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Announcement :: War and Militarism
4,000 U.S. soldier killed in Iraq - Action TODAY!
25 Mar 2008
*4,000 U.S. soldier killed in Iraq* Boston area military families and residents gather on Tuesday, March 25 to commemorate another tragic milestone in the Iraq War *
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_Who:_* United for Justice with Peace Coalition *_Where:_* Boston Common at Park Street station *_When:_* Tuesday, March 25 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm *_What:_* Public Commemoration of the 4,000^th

U.S. death in Iraq. (At the event members of the Massachusetts chapter of Military Families Speak Out will collect new winter clothing to donate to homeless veterans in the Boston area.) The press is referred to www.ivaw.org <http://www.ivaw.org/>; to hear the testimony of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans at the March 15 Winter Soldier Hearings about the true cost of the war for both our soldiers and Iraqi and Afghan civilians. (Iraq Veterans Against the War: 215-498-3347) *_Statements by local area contacts:_* /Liam Madden is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served as a Sergeant with the 31^st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Haditha, Iraq from September 2004 to February 2005/. "Today the US government's occupation of Iraq claimed the 4,000th of our brothers and sisters, today another family has been destroyed as a consequence of the lies and betrayal we have endured. This is a day of grief, as everyday of the last five years have been. Our responsibility to those who can no longer speak in protest is to carry their voices into the heart of America's public consciousness." Available for press calls: 703-408-3626 /Anne Chay from Andover has a son serving in the Army who recently returned from Iraq/. "I feel sick and sad hearing the news of the 4,000th U.S. combat death in Iraq. As the mother of a soldier who served a fifteen month tour in Iraq and may soon be recalled, I am seeing that more and more the burden of this war is falling on a very few courageous young people who are being sent back to Iraq again and again. Despite so much death, despite such public outcry, the best our political leaders are offering is a set of vague promises that once a new President is inaugurated we might be able to slowly withdraw some of our troops from Iraq. That's not good enough -- we need them to act now to bring all of our troops home quickly and safely." Anne is available for press calls at 978-376-7584 /Susan Lees is on the coordinating committee of United for Justice with Peace/. "We had hoped to stop this war before the 4000th US service person dead had been reached. 4000 dead is important – but it is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the terrible impact this war is having on our society. There are more than 40,000 service people wounded, their families are overwhelmed. And the Iraq veterans the War testified last week in Silver Spring Maryland to their on-the-ground experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan – and are visibly suffering from the brutal and deadly acts which they have seen and committed, and from our loss of any moral center. This is a brutal occupation in Iraq; not a helping hand! It is hugely important to get their story out in the media, and in Congress. They are asking to testify in Congressional hearings. "Iraq is devastated. There are over a million dead. One half of the entire Iraqi population is in need of emergency care, displaced, wounded or dead. Much of their infrastructure is destroyed. We need to Bring our Troops home now – not allow a long term occupation, as the Bush administration is pushing for. And we need to stop an attack on Iran." Susan is available for press calls at 781-316-1618 This message may contain information which is private, privileged or confidential and is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity named in the message. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender thereof and destroy / delete the message. Neither the sender nor Sappi Limited (including its subsidiaries and associated companies) shall incur any liability resulting directly or indirectly from accessing any of the attached files which may contain a virus or the like.--

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