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December 29, 2006 - Special Event Notice: Vigil in Recognition Of 3,000 U.S. Troop Deaths in Iraq
posted on:     December 29, 2006    7:19 pm ET

WHERE: In front of the Byrd Federal Court House on Virginia Street in Charleston.
WHEN: 5:30 pm, the day after the announcement that 3,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq.

Note: More information will be forthcoming in a press advisory distributed on the day when the death figure is registered in the local newspapers.

Jim Lewis
WV Patriots for Peace

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.345.0427.




November 04, 2006 - Special Event Notice
posted on:     November 1, 2006    10:47 pm ET

outside the WSAZ studios in Huntington
11:00 AM, Saturday, November 4, 2006

This Saturday, November 4, Congressional candidates Mike Callaghan and Shelley Moore Capito (2nd District) will participate in a live, televised debate on WSAZ-TV Channel 3. This debate is scheduled for noon.

The Patriots for Peace is planning to be present outside the WSAZ studios in Huntington, beginning at 11:00 a.m. We will display our Wall of Remembrance and make sure the candidates entering the building know the enormity of the human cost of the Iraq War.

Please try to join us outside the WSAZ Huntington studios, located at 645 - 5th Avenue in Huntington. Invite a friend to join you.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




October 13, 2006 - Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
posted on:     September 29, 2006    9:35 pm ET

FREE Documentary Film: "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers"

Unitarian Universalist Congregation
520 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston
Friday, October 13, 2006
7:30 PM

Sponsored by Brave New Films, UUC's for Reclaiming Democracy and West Virginia Patriots for Peace

"Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" - Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. "Iraq for Sale" uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. "A horrifying catalog of greed, corruption and incompetence", New York Times.

The church showing of this film is free and open to the public. There will be discussion following the film for those who wish to stay and talk. Call UUC: (304) 345-5042.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




October 4, 2006 - Why We Fight
posted on:     September 29, 2006    8:56 pm ET

Free Movie: "Why We Fight" (2006)
Starring: Joseph Cirincione, Gwynne Dyer Director: Eugene Jarecki, 98 minutes

Taylor's Book Store
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
5:30 PM

Sponsored by Patriots for Peace and WV Citizens Action Group

"Why We Fight" is a critique on the militarism in our culture. It uses the title of a series of propaganda films that Frank Capra began making in 1942, with the aim of encouraging the American war effort against Nazism. Director Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) has used the films as a commentary on the contemporary obsession of the American elite with military power.

He also harks back to a speech by President Eisenhower, who, just before he left office, referred to the "military-industrial complex". Eisenhower was worried that too much intelligence, and too much business acumen in America, had become focussed on the production of unnecessary weapons systems.

Since Eisenhower's time, everything has become much worse, as Eugene Jarecki describes it. The war in Iraq was made possible by a new range of weapons systems: a bomb called the "bunker buster" was dropped by stealth bombers on the first night of the conflict.

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions. [by Nick Fraser]

For those that have time after, we will move to a close-by location for discussion, drinks and or dinner. For more information contact Bob Wilson 343-9456. Download flyer.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




August 26th, 2006 - West Virginians United "Take Back America" Rally
posted on:     August 24, 2006    11:51 pm ET

Great photos of the "Take Back America" event!! Courtesy Hollowdweller

Dear Friends:

This Saturday - August 26th will be a remarkable day. Hundreds of West Virginians from across the state (with similar values as yours) will meet in Charleston to express their collective outrage and disgust as to the true state of the Union. West Virginians United, a grass roots and grass tops coalition of MANY West Virginia groups (of which WV Patriots for Peace is one) will meet at the Federal Court House in Charleston at 2pm.

This rally will be big. It will be HUGE if you and some friends will join us and dedicate part of a Saturday afternoon to demonstrate that progressive values on healthcare, education, peace, civil liberties, social and economic justice and the environment, are alive and cherished in West Virginia. One central theme is the obscene cost of the Iraq war and its effect on West Virginia. So if you're not satisfied with what's been happening over the last 5 years - this Saturday is for you.

Bring your outrage, signs and solutions with you to the Robert C. Byrd Courthouse on Quarrier Street at 2pm. There will be bands, music and a few speeches and then we will march down Capitol Street to the WV AFL-CIO state headquarters to hear Senator Robert C. Byrd speak.

After the rally (around 5pm) attend the "labor night" at the new ballpark or come to the CAG office for some refreshments, political scheming and some great music by Full Flavor. Maps, details and even potluck primitive overnight accommodations are available.

Please come, as this is our kickoff event to unite progressives around the state. Wear your favorite anti-war garb. Call CAG at 346 5891 for more information.

Really, if you give a damn, give us a Saturday afternoon.

