Local citizen groups rally on Inauguration Day to address concerns, pledge vigilance

Charleston, WV – West Virginia Patriots for Peace hosts an Inauguration Day rally to mobilize opposition against Bush’s domestic and foreign policy agenda and pledge vigilance in bringing our troops home.

Citizens and representatives from local organizations will rally on the steps of the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse on Thursday, January 20th, from noon-1pm, to voice concerns about the next four years of a George W. Bush Administration and to pledge vigilance in the cause of ending the war in Iraq and defending American values of peace and equality.

Included in the program are addresses from Reverend Jim Lewis, founder of West Virginia Patriots for Peace and Joe Wyatt, a professor at Marshall University whose son recently returned from a second tour in Iraq. Also the West Virginia Patriots for Peace “Wall of Remembrance” will be displayed on the steps. People are invited to read the names of 238 soldiers who have died in Iraq since November 2nd. Local musician Ron Sowell will be performing.

Lida Shepherd of West Virginia Patriots for Peace says, “On Inauguration Day, the people demand from the President how he will lead us out of a war that has proven far too costly, both morally and economically for our country. The $40 million being spent on the Inauguration excesses could buy over 200 armored Humvees for our troops in Iraq. This gross illustration of a lack of priorities is more than troublesome and it would be irresponsible of the public to be silent.”