2005 Actions

December 7th, 2005 – Vigil for the release of humanitarian aid workers

Indoor Vigil 5:30pm Wednesday, Dec. 7, St. Mark’s Methodist Church

A Vigil for the release of humanitarian aid workers held hostage in Iraq, whose captors say they will be killed Thursday, December 8. WE WILL ALSO HOLD COMMEMORATE ALL PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE AT RISK IN IRAQ TODAY.

Indoor vigil will be at 5:30 PM St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 900 Washington St. E. – Corner of Washington and Dickinson in Charleston, WV across from the post office. Parking is behind the church off Dickinson St. The meeting will be upstairs in room 209, signs at the church will clearly mark the location.

This event is sponsored by the Patriots for Peace and the Charleston Friends Meeting (Quakers).

October 27th, 2005 – WHY2K? 2000 US soldiers killed in Iraq

Sadly, the 2000th fatality of American forces was announced today, October 25, 2005.

Friends:

Think of the families, as uniformed soldiers get out of their car and walk towards the house to tell them that their son, daughter, husband, wife, father or mother are dead in Iraq. And as Sen. Byrd said, “For what?”

QRF: Quick Reaction Force – a political unit of people who act – or react – quickly to events in order to bring pressure to change policy. We need you to be part of our QRF. Do 2 THINGS to HELP END THIS WAR, and to BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME—NOW!

1) Thursday October 27th – Observance VIGIL noon – 1 pm, rain or shine at Charleston office of Congresswoman Shelley Capito, 4815 MacCorkle Avenue, Kanawha City – corner 49th Street and MacCorkle Avenue SE. We have over 70 commitments already, and would like more. We’ll have the Wall of Remembrance.

COME OUT TO HONOR AND BEAR WITNESS TO THE LOSS OF OUR SOLDIERS AND TO CALL FOR A CHANGE IN U. S. POLICY. We–and our soldiers–need you for ONE DAY, for ONE HOUR. We’re expecting a large crowd, and press.

Folks in Martinsburg are also having a vigil at her office. Let’s let her know we’ve had enough.

PLEASE NOTE: MoveOn vigils are WED. evening, 6:30 p.m. Even if their website refers to that time for us, it is incorrect; OUR VIGIL IS THURSDAY, PER ABOVE.

September 24th, 2005 – United for Peace and Justice March on Washington

West Virginia Patriots for Peace, in coordination with the West Virginia United for Peace and Justice Coalition, is organizing with groups across the state to send a large WV delegation to the September 24th United for Peace and Justice March on Washington, DC. The rally will begin @ 11:00 on Saturday, September 24 at the Washington Monument.

Our WV delegation will meet and display our Wall of Remembrance at the eastern end of the Vietnam Memorial at 10:00 a.m. We plan to attend the rally and march as a group to show our solidarity against the war.

The national rally will begin @ 11:00 a.m. at or around the Washington Monument.

For those who can stay in Washington a bit longer, there are also several activities planned for Sunday the 25th, including:

  • an Interfaith Service and Grassroots training session sponsored by United for Peace and Justice.
  • the DC Green Festival (greenfestivals.org) will be taking place at the DC Convention Center.

On Monday, September 26th, a mass-lobbying day has been organized, and interested West Virginians can join us in lobbying our representatives to end the war in Iraq. We’re going to WV Congressional offices on Monday to lobby for an exit strategy and target date to begin US troop withdrawal. We need NAMES of anyone who wants to be in on this, so we can advise of a schedule. We already have appointments with some of the 5 offices we need to visit.

With the President’s approval rating at a historic low, now is the time for us to show our numbers in Washington where he can’t ignore us. We hope that you’ll join us in our fight to end the war in Iraq.

August 17, 2005 – WV Patriots for Peace/Move On Vigil for Cindy

Cindy Sheehan, mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq, continues her vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. She was joined Thursday by several more moms, each of whom lost a child in Iraq, and other military families. The closest she got to the president was when his motorcade of giant black SUVs raced past her on the way to a $2 million Republican fundraiser.

We, in the Charleston community, will honor Cindy’s request for us to start candlelight vigils in our home communities to remind people of the terrible price of war. We have teamed up with MoveOn and True Majority in their efforts to organize nationwide “Vigils for Cindy Sheehan” (and for all military families and gold star families). The vigils are an easy way that we can come together to show support for Cindy and speak out against the war. Over 1,400 vigils have been organized so far.

We will gather at 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 17 at the Charleston library. Bringle candles. Our vigil will be simple and dignified. Together, we’ll acknowledge the sacrifices made by Cindy Sheehan, her son, Casey and the more than 1,800 brave American men and women who have given their lives in Iraq and their moms and families, not to mention the SCORES of wounded! Photographers & press welcomed.

Friends: We’re getting a lot of calls about this. Carrie Swing will play a flute solo, composed by a WV woman. A mother in Military Families Speak Out will speak, and we’ll have a couple other women’s organizations represented. The speaking will be short. Hope to see you there.