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Iraq: Four Years Later

As the snow falls this afternoon in Rhode Island, it's easy for the war in Iraq to seem far away. This is a big part of the problem, of course. In particular, the absence of a draft has made it easy for most Americans to tune out the conflict.

Steve Stycos has a report in this week's Phoenix on one recent local event related to the war, and others are slated for this weekend.

Mark Stahl, event coordinator for the Rhode Island Coommunity Coalition for Peace, sends along the following details:

MARCH 18 RALLY IN PROVIDENCE:
 
The RI Community Coalition for Peace is sponsoring an anti-war march and rally in Providence on Sunday, March 18, the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The march will start at 1:30 PM at Central High School on Broad Street. We will march downtown to the Federal Building at Kennedy Plaza, then up Westminster Street to the Beneficent church on Weybosset Street for a rally from 3:00 to 5:30 PM. The program for the rally includes:
  • The Raging Grannies singing anti-war songs
  • Rev. Jon Almond from the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church
  • Jacque Amoureux from the RI chapter of Military Families Speak Out
  • Elliott Colla, Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University
  • Steve Kelly from the Kelly Peace group and RI MFSO
  • Chris Murphy from the International Socialist Organization
  • Jeff Toste from the Green Party of Rhode Island  
For more information, please contact:  Mark Stahl (401-438-3929) or Chris Murphy (239-896-0336). 
 
ROUNDUP OF MARCH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS:
 
This roundup of upcoming March events is provided as a service to the local peace community.  These events have not necessarily been endorsed by RICCP unless otherwise stated. 
  • Barrington, March 18:  The East Bay Citizens for Democracy is planning a forum on Iraq from 2:30 – 6:00 PM at the Barrington Congregational Church.   For more information, please contact:  Pat Smith at sampa@cox.net
  • Newport, March 18:  The RI Progressive League is planning a peace rally in Newport starting at noon at Washington Square.  For more information, please contact Gracious Audette at graciousaudette@aiconnect.com . 
  • Providence, March 18:  The local Declaration of Peace group is sponsoring a Gathering and Planning for Nonviolent Action from 5:30-7:00 PM, Beneficent Church, following the peace rally at the Church.   For more information, please contact the AFSC office at 401-521-3584.
  • Providence, March 19:  During the week of March 19,  Declaration of Peace and other groups are planning nonviolent actions in the local area.  For more information, please contact the AFSC office at 401-521-3584.
  • Providence, March 19:  Brown Students for a Democratic Society and other groups will be staging a street-theater die-in at the Textron Tower in downtown Providence on Monday.  They are planning to meet at Kennedy Plaza at 1:30 and walk the short distance to their headquarters.  For more information, please contact Jonathan Rogers at Jonathan_Rogers@brown.edu .
  • Providence, March 19:  For Move On.org, Christine Lindin is hosting a vigil at the Providence State House on Monday at 7:30 PM.   For more information, please contact:  Pat Smith at sampa@cox.net
  • Providence, March 20:  The RI chapter of the ACLU is sponsoring a film screening on Tuesday at 7 PM at the Columbus Theatre on Broadway in Providence.  They are showing "Road To Guantanamo", and will be having a panel discussion with Nick Schmader and Carl Kreuger.  For more information, please contact Megan Young at MYoung@riaclu.org .
  • Providence, March 20:   Col. Ann Wright, who resigned from the diplomatic service in 2003 in protest of the war with Iraq, will be speaking on "The Coming War with Iran" at 7:00 PM  in Smith-Buonanno 106 at Brown University, located at 100 Brown Street at Cushing Street.  For more information, please contact Randall Rose at Randall_Rose@brown.edu.
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