NH Joins Growing World Call for Non-Violent Change
CONCORD NH -- Join NH Peace Action for a weekend of events to Build a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence at Home and Abroad.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 pm with a keynote address about the impact of our military economy on our state and local budgets by Jo Comerford at the Concord UU Church, 274 Pleasant Street. Comerford is the Executive Director of the National Priorities Project which works to make federal budget information understandable and accessible so that all citizens can have a say in our economy.
On Saturday, March 5 the conference continues with educational workshops held at the Concord UU Church, 274 Pleasant St. from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. Workshop topics include: The Health Impacts of War with Sarah Wilton, Former Naval Commander; WikiLeaks with Adrienne Kinne, NSA Whistleblower and Iraq Veterans Against the War member; Creative Use of Media in Activism with Asher Platts, the Punk Patriot of Maine; a Panel on the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a Young Activist Panel and more.
Following the morning of workshops, a March and Rally will call for all to "End War, Build Peace, Heal our World!" Gather at 2:00 pm at the 6 Loudon Road Parking Lot to march to the NH State House (107 North Main St.) for the rally at 2:30 pm. This public demonstration will call for all US troops to come home from both Iraq and Afghanistan, an end to US wars of aggression, and the building of peaceful alternatives to violence to heal the people of this world. Speakers at the rally will include Maryam Shansab, Afghan-American graduate student from Tufts University and Adrienne Kinne, Iraq Veterans Against the War member and NSA whistleblower. Music will be provided by the Leftist Marching Band.
March 2011 marks the 8th year that the US has illegally occupied Iraq. Although there are certainly fewer US troops there than there were at the peak, there are still over 50,000 US troops and tens of thousands more contractors still occupying Iraq. The US is also at the height of the Obama escalation in Afghanistan, and conducting drone attacks against the people of Pakistan as well as bombing targets in Yemen.
The members of New Hampshire Peace Action envision a world committed to disarmament and peace, nonviolent conflict resolution, and respect for the rights and inherent worth of all people. They believe that authentic social change comes from the bottom up and are committed to educating, organizing and advocating from the grassroots level. Together, people have the power to change the world.
For more information about these events or to pre-register call NH Peace Action at (603) 228-0559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.