WAGE PEACE CAMPAIGN
Co-Sponsored by Gold Star Families for Peace,
Iraq Veterans Against the War,
and Military Families Speak Out
www.afsc.org/2000/

Local Contacts:
Debra Anderson 718.309.7458 October 25, 2005
Susan McAnanama 917.669.9394
Thomas Good 347.524.5631

For Immediate Release

P R E S S R E L E A S E

STATEN ISLAND PEACE ACTIVISTS URGE: NOT ONE MORE DEATH, NOT ONE
MORE DOLLAR!

Staten Island, N.Y. - As the death toll in the Iraq War approaches
2000 Staten Island peace groups and individual activists have
announced plans to join the nationwide special vigils called to
mark the 2000th U.S. military death. The vigils are being organized
as part of the American Friends Service Committee "Wage Peace
Campaign". This campaign, sponsored by Military Families Speak Out,
Iraq Veterans Against The War and Gold Star Families for Peace is
a nationwide event with a community focus. On the day after the
2000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq, Staten Islanders from
all walks of life will join with hundreds of communities across
the U.S. to say that the country's pro-peace majority want the
Congress to end the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding
the war. Activists on Staten Island will be urging Congressman Vito
Fossella to sign the pledge to cut off funding for this immoral and
irresponsible war.

"My husband who has served in the Army National Guard for over 23
years and counting, serving and protecting our country, was sent
to Iraq for a year and a half where he lost many many friends and
comrades. Althouh he is home now, he will never be the same. For the
families of those soldiers lost in Iraq, it's an unreal, unspeakable
pain", said Debra Anderson, organizer of a weekly vigil at Staten
Island's Borough Hall - across from the Ferry Terminal. "I am amazed
by Debbie's resilience and dedication to the cause of peace", said
Tom Good of the New York City War Resisters League (WRL). "Each week,
rain or shine, she leads a powerful vigil against the war, at the seat
of local government. I urge all Staten Islanders to join us.", he
added. The regular Wednesday night vigils are held at Borough Hall
from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. "With the death toll approaching 2000, our
regular vigil will probably give way this week to a special vigil",
said Sue McAnanama, a vigil organizer. "On Staten Island our vigil
to mark this tragic figure will be held in front of Vito Fossella's
office, 4434 Amboy Road, at 6:00-7:30 pm", she said.

At the time of this advisory the number of U.S. military personnel
killed is 1,999.

Staten Islanders organizing the vigil are calling on all concerned
citizens to join in this event to urge Congress cut off funding for
the war.

When: The day after the 2000th death of US military personnel in
Iraq. From 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Congressman Vito Fossella's office, 4434 Amboy Rd., Staten
Island NY
Who: Any concerned citizens.
Why: To stop the funds necessary to continue this immoral and
irresponsible war.
How: By urging Congressman Fossella to sign the pledge to cut
off funding.

For more information on the WAGE PEACE campaign visit:
 http://www.afsc.org/2000/

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