[mgj-discuss] Get on the bus: D.C. to Fort Bragg, March 20th!
danbeeton at citizenstrade.org
Wed Mar 10 16:17:25 EST 2004
March 20th: THE WORLD STILL SAYS NO TO WAR
Fayetteville, North Carolina- 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Get on the bus: D.C. to Fort Bragg!
Please join Veterans For Peace and Left Turn in traveling to Fayetteville,
NC on March 20th to support the march organized by Military Families Speak
Out, the Bring Them Home Now coalition, the Quaker House of Fayetteville,
September 11th Families of Peaceful Tomorrows, the Fayetteville Peace with
Justice Coalition, and Veterans for Peace, to say the "World Still Says No
- Bus tickets are $40. The bus will leave from the Greenbelt Metro
Station, midnight, March 19, and return to the Baltimore/D.C. area the
evening of the 20th.
- Contact Pat McCann, Veterans For Peace, at 301-324-5322 or
unityact2 at aol.com for information on tickets
- Tickets will also be available at the Brian MacKenzie Center Infoshop,
1426 9th Street, NW. at the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center metro stop
beginning Thursday, March 11th, after the "Haiti: Killing the Dream"
presentation at 7pm.
On March 20th, millions of people will be taking to the streets globally to
make their opposition to the occupations and war visible once again, as we
mark the anniversary of shock and awe. While large scale protests are
planned in NYC, SF, and other major cities, an historical demonstration will
take place in Fayetteville NC. Fayetteville is home of Ft. Bragg, one of the
largest military bases in the U.S. The18th Airborne Corp, the first Corps
Support Command, the JFK Special Warfare School, and the Joint Special
Operations Command are based there. Fayetteville is also adjacent to Pope
Air Force Base, which includes the 43rd Airlift Wing, and the 23rd Fighter
Group, and the 18th Support Operations Group. However, back in the day, Ft
Bragg was a center of GI
resistance to the war in Vietnam.
On March 20th, DC activists can show solidarity with military families and
vets, as well as the untold millions of others who are disproportionately
affected by war and occupations, and the war at home, by traveling with
Baltimore/DC Veterans For Peace and members of Left Turn to Fayetteville NC.
The N.C. March 20 Planning Committee, representing over 100 peace and
justice groups from across North Carolina, will join with others from South
Carolina, Richmond Virginia, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia to
say the "World Still Says No To War", and "Bring The Troops Home Now!"
Military families have seen a steady erosion of their benefits to include
the transfer of the military health care system to the for-profit HMO, cuts
in Veterans Administration spending and the closing of VA hospitals
nationwide. Some government sources estimate that over 20% of Iraq war vets
will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The US government has
stalled at every turn to acknowledge any responsibility for the variety of
mysterious ailments affecting over 200,000 veterans of the 1991 invasion of
Iraq. Called Gulf War Syndrome, veterans suffer from multiple effects of
exposure to depleted uranium, experimental vaccines, and poisonous smoke
from the burning oilfields.
The Government's institution of the STOP LOSS program is a new form of the
draft, forcing conscription after soldiers have served their terms, with an
operational tempo so extreme that many young children no longer know at
least one of their parents. Stop Loss has resulted in Troop Strength that
now exceeds that authorized by congress- as President Bush's executive order
in September of 2001 is still being used by Donald Rumsfeld to usurp
Well over 500 US soldiers have been killed so far, and over 3000 wounded and
disabled in Iraq since March 20, 2003. Most sources cite between 8-10,000
deaths of innocent Iraqi men, women and children (civilians). Our government
continues to hold to the lies that sent our troops unprepared into battle,
to supposedly protect us against weapons of mass destruction and nuclear
weapons that have not been found.
As our government pours untold billions of our tax dollars into unjust wars,
here on the home front, we cannot afford to care for the 12,000,000 children
in the U.S. who live in poverty, and the 13 million children who go hungry
every day. While 75 million Americans do not have health care insurance, and
over 10 million and growing are jobless, we have heard stories of our
seniors being forced to give blood to pay for their medications.
Download a flier at http://www.leftturn.org/images/flyers/flier_notowar.pdf.
For more information:
Fayetteville, NC, March and Rally:
Veterans for Peace: http://www.veteransforpeace.com
Left Turn: http://www.leftturn.org
Military Families Speak Out: http://www.mfso.org/
BRING THEM HOME NOW!: http://www.bringthemhomenow.com/
Quaker House: http://www.quakerhouse.org/
September 11th Families of Peaceful Tomorrows:
United for Peace and Justice: http://unitedforpeace.org/
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