Cape Codders for Peace and Justice to mark 3,000th soldier’s death in Hyannis
Part of the national events to protest the Iraq War & 1/2 million other deaths
Cape Codders for Peace and Justice will hold a peace vigil on Main Street, Hyannis by the Town Green from 5-6 pm on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 to support bringing the troops home from Iraq.
The “Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar” vigil will commemorate those lost in Iraq including both military and civilian deaths of American and Iraqi on the day following the announcement that the 3,000th U.S. serviceperson has died.
More than 200 communities nationwide have planned similar memorial activities. Coordinated nationally by United for Peace and Justice and the American Friends Service Committee, a UFPJ affiliate, the war memorial events will mourn the human cost of war, call for the troops to come home now, and support funding an Iraqi-led reconstruction of the war-torn country.
So far, more U.S. lives have been lost in Iraq than in the first four years of the Vietnam War. In addition, more than 20,000 U.S. servicepersons have been seriously injured in Iraq. Estimates of Iraqi casualties vary widely, but a recent Johns Hopkins study published in The Lancet put the figure as high as 600,000 Iraqis killed.
Ironically the protest will be held hehind the statue of Wampanoag Sachem Iyannough who some Native Americans claim was the first of their tribe to regret aiding the Pilgrims.
Local peace activists organize the event overnight
“This event is a testament to our commitment to change course in Iraq,” said Sarah Thacher of Cape Codders for Peace and Justice. “We believe not one more Iraqi or U.S. soldier should be killed; not one more U.S. dollar should be spent sustaining war and occupation. Instead of increasing troop levels in Iraq, the U.S. should begin funding the speedy departure of all U.S. troops out of Iraq and Iraqi-led reconstruction of their country.”
For more information about this event, contact Diane Turco at 508-432-1744/Sarah Thacher at 508-385-2316 or Billy Stewart at (508)775-4045. Also see the AFSC “Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar” web site .
United for Peace and Justice is planning a major national demonstration calling for and end to the war in Iraq for Washington on January 27. Cape Codders for Peace and Justice will be organizing a bus to attend the march and lobby Congress to bring the troops home now.