The Memorial weekend is a three-dayer due to Memorial Day, which Gainesville Veterans for Peace
& friends will honor with an expanded repeat of their Iraq/Afghanistan US casualties display, stretching for a full mile along NW 8th Ave beginning at NW 34th St. Featuring plastic "tombstones" labeled with the name, rank, service branch, hometown and date of death of each American servicemember to fall since 2001, plus posters on the costs of Bush-Cheney wars and Code Pink's Peace Ribbon, this project will need plenty of volunteers, for setup starting at 4 am on Saturday, 5/24 (last year's display, about 800 names smaller than this year's, took 50 people more than 2 hours to install), monitoring (against possible pro-war vandalism in particular, since this will be in place overnight Saturday & Sunday), and removal (at sundown on Monday, 5/26). To participate in any way, contact Scott Camil at s.camil@...
or 352-375-2563; to help with food & suchlike support, contact Jacque Betz at jacque@...
(One local activist who won't be joining the Greens in Hampton or VFP on NW 8th Ave on Memorial Day weekend is Clifton Hicks, who'll be doing his part with Iraq Veterans Against the War up in North Carolina outside the gates of Camp LeJeune. Clif's leaving G'ville for Tarheel country to continue his work as southeastern coordinator for IVAW, but we can take consolation in the fact that his fellow Iraq vet Anthony Maroun will take over leading the local IVAW chapter as he studies at Santa Fe Community College.)
This is just about your last chance (for several months) to join in street protests against the wars before it starts to get hot out there (c'mon, you know it's just kinda warm now):
- every Monday, 5-6 pm, by Melrose Surge for Peace at the corner of State Roads 21 & 26;
- Tuesday, 5/6 & 5/20, 4-6 pm, by CCAWT, Vets for Peace, et al, at the corner of SW 34th St & Archer Rd;
- Tuesday, 5/13 & 5/27, 4-6 pm, by CCAWT, Vets for Peace, et al, at the corner of W 13th St & University Ave;
- every Thursday, 10 am, by Marions for Peace at the corner of Route 200 and 27th Street SW in Ocala;
- every Sunday, 5-6 pm, by the Women in Black at the corner of NW 16th Blvd & 43rd St in G'ville.
And for those who still have faith in the US electoral system ("Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?"), the Progressive Democrats of America will be happy to help you helpTim Cunha
and Clint Curtis
in their respective runs for the 6th and 24th District Congressional seats: contact Luis Cuevas (lcuevas@...
) for the details.
Rumor has it that the PDA will also organize a fund-raising retreat with tenting & canoeing & other fun stuff at Homosassa Springs around the middle of June - but you can find out the truth, if any, behind that story on Friday, 6/7, 2 pm, as the next Peace Forum assembles to mastermind pro-peace Gainesville's long, hot summer.
Another rumor has it that you can stream all kinds of good video from FreeDocumentaries.org
(and it looks like that rumor is true), but you'll need a good broadband connection to make it work. See whatcha miss when you don't send your
representative to the Peace Forum?