, March 15, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition (BPAC) and the I.U. student organization 'Against the Occupation of Iraq' (AOI) will lead the community in a demonstration and action to oppose the war on the people of Iraq.

After three years of war, occupation, torture, and violation in Iraq, it is time to take bold actions to actively oppose the carnage in Iraq and the immoral behavior of this war machine! It is only by our unified efforts that this illegal war and occupation will end.

Wednesday's non-violent action will dramatize the devastating impact of the war on the people of Iraq, as well as deliver a strong, clear message: “End the War Now!”

The demonstration will also serve as a rallying call for individuals to make a deeper commitment for working to end the U.S. military occupation of Iraq.

Beginning at Sample Gates (Indiana and Kirkwood Avenues) at 4:00 p.m., the Bloomington “End the War!” Action will take place in front of the Indiana National Guard recruiting office on Kirkwood Avenue, and proceed with a March to the Monroe County Courthouse at 5:00 p.m.

Among others, Deb Mayer, the Monroe County teacher who was terminated for speaking out about Peace in the classroom, will speak at Sample Gates and at the Courthouse Square.
(see http://www.bloomingtonalternative.com/subscribers/news.php?id=869 http://www.bloomingtonalternative.com/subscribers/news.php?topicid=881 http://www.progressive.org/mag_mc012506 )

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

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Locations: Sample Gates, Kirkwood Ave., and Monroe County Courthouse, Bloomington

Saturday, March 18, 2006

"End the War and Occupation ~ Troops Home Now!"
The Chicago, Illinois demonstration against the Iraq War.

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 and Occupation ~ Bring the Troops Home Now!"
Chicago and the Midwest will come together for a day-long unified opposition to the ongoing war and occupation in Iraq.

Feeder marches will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Mass rally at Union Park at 3:00 p.m.
Mass march down Michigan Avenue will begin at Walton & State at 7:00 p.m.

Organized or endorsed by American Friends Service Committee, ANSWER/Chicago, Campus Anti-War Network, Chicago Area CodePink, International Solidarity Movement (Chicago), Nicaragua Solidarity Network, Chicago Jobs With Justice, North Shore Anti-War Coalition, Northwest Indiana Coalition Against the Iraq War, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and dozens of others.

For more details, see: http://www.chicagoactions.org/


Saturday, March 18, 2006

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

Indianapolis' 3rd Anniversary demonstration against the Iraq War will include speakers at a state-wide rally at Monument Circle. Bring your "End the War!" signs and voice your opposition to the war and occupation in Iraq.

Organized and co-sponsored by Progressive Indiana , Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center , Indiana Peace and Justice Network , Bloomington Peace Action Coalition , Veterans for Peace -- Chapter 49, and Code Pink -- Ft. Wayne
.

More information at http://www.hoosiersforpeace.org/Home.html

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location:
Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis


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Timothy Baer
Organizer, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
(812) 988-1917
BPACpeace@hotmail.com
http://www.BPAC.info


 

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