Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rally for Peace, March 15 in Lancaster

On March 15th Rally for Peace to Mark 5th Anniversary of the War
Sponsored by the Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice (
http://www.lancasterVOICE.org)Lancaster County citizens, veterans, religious groups, scholars, civil rights advocates, and civic organizations will gather for a potentially record breaking peace rally on the Fifth Anniversary of the start of the Iraq War at Binns Park and then march to Southern Market.
The Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice (LCPJ) will stress throughout the day that Lancaster residents need to hold our elected officials accountable in order to curtail massive budget cuts in social spending needed to pay for the military to return WW2 levels. In addition, officials must also be diligent in defending our civil liberties, the welfare of veterans and other US citizens, and the well-being of Iraqi and Afghan civilians.
Participants and feeder marches will converge on Binns Park at 12 noon. Speakers will include active-duty soldier and York native Bill Kohler, Pam Adams, step-mother of Lancaster born Brent Adams, a soldier killed in action in Iraq, Titus Peachey of the Mennonite Central Committee, and lastly John Schreck of the LCPJ will close the rally at Binns Park.
Ushers will then lead a march through the streets of Lancaster arriving at Southern Market by 2 PM. At this time, LCPJ will feature a live feed from the Winter Soldier program of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) (
http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier). At approximately 3 PM, Andy Hoover of ACLU PA will speak. Following Hoover will be the keynote speaker, Ms. Jana El Horr, a 2005 Fulbright Scholar of Iraqi-Lebanese descent and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. The day will end with a candlelight vigil on the old Courthouse steps at 7 PM commemorating all the lives lost on both sides since the beginning of post-9/11 military conflicts.
For more information on M15, please email
info@lancastervoice.org or contact one of the folks mentioned above.

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