A related letter in the March 11 Tomahawk Leader:
Marches against Iraq War
To The Editor:
March 19, 2008, is the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq based on misinformation, failed policy, corrupt war profiteering and the violation of international treaties. The war is an embarrassment to the republic for which we stand and an abuse of our dedicated and courageous military forces.
From March 13-16 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will descend on Washington to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in those countries.
March 18 at 5 p.m. folks will Sound the Alarm at Union Station in Washington, D.C. … We will freeze for five minutes for each of the five years of war. When we move again, we will step forward using our voices in a call to the people to rise up – end the war....
March 19 in Washington, D.C., demonstrations will begin with a public assembly at 7:30 a.m. in McPherson Square (15th and K Streets) ... At 8 a.m. some groups will blockade the IRS, others will shut down war profiteers in the K Street corridor, while the grannies will knit outside the recruiters office! … The March of the Dead will begin in Arlington Cemetery and process through downtown. At 9 a.m. the Veterans March for Peace will begin with several stops, culminating with actions near the White House and Veterans Administration. At noon, students will dance in the streets saying Funk the War and exposing war profiteers, recruiters and media along the way, while others call for No War, No Warming – end this war for oil. There will also be a demonstration of water boarding outside the White House in the mid-afternoon. …
At 5 o’clock we will gather at the Reflecting Pool on the west side of the Capitol and march with pots and pans in a cacophony of resistance to the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. Here we will make it clear that we hold them accountable for the death, destruction and lies, and that we will we will continue to take action and intervene in their business until our call for peace is honored and all of our troops come home.
On March 19 there are war protests scheduled in 245 other locations around the U.S.
For those of us in the Northwoods that do not plan to demonstrate in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere, the Northwood Peace Coalition invites friends and neighbors to join us at Torpy Park in Minocqua at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 19 to march peacefully, without blocking traffic (with the necessary official approvals, if possible) through Minocqua to across the 51 bridge over Lake Minocqua with signs and puppets and songs that folks may care to bring. We welcome veterans who know first-hand what many of us can only imagine in horror.
We thank the town of Minocqua and our beloved country for assuring the opportunity for peaceful and law-biding protest of policies that we believe it is our patriotic duty to protest most fervently.
For the Northwoods Peace Coalition