Saturday, August 25, 2007

Nine Vigils to End the War To Be Held in TampaBay on 8/28



TAMPA – On Tuesday, August 28, members of Political Action councils in cities across Tampa Bay – from Sarasota to Crystal River -- will join thousands of Americans at candlelight vigils and demonstrations across the U.S. to call on Congress to vote to end the war when they come back from vacation in September. Tampa voters will stand in solidarity at Rep.Gus Bilirakis™ Temple Terrace office to ask him to follow Rep. Kathy Castor'™s lead and vote for troop withdrawal.

“It’s time for the Bush Administration to stop looking through rose-colored glasses and realize that the surge is not the answer,” said Michael Fox, Regional Coordinator for Move On's Operation Democracy. “Representatives Bilirakis, Young, Putnam, Brown-Waite must stand up in September and vote to end our role in this religious ciῶilᾠwar that we can't win. Our soldiers have done their job. Now it's time for the Iraqi people and allies in the region to preῳerve the peace , concluded Fox.

Participants in the vigil will read from a “War Toll Calendar” to honor and remember the soldiers that have died in the past year in the unwinnable religious civil war in Iraq.

Vigils like these one are part of National Take A Stand Day - a coordinated day of action to end the war initiated by the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq Coalition – to include Political Action;; the Service Employees International Union; True Majority and others.

EVENT DETAILS: National “Stand Up in September Vigils/Demonstrations” – Tampa Bay

Who: Tampa Bay MoveOn members
Where: See list of locations, below.
When: Tuesday, August 28 – evening – see times for each location below.
What: Local residents urge Congress to vote to end the war in September and honor the soldiers who have died or been injured in the unwinnable civil war in Iraq. ###

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 5:30 PM
Tampa's National Take a Stand on Iraq Vigil: "Listen to Kathy, Gus!"
Maj. Deb Hedding, USAF, retired
Outside of Rep. Bilirakis' Temple Terrace office
10941 N. 56th Street
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Description Next month Rep. Gus Bilirakis will use deception to convince Congress that the troop surge is working so they’ll drag out the war longer. He needs a wake-up call - VOTERS are demanding an end to the Iraq war and the return of our troops. Signs include "Vote like Kathy" and "Listen to Kathy" to show Gus that he should take a hint from fellow Florida Rep. Kathy Castor and vote for troop withdrawal.

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 4:30 PM
Rep Gus Bilirakis Vigil
Outside of Rep. Bilirakis’ Palm Harbor office
35111 US H 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Directions: An Office Park on the east side of 19 between Alderman and Nebraska, closer to Alderman. Name of center is Professional Center. The event will run from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.
Description To impress upon Rep. Bilirakis that a great many of his constituents take exception to the war in Iraq.

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 5:00 PM
National Take a Stand Day
Corner of Brandon Parkway and Lumsden Rd
Brandon, FL 33511
Description When most members of Congress get back to DC this September, what do you think they're going to remember about their August vacation? That day out on the fairway with the oil and gas lobbyists? The fat check they got from that big developer? The 100th baby they kissed?
Our job is to make sure they remember one thing: their constituents are counting on them to end the war, and if they fail, they're in trouble.
Here's why it's so important: This September, the White House is going to issue its long-awaited report on whether the "surge" is working. Then Congress will vote on war policy for the next year. The escalation hasn't worked and this could be our best chance yet to turn the tide. Make sure our representatives head back to Washington with our demands for a speedy withdrawal ringing in their ears.

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 7:00 PM
Valrico Patriots
5555 Lithia Ridge
Valrico, FL 33594
Description Gathering of the Real Valrico Patriots

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 4:30 PM
Candlelight Vigil to End the War
Congressman Bill Young's Office (4th St. and Central in St. Pete)
360 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Description This event will go from 4:30-7 pm. Late arrivals are welcome.
Feel free to bring signs, candles, noisemakers, etc. if you have them. Some will be available on site.

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 4:30 PM
National Take A Stand Day.
Hwy 41 & Shellpoint Road
PO Box 1027
Ruskin, FL 33570
Description Vigil from 4:30-5:30 Tuesday, Aug.28, 2007 in Ruskin, Florida.
August 28th is National Take A Stand Day --a "Stand Up In September Vigil" in Ruskin—one of thousands from coast-to-coast.

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 6:00 PM
Southgate Shopping Center
South Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33811
Description Along South Florida Ave. Park in shopping center lot.

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 5:30 PM
Attention Nelson, Martinez, and Brown-Waite
Hwy 19 & Hwy 44 Crystal River
Median at the intersection of Hwy 19 & Hwy 44
Crystal River, FL 34423
Directions: Parking possible in bank, CVS, and Walgreens parking lots on the corners of this intersection.
Description Send our Senators and Congresswoman back to Washington with the clear message that this war must end now.

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007, 6:00 PM
Take A Stand Town Hall
Newtown Community Center
1845 34th St
Sarasota, FL 34234
Description Our Take A Stand Town Hall and Stand Up Vigil is part of a nation-wide organizing drive to demand that members of Congress and the Senate take a stand with the vast majority of Americans who want a safe and responsible redeployment of American Forces from Iraq.
Our event will include great speakers like Iraq war veterans and their families and a showing of our Take A Stand video highlighting the local anti-war organizing efforts from this past summer. Our event will be followed by a Stand Up Vigil.
The event location is handicap accessible. Free parking is also available.

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