For Immediate Release

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Michael T. McPhearson, Veterans For Peace Executive Director, 314-725-6005; Barry Ladendorf, Veterans For Peace, President, 619-997-2772

Veterans Join D.C. Events to Mark 12th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion of Iraq

ST. LOUIS, MO - Members of Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War will participate in four days of anti-war and pro-peace events in Washington, D.C., marking 12 years since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

A rally and march will begin at the White House at noon on Saturday, March 21st.

The rally and march will be preceded by three days of activities including a concert on March 18th, lobbying and a tour of war sites on March 19th, and by teach-ins on the evening of the 19th and all day on March 20th.

On March 20th, members of Veterans For Peace will participate in three panels; “From Ukraine to ISIS to Drones: Why We Must Demilitarize US Foreign Policy”, “End These Endless Wars: Perspectives from Veterans and Military Families” and “World Beyond War: An Alternative Global Security System”. For more information click here.


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Spring Rising is intended as an antiwar intervention into the world capital of war-making. The U.S. has spread its military across the globe and is engaged in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and, via drone strikes, in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The U.S. government is provoking Russia in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, pushing for another coup in Venezuela, and expanding its military presence in Asia and Africa. The one war the U.S. President seems interested in avoiding -- with Iran -- a group of Senators has now taken it upon themselves to strive to bring into being. Meanwhile, Congress is debating whether to authorize more war making, while the President has made clear the wars will continue regardless of Congress, the United Nations, the rule of law, strategic common sense, or of course basic human morality.

More information, including the long list of participating organizations

Full schedule of events


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Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.

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