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Announcement :: War and Militarism
All Out! Park St. 5pm. 1000 Killed in Afghanistan!
22 Feb 2010
Monday, February 22, 5pm - Park Street Station at Boston Common, Boston, Ma.

Please join us at Park Street tomorrow evening. At least 999 U.S. service men and women have died so far in the U.S. war in Afghanistan and the violence is continuing daily. We call on all peace-loving people to join military family members, veterans, clergy and members of peace groups as we gather to remember the U.S. soldiers, Afghans and others who have lost their lives in this futile conflict, and to call for an immediate end to the war.
In the ninth year of war, increased violence is making life less safe both for the occupied and occupier. Almost one-third of the 999 U.S. deaths, 317, took place last year. 2,412 Afghan civilians lost their lives, including a record number of children.

The U.S. plans to double the number of U.S. forces to 100,000. Each U.S. soldier in Afghanistan costs $1 million per year – making our investment there $100 billion per year. Meanwhile, people in the U.S. lack health care, jobs, and housing, teachers are being laid off, and nothing is being done about the climate crisis.

We will gather to urge the U.S. to announce an immediate cease-fire, stop sending additional troops, withdraw all U.S. troops and end U.S. control of bases. We will invite those present to join in reading the names of the American and Afghan dead, and hear from speakers representing military families, veterans, and peace organizations. Music and poetry will set the tone. We will sign 1,000 postcards set up in a display, in which the names of the dead have been written on a dog-tag image. The cards are addressed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking her to stop funding the war.

Sponsors include:

• United for Justice with Peace
• Military Families Speak Out
• Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade
• Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
• American Friends Service Committee
• Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition
• Massachusetts Peace Action
• Progressive Democrats of America
• Code Pink

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