A coalition of student and community groups will be holding a rally protesting the Iraq war as it moves into its fifth year on March 20th, 2007. Participants will be gathering at the Lincoln Cen- ter parking lot in front of East HyVee at 5:30PM. This will be the fourth annual peace rally in Ames commemorating the anniversary of the Iraq in-vasion and will coincide with actions across the country marking the occasion. After the rally at the East HyVee parking lot, participants will march to Ames City Hall where there will be speakers (Ed Fallon, Sue Dinsdale and Beth Wes-sel-Kroeschell) and musicians. Groups planning this event expect a strong turnout.
“The majority of the public now recognizes this war is a mistake, things have reached a point where Americans overwhelmingly feel the number of US deaths and Iraqi civilian deaths are unacceptable, and things are only getting worse,” said Time for Peace treasurer Kat Lundberg, speaking on recent Associated Press poll data. Time for Peace is an ISU student group that was founded on September 11th, 2001 as an organization dedicated to peace and non-violence. Time for Peace is working with several groups in Ames to help plan this event, including the Alliance for Global Justice, a social justice organization. The Alliance for Global Justice is a prominent community group that has been maintaining a weekly peace vigil on the corner of Welch Avenue and Lincoln Way since before the invasion of Iraq. Alliance for Global Justice member Carlie Tartakov recently spoke about the purpose of the rally at an AGJ meeting, “People can make a statement. We want an end to this war and work to develop a culture of peace.”
Together groups from around the community are linking together to create a stronger call for the war’s end. Those involved in the planning represent different communities in Ames and span generations. So far groups include community organizations, Alliance for Global Justice, Iowansfor Sensible Priorities and the Iowa Community Action Network; the Ames High Progressive Club; and ISU clubs Time for Peace and ACLU@ISU. “The frightening decay in civil liberties, in addition to the unconscionable treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and elsewhere, requires that we raise our voices in opposition to this war,” said ACLU@ISU president Zaal Tonia.
Details about the event are available at www.amespeacerally.org/.