Now Playing: Stacy Bannerman
Topic: Members Speak Out
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2006
Katya Kruglak (703) 304-5075
Stacy Bannerman (253) 859-6465/(253) 217-2153
NATIONAL GUARD WIFE, MILITARY MOM OF IRAQ WAR VETERANS TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON, DC TO URGE CONGRESS TO STOP THE IRAQ WAR
Mother’s Day Weekend: Military Families and War Veterans Speak Out
kent, washington — Over Mother’s Day Weekend, military families and war veterans from across the United States will be coming to the National Mall in Washington, DC for Silence of the Dead, Voices of the Living to send an urgent message to Congress: Bring our troops home now and take care of them when they get here.
Congress recently passed another Supplemental bill, which included roughly $70 billion for the war in Iraq. Judy Linehan will join Stacy Bannerman at this nation’s Capitol to repeat the message Bannerman gave to a House Appropriations Sub-Committee on March 1, 2006, when she became the only peace activist to testify before a Congressional Committee since the war in Iraq began: “Congress gave the Bush administration a blank check for a war based on lies. Stop payment. Immediately. Not one more dime, not one more life.”
WHAT: Silence of the Dead, Voices of the Living, featuring families who lost loved ones to the war in Iraq; families of those currently serving and soldiers who may be redeployed; veterans of this and previous wars; Iraqis and others who bear the heaviest burden of the Iraq war.
WHEN: Thursday to Sunday, May 11 - 14
EYES WIDE OPEN: THE HUMAN COST OF WAR, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely acclaimed memorial exhibition that features a pair of combat boots for every U.S. military casualty. As part of the multi-day event, a dramatic new exhibit featuring boots for soldiers currently in Iraq will be unveiled, whose lives are at risk each day that this war continues. The exhibit also includes a memorial to recognize the thousands of Iraqi children, women and men who have died in the war.
Saturday, May 13
Silent march around National Mall; speak out to follow.
WHERE: National Mall, Washington, D.C.
WHO: Military and Gold Star families, Iraq War veterans and others, including:
Stacy Bannerman, author of When the War Came Home, (Continuum Publishing, March 2006) and wife of Washington National Guard soldier awarded a Bronze Star for his year of service in Iraq.
Judy Linehan, mother of Iraq War Veteran, Olympia, WA, (360) 791-1558