2006 Actions

December 29, 2006 – Special Event Notice: Vigil in Recognition Of 3,000 U.S. Troop Deaths in Iraq

WHERE: In front of the Byrd Federal Court House on Virginia Street in Charleston.
WHEN: 5:30 pm, the day after the announcement that 3,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq.

Note: More information will be forthcoming in a press advisory distributed on the day when the death figure is registered in the local newspapers.

Jim Lewis
WV Patriots for Peace

November 04, 2006 – Special Event Notice

  • outside the WSAZ studios in Huntington
  • 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 4, 2006

This Saturday, November 4, Congressional candidates Mike Callaghan and Shelley Moore Capito (2nd District) will participate in a live, televised debate on WSAZ-TV Channel 3. This debate is scheduled for noon.

The Patriots for Peace is planning to be present outside the WSAZ studios in Huntington, beginning at 11:00 a.m. We will display our Wall of Remembrance and make sure the candidates entering the building know the enormity of the human cost of the Iraq War.

Please try to join us outside the WSAZ Huntington studios, located at 645 – 5th Avenue in Huntington. Invite a friend to join you.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace

October 13, 2006 – Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

Sponsored by Brave New Films, UC’s for Reclaiming Democracy and West Virginia Patriots for Peace

“Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers” – Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. “Iraq for Sale” uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. “A horrifying catalog of greed, corruption and incompetence”, New York Times.

The church showing of this film is free and open to the public. There will be discussion following the film for those who wish to stay and talk.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace

October 4, 2006 – Why We Fight

“Why We Fight” is a critique on the militarism in our culture. It uses the title of a series of propaganda films that Frank Capra began making in 1942, with the aim of encouraging the American war effort against Nazism. Director Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) has used the films as a commentary on the contemporary obsession of the American elite with military power.

He also harks back to a speech by President Eisenhower, who, just before he left office, referred to the “military-industrial complex”. Eisenhower was worried that too much intelligence, and too much business acumen in America, had become focussed on the production of unnecessary weapons systems.

Since Eisenhower’s time, everything has become much worse, as Eugene Jarecki describes it. The war in Iraq was made possible by a new range of weapons systems: a bomb called the “bunker buster” was dropped by stealth bombers on the first night of the conflict.

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki’s shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions. [by Nick Fraser]

For those that have time after, we will move to a close-by location for discussion, drinks and or dinner.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace

August 26th, 2006 – West Virginians United “Take Back America” Rally

Great photos of the “Take Back America” event!! Courtesy Hollowdweller

Dear Friends:

This Saturday – August 26th will be a remarkable day. Hundreds of West Virginians from across the state (with similar values as yours) will meet in Charleston to express their collective outrage and disgust as to the true state of the Union. West Virginians United, a grass roots and grass tops coalition of MANY West Virginia groups (of which WV Patriots for Peace is one) will meet at the Federal Courthouse in Charleston at 2pm.

This rally will be big. It will be HUGE if you and some friends will join us and dedicate part of a Saturday afternoon to demonstrate that progressive values on healthcare, education, peace, civil liberties, social and economic justice and the environment, are alive and cherished in West Virginia. One central theme is the obscene cost of the Iraq war and its effect on West Virginia. So if you’re not satisfied with what’s been happening over the last 5 years – this Saturday is for you.

Bring your outrage, signs and solutions with you to the Robert C. Byrd Courthouse on Quarrier Street at 2pm. There will be bands, music and a few speeches and then we will march down Capitol Street to the WV AFL-CIO state headquarters to hear Senator Robert C. Byrd speak.

After the rally (around 5pm) attend the “labor night” at the new ballpark or come to the CAG office for some refreshments, political scheming and some great music by Full Flavor. Maps, details and even potluck primitive overnight accommodations are available.

Please come, as this is our kickoff event to unite progressives around the state. Wear your favorite anti-war garb. Call CAG at 346 5891 for more information.

Really, if you give a damn, give us a Saturday afternoon.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace