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Year 9 of the War - a Quaker Vigil

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March 19, noon to 1 pm, on First Avenue (in front of the court house) in Sandpoint

Sandpoint Friends Meeting (Quaker) invites you to join us March 19-20 as we mark  the start of  year Nine of the Iraq war.
Vigil with us with on the sidewalk in front of the Court House on 1st Avenue, across from Community Hall, from 12-1 pm Saturday.  We have a collection of signs.  
Sunday join us for Silent Worship from 10-11 am at 1020 Alder Street, just west of where it crosses Main St.  Bring a bag lunch or finger food snacks to share at 11:00 Rise of Meeting .  Desert, beverages, and popcorn provided. Or join us at 11:30 for discussion on the relevance of the Friends’ Peace Testimony, followed about noon by a movie about renowned activist Pete Seeger, and sing along with favorite peace songs.  
We have been in Afghanistan even longer than in Iraq. Is the U.S. addicted to war because it’s profitable? Quaker signs declare “War is not the Answer,” so what is?  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense have told members of Congress that the U.S. does not spend enough on civilian diplomacy, development, and international security. What can we as individuals do to champion these peaceful and positive alternatives?
  Quakers have long opposed the draft.  But some now wonder if our volunteer army, by placing the burdens of fighting and dying on the poor, looses clout to affect policy. And what about the increasing use of unmanned drones for airstrikes, and other cybertech gadgets for surveillance?
Help us consider, then sing along with Seeger, named by Nation magazine one of the fifty most influential progressives of the 20th Century
More information, contact Jean at 263-2658

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