The Public Square

Jan Kruse on Demonstrations for Peace


On October 27 Peace Groups across the country are organizing a day of local and regional action. 11 Massive Demonstrations for Peace will take place across the United States on October 27, 2007! Boston, Chicago, Jonesborough, Tenn., Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Local peace and anti-war groups from our area are sending delegations to the regional event in Chicago. A number of people from this community and the surrounding area will head north to participate in the Chicago actions starting at 1:30 p.m with a Union Park Rally followed by a 3:00 p.m. March to Loop and 4:00 p.m. Federal Plaza Rally.

However, others in our community who are unable to take the day to travel to Chicago on October 27 will participate in a local event. AWARE and other groups are planning a local event to coincide with the October 27 day of coast -to-coast anti-war activities.

The local events will be designated as a "DEFUND the WAR / REFUND Human needs in IRAQ and the US" rally.

For those unable to travel on October 27 and participate in the regional Chicago activities, a local event will take place right here in Champaign.

AWARE and others will gather at N. Prospect and W. Marketview Drive just off I-74 Champaign at 10:00 AM on Saturday October 27.

This local event will provide a rally and send-off for those traveling to Chicago by van and other vehicles.

Immediately following the van send off an "alternative point of view" event will be held to coincide with a pro-Bush, Never Surrender Victory Rally that is being advertised and held nearby, and is also scheduled for that same morning of October 27.

Please Plan to attend the VAN send off and if you are not traveling to Chicago which is also held at N. Prospect and W. Marketview Drive. The Rally will commence following the van send off at 10:00 AM and last until noon.

With so many of our fellow citizens calling for an end to this war please join Iraq veterans against the war as well as others who oppose the waste, senseless killing, occupation and failed policies of violence over peace. It's time to speak up and join those who oppose Bush as well as the Democratic congress that has failed to stop the funding for war. Join AWARE and others Saturday October 27 and speak for peace as we gather and call for our leaders to DEFUND the WAR and to REFUND Human needs in IRAQ and the US.

See you Saturday October 27 at 10:00 AM at N. Prospect and W. Marketview Drive just off I-74. Rally for Peace!