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Sept. 7 protest in Minneapolis to tell Congress: ‘Vote no on war’

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September 5, 2013
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Minneapolis, MN - As the U.S. Congress prepares to vote on the war resolution sought by the Obama administration, peace and anti-war groups have called for a protest in Minneapolis on Sept. 7 to speak out against a new war.

The Minneapolis protest will be held Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. along the sidewalks at Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue.

Anti-war actions are being planned in cities around the country on Sept. 7 to call on Congress to reject the war resolution and U.S. military intervention in Syria.

The Minneapolis event is initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition and endorsed by Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace and Women Against Military Madness and others. The Sept. 7 protest will be the third major anti-war event planned by those groups in the last ten days.

“There is tremendous opposition to a new war, but time is short. Everyone who opposes a new U.S. war needs to be active, in the streets, calling Congress and making their voice heard,” said a statement issued by organizers.

The statement goes on to say, “The U.S. Congress will vote soon on the White House plans for military intervention in Syria. The U.S. is sending warships, including an aircraft carrier, despite overwhelming opposition from the U.S. public.”

The organizers’ statement concludes by saying, “The U.S. has been at war continuously for 12 years: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, the drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and now the Obama administration is proposing yet another military intervention. Over the past 12 years, thousands of lives have been lost and billions upon billions of dollars have been spent. The people are saying enough of war and intervention. People need funds for jobs and housing, not another war.”

In addition to the Minneapolis event, anti-war actions are planned for the weekend in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and many other cities.

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