On Sat., March 19, from 5 to 6 PM, anti-war groups will hold a protest rally at the Times Square recruiting station on Military Island, Broadway at 44th St., to demand that all troops be brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. The event, coordinated by the local chapter of Veterans for Peace and by Grandmothers Against the War, will be held on the day 8 years from the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. on March 19, 2004.
“Thousands of American military and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilian deaths later, it is past time to end these senseless and tragic wars and occupations, bring our exhausted soldiers home and deploy the billions of dollars wasted on these unconscionable interventions to our urgent domestic needs,” said Bill Gilson, Vice President of Chapter 34 of Veterans for Peace NYC.
Cong. Charles Rangel will be a featured speaker, as will State Sen. Bill Perkins. After comments by other political and peace movement leaders and songs provided by the Raging Grannies, promptly at 6 PM patriotic volunteers will commit non-violent civil disobedience.