MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 CANDLELIGHT MARCH & VIGIL
October marks 8 years since the invasion of Afghanistan. 8 years of air strikes and rising death tolls; 8 years of waiting for reconstruction and economic development assistance; 8 years and more than $200 billion of US tax dollars squandered on armed conflict.
Please join the Northland Anti-War Coalition as we solemnly take stock of these losses and keep the pressure on to bring troops home now. The Obama Administration is thinking of escalating the conflict with tens of thousands more troops. As an anti-war movement, we have a narrow window of opportunity to influence the debate – it’s time to get back on the street.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5:
-7pm Candlelight march and vigil to end the war: Gather at the US Army Reserve at 1500 St Louis Avenue on Park Point in Duluth. Candles provided, consider wearing black or a black armband
-8pm Celebration of war resistance at Amazing Grace: Join CSS Amnesty International and Truth in Recruiting as we honor war resistance, past and present. Sing along to anti-war tunes with Rachael Kilgour (feel free to bring an instrument and a Rise Up Singing!); sign cards to US soldiers serving jail time for refusing to fight; and get to know your fellow activists.
& LATER THIS MONTH . . .
And don’t forget that Saturday, Oct. 17 is the national day of local action against the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NAWC is going to be holding a march and rally on that day starting at noon. We’ll be gathering at the Clayton, Jackson & McGhie Memorial at the corner of 2nd Ave. E. & E. 1st St. for a march to the Duluth Federal Building.
The theme of the protest is FUND HUMAN NEEDS: MAKE JOBS NOT WAR! The speakers will be talking about where we should be spending our tax dollars, as opposed to war and occupation.
Among the speakers at the rally will be Eric Blomstrom from Community Action Duluth, Scott Yeazle of the Twin Ports Action Coalition, Kathy Anderson, Rev. Cathy Schuyler of the Duluth Congregational Church and CHUM, Todd Erickson of Workers United Local 99, and, schedules permitting, Charles Gessert and Meg Kerns. Ellie Schoenfeld will be the MC and we’re hoping to have some music to add to the mix as well!
To date this protest has been endorsed by the Duluth Central Labor Body, Veterans for Peace, Women in Black, Peace North, the Duluth Area Green Party, Grandmothers for Peace, Socialist Action, Lake Superior Greens, Duluth Unitarian-Universalist Peace & Social Justice Committee, UMD Students for Peace, CSS Center for Just Living, Twin Ports Action Coalition, Workers United Local 99, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Rice Lake Peace for Peace, the Nortland Center for Art & Ecopsychology and a host of individual activists and concerned citizens!
NORTHLAND ANTI-WAR COALITION
P.O. Box 16853, Duluth MN 55816