Building up to the Moratorium of March 19th-
Sunday, March 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm @ the intersection of Timber Lane and Schoolhouse Lane

along the street
The NW Greens and PRAWN, along with many other groups, started this monthly vigil far too long ago, far too many Iraqi deaths and far too many lives of American soldiers ago. We were hoping this month to help raise awareness about the Moratorium on March 19th (PDF of UFPJ-DVN press release). We finally have some decent weather for a change. No one had to leave early due to the rain or the cold. We had a pretty decent gathering this time with a dozen people, more or less, with folks coming and going. All pictures on this page taken thanks to Danielle Buxbaum.

me and other
We were pleased to see that one of the progressive websites, firedoglake, posted excerpts from IVAW's Winter Soldier testimony, covering the testimony of Mike Prysner and giving readers the link to see more. IVAW is featuring one finished video at a time on their home page and KPFA has archived audio.. The name "Winter Soldier"?

In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

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Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicised incidents of U.S. brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by "a few bad apples", as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of "an increasingly bloody occupation."

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Reporter Warren Strobel of McClatchey reports on the damage done to US prestige by five years of war. Warren Strobel has been reporting critically on the Iraq War and othe Bush Administration misadventures for many years. As his reports were often shunted off to the back pages, the area of the paper after A3 and before the editorials has been christened by wags as "Warren Strobel territory."

U.S. credibility also has been undermined, at home and abroad, by the administration's false claims about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaida prior to the Iraq war.

Several recent blue-ribbon panels recommended that the next president make major changes in how the United States deals with the world.


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The Delware Valley region's new anti-war network United For Peace & Justice - Delaware Valley Network is coordinating roughly 50 activities on March 19th. Schedule of events. Please join us!