Friday, December 29, 2006

Vigil for U.S. Death in Iraq-3000

Join over 200 vigils in memory of 3000 killed. Sign up to attend or start a vigil at NOT ONE DEATH MORE sponsored by the AFSC.

The American Friends Service Committee is joining with local peace and justice groups worldwide to commemorate the lives lost in Iraq on the occasion of the 3,000th U.S. military fatality in Iraq. On the day after the 3,000th death is announced, we will hold local events in communities worldwide, mourning all the lives lost in this war and calling for U.S. troops to come home.

We have designed this online event system to help you find and list events near you. For local organizers, we offer web tools to invite your neighbors and build an opt-in mailing list for your grassroots efforts. For those looking to join a nearby event, this web site offers you a private and secure way to find and register to attend an event.

We encourage you to post peace and justice events on this system, as long as they do not advocate violence or endorse a particular electoral candidate. AFSC is non-partisan and committed to nonviolence, and these events should have a similar character.

AFSC is suggesting that vigils and other events to start between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the day after the 3,000th death is announced. If your community picks a different date/time, we’re flexible to your needs. Please see our ideas and resources page for event ideas, or come up with something creative in your hometown.

About AFSC's Call for "Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar"

The Iraq War has already committed us to aiding a generation of veterans and their families and to rebuilding Iraq.

We need to meet these just obligations and stop the funding for further destruction so that our resources can be used to strengthen our communities and help those in need.

The American Friends Service Committee believes that there is no military solution to the Iraq war. Continued fighting and occupation promises only further deaths and injuries, more widows and orphans, more separated families.

The U.S. is spending over $8 billion a month to fight this war—over $350 billion total to date. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the hard truths it brought home about who does and doesn’t have access to the American Dream tells us all how desperately these resources are needed in other areas.

The U.S. Constitution gives the Congress financial oversight. The time has come for our elected representatives to listen to the country’s pro-peace majority and end funding for this war.

Working solutions for Iraq will be political solutions. Diplomacy and dialogue in close cooperation with the Iraqi government and broad sectors of Iraqi society are the way forward to peace and to rebuilding the U.S.’s strained relationship with the international community.

Working together, we will end this war.

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