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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Four Years and Counting

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, and ghastly to recall, that the Iraq War has now been going on for four years, and about to begin its fifth, with no end in sight. The 'six month walk in the park,' the 'they'll greet us with flowers and chocolates,' hasn't turned out that way-- the dying goes on every, for a mixture of hubris, stupidity, greed, and indifference. Even as we speak, someone is dying there, someone is getting maimed, sometone is undergoing such psychological horror that they will be forever haunted, a shell of themselves. Over 3000 troops have died. Over 25,000 have been permanently mained. One in three is said to be suffering from PTSD. And God knows how many civilians have died-- men, women, and children-- some say as many as 600,000. The Pentagon is not keeping track of civilian deaths.

Here is a list of activities around this event that one can get involved with. For events outside Massachusetts, please visit www.unitedforpeace.org and enter your zip code.

Beverly, MassachusettsRSVPProtest troop increase in IraqSunday, March 18th 2007 12:00Support congressional efforts to limit war funding for Iraq. Let congress know that we believe they are moving in the right direction and that we will support their efforts to bring combat troops home. Please bring signs and flags and songs and chants.

Boston, MassachusettsRSVPNew England Regional Protest Saturday, March 24th 2007 11:00Boston Common 11am to 5 pmAnti-war Rally, March, Concert and Peace & Justice Fair
brimfield, MassachusettsRSVP
brimfield peace vigil7pmMonthly Event 1st and 3rd thursday of each month1st and 3rd thursday of each monthvigil on the brimfield common

Brookline, MassachusettsRSVPIraq War anniversary vigilMonday, March 19th 2007 6pmWe'll gather at the CVS corner and expand to the other 3 if we have enough people (and perhaps to the center island as well). The site is accessible to people with disabilities. Please bring candles.

Cambridge, MassachusettsHarvard-Cambridge Walk for Peace 12:00 p.m.Weekly Event Every Wednesday.Every week, meeting at the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard, members of the university community, along with residents of Cambridge, respond to the trauma that the American government is causing through acts of violence in Iraq carried out disingenously in the name of freedom and justice. We bear witness for peace, raising our collective hopes and inspiring us to actions that will lead us forward to a more humane U.S. foreign policy.We gather at noon on Wednesdays to speak to each other of the week's events or our own reflections, and then we slowly and in silence walk the perimeter of the Yard, each of us holding a sign with the name of someone who has died in the conflict.

Falmouth, MassachusettsRSVPTime of Remembrance Monday, March 19th 2007 5:00 pmA community vigil to remember all of the people who have suffered because the continuing conflict in Iraq. We will pause for a time of silence. All people will be welcomed and appreciated....

Fitchburg, MassachusettsRSVP4 YEARS TOO MANY!Saturday, March 17th 2007 12:30 PMDEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT! Please join us to act in civil opposition to war and injustice. We will have a table available for public participation in the Friends for Peace Campaign.

Gloucester, MassachusettsRSVPGloucester Stand for Peace, Rotary at Exit 11 off Rt 128N12 noonWeekly Event Every Saturday at Grant Circle, Gloucester, MA (Rt. 128N to Exit 11) 12 noon to 1:00 P.M.Weekly vigil

Greenfield, MassachusettsRSVPA Hundred Ways to Stop War RallySaturday, March 17th 2007 11amOn Saturday, March 17, from 11 am to Noon, the Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil will sponsor a "Hundred Ways to Stop War" rally on the Greenfield Town Common to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. The event is being held in solidarity with the March on Washington that day, and will call on Congress to cut funding for the war, immediately withdraw US troops from Iraq, and refuse to authorize a war with Iran. It will conclude with a speak-out for people to discuss actions they plan to take to help stop war; and to share information about peace and justice activities currently underway, and about the town permits needed for demonstrations in Greenfield.

Hyannis, MassachusettsRSVPBear Witness for Peace on the beginning of the 5th year of US occupation of IraqMonday, March 19th 2007 3:00 PMGather at the town green on Main Street in Hyannis at 3:00. Speak out and then march at 3:20 down Main Street to the sidewalk in front of Rep. Delahunt's office at 146 East Main Street. We gather here as our connection to Washington, D.C. (Rep. Delahunt has signed on to Rep. McGovern's bill and made a public statement to vote against the supplemental appropriations.) Reading of American and Iraqi names of those who have died. Bring signs/drums.

