LOCAL Announcement :: Peace & War : Protest Activity

Va Anti-War Network -- Vigil this Friday Aug. 26; Buses to DC Sept. 24

The Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN) will sponsor an ANTI-WAR VIGIL THIS FRIDAY, AUG. 26, in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, Larry Syverson & all those who have suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. NOON TO 1 P.M, outside the Federal Building at 10th and Main streets, Richmond. There will be simultaneous VAWN vigils in Blacksburg and Augusta County.

NATIONAL MARCH & RALLY IN D.C., SAT., SEPT. 24. The Aug. 26 vigils will also call on Virginians to attend the national anti-war mobilization in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 24. The march and rally are jointly sponsored by the Sept. 24 Coalition and United For Peace and Justice. Both Larry and Cindy plan to be there.

VAWN affiliates are organizing buses to D.C. from Richmond, Charlottesville, Norfolk and Blacksburg, as well as car caravans from many other cities and towns. Once in D.C., VAWN is encouraging everyone to march as a Virginia Contingent behind a banner that reads "Bring 'em Home Now! Money for Jobs & Education, not for Wars & Occupations!"
ACTION ALERT: PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY

Sisters and Brothers,

This is an ACTION ALERT from the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality about two important upcoming anti-war activities.

(1) The Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN) will sponsor an ANTI-WAR VIGIL THIS FRIDAY, AUG. 26, in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, Larry Syverson & all those who have suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. NOON TO 1 P.M, outside the Federal Building at 10th and Main streets, Richmond. There will be simultaneous VAWN vigils in Blacksburg and Augusta County.

This is an expansion of the weekly vigils held for more than two years in Richmond by Larry Syverson, a member of Military Families Speak Out and the Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN). Larry has four sons. All have served in the military, two in Iraq. One has just been transferred to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. where he is being treated for post-traumatic stress syndrome. The Army says it intends to ship him back to Iraq in November.

Cindy Sheehan is the co-founder of Gold Star Mothers for Peace who has been holding a vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Her son Casey was killed in Iraq. She is demanding the president meet with her so she can tell him to stop the killing by bringing all the troops home now.

The Richmond vigil has been endorsed by Scott Burger; Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Richmond Coalition for a Living Wage; Richmond Greens; Richmond Independent Media Center; and Zakia Shabazz, founder, United Parents Against Lead National, Inc. In addition, it is being promoted by Women in Black and Tom Cleary of Pax Christi-Richmond.

(2) NATIONAL MARCH & RALLY IN D.C., SAT., SEPT. 24. The Aug. 26 vigils will also call on Virginians to attend the national anti-war mobilization in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 24. The march and rally are jointly sponsored by the Sept. 24 Coalition and United For Peace and Justice. Both Larry and Cindy plan to be there.

VAWN affiliates are organizing buses to D.C. from Richmond, Charlottesville, Norfolk and Blacksburg, as well as car caravans from many other cities and towns. Once in D.C., VAWN is encouraging everyone to march as a Virginia Contingent behind a banner that reads "Bring 'em Home Now! Money for Jobs & Education, not for Wars & Occupations!"

RICHMOND BUS INFORMATION:

We will be departing Richmond from the James River Bus Lines parking lot in downtown Richmond the morning of Sept. 24. (Time yet to be finalized.) We will return that evening. Parking will be available in the JRBL parking lot.

The cost of the bus is $20/seat ($10/seat for students and those on limited incomes). In order to reserve a seat, you must make payment in advance via check or money order made out to "Garrie Rouse" and mailed to: VAWN, Attn: Garrie Rouse, PO Box 146, Aylett, VA 23009. A confirmation e-mail of your reservation will be sent once we have received payment. If you do not have e-mail, please include a phone number and time you can be reached.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (804) 769-1449 and ask for Garrie, or email RichmondBus (at) riseup.net. We look forward to having you join us to D.C. for this very important event.

The Virginia Anti-War Network was founded on Jan. 8, 2005. VAWN is composed of 11 affiliated organizations, as well as many individual activists, in Aylett, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Chesterfield County, Fredericksburg, Louisa County, Norfolk, Richmond, Staunton, Waynesboro, Williamsburg and Yorktown. For more information, visit the VAWN Web site at www.vaantiwar.org.