Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Peace Vigils Today
A candlelight vigil at State House Plaza, Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm, will mark the 2000th U.S. military death in Iraq and ask Congress to ensure that "not one more death and not one more dollar" are wasted on the war in Iraq. The local event, organized by NH Peace Action and the American Friends Service Committee, is one of more than 375 events taking place in 49 states across the country.
After being given a list of names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, participants will circle the State House in a half-hour candlelight vigil remembering the U.S. casualties. After the vigil, people will gather at the State House Plaza to hear several speakers discuss actions that New Hampshire citizens can take to put pressure on Congress to stop funding the war.
New Hampshire contines to pay for the war in Iraq. Eight soldiers from New Hampshire have died in the Iraq war: Adam R. Brooks, Alan J.Burgess, Richard L. Ferguson, Timothy Gibson, Angelo Lozada. Jeremy Regnier, Robert Rooney, and Randy Rosenberg. According to the National Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org), the war has cost New Hampshire taxpayers $863.2 million dollars. Concord taxpayers have spent $24.4 million.
Details on all "Not One More Death. Not One More Dollar" events are available of AFSC's website at www.afsc.org/2000.
A very angry man came and began yelling (while Arnie Alpert of NH AFSC was reading the names of the NH dead). He wanted to know which ones of us would fight when the terrorists come to the US. Some nice peace folks led him away to let him spew until he was unwound.