GREENS TO JOIN ANTIWAR PROTESTS IN D.C. AND ACROSS THE U.S.
THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
GREENS TO JOIN ANTIWAR PROTESTS IN D.C. AND ACROSS
WASHINGTON, DC -- Thousands of members of the Green Party of the United States will participate this coming weekend in demonstrations and rallies against the Bush Administration's plans to invade Iraq. While events will take place in cities across the country, many Greens will travel to Washington, D.C. for a weekend of major protests and other activities:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17: Women's Anti-War Day of Action candlelight vigils at dusk in Washington, D.C. and other cities. Women In Black, an international network for peace that includes many Greens among its membership, will help lead these events in several cities.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18: Rally in Washington, D.C., 11:00 a.m. on the West Side of the Capitol Building. Themes of the rally are "No War Against Iraq", "Eliminate U.S. Weapons of Mass Destruction"; Gail Dixon of the D.C. Statehood Green Party is slated to speak during the rally. Greens will gather at 11 a.m. at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station and begin marching about 12:30 p.m. and in other rallies in cities across the U.S. Women In Black will hold a silent vigil on public sidewalks facing Union Station from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19: Nonviolent civil disobedience planned for Washington, D.C. at noon, with participants, supporters, and observers gathering at Farragut Square (17th Street NW between I and K Streets) at 11:30 a.m.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Workshop and Rally for Justice and Peace, sponsored by Black Voices For Peace, 3-6 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church located at 5301 North Capitol Street in Washington, D.C.
For a more comprehensive list of events around the U.S., visit the United For Peace web site http://www.unitedforpeace.org/.
On Tuesday, January 28, a 'State of the Union' protest and concert in Washington, D.C., to coincide with the President's State of the Union address to the nation, will feature a Green Party elected official who will deliver the Green rebuttal to President Bush. The event, titled "The Sorry State of the Union," will take place 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the west side of the Capitol, near the Reflecting Pool, and will feature various speakers and musicians.
"This is the first major protest at the State of the Union in recent memory," said Adam Eidinger, member of the D.C. Statehood Green Party, antiwar activist, and an organizer of the State of the Union event. "President Bush's first State of the Union address, the infamous 'Axis of Evil' speech, precipitated a global crisis. This time, we are not going to let him distract the country from chronic problems such as lack of housing, health care, and decent jobs."
Greens have participated in Code Pink, an ongoing women's vigil in front of the White House initiated by party member Medea Benjamin, and numerous other antiwar events. On September 20, 2002, the Green Party of the United States issued a "Statement in Opposition to U.S. Plans to Invade Iraq."
The Green Party of the United States
United For Peace http://www.unitedforpeace.org/
Code Pink: Women's Preemptive Strike for Peace http://www.codepink4peace.org/
Women's Anti-War Day of Action
Women In Black http://www.womeninblack.net/
Black Voices For Peace 202-232-5690 http://www.bvfp.org/
Iraq Pledge of Resistance http://www.peacepledge.org/resist