Topic: Members Speak Out
Washington state chapter of Military Families Speak Out among other thousands participate in Seattle march/rally October 27, 2007. Seattle was one of eleven cities nationwide participating in UFPJ coordinated protest to encourage Congress to vote against funding the Iraq war.
Thousands in Seattle march against Iraq war article in Seattle PI
Under a brilliant blue sky Saturday, thousands of people sang, chanted and marched through the streets of Seattle, one of 11 cities nationwide participating in a coordinated protest against the war in Iraq.
"Veterans need to take the lead on this," said Chanan Suarez-Diaz, president of the Seattle chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. "This has been a war for oil, for profits and for corporations. It's time for the occupation to end and veterans should be at the head of the movement to end it."
The 25-year-old Suarez-Diaz was wounded by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade while serving in Aramadi, Iraq, as a member of a U.S. Navy medical team supporting the Marines. Joining the young man at the protest was David Meeds, 74, of Monroe, also a navy veteran.
"I served in the Korean War," said the white-haired Meeds, holding a sign saying: "War is Not the Answer." Meeds said he has been demonstrating weekly, at a strip mall in Monroe, against the war in Iraq since before it began because he views it as contrary to American values and principles. He said he was heartened by the Seattle protest, seeing that more young people are becoming active and speaking out against the war.read more here
(photo, courtesy of Dina, artisan and contributing editor at Washblog, shows woman with 'Military Mom for Peace' sign. See more photos at Washblog. )
MILITARY AND GOLD STAR FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONWIDE IRAQ WAR PROTESTS ON OCTOBER 27
Military and Gold Star families from across the nation will participate in regional demonstrations opposing the war in Iraq on October 27th, organized by United for Peace and Justice. These families whose loved ones are or have been on the frontlines of this war will be calling on Congress to vote against the upcoming appropriation that would allow the war in Iraq to continue.
posted by Lietta Ruger