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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Iraq War Anniversary - Vets and Katrina Survivors March

Friday, March 3, I mailed the box of supplies pictured above from my home in California to Veterans' and Survivors' March representatives in Alabama. The box contained in-kind donations of coffee, tea bags, sugar, creamer, spoons, trail mix, and lollipops (for the kids). My husband and I chose to acknowledge the third anniversay of America's illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq and the continued victimization of the Gulf Coast hurricane survivors by sending a box of supplies to support the march participants.

The Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina are two tragic disasters: one man made, one natural, both worsened by human indifference, neglect, and incompetence. These two events will be joined together from March 14 - 19, 2006 when military veterans and survivors of Katrina and Rita will march along the devastated Gulf Coast from Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, Lousiana.

The following qoutes are from the "Veterans' March to New Orleans" website:

"This historical event highlights the connections between the economic and human cost of war in the Middle East and the failure of our government to respond to human needs at home, especially the needs of poor people and people of color."

"The government's negelect and often hostile response to hurricane survivors is mirrored by that same government's continues commitment to an illegal, immoral war fought at a staggering cost."

"These twin disasters, and the veterans of wars abroad along with the survivors of Katrina and Rita are joining together for this march and caravan to establish ties of material solidarity between those who oppose the ar abroad and the social and economic costs for working people ar home."

The Veterans' and Survivors' March for Peace and Justice will begin on March 14 at the historic Stone Street Baptist Church in Mobile and end on March 19 in New Orleans at the St. Augustine Catholic Church. Although the six day, 135 mile march will be undertaken exclusively by veterans, military famlies, and hurricane survivors, concerned citizens are invited to join in the rally on the final day in New Orleans. The distance between Mobile and New Orleans will be divided into ten segments or "legs" which will be marched by the veterans and survivors in those areas. Approximately 200 people will walk the entire distance accompanied by a caravan. Registration for participation in the march ends on March 8, 2006.

"Dr. King once said that every bomb dropped over Vietnam explodes in Harlem," says Vivian Felts, director of the mobile-based hurricane relief organization, Saving Our Selves (SOS). "We are saying that every bomb released over Iraq is exploding from Mobile to New Orleans. And that's where we will walk."

National groups sponsoring this event include: Veterans For Peace (VFP), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), and Gold Star Families For Peace (GSFP).

Please support the veterans and survivors who are "Walkin' to New Orleans". For further information and to make a donation click here to visit the "Veterans March to New Orleans" website. Donations are also being accepted at Veterans For Peace here .

Even a couple of bucks will go a far way to help the success of this march. Chip in!

***NOTE - I think that Anderson Cooper and Oprah should get together to cover this incredible event, don't you?

*** - I am a veteran. I served stateside during Vietnam. The military experience and what I saw while I was at Ft. Sam Houston turned me into a life-long, anti-war activist. There is no excuse for this war of choice in Iraq and the systematic neglect of Americans in need. We are trillions of dollars in debt because of this empire-hungry, incompetent administration.

Stop the War! IMPEACH Bush and Cheney!
.........Kitchen Window Woman................


Blogger mommy on the verge said...

You Go Girl! 'Texas is Missing a Village Idiot', my favorite t-shirt about Bush!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Blage said...

And to think we have three more years of this nonsense....I keep thinking with every disclosure of the lies, theft and incompetence that this is the tipping point....when. I come to expect nothing.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

I hope Texas finds and reclaims its idiot real soon! A lot of damage has been done and there's a mountain of debt for our children and grandchildren to pay. Bush just asked for trillions more $$$$$$$ for his misadventure in Iraq.

The Bush Administration is like the energizer bunny...they just keep going and going...destroying and lying and killing and cheating and stealing and covering up... Forget about "evil-doers" in the Middle East, Washington D.C. is crawling with them!

Yeah, I keep thinking the tipping point has been reached, too. Thankfully, at this point, the American public is beginning to NOTICE that something isn't quite right. The best thing we can do is to educate our friends and families of the danger of following the neoconservatives who have invaded our nation's captitol and Iraq. Neoconservativism is a close cousin to fascism.

There are millions of Americans who are engaged in the fight to protect democracy and our individual rights from the Bush regime. The futures of our children and grandchildren hang in the balance.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Pat Kirby said...

Good for you. My husband and I were just talking about how unengaged most people were.

Let 'em have it.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Some more folks for the Chimperor to wiretap.

I'm afraid that he is so far gone that no amount of protest fazes him anymore. El Shrubbo is not of the same plane of consciousness most of the rest of us are.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Did you hear the mobile home story? Apparently there are hundreds of mobile homes (that cost I think it was around $800 million) for hurricane evacuees, but they are not being used because of a rule that they can't be placed in a flood plain area.


6:11 PM  
Blogger dove said...

Just wanted to say I really enjoyed stopping by your blog. Have you thought about crossposting to Booman Tribune? (http://www.boomantribune.com)
I think your political writing would fit in really well there.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

I think that more and more people are becomming enraged and engaged by the day. Bush's numbers are in the toilet!
Besides that, we're broke and he's asking for MORE money. Impeachment is becomming a reality.

The Bushman's plane of consciousness is twinkie-tweaked. His bubble enclosed reality is padded with the sweet white cream and sticky spongy cake. He is busy licking his button finger clean so it won't stick when he pushes it to begin the war on Iran. I suggest a straight jacket.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Yeah, I heard about that...and the trailers are stuck in the mud, too! They want to bomb Iran and test weapons in outer space but can't figure out how to get those trailers to New Orleans. GEEZ!!!

1:22 PM  

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