Press Advisory: 8th Anniversary of Stand for Peace
STAND FOR PEACE: Marking 8 years of weekly vigils
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT: Atlanta’s longest running STAND FOR PEACE marks it’s 8 year anniversary
WHEN: Friday, August 20, 2010; Noon to 1pm
WHERE: Corner of 14th and Peachtree Streets (Colony Square)
WHO: Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (www.georgiawand.org) and members of the Atlanta peace activist community*
WHY: Casualties from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to mount. US engagement persists. The US Congress and the Administration need to hear from Georgia citizens about the seemingly endless war that has taken thousands of lives and over a trillion of tax-payer dollars.
As the Obama administration continues plans to withdraw US troops from Iraq the killing fields of Afghanistan have become more deadly. www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/11/killingfields-afghanistan
“Operation Iraqi Enduring Freedom” reports 4732 coalition military fatalities from 2003 through 2010 (www.icasualties.org).
Coalition military fatalities in Afghanistan from 2001-2010 are reported to be 1993. US fatalities account for 1146 of the 1993 deaths reported.
Documented civilian deaths from violence in Iraq are estimated to be between 97,172 and 106,047 (www.iraqbodycount.org)
Afghan civilian deaths from 2006 through June 2010 are reported to be 6982, up 31% during the first six months of this year. (www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/aug/10/afghanistan-civilian-casualties-statistics#data)
The continuously escalating price tag for US war in Iraq and Afghanistan is over $1, 063,938,853,310.00. Iraq has taken over $740,000,000,000.00 tax-payer dollars and Afghanistan over $323,057,000,000.00. (www.costofwar.com)
BACKGROUND: GEORGIA Women’s Action for New Directions has organized weekly peace vigils at this Midtown corner since August 28, 2002 when our country seemed determined to go to war with Iraq. The Senator Zell Miller’s district office was located at Colony Square overlooking the corner of 14th & Peachtree Streets. When the former senator refused to hear ordinary citizen concerns about an imminent U.S. attack on the people of Iraq, a weekly STAND FOR PEACE began and was held outside Colony Square. It continued every Friday. After the election of Barack Obama, STAND FOR PEACE ceased for a short while, but returned after US military engagement in Iraq shifted to and intensified in neighboring Afghanistan.
*Cosponsored by Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, Social Concerns Committee of the Atlanta Friends Meeting, International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda.