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March 20, 2009
On Saturday, March 21, 2009, clergy and members of
Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Boston area will join with a
coalition of military families, Iraq veterans, and peace organizations, to
witness the sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq. This commemorative event,
titled Witness on the Sixth Anniversary of the Iraq War: Fulfill the
Promise—End the Occupation, will take place on Boston Common, by the Brewer
Fountain, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will read the names of the US war
dead and recognize the victims of the war in Iraq.
The coalition calls on President Obama to fulfill his promise to end the
occupation, to provide healthcare and jobs for returning troops, and to engage
in reconciliation and respectful reconstruction of Iraq.
“President Obama has inherited the task of ending responsibly the immoral war
he opposed. We gather to honor and grieve the dead, to call for a complete end
of the occupation, and to advocate for our returning troops who need health care
and jobs,” said Susan Leslie, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Director of Congregational Advocacy and
Witness. “Unitarian Universalists engaged in advocacy and protest to prevent the
war in 2002 and to stop the war for these past six years. We will remain
faithful in that witness until we see all our troops come home.”
There will be brief statements from the Unitarian Universalist Association, Military Families Speak Out, and United for Justice with Peace. Dozens of
people from area congregations and organizations have signed up to take turns
reading the names of all the U.S. war dead. Every six minutes a gong will sound.
Every hour there will be a statement about the Iraq war victims and a minute of
silence to recognize and mourn them.
“It’s important to mark this anniversary,” explained Shelagh Foreman of
United for Justice with Peace. “The U.S. invasion of Iraq has been a deadly and
costly disaster. Over 4,300 U.S. troops have been killed and over one million
“We are dedicated to doing everything in our power to
bring this misbegotten war to an end now. We know that many in America are
struggling with the impacts of a failing economy,” explains Bonnie Gorman of
Military Families Speak Out. “We want to remind the people of this country that
military families and our loved ones are also struggling daily with the impacts
of this on-going war.”
Witness on the Sixth Anniversary of the Iraq War: Fulfill the
Promise—End the Occupation is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist
Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Military Families
Speak Out, Mass Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace, American Friends
Service Committee and others.
For more information please visit the UUA’s “2009 Anniversary of Invasion.”
Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo
Universalist Church of Marblehead, MA
revwendyvon @ yahoo.com
Susan LeslieDirector of Congregational Advocacy and Witness, UUA
congadvocacy @ uua.org
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