[act-ma] TONIGHT @ 7: Iraq Vet Liam Madden, Melida Arredondo (MFSO) & Jamilla El-Shafei - Panel to mobilize for 8/25 Protest!

Julie Keefe jukee711 at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 17 05:34:13 PDT 2007

Subject: 7/17 @ 7pm - Local Mobilizing Meeting for 8/25 Antiwar Protest @ Bush's Vacation House! This TUES join Liam Madden of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Melida Arredondo of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) & Gold Star Families for Peace &  Jamilla El Shafei, organizer of the protest in Kennebunkport! 
****Please Forward Widely****
 *August 25th   Anti-War Protest in Kennebunkport , Maine*
   It's Time to Organize and Mobilize to Ruin Bush's Vacation!

TONITE: Local Mobilizing Meeting!!
  Tuesday, July 17th  ~ 7pm
Central Congregational Church
85 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain (off Centre St.)
Jamilla El-Shafei, Kennebunks Peace Department
Liam Madden, Iraq Veterans Against the War
Melida Arredando, Gold Star Families For Peace
Come hear about this exciting and important protest!!!
Hear local activists report on their experiences 
Get involved in the effort to spread the word 
and plan local actions building up to Kennebunkport Antiwar Protest on August 25th!

>>>Liam Madden has just returned from a successful IVAW bus tour of the military bases on the East Coast to do antiwar outreach to active duty service members. Earlier this summer, he made headlines when he came under attack and investigation by the Marines for making supposed "disloyal statements" such as calling the war in Iraq a "war crime." While they hoped to make an example of him, Liam scored a huge victory when the Marines were forced to drop the charges against him and scramble to save face in the media. This is hugely important precedent set by Liam that needs to be discussed in the antiwar movement.

>>>Melida Arredondo has just been named the Northeast Coordinator of the insurgent Senate campaign that antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan has vowed to run against Democrat Nancy Pelosi (unless Pelosi introduces an Impeachment Resolution by a deadline set for next week!)  Also, later this summer Melida will be coordinating an East Coast tour of Helga Aguayo and Augustin Aguayo (an Iraq war resister who recently got out of military prison in Germany for bravely deciding to resist redeployment on an explicitly antiwar basis. Their tour will build up for and culminate in speaking at the protest on August 25th.

>>>Jamilla El-Shafei recently spearheaded organizing efforts for a successfull rally and protest on July 1st in Kennebunkport, Maine, which coincided with Vladimir Putin's visit to Bush's vacation home and was widely reported in national and international media. SHe is moving full steam ahead towards the protest on August 25th which is on track to be even bigger, better and perfectly timed in order to insert OUR voices into the national discussion RIGHT AS a vote the new funding bill will be coming down to the wire!

Come hear these organizers share their recent experiences, lessons and thoughts about the war in Iraq, what it will take to end it, and the role that the antiwar protest in Kennebunkport can play.  Bring your own thoughts, experiences, questions and ideas for action! Participate in a discussion about how, right now, we can begin the process of turning the antiwar majority in the country (and in the military) into a powerful FORCE that can actually bring an end to this horrific war.

 For More information contact:
JPantiwar at yahoo.com
Green Street Station on the Orange Line
Left on Woosley Square
Right on Gordon Street
Church one block up on left

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