8 Years of War in Iraq Vigil, Rally & March will remember the past and ongoing human and economic costs of the Iraq war and urge our leaders to quickly and responsibly end the war and shift their reliance on military might to the use of diplomacy, humanitarian aid and strengthening internal and regional peace processes.
The event marks eight years of war in Iraq and will include music, speakers and a “March of the Dead.”
“Racism is ignorance and it’s been going around for a long time. If we don’t so anything about it now, it will continue to be around for generations. We have to deal with it.” Quote from youth.
What is racism? What are our human rights, and how do we create an environment in which all rights are respected. These are some of the concepts the American Friends Service Committee, (AFSC) Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group have been learning about and reflecting on.
In observance of the 8th anniversary of the start of the US war against Iraq, you are invited to join friends and neighbors in a recommitment to our work for peace. Using the gifts of art -- music, poetry, stories, and the visual arts -- we will gather to celebrate all who lift up a message of peace, while we learn from and encourage each other to keep on keepin on.
This is the topic of MFSA's Spring Regional Gatherings. This will be an opportunity to learn about the Islamic faith, and to have fellowship and dialogue with some of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Speakers for this event are Mahmoud Hamad and Amro Luai.
(The MFSA Cedar Rapids Gathering will be on Saturday, March 12,abeginning at 10:00 AM at the Mother Mosque, 1335 9th Ave. NW,in Cedar Rapids,hosted by Imam Taha Tawil. Following lunch (on your own) the Gatheting will move to the Islamic Center, 2999 1st Ave. SW,at 1:00 PM,Tim Hyatt, host.)
I remember the first day of my freshman year of college at DePaul University in Chicago. I walked into the Student Center and saw all kinds of flyers on the walls of our student center. Flyers calling for the boycott of Coca Cola because of its connection to violence in Colombia. A flyer promoting an event for Mexican immigrants’ rights. And of course, a flyer advertising the first meeting of the year for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). I will always remember the images of these flyers; they opened up a whole new world to me of student activism.
March and rally marking 8th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq, and calling for an end to the wars/occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Featured speakers will be Maryam Shansab, an Afghan-American grad student at Tufts, and Adrienne Kinne of Iraq Veterans Against the War. The march and rally will also feature the Leftist Marching Band, from Portsmouth NH. Marchers will gather at 6 Loudon Rd, in the parking lot, at 2 PM, and march to State House Plaza for the 2:30 PM rally.
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