15 years after the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan: Anti-war protest in Minneapolis - Stop Endless U.S. Wars

For release | October 3, 2016

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Saturday October 8 protest in Minneapolis to Stop Endless U.S. Wars

  • To mark 15 years since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, a coalition of Twin Cities-area peace and anti-war groups will hold a public protest to speak out against continued U.S. military intervention.
  • The protest, organized by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC), is being held under the call of:

    The October 8 protest will gather at 1:00 pm at the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha Ave in Minneapolis (along the sidewalk west of the light rail station). At 1:45 pm, there will be a march of about one mile to Walker Community United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Ave S in Minneapolis at which a closing program will be held starting at 2:15 pm.

    A statement issued by organizers says, in part, "October will mark 15 years since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Today, the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan as well as carrying out ongoing military interventions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. News reports say that the U.S. military is building a new drone base to expand drone strike operations across Africa."

    The statement goes on to say, "In recent days the Pentagon has announced that 600 more U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq. The endless series of wars just keeps going. The people of the U.S. and the people of the world are no safer after years of war.

    "The U.S. wars must stop. People need jobs, housing and education, not more U.S. war," the statement concludes.

    Among the organizations that are helping to building the Saturday protest is the Anti-War Committee (AWC).

    Meredith Aby-Keirstead, a member of the AWC said, "Our committee believes it is a priority to organize and speak out against the U .S. wars. After 15 years, the U.S. wars around the world have made the world a more dangerous place. We cannot let the October anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan pass without comment. The people of the U.S. must speak out to stop the endless wars!"

    MPAC statement says: "On October 8, with signs, banners and our voices we will say no to endless wars on the anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan."

    For more information 612-275-2720 or 612-827-5364.

     

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