For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Marcia Bernsten
Marcia@PJEP.org
312.480.1331

Peace, Justice & Environment Project

Antiwar Activity Sees Surge for 7th Anniversary of Iraq War Invasion

WASHINGTON - Peace
Justice and Environmental Project (PJEP) organizers along with the
representatives of 38 networks and 2 coalitions that comprise PJEP,
contribute to a surge in grassroots anti war and pro peace activity that
marks the 7th anniversary of the US led invasion of Iraq this week.

Through
the use of unique cooperative and collaborative software on network
websites, activists have spread word of over one hundred and fifty local
actions and events. Events range from bi-coastal mass protests with
organizers in towns and cities throughout the US hiring buses and
arranging for car pools to local teach-ins, speak outs, sing a-longs,
street theater, candle light vigils and prayer services to regional
peace rallies and demonstrations.  Included are on-going peace vigils
which have been occurring since the invasion began.

Joe
Lombardo of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, near Albany, NY, has
organized a peace vigil for Friday night the 19th prior to getting on a
bus at midnight for a mass mobilization in Washington DC the next day. 
He urged folks to: "Join us.  It is only our collective effort that will
end the wars; no one will do it for us."..." It is time to end the wars
and put the money into healthcare, schools and jobs."

Jane
Cutter, of A.N.S.W.E.R Seattle and organizer of a regional protest
there said, "It is vitally important for progressive voices -- and not
just tea partiers - to be seen and heard in opposition to the wars."

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Continued
war and occupation in the Middle East also facilitates a culture of "war and terror and drugs
in Colombia [that] devastated bio-diverse ecologies and sustainable
communities.." there," says, Eunice Escobar of Chicago's Comite Anti-Militarizacion, one of the speakers at a March
18 rally that will precede a mass march in Chicago.   

A
current listing of these protests rallies, vigils, marches and more can
be found at end of this message.  A regularly updated list can be
accessed on PJEP.org central site or network commons for 1500
participating organizations.

PJEP's interactive tools
allow activists from all 50 states to communicate directly with one
another making the websites a commons where diverse groups, people and
interests will work together.  The events surrounding March
20th serve as an excellent example of PJEP's potential. 

Giving
organizations the ability to unify and share their energy will serve to
empower their causes.  That is PJEP's main objective.

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