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Veterans and Military Families Hold Press Conference and Day of Events to Open Camp Democracy September 5th

WASHINGTON, DC - September 5th in Washington DC will witness the opening of a 17-day event called Camp Democracy, a non-partisan camp for peace and democracy, focusing on ending the war in Iraq, righting injustices here at home and on holding accountable the Bush Administration and Congress.

WHO: Veterans of the Iraq War and Other Conflicts, Military and Gold Star Families

WHAT: Silent Procession, Press Conference, and Day of Activities to Open Camp Democracy

WHERE: Camp Democracy will be located at Constitution Avenue and 14th Street NW

WHEN: Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Summary of events on Tuesday, September 5, 2006:

For a full schedule of events, go to: www.campdemocracy.org/schedule
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8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. -Vigil, March around Capitol Building to remember the fallen and remind Congress of the human cost of the War in Iraq (visuals include combat boots and shoes representing the fallen; tombstones, pictures), led by Veteran, Military and Gold Star families. Assembly point is 1st and Independence at 8:00 a.m.; procession steps off at 8:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. to Noon

Opening Press Conference featuring Iraq War Veterans, Military Families, Gold Star Families, Veterans of other Conflicts
Opening Ceremony at Camp Democracy
Speak-Out featuring members of Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families for Peace

1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Roundtable Discussion: Why We Say "Bring Them Home NOW, and How To Make That Happen (Veterans and Military Families)

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion - How the U.S. anti-war/Peace and Justice movements can support reconciliation and Peace in Iraq and the greater Middle East.
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7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sneak Preview Film Screening: "The Ground Truth" Iraq Veterans talk about their wounds of war, and the hidden wounds of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; followed by a panel of Veterans and Military Families discussing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Opening soon in major theaters across the country.

9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - Concert featuring Anne Feeney http://annefeeney.com and Emma's Revolution http://emmasrevolution.com

For more information see: www.veteransforpeace.org , www.ivaw.org , www.mfso.org , www.campdemocracy.org

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 

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