Iowa Military Veterans Hold Vigil, Visit Congressional Offices to call for an End to Funding Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

On the same day 130 people, led by war veterans, are arrested in Washington D.C. at the White House

By Jeffrey Weiss, Executive Director of Catholic Peace Ministry

An invigorated chapter of Iowa Veterans for Peace showed up at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines on Thursday December 16th to call for an end to funding wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dennis Paul of Veterans for Peace said he was standing in freezing temperatures because of the many civilian casualties in the recent wars. "We don't know how many have died at our hands, but it's wrong," Paul said.

"It was a privilege to stand with these veterans of the U.S. military and say that Jesus was for peace," said Jeffrey J. Weiss of the Catholic Peace Ministry. "More and more of our people in uniform can see the folly of the institutions that send them to places that people in our country cannot find on a map and come to see that we are all victimized by a permanent war economy and state of endless war."

This gathering and delivery of letters to Congressional offices at the Federal Building, was done on the same day that more than 100 people were arrested in Washington, D.C. led by military veterans, calling for an end to war and our permanent war economy. (See 'You Tube' video below)

This fiscal year the United States will spend close to $135 billion in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. The two wars, longer in length than U.S. involvement in World War II, have cost this country more than one trillion dollars.

Please call Senator Tom Harkin at 515-284-4574 and Charles Grassley (515-284-4890) and Rep Leonard Boswell at 515 282-1909 and ask them to stop funding these wars and drastically reduce the $700 billion Pentagon budget.

Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOde31QYbI0&feature=player_embedded#