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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Instead of War organizes peace rally this Sunday in Forest Park

This is a current list of feeder marches that will converge at the Worlds Fair Pavilion on March 19.

The Feeder MarchesOn March 19, several "feeder marches" are planned that will commence at various locations in or near Forest Park which will simultaneously converge at the Worlds Fair Pavilion for the main rally. Marches will commence at the following times and locations:

Interfaith Feeder March (for religious congregations and faith groups): Convenes at the Jewish Tercentenary Flagpole on Kingshighway between Lindell and West Pine. Please meet at 1:00 p.m. Please bring collected can goods to the march. A vehicle will follow the route of the march to carry your canned goods to the pavilion. Bring banners from your faith group. Parking is available in the lot on the southeast corner of Lindell and Kingshighway. Here is a flyer for the Interfaith Feeder March. For additional information contact Bill Ramsey at

Children (and Families) Peace Parade: Meet at Variety Playground (Dennis and Judith Jones Variety Wonderland), just west of the Visitor's Center and southeast of the History Museum by 1 p.m. Bring hand-made peace signs, toy musical instruments (drums, bells, rattles, horns, kazoos, etc.) and unopened jars of baby food, formula or diapers to donate to a local food pantry - (these will be part of the 100-ft. long food sculpture that says "Feed the People, Not the War" and then will be donated to a food pantry). If you have a wagon, please bring a wagon (in addition to strollers, etc. ) to transport jars of food. Here is a flyer for the Children's Peace Parade. For more information, contact Mira Tanna at lion shall dwell with the lamb and a little child shall lead them...

Artists & Performers Feeder March: Convenes at the Grand Basin off Grand Drive, at the bottom of Art Hill. Please arrive at 1:00 p.m. Here is a flyer for the Artists & Performers Feeder March. (Watch this space for more specific details on location in the coming days. In addition, if you have not already done so, please download and read our call for artists to creatively protest for specific suggestions on what to bring and do.) For additional info, contact Laurie Em at

Labor Feeder March (including St. Louis Labor Against the War): Convenes at Turtle Park (near the corner of Tamm and Oakland). Please arrive at 1:00 p.m. and look for Joan Suarez. Wear Union t-shirts, bring Union signs and other signs; bring canned goods which we will transport from Turtle Park by car to the Worlds Fair Pavilion. Here is a flyer for the Labor Feeder March. For further information, contact

Students & Faculty Feeder March (including high school, trade school, college and graduate students and teachers): Convenes in SW Parking Lot of Forest Park Campus, St. Louis Community College (Near the corner of Oakland and Highlander) Please arrive at 1:00 p.m. Here is a flyer for the Students & Faculty Feeder March. For additional information, students should contact Adam Shriver ( Jamie Kelly ( or Warren Popp (; faculty should contact Chris Mann (

Women's Feeder March (including Code Pink, NOW and WILPF): Convenes at the Missouri Historical Museum (Corner of Lindell and DeBaliviere) Please arrive at 1:00 p.m. Download and distribute this flyer for the Women's Feeder March.Please watch this page for additional updates or announcements as the date approaches.

Call for Peacekeeper VolunteersAs with other large rallies in the past, we are seeking individuals to assist with maintaining a peaceful atmosphere during the marches and the event. If you can help, please volunteer by contacting Mark Fredericks at Please respond to this request early. There will be a training session for those who have not had the peacekeeper training.


  • 500+ Anti-War Actions Planned Across the US
    t r u t h o u t | Press Release

    Wednesday 15 March 2006

    Marking three years since the US-led bombing and invasion of Iraq began, peace groups across the United States are holding anti-war actions March 15-22. United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the nation's largest anti-war coalition, is coordinating the local events as part of a nationwide week of action to end the Iraq war.

    With more than 500 events planned in all 50 states, the anti-war movement will take to the streets to send a clear message to Congress and the White House: After three years of a failed policy, the Iraq war must end. It's time to bring all the troops home.

    According to a CBS poll released Monday (3/13/06), 67% of the US public thinks the Iraq war has not made the US safer, and 59% wants to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq. The White House continues to ignore the majority opposition to the war, which has already cost the lives of more than 2,300 US troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis. After three years of war, Iraq is wracked by violence and threatened with the prospect of civil war, Iraqi civilians are suffering from a lack of basic services, including electricity and clean water, and women's rights are being eroded.

    "How many more people need to die before the US government changes course? We've already spent $250 billion on the war, but things in Iraq keep getting worse. Instead of approving another $72 billion for war, Congress should be figuring out how much money will be needed to bring our troops home now and take care of them when they get here," said Leslie Cagan, UFPJ National Coordinator.

    The week of local actions will include protests outside Congressional offices, peace marches and rallies, interfaith services, candlelight vigils, and nonviolent civil disobedience. From Tucson, AZ, to Boise, ID, to Fayetteville, NC, to Buffalo, NY, communities will call for an immediate end to the war in Iraq.

    During the week of action, veterans and military families will unite their call for peace with hurricane survivors' call for justice on a five-day march and caravan from Mobile to New Orleans. Four Latino veterans and military families have begun a 241-mile march for peace from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Francisco. Other highlights of the week include: a National Day of Local Media Protest on Wednesday, March 15; a National Day of Youth and Student Action Against the War on Thursday, March 16; Local Actions to Keep the Pressure on Congress on Monday, March 20; and a Global Call for Nonviolent Resistance to End the US-Led Occupation of Iraq on Monday, March 20. For a full list of US and international actions, visit

    United for Peace and Justice is the largest US peace and justice coalition with more than 1,400 member groups under its umbrella. Since its founding in October 2002, UFPJ has spurred hundreds of protests and rallies around the country, including the largest demonstrations against the Iraq war.

    By Anonymous peacenik, at 10:19 AM  

  • It's good to know I am not the only one who thinks that this war is a tragic mistake of severe immoral proportions. The highlight for me was placing the tombstone of a soldier killed in this ridiculous invasion on the lawn in front of the pavilion. I was emotionally moved by the act of picking up the tombstone and placing in the line of others. Such a waste. Did we learn nothing from Vietnam?

    By Blogger E. W. Mason, at 8:06 PM  

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