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Iraq Moratorium, Friday, Oct 19 - TROOPS OUT NOW! SUPPORT LT. WATADA!

by Bill Simpich (bsimpich [at]
Moratorium events: Downtown SF, Federal Building, at least five in the Mission, one in the Haight; in the East Bay, University/Acton and the docks. Processions from Burlingame and San Jose, meeting in Palo Alto. Leafleting at numerous transit hubs.

At least thirty Iraq Moratorium events will be held throughout the Bay Area on Friday,
October 19, the second event of the nationwide monthly campaign to end the war in Iraq.

A signature event for the Iraq Moratorium nationally this month is solidarity with
Lt. Ehren Watada, who is facing a second trial in Tacoma, Washington for
refusing to fight in the Iraq war. On October 19, federal judge Benjamin Settle
will be determining if Lt. Watada must endure a second trial in the next few
weeks, or whether double jeopardy may bar his case from going any further.

Between 5-6 pm, Jack Hirschman, poet laureate of San Francisco, will be reading
poetry in front of Sen. Feinstein's office at Post and Market (right near
Montgomery BART). Members of the Watada Support Committee will also be
addressing Lt. Watada's latest battle for freedom and to stop this illegal war.

At 6 pm, Latinos Contra La Guerra will be conducting a candlelight vigil at the
24th Street BART station.

On El Camino Real, between 3-5 pm, there will be a procession of vehicles-cars,
hybrids, electric vehicles, bicycles-traveling the length of the Peninsula,
starting from Burlingame in the north and San Jose in the south, to symbolize the
unity of local communities in the call to bring the troops home now.

In Berkeley, between 2-4 pm, seniors and others will gather on the corners of the busy intersection at
University and Acton to protest, distribute arm bands and antiwar
information. 100-200 participated last month. The eventual goal is to line the
length of University Ave. from the Bay to the University of California.

Nationwide, organizers expect more than a hundred Iraq Moratorium events in more than
twenty states. ( The entire list of local events is on the calendar of
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