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press release on Saturday 1 p.m. rally and march vs U.S. in Afghanistan

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    Press Release: For Immediate Release Attention: News Assignment Press contact: Andy Thayer, 773.209.1187, _CCAWR@aol.com_ (mailto:CCAWR@aol.com) Peace
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      Press Release: For Immediate Release
      Attention: News Assignment
      Press contact: Andy Thayer, 773.209.1187, CCAWR@...

      Peace Protest: 1PM, Saturday, October 3
      Harold Washington Park, 1700 E. 53rd Street, Chicago

      Peace activists to gather near Obama’s house on anniversary of Afghanistan war to demand end to war

      Father of soldier who died in Afghanistan to speak as part of national day of action to demand immediate U.S. withdrawal from region.

      CHICAGO – Peace groups are ramping up activities in opposition to the U.S. government’s ongoing occupation of Afghanistan by planning a protest on the 8th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan near the Chicago home of U.S. President Barak Obama. They are demanding that the administration bring all the troops home now. 

      The action kicks off with a march at 1 PM, Saturday, October 3rd at Harold Washington Park, 1700 E. 53rd Street – across the street from the late mayor's residence, who was himself critical of U.S. military adventurism in countries across the world. Speakers will include Juan Torres, whose soldier son died in Afghanistan. Torres’ struggle to find out the truth about his son’s death was recently featured as a cover article in the Chicago Reader. Protesters say the billions of dollars the U.S. government spends on war each month would be better spent on improving healthcare, education, jobs, and the environment.

      Activists argue that while the majority of Americans now oppose the war in Afghanistan, the Obama administration – which aggressively curried support from the anti-war movement – is instead contemplating sending tens of thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. They draw parallels to the U.S. war in Iraq, which -- like the U.S. war in Afghanistan -- has brought not human rights or democracy, but instead only escalating civilian casualties and growing suffering to the people of the region.

      Protests are scheduled across the nation to mark the anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and its spread into neighboring Pakistan. Chicago's protest is being organized by the Chicago Committee to Bring the Troops Home Now, a coalition of dozens of local peace and justice groups. 

      Saturday’s protest has been endorsed by dozens of organizations, including the 8th Day Center for Justice; Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace & Justice; American Friends Service Committee; the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism; Chicago Chapter/World Can't Wait; Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights; Chicago Peace Pledge; Code Pink; Cook County Green Party; DAWN -- DuPage Against War Now; Elect Matt Reichel to Congress; Gay Liberation Network; Hammerhard MediaWorks; Hey Neighbor Project of Resources Unlimited Foundation; International Socialist Organization; Iraq Veterans Against the War; Joe Balkis; La Voz de los de los de Abajo; National Boricua Human Rights Campaign; National Lawyers Guild, Chicago Chapter; Near West Citizens for Peace & Justice; Neighbors for Peace; North Shore Coalition for Peace, Justice and the Environment; Palestine Solidarity Group; Peace Action Task Force of the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church; UIC Political Discussion and Action Group; Veterans For Peace, Chicago Chapter; Voices for Creative Nonviolence; Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ; West Suburban Peace Coalition
       
      The actions are being organized by a broad coalition of local peace groups organizing around two central demands: an end to funding for the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq and a call to bring the troops home now. Activists credit this year’s strong organizing push to swelling opposition to the war, and a growing skepticism about the willingness of Democratic Party leaders to oppose Republican support for war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. 

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