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Mar 16, 2008

Candlelight Peace Vigil on the 5th Anniversary of This War in Iraq -- Wed, 7 to 8, Brightleaf Corner

On behalf of the Durham Friends Meeting:

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Durham Friends Meeting invite members of the Durham community and beyond to join together for a candlelight vigil on the 5th anniversary of the war in Iraq. Wednesday, March 19, 2008 7:00-8:00PM at Brightleaf Square on the corner of Main and Gregson Streets in Durham.  Names of some of the many who have lost their lives will be read.  Bring candles.  For more information contact: Nikki Vangsnes 699-8207 or Karen Stewart.

Candlelight Vigil for Peace on the 5th Anniversary of the War in Iraq
Wednesday, March 19, 7:00-8:00PM 
Brightleaf Square 
Corner of Gregson and Main 
Durham, NC

       Wednesday, March 19, 2008 marks the fifth anniversary of the US-led war in Iraq. One month prior to the invasion in March 2003, the Durham Friend Meeting approved the following minute. Quakers were against the war then and stand against it still.  We grieve the loss of each of the nearly 4000 soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis whose lives have been lost.  We mourn for the many more who have been wounded physically, emotionally and spiritually and whose suffering continues.

       "With regard to our nation's insistence on seeking military solutions, Durham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) holds firm that only a nonviolent response, grounded in spiritual truth and love disarms fear and terror.  The basis of our commitment is our belief in the presence of that of God in every living person.  Global security rests on the development of collaborative and just relations with peoples and nations around the world and at home.  We, as Quakers are called to witness again to the continuing power of God's love in our violent and suffering world and to work for peace, reconciliation and justice for all in the human family."
approved 2/9/03

       The human and fiscal costs of the war continue at a staggering rate.  US taxpayers spent over a trillion dollars on the first four years of the war, and are currently spending at a rate of $750 million dollars a day.  The American Friends Service Committee, estimates that just one day of spending on the Iraq war could have supported 95,364 Head Start places for children, 12,478 elementary school teachers, 163,525 people with health care or 34,904 four year college scholarships or provided 6,482 families with homes.

       Please join us on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00PM.

Peace and Social Concerns Committee
Durham Monthly Meeting

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