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Support Libraries / Stop War: 24-Hour Salinas Read-In Event
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net)
Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
Hundreds joined and propelled a 24-hour festival to save the Salinas libraries this weekend, 1 pm April 2 to 2pm April 3, 2005. First photo: Many UFW supporters help kick off the Read-In.
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Gathered around the Cesar Chavez Public Library, slated for closure along with the entire Salinas library system due to budget shortfalls, local and regional authors, poets, activists, artists, and other library supporters brought the “Emergency 24-hour “Read-In”” to life. With a small tent city erected on the back lawn, and pro-library/anti-war banners hanging from the fences, the non-stop rally and read-in featured a non-stop “reading throne” by the library’s front door, a main 24-hour stage on the other side, along with organization booths and information tables.

Many in attendance repeatedly made reference to the fact that hundreds of billions have now been spent on the unjust Iraq War, and yet five million dollars cannot be found to keep the Salinas libraries open. For one speaker, Fernando Suarez, this issue went beyond simple economics when he told of how his son joined the U.S. Army and was later killed fighting in Iraq. Fernando is now a member of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Sponsors of the Emergency 24-Hour Read-In were CODEPINK, Salinas Action League, United Farmworkers of America, AFL-CIO, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Global Exchange, and The Citizen Project. Not in Our Name Bay Area was one of co-sponsors.
§Cesar Chavez Public Library, Salinas, California
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Local 2626
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§"Books Not Bombs"
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§UFW Flag
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Not in Our Name
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§CODEPINK Truck
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Labor: "Bring Our Troops Home"
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Memorial to represent US troops killed in Iraq
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Rally keeps cold at bay late into the night
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Hulla
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§24-hour reading chair occupied at 4 am
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Youth organizer
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Kids
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§KPFA broadcasting live Sunday morning
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Kids plays during one-man play
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Progressive Librarians
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§CODEPINK group photo
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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§Death of Libraries, Not in Our Name
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Monday Apr 4th, 2005 4:01 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by m.j. cleve
(maryjokrishna [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Apr 5th, 2005 1:59 PM
This really shows another way that with every dollar that is spent on War it is another one taken away from humanity. Great work folks keep it up!
by Medea Benjamin
(medea [at] globalexchange.org) Wednesday Apr 6th, 2005 6:37 PM
Jeff did an awesome job capturing the energy of this event. We're doing a follow up--the folks from Salinas will be renting a bus and taking the "read-in" to Sacramento on Tuesday, April 12. They are calling on folks to join them at the capital to pressure the Governor to find money for the libraries. If you'd like to go, call 415-575-5555. Thanks.
by Kath
Friday Jul 1st, 2005 10:12 AM
Great picture. I LOVE Code Pink and the work they are doing for peace. 100% anti-war, 100% anti-bush - that's me, Kath.

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