Stop This Criminal War

Iraq Moratorium #5 on Friday, Jan. 18 sparks protests

The Raging Grannies of Mountain View CA will bring cookies and tea to “welcome” recruiters to a new Armed Forces Career Center to the neighborhood on Friday, January 18 – and to let the recruiters know they are moving into territory occupied by the Grannies, part of a national network of antiwar activists.

A vigil at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Maryland will call for money to be spent helping wounded veterans, not the war. A march in Brattleboro VT will feature drummers, horns, bagpipes, and dancers. A public forum in Duluth MN will feature Native American and African American leaders speaking against the war.

In San Mateo CA, a candlelight vigil will honor the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and incorporate his words against war. In dozens of other communities across the country, groups will hold vigils or rallies, while thousands of individuals take some personal action to call for an end to the war.

It’s all part of the fifth Iraq Moratorium Day, a loosely-knit nationwide effort that asks people to take some action, individually or in a group, on the third Friday of every month to call for an end to the war. Those actions range from simple gestures like wearing a black armband or button to participating in a large-scale protest. The group’s website,

Since the Moratorium began in September, more than 500 events have been listed with the group’s website, , which has a list of upcoming actions, and reports, photos and videos from previous month’s events.

“The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq is two months away. Two-thirds of the American people want this war to end, but there’s little or no movement from President Bush and not much more from Congress,” said Moratorium organizer Eric See. “We must turn up the heat, and more people every month see the growing Iraq Moratorium movement as a way to do that. This war’s got to stop, and we’ve got to stop it.”

Lots more at the website, including a button link on the “tools” page. CONTACT: BILL CHRISTOFFERSON 414/486-9651

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