Participants will be welcomed by the Raging Grannies. This will be followed by small groups reading the toll in U.S lives over the past year.
Lytton Plaza, University Avenue, between Emerson & Ramona 5:45pm
Co-sponsors: Local MoveOn Council District 14; San Mateo County Democracy for America; San Mateo Peace Action; San Francisco Peninsula Raging Grannies Action League; Los Altos Voices for Peace; Declaration of Peace San Mateo County; Peninsula Peace & Justice Center.
This is a MoveOn.org event
National Take a Stand Day--to remember the human cost of the war and urge our members of Congress to stand up in September and end this endless war
OVER 600 VIGILS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HONOR FALLEN SOLIDERS
LOCAL CANDLELIGHT VIGILS ARE PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE BAY AREA
On Tuesday, August 28, 1000s of members of MoveOn.org Political Action throughout the Bay Area will hold candlelight vigils as witnesses against the war to call on Congress to vote to end the war in September.
Along with over 600 vigils across the nation being held to demand an end to the Iraq War Now residents of the Bay Area are participating in a peaceful vigil. The vigils are calling on Congress as it returns in September to end a war that has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of US troops. In $$$ terms the war has cost $54.55 billion.
“Seventy percent of the US populace are against this war. It is time for the Bush Administration to stop looking through rose-colored glasses and realize that the surge has been a total failure.” said local MoveOn member Alice Smith. “All our Bay Area Representatives must Stand Up in September and vote to end this religious civil war that cannot be won,” concluded Smith.
Participants in the vigils will read from a “War Toll Calendar” to honor and remember the soldiers and civilians that have died or been grievously injured in the past year.
Vigils like these are part of national Take A Stand Day - a coordinated day of action to end the war initiated by the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq coalition, including MoveOn.org, Political Action, VoteVets.org, the Service Employees International Union, True Majority and others.