Peace march against war on Iraq to be held in Washington

Peace march against war on Iraq to be held in Washington


Citizens opposing the war on Iraq will hold a peace march to “Stop the War on Iraq” on Saturday, October 26 in our nation’s capital. The National March on Washington, D.C., drawing peace activists from around the country, is scheduled for one day and is a joint effort among several states. It will be held beginning at 11 a.m. in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial on 21st Street and Constitution Ave., N.W. This date was chosen because it is the first anniversary of the signing of the “so-called Patriot Act” according to a news release from International A.N.S.W.E.R.—Act Now to Stop War & End Racism. A peace rally will also be held in support of the anti-war effort the same day in San Francisco.

According to International A.N.S.W.E.R., “As the Bush administration violates international law, it has been systematically engaged in a campaign of division and repression in the United States including a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights, institutionalization of racial profiling, and aggregation of near-dictatorial powers to the Executive branch.

“In articulating the so-called doctrine of pre-emptive war, the Bush administration is preparing to violate all existing international law and the UN charter which forbids countries to carry out war except in the case of self-defense…. The so-called debate that is opening now to public view from within the political establishment presents a necessity for all anti-war forces to become a major factor in generating an authentic opposition to U.S. war plans in the Middle East.”

Tickets may be purchased for a charter bus round trip for $70 each. The bus leaves from Grant Park behind the Art Institute in Chicago at Columbus Drive between Adams and Jackson streets at 5:30 p.m. on October 25. Two buses have been reserved so far, and more may be added, but there is no guarantee that buses will be available. The bus will return to Chicago on Sunday afternoon.

The trip is sponsored by International A.N.S.W.E.R. Website address is or call (773) 878-9166; or e-mail

Some partial scholarships may be available, depending on donations and other fundraising.

Rockford Peace and Justice Action Committee is sending three people to the march, according to spokesman Stanley Campbell. He said there will also be a rally at Puri Peace Plaza at 1 p.m. the same day to show solidarity with the march in Washington.

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