FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2005

CONTACTS:
Mary Anne Muller: 718-859-9009
Anna Brown: 201-892-7387

100,000 RINGS: In Remembrance of the Iraqi Dead

New York -- Beginning at 12 noon on October 24, bells will toll in remembrance of the more than 100,000 Iraqis who have died as a consequence of the occupation in Iraq. A bell will toll each minute to memorialize the Iraqi fallen. We want to send a message to our Iraqi brothers and sisters that we are not indifferent to their grief. As the bell sounds, we also grieve for every deceased and wounded Iraqi, for every person tortured and detained and disappeared. We grieve for every orphan and widow. Participants will maintain a daily presence from October 24 through October 28 at the following locations:

Monday October 24 through Thursday October 27 [daily]
Mouths Wide Open
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Union Square [14th St and Broadway]

Tuesday October 25
Voices in the Wilderness NY / Kairos
12: 00 pm - Senator Clinton’s Office - 780 3rd Ave [btwn 48th and 49th]
1: 00 pm - Senator Schumer’s Office - 757 3rd Ave [btwn 47th and 48th]
2:00 pm - Leave Sen. Schumer’s Office and Walk to the United Nations
Remaining at the UN until 5:00 pm

Tuesday October 25 (evening)
Voices in the Wilderness NY / Pax Christi Brooklyn
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm #2 Subway Train - Flatbush Avenue Exit

Wednesday October 26 and Thursday October 27
War Resisters League / The Catholic Worker
1:00 - 3:00 pm - #6 SubwayTrain - Bleecker St Exit (Bleecker St. and Lafayette)

One year ago on October 29, 2004 the British medical journal “The Lancet” published the epidemiological study estimating that upwards of 100,000 Iraqis dead as a consequence of the U.S. occupation on Iraq. The “Bell Ringing” ceremony is an initiative of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. VCNV seeks to build and strengthen active nonviolent resistance to the U.S. war against Iraq’s people; to foster international peace teams; and to challenge the United States’ “Global War on Terror”, which is a war OF terror far more than it is a “war ON terror”. Several members of VCNV have lived in Iraq before, during, and after the U.S. invasion in 2003. Further info on the 100,000 Rings is located at: www.iraqmortality.org.