Carrie Swing
President
WV Patriots for Peace

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




July 26th, 2006 - Bush Visit Protest
posted on:     July 24, 2006    11:51 pm ET

Dear Friends:

As most of you probably know by now, President Bush is coming to Charleston Wednesday to appear at a $4,200/couple fundraiser for Shelley Moore Capito. The Patriots for Peace and the West Virginia Citizens Action Group has come together to organize a protest.

Truly our Bush protest has become the moveable feast. Because of what I can only believe is pressure exerted on them, the Arnolds have had to rescind their earlier offer to use their home on Wednesday. Please trust me when I say that they really feel bad about this. My only question is to Shelley Capito -- what is she so afraid of? A bunch of folks holding up a banner listing the names of dead soldiers? Don't forget -- she's one of the most ardent supporters of the administrion that doesn't want anyone to see flag-draped coffins.

Anyway, we are going ahead with our original plans. We will display the Wall of Remembrance on Charleston's South Side Bridge from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Then, we will move to Davis Park for our "Real Food for Real West Virginians" pinto bean, cornbread, lemonade, and homemade cookies dinner -- a great meal for $4.20/couple. [If you can bring homemade cookies to share, please do so!] Net proceeds will be sent to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and their efforts to build a state of the art hospital for severely disabled Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans.

Have your picture taken WITH THE PRESIDENT (or a surprising likeness) at the dinner, $1.00!!

Directions to the bridge for those coming from out of town: Exit I-64/I-77 at Leon Sullivan Way. Go to the fifth stoplight and turn onto Kanawha Boulevard. The South Side Bridge is right in front of you. Street parking available on the river side of Kanawha Boulevard.

Directions to Davis Park: Take the same Leon Sullivan Way Exit. Turn right on Quarrier Street (third light). Turn right again on Capitol Street. Davis Park is at the corner of Lee and Capitol. Street parking available.

July 26, 2006 · Charleston's South Side Bridge 4:00 to 6:00pm
Davis Park 6:30-8:00pm

Here's what you can do:
  1. Make plans to come to one or both events.
  2. Bring some homemade cookies (I think we need lots).
  3. Send this to all your like-minded friends and invite them to come too.


Hope to see you there!

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




May 19th, 2006 - Songs and Words of Protest: Celebrating the Fabulous 60s - A Benefit Concert for WV Patriots For Peace
posted on:     May 02, 2006    11:58 pm ET

Songs and Words of Protest: Celebrating the Fabulous 60s with Julie Adams & Colleen Anderson & Friends: Carpenter Ants, Larry Groce, John Lilly, Kate Long, Ron Sowell and More!

7:30 pm Friday · May 19, 2006
Christ Church United Methodist · 1221 Quarrier Street, Charleston
doors open at 7:00 pm for face painting
Suggested Donation: $10 · Suggested attire: Bell Bottoms, Tie Dye, etc.

Downloadable flyer for Tickets | Donations | Information...or call 345-0427.
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Hope to see you there!

Carrie Swing
President
West Virginia Patriots for Peace

PS. Our regular Friday vigils continue - noon to 1:00 p.m. at Charleston Town Center. Meet across the street from the Chili's side of the mall. Thanks.

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




:: April 21st, 2006 - Call Governor Manchin's office regarding his recent trip to Iraq - 304-558-2000
posted on:     April 20, 2006    10:30 pm ET

WV Patriots For Peace - Many of you know that our Governor, Joe Manchin, took a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, supposedly in support of our troops. A front-page story about his trip appeared in the Charleston Gazette Mail, Sunday April 16. If you wish to read this story, the link is as follows:

http://wvgazette.com/section/News/2006041522

I find this trip objectionable for several reasons:

  1. This trip was paid for by the Pentagon - you know he only saw what they wanted him to see.
  2. While he was there, Gov. Manchin signed two Hellfire missiles. Friends, these are agents of death. He could have signed the side of an airplane. Not all of those are used in combat, particularly those from our National Guard bases in West Virginia.
  3. On one of the missiles Gov. Manchin signed, he placed the following message: "Sending you to hell from Almost Heaven." That message does not speak for me at all, and I believe it doesn't speak for you.

It is more than a little ironic that many West Virginians first heard about this trip on Easter Sunday. For those who are Christian, that is a day of celebration of new life, rebirth, etc. Those who are Jewish are in the midst of celebrating Passover, a festival of deliverance from death. Yet, our chief executive spent these holy days endorsing death and playing God.

