Next Saturday, Jan. 27, peace advocates from around the nation will be converging in Washington to deliver a message to Congress, DON'T ESCALATE, END THE WAR NOW. Locally, the Columbia Peace Coalition, of which Peaceworks is a member, will be hosting an Iraq War Town Hall Meeting, beginning at 1:30 p.m., in the Commission Chambers of the Boone Government Center, at 8th & Ash. We really hope you will attend and invite friends to come out as well.
This indoor event will give all of us an opportunity to make our voices heard on the war. All present will have the opportunity to speak out at the mic. But even those who don't choose to speak can show their concern by their presence. People of all perspectives will be welcome to speak. We hope that many anti-war citizens will share their concerns and their ideas as to how to end this tragic war. We are, of course, inviting the media. We hope that a strong showing of concerned citizens will help convey to others that they are not alone in their feelings and that now is the time to get our government, particularly our Congress to act on this.
Please note that if you are driving, there is free parking in the 8th & Walnut Parking Garage, less than a block from the Government Center.
Want to go to Washington instead? United for Peace & Justice, the national peace coalition that Peaceworks is a member of is holding a major March on Washington next Saturday, Jan. 27. While we in Peaceworks generally keep our focus on local action, we do encourage those who wish to travel to join in this massive mobilization. You can get more info on the Washington march at www.unitedforpeace.org. Our allies in St. Louis, the Instead of War Coalition, have already filled a bus going to DC, and are working on arranging transportation for others, including possibly a second bus. If you are interested, you can get details at: www.insteadofwar.org or by calling them at 314-725-5303.