Local peace rally against the war on Iraq

Local peace rally against the war on Iraq


Rockford Peace and Justice Action Committee is hosting a “pro-peace” anti-war rally against the war on Iraq at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 26 at the Puri Peace Plaza, just off Perryville Road. Spokesman Stanley Campbell stated, “We already have some ministers and speakers, as well as some musicians, that will come to talk about their opposition to attacking Iraq. We are doing it on that day because there is a rally in Washington, D.C. the same day, protesting any future war.”

Rockford Peace and Justice is sending at least seven local supporters to participate in the demonstration in Washington. They will travel on buses from Chicago, and as Campbell says, “It will be like the old days. They will drive in, get out and march, then turn around and drive back to Chicago.”

The Rockford rally was specifically timed to coordinate with the national demonstratiion. “We wanted to do a rally here in support of those going to Washington,” said Campbell. “Rev. David Weissbard of the Unitarian Universalist Church has spoken effectively against the war and will do excerpts from his last sermon. Local musician David Stocker will share some of his personally written pro-peace, anti-war songs.” Another local choral group, the Sweet Adelines, will also perform.

Other area ministers and speakers have also been invited. The rally will last at least one hour. In case of rain, Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Rd., (one block south of the plaza) has graciously offered to host the rally inside.

The public is invited to come and participate. For more information, call Stanley Campbell at (815) 964-7111.

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