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LOCAL News :: Peace & War : Protest Activity

Bush Bombs at Ft. Bragg, We Rock!

Military families and veterans from Virginia joined with other veterans and their families in Fayetteville NC and were once again at the forefront of the national resistance to the war in Iraq.

As George Bush rattled off a predictable speech to a captive audience of trainees at Ft. Bragg, the truth was being told once again by those who know the real on-the-ground truth – veterans and military families just a few miles away.
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In Fayetteville, NC today, military families and veterans were once again at the forefront of the national resistance to the war in Iraq. Beginning at noon, Military Families Speak Out members from Virginia such as Stan Goff, Larry Syverson and myself joined members of Fayetteville Peace With Justice at Quaker House to prepare for an afternoon press conference. Media representatives included MSNBC, National Public Radio and all of the local TV stations serving the Ft. Bragg area.

Iraq Veterans Against the War member Charlie Anderson from Norfolk, VA drove home the message "Bring them home now and support them when they get here."

The publicity for the event reached the Fayetteville community in plenty of time to spread our message to potential new members of MFSO and IVAW. Charlie was able to sign up several Iraq vets. Stan and I spent hours talking to new contacts.

Also, in this VERY red state, activists motivated by the results of the hard work of our groups and the NC Peace and Justice Coalition traveled for hours from the coast and the mountains to support the Fayetteville community's event. More than a hundred attended a four-hour vigil. Many who attended took a turn as we read, one by one, the 1743 names of US military members killed in Iraq. We also read the names of Iraqi and US civilians whose lives have been ended by the war in Iraq.

As George Bush rattled off a predictable speech to a captive audience Ft. Bragg, the truth was being told once again by those who know the real ground
truth – veterans and military families just a few miles away.

Lou Plummer
Military Families Speak Out
Bring Them Home Now
Fayetteville Peace With Justice
 
 


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