Where: Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Hayward, Janesville, LaCrosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Ripon, Sheboygan, Superior, Waupaca
When: Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19
Contact: Steve Burns, Program Director, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, 608-332-3717, outreach@wnpj.org

March 19, the date on which the U.S. began its "Shock and Awe" bombing campaign on Iraq, has long been marked by war opponents both nationally and locally as a time to remember the terrible cost of that war and to renew our commitment to peace. This year, on the 8th anniversary of the Iraq war, citizens in Wisconsin communities from Chippewa Falls to Madison to Milwaukee to Waupaca will be gathering to mark the day with solemn vigils or energetic protests. Some events are scheduled for Friday the 18th, as part of regular vigils arranged under the umbrella organization Iraq Moratorium, and others are planned for Saturday the 19th. A full schedule is given below.

This year, Madison has been chosen by the national organization Iraq Veterans Against the war as the site for an event intended to bring pro-peace Veterans from around the country together with Wisconsin workers on the front lines in the struggle for union rights.  Aaron Hughes, an IVAW member who served for six years in the Illinois National Guard and was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in 2003 for a 15 month tour, explains: "Rights and democracy are things that our nation says we are fighting for in Iraq and Afghanistan but from my experience in Iraq it was clear that militaries can not fight for these things. Only people standing together can fight for and win these things. So we are mobilizing to Madison to stand with our brothers and sisters in labor and connect the issues."

Actions scheduled for Friday, March 18

Eau Claire: 3/18 Fri 5 – 6 pm Stand for Peace. Meet at the corner of Brackett Ave and S. Hastings Way (aka "Hwy 53"). The "stand" will be in the grassy section at the corner, on the Red Parrot (formerly "Woos Pagoda") side of the S. Hastings Way.  Contact  Lou Recine at louv4pi@gmail.com.

Janesville: 3/18 Fri 4 pm War Moratorium vigil. On the corner of Blackbridge Rd. and Milton Ave. Sponsored by the Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation. Join in with signs, including "Honk for Peace" signs. Contact: kholcombe8117@charter.net

LaCrosse: 3/18 Fri 5 – 6 pm War Moratorium Monthly Vigil. Meet at the corner of Cass and Third Street, at the foot of blue bridge over the Mississippi River. Please contact Duane Teschler(War Moratorium/ Veteran for Peace) 608-784 1737  or Cathy at cvmaren@mwt.net.

Ripon: 3/18 Fri 4:30 pm Peace vigil for the Iraq Moratorium. On the Square, by City Hall. Wear black armbands. Contacts: Kent Gallaway,  kgallaway54971@yahoo.com

Sheboygan: 3/18 Fri 7 - 10:30 pm AntiWar Concert for Peace.  At Paradigm Coffeehouse at 8th Street, featuring music by Iraq war veteran Jason Moon.  More details at http://vetsforpeacesheboygan.org/upcomingevents.htm  Contact: Chris at cqnel@clevelandwi.net

Superior: 3/18 Fri 4 – 5 pm Rally for Peace. On the corner of Broadway and Hammond. Sponsored by the Northland Chapter of Grandmothers for Peace.  Contact: g4peace1@charter.net

Waupaca: 3/18 Fri 5 – 6 pm Waupaca People for Peace Vigil. Downtown, on the town square. Contact People for Peace: bonni@waupacaonline.net

Actions scheduled for Saturday, March 19

Chippewa Falls: 3/19 Sat 11 am Peace Vigil. At the corner of Bridge and River. Contact Thomas Chisholm, Gaylord Oppegard and others at lagoclam@aol.com.

Hayward: 3/19 Sat 1 - 2 pm Peace North Peace Rally  Meet on the corner of Highways 63 and 27 south. This action is in solidarity with Veterans for Peace  in Washington DC. Optional meeting at Backroads Coffee after the rally at 2 pm. Contact Ken at 715-699-9010

Madison: 3/19 Sat 10 am Peacemakers and IVAW Stand in Solidarity with Workers. Meet at  Library Mall, 750 State St. and at 11 am march up State St. to the King Street Corner of the Square. Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)  calls on all veterans and peace organizations to mobilize to this event on the 8th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, to stand in solidarity with workers organizing for their rights. Contact: Todd Dennis, 715-533-2887, todd@ivaw.org

Milwaukee: 3/19 Sat 12 noon Move the Money - Fund Jobs, Not War! - Rally and March. Meet at the County Court House, Clas Park, 10th and Wells. Organized by Milwaukee Coalition for a Just Peace - 414-964-5158.

Racine: 3/19 Sat 10 - 11 am  Rally to observe 8th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq. Meet at Hwys 20 & 31. Info: Dick Kinch 262-764-9968.

Sent 3/17/2011,
Steve Burns
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
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