Hello and peace, I hope this finds you well.
Fayetteville is really popping y’all.Â The Friday night concert is blowing up.Â The program on Saturday is amazing and we’re hearing from folks all over the country who are coming.Â The Sunday organizer’s conference and meetings of Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Military Families Speak Out, are all falling in place.Â In short, Fayetteville is going to be something else!Â Check out the website www.ncpeacejustice.org for all the updates.Â
Problem is…we’re just about out of money.Â Unfortunately, there’s much less access to organizing money down here, and we’re going about this about every way that we can imagine right now, but there areÂ still huge gaps to fill.Â
Ultimately, with the numbers that we’re expecting, and the plan we are developing, we believe that we can bring in probably a fair amount of cash on the 19th, but we need the money to get us there.Â I’m asking y’all to consider
a) personally signing on as a co-sponsor
b) getting your organizations to sign on
c) passing the letter along to folks you know, especially folks you know that have deep pockets
d) sharing with us any resources that you may know of.Â
I don’t think that I’m exagerating when I say that this weekend is going lead to dramatic shifts in the military families/vets/GI movements, and Southern anti-war movement more broadly.Â Please be as creative as possible on this one y’all, we need all the help we can get.Â
Military Families Speak Out
Bring Them Home Now!
Fayetteville Peace With Justice
I am writing to you to ask for your financial support for the upcoming March and Rally to Bring the Troops Home Now in Fayetteville, NC, March 19. This event has grown far larger than we could have dreamed of when we started planning in November. With military families and veterans central to the program and planning, we are mobilizing thousands from around the country.
This historic event demands significant financial investments from the community to support the work of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and the NC Peace & Justice Coalition. Our budget calls for $30,000, and we are half-way there! We need funds for airfare for speakers like Camilo Mejia, an Iraq Vet and Conscientious Objector, and Abdul Henderson, the Marine reservist featured in Michael Moore’s movie Fahrenheit 9/11. We have to pay for a top-rate sound system, permits, room rentals, and advertisements, postcards, and literature to reach tens of thousands of people.
We need your donation to keep up with the costs. We are seeking online or check donations of $50. If you fill in the co-sponsor form at www.NCpeacejustice.org by Sunday March 13, we can include your name or your group in the March 19 Program.
Your financial support is essential to supporting the work of a growing number of veterans, reservists, soldiers and their families who are speaking out against the war in Iraq.
Donations by Check:
Make out to â€œTSECâ€ (Twin Streams Education Center, Peace 1st)
Mark checks “March 19″ Mail to: Wes Hare, 243
Flemington Rd, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517.
Contribute online: at http://www.ncpeacejustice.org
The March 19 event falls on the second anniversary of the beginning of the war. The program features dozens of military-related speakers. A full program is online, with highlights including:
Kelly Dougherty, Co-Founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Colorado
An eight-year veteran of the Colorado National Guard, she served as an MP Sergeant in Nazariah. “We formed it [IVAW] just to give returning Iraqi veterans who are disillusioned and angry with the government and with this war in Iraq, a way to come together and organize a voice because we think it’s powerful to have returning veterans especially who have seen what it is like over there, to speak against it.”
Abdul Henderson, Marine reservist featured in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11
Henderson stated he would not return to Iraq if his reserve unit was called back to duty, saying “I will not let anyone send me back over there to kill other poor people; especially when they pose no threat to me or my country Mr. Henderson has also been featured on radio shows Democracy Now and the Joe Madison Show. In addition, he has appeared on the morning show Good Morning America and CNN’s show Inside Politics
Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, California
Her son Casey, a soldier, was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. “Our family never agreed with the war or it’s reasons, but since Casey was killed, so many of the reasons and rationalizations that Bush has given have proven to be lies. My goal is to bring our troops home to try and save another mother from going through what I am going through”
Lou Plummer, email@example.com, 910-433-9053
March 19 Organizer, NC Peace & Justice Coalition
On Saturday March 19 Thousands of People of Conscience from around the Southeast and beyond will Join Military Families and Veterans in Fayetteville, North Carolina for a March and Rally to End the War in Iraq.
With over 1500 US soldiers killed, and over 10,000 wounded and disabled in Iraq since March 20, 2003, and sources citing many tens of thousands of deaths of innocent Iraqi men, women and children, we are paying the price of this unjust and illegal occupation with our lives.
Military families have seen a steady erosion of their benefits, and the closing of VA hospitals nationwide. Many sources estimate that over 20% of Iraq war vets will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Over 50 soldiers from Fayetteville have died in Iraq. Fayetteville is the home of Ft. Bragg, the 82nd Airborne, and Special Forces Command. Nearly 1 in 5 US soldiers in Iraq is deployed from North Carolina.Â Fayetteville is at the center of the U.S. military enterprise, and on March 19, we will show the world that we are also at the heart of the movement to end the war in Iraq.
With military families and veterans at the center, the march and rally on March 19thÂ hasÂ garnered national and international press coverage. Communities, Congregations, and Activists from as far north as Minnesota and as far south as Florida are organizing buses to attend this event.
Over the past three years, North Carolina has been home to one of the South’s most vibrant anti-war movements.Â We organized an 8,000-person-strong demonstration in Raleigh before the invasion of Iraq on February 15, 2003. We pushed Republican Congressman Howard Coble to announce that he is calling for a return of the troops home. Last year’s mobilization was the largest peace demonstration in Fayetteville since the Vietnam War and was a huge success. This year promises to be even more significant as the American public is increasingly weary with the arrogance, lies, and coercion that are used to keep us in this war.
The weekend features a Hip Hop Concert on Friday March 18, and a Southern Organizers’ Gathering on Sunday March 20, in conjunction with the first national conference of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Main sponsors of the 2005 actions are: Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Quaker House, Military Families Speak Out, Bring Them Home Now, NC Peace and Justice Coalition, Fayetteville Peace with Justice, NC Council of Churches, and United for Peace and Justice.
Please see www.NCpeacejustice.org for a full list of sponsors, speakers, bus information, and more.