Local peace activists protest pro-war stance of Congresswoman Capito

Charleston, WV – Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is greeted by protests outside the Embassy Suites, where activists call on Capito to make an exit strategy out of Iraq.

Members of West Virginia Patriots for Peace, a local peace group, protest outside of the Embassy Suites in Charleston on Monday, May 9, 2005 at 5:00 pm. Representative Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) is speaking to the Department of Education. Protesters greet her with messages, “Books, not Bombs,” and “No Child Left Unrecruited.”

The protest includes the Wall of Remembrance, which lists the name of every U.S. soldier who has died in the war, a death toll that has steadily risen since the Iraqi elections last January. Peace activists urge Congresswoman Capito to demand an immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops and to start putting money back into programs here at home.

“While Congresswoman Capito and the President say they’re fiscally responsible,” explains Patriots for Peace President, Robin Godfrey, “they are spending money like drunken sailors, with a deficit larger than any in our history. Itís time to end this war and finance our children’s future.”