IVAW March to Valley Forge
1 March 08
part of the upcoming Fifth Year of War actions, the Iraq Veterans
Against the War (IVAW) are setting out from central Philadelphia to
march to Valley Forge. I and others will meet them there.
with some of the IVAW folks, those are counter-protesters off in back.
We decided at that point that we really ought to make a point of
carrying flags as well. Let's not leave the patriotism completely
up to the other side (I described them to a radio reporter as "Those
who call the President 'Dear Leader' with a capital 'D' and a capital
Assembling for speeches before the march. They've lined up ther backpacks in a row behind them. That's Gold Star Mother Celeste Zappala with the photo of her KIA son Sgt Sherwoood Baker behnd them.
The purpose of the march is to help raise awareness for the beginning of the Fifth Year
of the Iraq War
. We have events scheduled for both Washington DC
. One of our membes explains what the concept of the Moratorium is all about (MS Word
We got some good media attention. Winter Soldier
will immediately precede the March 19th demonstrations (March 13-16) and will "feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations [Iraq and Afghanistn], giving an
accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the
A supporter makes his views known.
Breaking up and preparing for the march ahead.
IVAW takes off to Valley Forge, a two-day march. See y'all there at the Valley
Forge Visitors Center at roughly 3:00pm n March 2nd, where supporters
can join their march for the last two miles. IVAW respectfully requests
ZERO signs, and ZERO buttons, because they want the focus to be on
IVAW, NOT on
other organizations with Doves or tie-dye, or Peace Signs, or that sort
Point of contact for the march is Francesca Lo Basso, (215) 241-7123, firstname.lastname@example.org