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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2012
Peace Group and Occupy Toledo Lament the Ninth Anniversary of War In Iraq and Denounce the Rush Toward War With Iran
On Sunday, March18, friends and members of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC) and activists from Occupy Toledo will be holding a rally to kick off a march decrying the 9th anniversary of the war in Iraq and the rush toward war with Iran. The rally, with speakers, will begin at 12:15 pm at the corner of Talmadge and Sylvania; followed by a march around the periphery of Westfield Shopping Center.
The anti-war march will coincide with others around the country commemorating the 9th anniversary of the war with Iraq and protesting the recent talk of war with Iran. The NWOPC and Occupy Toledo, given shared values of non-intervention and peace, will be participating together for the first time to co-sponsor the demonstration.
Steve Miller, a founding member of the peace group, said "We've heard it all before: weapons of mass destruction, a clandestine nuclear weapons program — a threat to stability in the region." The former U.S. Army Spec 4 added, "It was a mistake when we attacked Iraq 9 years ago and we are on the threshold of making another one in Iran. John Kerry's quote "How does a man ask the last man to die for a mistake." seems especially prescient now. The answer, to me, seems obvious; don't make the mistake in the first place so you won't have to ask. And, sure as hell, don't make the same mistake twice."
[Please note: this is an amended version of the original release]
For Immediate Release
Local activist speaks about recent Afghanistan Trip
On Tuesday, February 15, at 6:00 P.M. in the conference room at the Reynolds Corner Library (4833 Dorr St), author, activist and past president of Veterans for Peace, Mike Ferner will be speaking about his recent trip to Afghanistan.
The presentation, sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC) and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), will focus on Mr. Ferner's efforts with a group titled Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. The group exists to make human connections between citizens of the U.S. and the youth of Afghanistan.
Mr. Ferner said, "Finding anything hopeful in Afghanistan today is not easy yet the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers are exactly that. Knowing full well the true costs of war they nonetheless say, unabashedly to all, that they are 'creating a life based on love and truth.'" The former U.S. Navy Corpsman added, "To spend a week with them is to understand how the mightiest military machines in the world must eventually give way to grassroots citizens who patiently organize"
For Immediate Release
Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition Responds To Attack On Aid Flotilla
The Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC) joins with millions of others around the world to roundly condemn the recent actions of Israeli commandos resulting in the reported deaths of 20 human rights activists. The attack on the flotilla of relief workers bringing desperately needed humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza has sparked outrage around the world. In the next few days the NWOPC will be joining others (time and place to be announced) in a public demonstration to protest the killings and ongoing blockade of Gaza.
Peace coalition member Karen Wolf said "The horrific nature of firing on relief workers is incomprehensible to me."
Steve Miller, of the peace group, said "After 32 billion dollars of military aid (since 1967) to the state of Israel, the United States shares in the culpability of this brutal attack." He added "It's incumbent upon the U.S. to use the leverage of its foreign aid to demand Israel stop these kinds of brutal attacks as well as the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people."
March 14, 2010
Local Peace Group Erects Anti-War Display In Washington D.C.
On Wednesday, March 17, at 4:00 pm at Lock It Up Self Storage (10740 Airport Highway) members and friends of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC) will be loading a large exhibit on a truck to transport it to Washington D.C. to be part of a national peace march (flyer attached).
The exhibit, titled Arlington Midwest (AMW), is a symbolic replica of the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The presentation ,due to be assembled in Washington D.C., will be part of an upcoming anti-war demonstration and camp city scheduled the from March 19 to March 22.
The Arlington Midwest exposition currently consists of over 5,000 wooden tombstones representing the U.S. dead in Iraq and Afghanistan. The anti-war display is scheduled to go up Friday, March 19 on the mall in close proximity to the Washington Monument. Although AMW has been assembled at almost a dozen venues in the last 6 years, this will be the first time it will have been featured as part of a national event in the nation’s capitol.
The AMW project will be part of a Camp Out event previously permitted for the D.C. mall under the auspices of Cindy Sheehan’s Peace of the Action (POTA) organization.
Steve Miller, a member of the peace group, said ,“This will be the first time we’ve had this display in the nation’s capitol during such a large gathering”. The U.S. Army veteran added, “Over 5,000 wooden tombstones as a backdrop to a large peace rally should the be the perfect venue for such a large event. The large array of white markers should make a compelling and powerful statement symbolizing the human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan”.
[Pictures of Arlington Midwest can be viewed at www.nwopc.org/arlington.html]
February 25, 2010
Catholic Sister Gives First Hand Account from Palestine
On Sunday , February 28, at 2:00 P.M. in Corpus Christi University Parish (2955 Dorr St.) a coalition of groups (Arab Student Union, Media Decompression Collective, Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition) will sponsor a talk given by Sr. Paulette Schroeder. Sister Paulette will be speaking about her recent fact finding in Hebron, Palestine..
