Iraq War is focus of Sunday rally


Labor and religious organizations sponsor an anti-war rally tomorrow.

“No coalition of this breadth has previously come together in Minnesota to end the war, nor apparently anywhere else in the country,” say organizers. “It’s not just the usual suspects any more. On September 23 labor unions, religious bodies.” At 1 p.m. Sunday, unions, religious groups and other peace advocates will be on the steps of the state Capitol in a “Rally for Peace.”

“This fall Congress will take a crucial vote to end the war in Iraq,” organizers said. “Two-thirds of Americans are opposed to the war. Please join your friends and neighbors Sunday, to call on Congress to end the war in Iraq.”

As of Friday, 3,794 Americans had been killed in Iraq and nearly 28,000 had been wounded. An untold number of Iraqi soldiers and civilians have been killed and injured.

Participating groups include: Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, Americans United for Change, AFSCME Council 5, Church in Society Ministry Team, Minnesota Conference, United Methodist Church, Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council, Minnesota AFL-CIO, Office for Social Justice, Progressive Majority, SEIU Minnesota State Council, St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly, Sierra Club, North Star Chapter, TakeAction Minnesota, Wellstone Action, Win Without War, and the Minnesota Chapter of Iraq Vets Against the War.