Marblehead, MassachusettsRSVPWeekly Peace Vigil6:30 pmWeekly Event Every Wednesday EveningJoin Friends and Neighbors that believe that peace is possible; that human beings are capable of living in peace with one another.

Nantucket, MassachusettsRSVPNantucket Peace MarchSaturday, March 17th 2007 11 amPeace march from the Civil War Memorial at the top of Main Street to the Post Office on Federal Street. Gather at 10:45; join us along the way; greet us at the Post Office. Bring signs.
Newton, MassachusettsRSVPIraq War 4th Anniversary VigilMonday, March 19th 2007 5pmWe'll remember the deaths of more than 3,000 US soldiers and many more Iraqis. We'll contemplate the path ahead. And we'll call on Congress to force a change in direction.

RSVPWeekly Peace Vigil - ANTS on The Hill12:00pmWeekly Event Every Wednesday on the Andover Newton Quagrangle from 12:00 noon to 12:50pmWeekly Peace Vigil on the QuadEvery Wednesday from noon to 12:50.This humble yet powerful act of witnessing in the ANTS community takes place every Wednesday throughout the year as we take an hour of our time tostand in unity against all forms of injustice and violence in our world today.

Northampton, MassachusettsRSVP4 Years of Occupation - 16 Years of WarSaturday, March 17th 2007 7:00 p.m.March, rally and vigil against the ongoing brutality in Iraq and against America's dark policies of empire.RSVP

Weekly Vigil to Stop the War11:00 AMWeekly Event Every Saturday, 11:00 AM-12:00 noonWeekly vigil every Saturday 11-12 in front of the courthouse, Main St. (between King & Gothic, Northampton, MA


Pittsfield, MassachusettsPittsfield Vigil5:00 pmWeekly Event Every ThursdayVigil at Park Square, Pittsfield


Plymouth, MassachusettsRSVPMemorial Vigil to Honor the Fallen and Wounded of the Iraq WarSaturday, March 17th 2007 10am300 memorial markers will be erected. 60 will bear the name of Massachusetts soldiers. This is meant to be a gentle, solemn, dignified memorial event for all who have given so much. It is meant as a healing service for soldiers, their families, for the general public and for the Iraqi people.RSVP

Plymouth Peace VigilnoonWeekly Event Every Saturday at noonWeekly silent vigil meets Saturdays at Town Square in Plymouth Center at noon, proceeds to Shirley Square; stands vigil with peace signs and peaceful posters, and disbands at 1:00.RSVPPlymouth Peace Vigil UPDATE12:00Weekly Event Every Saturday noonWe have begun carrying VOTE PEACE signs, and will be out in force on Nov. 11, as we have been on every Saturday for more than a year, from Town Square to Shirley Square.Come join us. Bring your own VOTE PEACE sign, or use one of ours.

Springfield, MassachusettsRSVP"Rubicon" Pot-Luck Dinner & Discussion5:00pmMonthly Event First SaturdaysLocal activists and interested folks encouraged to bring a dish to share for ongoing first Saturday 5-9:00pm pot-luck and attendee directed discussion of current events. Pre-registration discouraged, just drop in if you can!

Walpole, MassachusettsRSVPVigil to Protest the Iraq War10:00 AMMonthly Event Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the monthPlease jon us for a Peace Vigil as we stand in protest of the Iraq War. This war was started under false pretenses and has brought death and destruction to Iraq. It's time to bring our troops home. We have peace signs or bring your own.

Waltham, MassachusettsRSVPBrandeis Peace vigil12pmWeekly Event Every tuesday of the monthEvery tuesday at 12 pm, the chaplancy (religious leaders of jewish, christian and muslim faiths) lead a peace vigil in honor of our troops serving abroad, and devoted to the establishment of peace and justice. If you are in the area, please join us because we are looking to expand and draw a large crowd. We meet outside of usdan student center at the peace memorial.

Watertown, MassachusettsRSVPNot One More Death, Not One More Dollar11:00 AMMonthly Event The vigil is a monthly event takeing place between 11:00 AM and 12 noon in Watertown Square.This is an expansion of the monthly "End the Iraq War" vigil that Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safey and its Justice with Peace Task Force sponsor. The vigil will take place in Watertown Square. Please join us with your signs calling for and end to the war and for all troops to come home. For more information email wces@rcn.com or call 617-926-8560 mailbox 2

Wayland, MassachusettsRSVPPeople for Peace11:30 amWeekly Event every Saturday- mid dayWeekly vigil against the Iraq war

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