Sister Paulette, a Franciscan Nun and Member of the Christian Peacemaker Team, has been to the Middle East several times reporting on conditions in Palestine and the surrounding occupied territories. As a member of the Christian Peacemaker Team, Sr. Paulette, in the Christian tradition of bearing witness, will be reporting about the circumstances of her visit through personal testimony and photographs of the daily reality of living in Palestine. As opposed to those merely report about Palestine, Sr. Paulette will share the unique perspective of one who has lived with the people of Palestine.
Steve Miller, of the peace coalition, said, “Sr. Paulette’s compelling account of the plight of the Palestinian people is something we all need to hear.” Mr. Miller added,“ Sr. Paulette doesn’t just report the news from Palestine, she is the news from Palestine.”
December 31, 2001
Local Peace Group Sponsors Rally and March
Stop the Siege of Gaza
On Sunday, January 3, members and friends of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition will be commemorating Israel’s attack on Gaza a year ago. A rally, followed by a march, will begin at 2:00 pm at the intersection of Talmadge and Sylvania. The march will begin with a few words from representatives of the participating organizations. The assembled will march around the boundaries the Westfield Shopping Mall staying on the public sidewalk.
The action is in concert with others taking place around the United States commemorating the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. In addition to the commemoration the ongoing blockade and its effect on people of Gaza will addressed.
Peace Coalition member, Steve Miller, said “Israel’s bombing of Gaza left over 1,400 people dead and the infrastructure of the area devastated. Since that time the ongoing blockade of Gaza has prevented essential supplies from being delivered. The loss of life and infrastructure and the ongoing blockade has created the worst kind of alchemy, an angry and desperate population.“ Mr. Miller added “Israel’s disproportionate attack on Gaza in retaliation for rocket launches should remind us of Mahatma Gandhi’s admonition, ‘An eye for a eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves the whole world blind and toothless.’” He added “The United States must use its influence as Israel’s primary provider of military assistance to demand an end to the blockade and open the borders to much needed assistance”
November 29, 2009
Peace Group Vigils to Send Obama Pre-Press Conference Message
Withdraw, Don’t Deploy!
On Tuesday, December 1, members and friends of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition will hold a candle light vigil for peace in Afghanistan. The vigil will be held at 5:30pm at the intersection of Talmadge and Monroe. The observance is being held to send the Obama administration a message to draw down, not build up, troops in Afghanistan.
In light of President Obama’s scheduled 8:00 pm press conference, local peace activists will be joining others around the state and nation saying no to a build up in Afghanistan.
Member of the Peace Coalition, Steve Miller, said “If reports of a 35,000 troop build up are meant as a trial balloon, I say deflate it, it won’t float” the former army veteran added, “We should learn from the Soviets. Victory, however defined, is illusory given the political and tribal geography of Afghanistan. Let’s stop it now before more have to die!”
Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition for Single Payer
September 13, 2009
Local Coalition Rallies for Single Payer Healthcare
On Wednesday, September 16, the Northwest Ohio Coalition for Single Payer will be holding a "Healthcare not Warfare" rally at the Lucas County Courthouse at 5:00 pm. The rally will feature speakers advocating national single payer healthcare. The rally is scheduled from 5:00 pm to approximately 5:30 pm at which point a march is scheduled from the courthouse to One Government Center. At the Government Center, some brief closing remarks will end the event.
The featured speakers will be representing their respective constituencies. The coalition consists of University of Toledo Anti-War, Toledo International Socialist Organization, Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, Single Payer Action Network of Ohio, Northwest Ohio Green Party and Physicians for a National Health Program.
Steve Miller of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition said, "With the money we're spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we could fund a national healthcare program that would be of real and lasting benefit for all Americans" the former army veteran added, "Dr King said 'A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.' At times like these Dr King's admonition seems disturbingly prophetic."
Local Peace Group Commemorates Mother's Day
On Sunday, May 10, members and friends of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition will be displaying a large Mother's Day anti-war proclamation at Heatherdowns and Reynolds from noon to 1:30 pm. A large display of placards printed with Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day anti-war proclamation (included separately) will be the focus of the demonstration.
In 1872, suffragist, pacifist and social activist Julia Ward Howe penned a Mother's Day statement widely believed to be the origin of the first Mother's Day. Those attending the event will be wearing black in the tradition of the Women in Black peace network.
Peace group member Kelli Zenz and mother of three said "I'm a firm believer in peace and wouldn't want my children to do anybody harm or to be harmed".
For Immediate Release
Peace Group Decries U.S. Deaths During Obama’s First 100 Days
On Friday, May 1, members and friends of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition will be holding a picket at the corner of Secor and Central Avenues from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. The purpose of the demonstration is to express the disappointment of local peace activists to President Obama’s first hundred days in office.
Steve Miller, a member of the peace group, said “President Obama ran on a platform on of “bring the troops home” not bring them home from Iraq in due time while increasing troop strength in Afghanistan.” The Veterans for Peace member added “After the administration of George Bush I thought we had an ally in the white house. His first hundred days have been a profound disappointment”
Jeff Klein, a member of the peace group, constructed a number of large signboards reading “Obama’s Watch: Day 100 – U.S. Troop Deaths: Iraq , Afghanistan (followed by the current total)” as a visible statement and display.
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Like the First Mother’s Day in 1870,