If this offends you as much as it offends me, here's what you can do:

  1. Call Governor Manchin's office starting this Friday, April 21. The numbers are 558-2000 in the Charleston area or 1-888-438-2731. Tell the folks who answer that you object not only to his Pentagon-paid trip to Iraq but also to the judgmental sentiments of death he inscribed on the Hellfire missile.
  2. If you cannot call, then write a letter. There are three ways to do this:
    • By snail mail at this address: The Honorable Joe Manchin, Governor of West Virginia, State Capitol, Building 1, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia, 25305.
    • By e-mail at this address: Governor@WVGov.org
    • By fax at this number: 304-558-2722
  3. Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers. There should be a statewide outcry on this one.
  4. In the Charleston area, make calls to the Gazette Reader's Voice at 357-4451 or the Daily Mail Vent Line at 357-4330.
  5. Call the various talk radio shows in your community. One very good opportunity happens on Friday between 11:30 and noon. Call 1-800-765-8255 at that time to participate in Hoppy Kercheval's Steam Release. If you get through, you will get 20 seconds to vent on anything you wish, without question or challenge.
  6. Send this to all your friends and ask them to participate in this action as well.

Many thanks in advance,

Carrie Swing
President
West Virginia Patriots for Peace

PS. Our regular Friday vigils continue - noon to 1:00 p.m. at Charleston Town Center. Meet across the street from the Chili's side of the mall. Thanks.

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




:: April 7th, 2006 - WV Citizen Action Group's Annual Spring Dinner
posted on:     March 28, 2006    9:46 pm ET

The WVCAG Annual Spring Dinner fundraising event will be held at the Coonskin Park Clubhouse Friday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m.

WV Patriots For Peace member Robin Godfrey wil be honored with the "In Defense of Democracy" award. Reception, music, silent auction, buffet dinner, awards and keynote speaker Hoppy Kercheval...event details printable flyer.



:: March 17th, 2006 - Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Iraq War
posted on:     March 14, 2006    1:25 pm ET

The Wall of Remembrance, belonging to the Patriots for Peace, will be featured at a number of events in West Virginia this weekend, marking the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The Wall is now 28 panels long, representing each U.S. service person killed in Iraq with their name, home town, rank, branch of service, age, date of death. Presently it takes 30 people to hold all the panels.

Charleston: Friday Evening Vigil, March 17th, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

The Patriots for Peace will sponsor an evening vigil under the Kanawha Boulevard flags on the Charleston riverfront.... meet at Haddad Park on Kanawha Boulevard (across the street from the Charleston House Holiday Inn). The vigil lasts from 5:15-6:30 p.m. We will set up the Wall of Remembrance under the flags along the Boulevard. Participants are asked to bring flowers. At the end of the vigil, flowers will be taken to the river and laid on the water in memory of those who have died in this war -- the over 2,300 American soldiers and the unnumbered Iraqis.

The Charleston evening vigil kicks off a weekend of events here in West Virginia. The Wall will be in Spencer on Saturday, March 18th and Parkersburg on Sunday, March 19th.

Please let us know if you can come, and please bring flowers.

Carrie Swing
President
West Virginia Patriots for Peace

Spencer: Saturday, March 18th, 11:00 a.m. to noon

The Roane Calhoun Peace Coalition will sponsor a Vigil to help End the War in Iraq, at the Roane County Courthouse in Spencer. The Wall of Remembrance will be set up along the main street of Spencer. Three years of war has not made us safer. Join us with the "Wall of Remembrance" which lists the U.S. Casualties of this war.

After the Vigil we will meet at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Activity Room - 602 Parkersburg Rd., Spencer for a potluck and meeting to discuss specific actions we can take to end the war. For more info contact Bob Wilson, 304-927-5833 or

Parkersburg: Sunday, March 19th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wood County Democrats and Young Democrat groups are hosting an event to mark the three year anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. "We are taking the bridge" Anyone who wishes to attend should assemble at the "Peace Park," located on lower Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. This event will feature speakers and a march to the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge where the Wall of Remembrance will be displayed. For more info contact: David Daniels, 304-615-7028 or

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.




:: February 23th, 2006 - Karl Rove Is Coming To Town! Let's Welcome Him!!
posted on:     Februry 14, 2006    7:25 pm ET

Karl Rove will be in Charleston for the 2006 Lincoln Day Dinner, sponsored by the Kanawha County Republican Party:

Where: Charleston Civic Center

When: Thusday, February 23 - 5:15-6:30 pm

West Virginia Patriots for Peace will gather outside the Quarrier Street side of the Civic Center at 5:15 p.m. to call his attention to the more than 2000 dead American troops listed on our Wall of Remembrance.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Lincoln's words ring true: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."

West Virginia Patriots for Peace is here to say, "We will not be fooled."

Afterward the video, Bush's Brain, will be shown at Taylor Books 226 Capitol St. from 7:00 to 8:20 PM. Food is available at Taylor's or across the street at Ellen's.

PRINTABLE FLIER

West Virginia Patriots for Peace
For more information, email contact@wvpatriotsforpeace.org, or call at 304.546.2346.



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Cheney Protest September 15, 2003


Candlelight Ceremony at Robert C. Byrd Federal Court House


Vigil at Robert C. Byrd Federal Court House


Vigil at West Virginia Veterans Memorial, January 2003

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