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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2009
3:12 PM

CONTACT: Iraq Veterans Against the War

Adam Kokesh: (505) 470-1917
James Gilligan: (267) 506-1495

Iraq Veterans Against the War Commence 'Operation Not Change'

WASHINGTON - March 18 - WHAT: Press Conference.

Iraq Veterans Against the War Commence "OPERATION NOT CHANGE"
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans begin a tower-guard vigil across from the White House. The towers will be manned 24 hours a day March 19th to March 21st, Saturday. (All are welcome to come speak to the vets on post and ask questions about their deployments.)

WHEN: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, March 19th

WHERE: Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, North of the Washington Monument

WHY: To protest President Obama's deceptions about his foreign policy and mark the sixth year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

WHO:

Adam Kokesh: (505) 470-1917 adam.kokesh@gmail.com. IVAW board member who served in Fallujah with a Marine Corps Civil Affairs team. "Relabeling the remaining forces in Iraq 'non-combat troops' will not change the fact that these occupations are being perpetuated to maintain a criminal empire."

James Circello: (419) 905-8305. ANSWER organizer, former Airborne soldier, Iraq veteran, and Afghanistan war resister. "President Bush would often boast that, under his watch, the United States hadn't been attacked since September 11, but the working class has been attacked every day since."

James Gilligan: (267) 506-1495 gilligan007@gmail.com, Served with the USMC in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo. "The backlash of the actions by both administrations, of pursuing the enemy outside of the combat regions will only spread the violence further.

Bryan Casler: (315) 877-3420 bryancasler@rochesterivaw.org. Deployed three times in his four years with the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry man, including a tour to Kabul, Afghanistan. "No matter how Obama spins a surge into Afghanistan, it's still a criminal occupation and we don't want it."

Tracey Harmon: (808) 292-0525 tracey.harmon@gmail.com Conscientious Objector, served six years in the US Army Reserves.

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Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy group of veterans and active-duty U.S. military personnel who have served since September 11, 2001. IVAW’s Right to Heal Initiative is focused on holding the U.S. government accountable for human right violations of the health of Iraqis, Afghans and U.S. veterans. IVAW currently has over 2,500 members in fifty states, as well as in Canada, Europe, and Afghanistan.



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