Sunday, March 16, 2008

[olympiaworkers] March for Peace on the Anniversary of War

Date: Wed, March 12, 2008 10:32 pm

The fifth year anniversary of the war in Iraq is approaching. Over five
years in Afghanistan, five in Iraq, and what do we have to show for it?
Thousands dead, millions of refugees, and we're closer to world war III
than ever. In February, OWLS discussed the cost of the wars, and the
crippling effect they will have on generations to come. OWLS has been a
voice for union workers against war. Compare our record to the AFL-CIO:
the words "war", "peace" and "Iraq" do not appear on their home page. And
consider these words of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney: "President George
W. Bush did the right thing yesterday [3/25/03] in presenting to Congress
a request for funding the war and eventual reconstruction in Iraq."

Compare that to the report presented at the February OWLS meeting
(attached) which states: "War is the most egregious and costly icon of our
desperate condition. In order to end war... we need a new political voice
for workers, a voice independent from the Democrats and their deep ties
with the fundamentally corrupt system that allows war criminals to rule,
rather than sending them to a well deserved prison cell."

There are two upcoming events at which we can make our voices as union
workers heard. Please bring an OWLS sign and let the world know that
Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity stands for peace.

Wednesday, March 19: Fifth anniversary of the US Invasion of Iraq.
Evening protest, 6:00pm, downtown Seattle, Westlake Mall.


Saturday, March 22, Noon-4pm: Support the right of GIs to resist! Rally &
march at Fort Lewis

A coalition of antiwar and veteran organizations will gather near the
base, at Harry Todd Park in Lakewood to support GIs right to resist. The
day's events will include GI Resource Tables, March & Vigil, Personal
Testimonies and Music & Speakers, The speakers will include Chanan Suarez
Diaz, IVAW, Seth Manzel, GI Voice, Maggie Pondolfino, MFSO, Steve Kofahl,

For more information go to

To carpool from Seattle: gather at 10:30am, leave at 11am sharp, from New
Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. (Hudson St. stop on the #7 bus route.)
For information call 206-722-2453 or email

"Getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan may be the only way to give our
children and grandchildren a way out of debt and a chance to free
themselves from our terrible legacy." --The Hidden Cost of War

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