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VAWN Readies for Ft. Bragg

Statewide organizers with the newly formed Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN) are mobilizing people for the upcoming 2 year anniversary of the launch of the current war in Iraq on March 19th. A large scale, regional protest is being organized in Fayetteville, North Carolina, home of Ft. Bragg and the 82nd Airborne Division. For the second year running Fayetteville Peace and Justice, a local affiliate of Military Families Speak Out, will be hosting the rally.
Statewide organizers with the newly formed Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN) are mobilizing people for the upcoming 2 year anniversary of the launch of the current war in Iraq on March 19th. A large scale, regional protest is being organized in Fayetteville, North Carolina, home of Ft. Bragg and the 82nd Airborne Division. For the second year running Fayetteville Peace and Justice, a local affiliate of Military Families Speak Out, will be hosting the rally.

The rally in Fayetteville is being spotlighted nationally due to the high concentration of troop deployment to Iraq from the area. The area is also home to a growing anti-war community, including the Quaker House, one of the country's most famed GI support houses. Also on the 19th, a massive rally will take place in New York City's Central Park. United for Peace and Justice, a national peace and social-justice organization, estimates upwards of 300 local rallies will take place across the country.

The Wild Grassroots Collective of Norfolk has reserved a bus that will depart from Norfolk for Ft. Bragg at 6 am on the 19th. Tom Palumbo an organizer with the group and a member of VAWN, is confident that the bus will be filled. “We had thirty people for the Inauguration in January and that was with cold weather, we've already got a lot of commitments and feel confident our bus will be full for the 19th.?

Palumbo, who joined the army in youth due to economic hardship and spent thirteen total years in active and reserve duties, has now devoted his time and energies to fighting war and supporting young GI's who he can relate to first hand. “When you're young there's a tendency to think you're going to live forever, war challenges that belief to its core ... having lived in Texas with GW as governor, and sent to war by his father-it was obvious to me that more was needed. I haven't stopped since.?

In Richmond, Jen Lawhorne, a primary organizer for the March, 2003 RECLAIM Conference and anti-war rally which drew 4,000 people to the streets, feels that the focus needs to shift more from national actions to better coordinated regional actions, such as the upcoming Ft. Bragg Anniversary rally. “I think Ft. Bragg is a critical place for the anti-war movement to be right now. I really think we need to be in the forts, in the places where people are being trained to fight these wars. We need to be organizing and working with the families who are supporting their loved ones who are being used as pawns in this game.? Buses will travel from Richmond and Charlottesville in addition to the Norfolk bus.

Locally, VAWN is coordinating a Virginia Military Families Speak Out Tour that will feature Richmonder Larry Syverson who has two sons that have served tours in Iraq. Syverson, who has been holding weekly vigils at the Federal Courthouse in Richmond every Friday at noon for over two years now will travel to Waynesboro, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and Richmond.
 
 


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