Jan. 30 Coffee Talk to address ending Iraq war

Rockford Peace & Justice will host a “Discussion of Tactics to end the Iraq War” at the next Coffee Talk at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner St.

Special guest will be Karen Gutierrez, a local peace activist, who will talk about “Code Pink,” an anti-war group organized by and for women, most of whom have relatives in the military. Dell Wasso, a member of Veterans For Peace, who was a soldier during the first Persian Gulf War, as well as other peace organizers from the northern Illinois-southern Wisconsin area, will also speak.

People are invited to give presentations of ideas and tactics for ending the Iraq War. The group will discuss lobbying congress to support a quick withdrawal of U.S. troops. Tactics could include petition drives and letter-writing campaigns, as well as peaceful demonstrations, and may include guerrilla theater. The peace movement has grown, and the majority of Americans may now feel it is time to leave Iraq. Discussion will include a little history of some of the peace organizations, as well as controversies that have emerged on the national level.

Rockford Peace & Justice is a member of the Northern Illinois Peace Groups, which is also affiliated with the United for Peace & Justice Coalition, a national organization.

Coffee Talks are free and open to the public and are presented every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner St. Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee sponsors the Coffee Talks, with an assist from Rockford Urban Ministries, the Social Responsibilities Committee of the UU Church, and friends of George LaForrest and Rev. John Breck.

For more information, call Stanley Campbell, director of Rockford Urban Ministries, at 964-7111.

From the Jan. 25-31, 2006, issue

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