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Join This Weekend's Anti-War Fight

Tomorrow, thousands of people will mobilize in DC -- and scores of other cities nationwide -- to voice opposition to the war in Iraq. Here's where to go if you're <i>not</i> in Washington.
 
 
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This weekend's D.C. march, organized by United for Peace and Justice, promises to be a demonstration of historic proportions -- and it couldn't come at a better time.

Thankfully, the action won't just be limited to Washington. Activist groups across the country are organizing protests in cities nationwide.

Let your voice be heard -- check out our list, below, of state-by-state anti-war events to support this weekend.

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
"Alabama Says: Stop the War on Iraq!" activities include a rally and march. Meet at Kelly Ingram Park, 1700 6th Ave. N. from 2-5 p.m.. Other activities for Sept. 24 are also being planned. Contact: lahaynes@knology.net. Sponsored by Alabama Peace and Justice Coalition; Veterans for Peace, Alabama Chapter; Military Families Speak Out -- Alabama.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Saturday, Sept. 24 at noon, there is a rally and march in opposition to the war. Meet at Parkstrip-Vet's Memorial at Ninth & I St. Contact: jr4.l@att.net. Sponsored by Alaskans for Peace and Justice.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
On Saturday, Sept. 24, ANSWER is hosting a mass march and rally in downtown L.A. to help "fund people's needs, not the war machine." The march begins at noon at Olympic & Broadway, downtown LA. The rally is at 1:30 p.m. at the Federal Building at Los Angeles & Temple.

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
At noon on Saturday, Sept. 24, there will be a peaceful anti-war rally at the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz, in front of the library.

SALINAS, CALIFORNIA
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, a women-organized peace demonstration will be held at the corner of South Main Street and Blanco, in the Star Market parking lot. Email sage@redshift.com for more info.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Chuck Lowery has organized an oceanside anti-war rally at Balboa Park, at the corner of Sixth and Laurel in San Diego on September 24.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
CodePink has organized a "women say enough" anti-war mobilization for Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. at Dolores Park in the Mission District (Dolores Street at 19th). There will also be a host of other groups organizing at Dolores Park on Saturday.

On Monday, Sept. 26, United for Peace and Justice will host a "defund the war, defend our communities" rally at the Civic Center Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate.

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
At noon on Saturday, Sept. 24, there will be a march for peace, justice and freedom at Plaza Vera Cruz Park, 130 E. Cota Street.

SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA
There's an "end the war vigil" held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. Protesters will gather at the corners of HWY 12 (Bodega HWY) and HWY 116, in Sebastopol. Contact cognizant2@hotmail.com for more info.

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA
On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m., a rally begins in downtown Ventura at Mission Park, "with a Chumash smudging ceremony." The march starts at 1:30-ish and will proceed down Main Street to Fir Street, returning to Mission Park, where the rally will continue until 4 p.m. There will be "dynamic speakers, music, drum circles, ending with a white dove release." Contact: createpeace@sbcglobal.net.

CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO
Saturday Sept. 24, at 4:30 pm, protesters will meet at the four-war stop sign and "march up Elk Avenue and back in time to join the Vinotok mummers procession at 5 p.m." Contact: vsshaw@ecoisp.com.

DENVER, COLORADO
At 12:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 24, anti-war organizers will meet at the West Steps of the State Capitol at Broadway and Colfax Streets. Contact: claire@3novembermovement.org.

DURANGO, COLORADO
At 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, there will be a peaceful procession through town. Meet at Rotary Park, 1500 2nd Avenue. Sponsored by Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice and Amnesty International. Contact: phissell99@lycos.com.

WASHINGTON D.C.
On Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 pm, the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship will host a candlelight vigil and peace meditation at St. Stephen of the Incarnation, 1525 Newton St., NW DC. Contact: info@wbpf.org.

Before the march on Saturday, Sept. 24, there will be a "Jewish Breakfast Against the War" organized by a coalition of different groups opposed to war, including: JVP-DC, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and others. Meet at 8 a.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street, NW DC (in the Social Hall). Contact: dahliag@hotmail.com.

Between Saturday, Sept. 24 and Monday, Sept. 26, a rally, march, concert and interfaith service -- as well as civil disobedience actions and meetings with members of Congress -- are all being organized by the United for Peace and Justice coalition, in alliance with other groups. Click here for the full schedule.

The Women in Black will also host a silent vigil to mourn the war's dead on Saturday, Sept. 24; meet at 14th St. and Constitution Ave. at 11:30 a.m. Contact: parkerhead@earthlink.net.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, DC Poets Against the War will host a "poetry open mic for peace and justice" at 3 p.m. at Busboys & Poets Restaurant/Café, 2021 14th Street NW (at V Street). Contact: browning@womenarts.org

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
On Saturday, Sept. 24, there is a "United in Peace" rally at 11:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton at 2601 Saint Andrews Blvd. At noon, activists will march to the corner of Glades and Saint Andrews for a peaceful demonstration.

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, pro-peace demonstrators will meet at St. Cecilia's Church (Summerlin & Mathews Dr.) and walk with memorials bearing the names of deceased American soldiers to Veteran's Park (McGregor and Colonial Blvd.) Contact: nsacotner239@netscape.com.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
Anti-war protesters will gather at noon on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 13th Street and 39th Ave. Contact: faithccarr@yahoo.com.

NAPLES, FLORIDA
A street peace demonstration will occur at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Meet at Southwest corner of intersection of U.S. 41 North & Golden Gate Parkway (across from Coastland Mall and Food & Thought Organic Market & Cafe). Organized by Naples for Peace. Contact: Noelia@naplesforpeace.org.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Orlando's CodePink chapter is sponsoring what they hope will be the city's largest anti-war rally, on Sat. September 24 at 11 am. Meet at the intersection of Colonial & Bumby. Contact: csfield@bellsouth.net.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA
Anti-war protesters will meet on Saturday, Sept. 24 at noon in front of the federal courthouse at 1 Palafox Place. Contact: vfppcola@yahoo.com.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA
There will be a $75 bus from Atlanta to DC for supporters of the anti-war march on Washington. For tickets, e-mail atlantaiac@aol.com or call 770-989-2536. Sponsored by Atlanta International Action Center & Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition/Atlanta.

BOISE, IDAHO
The Idaho Peace Coalition will host a rally on Saturday Sept 24 at 4 p.m. Meet at the corners of Front St. and Capital Blvd. Contact: idahopeacecoalition@msn.com.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Citizens from across Indiana will stand "to demand an end to armed conflict and hold pro-war politicians accountable for the deaths, the destruction, the lies, and the toll on our communities." Meet at noon on Sept. 24 at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Contact: andrew@progressiveindiana.org. Sponsored by Progressive Indiana.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA
Women for Peace Iowa is sponsoring a rally on Saturday at 11 a.m.; meet at the pedestrian overpass at the corner of First Ave and 27th St. NE. Contact: wfppr@earthlink.net

DES MOINES, IOWA
On Sunday, Sept. 25, MoveOn DesMoines hosts a rally at noon; meet at Nollen Plaza, downtown, one block from the Federal Building. Contact: phyllis.stevens@amerus.com.

PITTSBURG, KANSAS
At 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 24, anti-war protestors will meet at the new Pavilion in Immigrant Park in Pittsburg, at Broadway and 2nd for a rally. Afterward there will be a march along Broadway. Contact: djudd@pittstate.edu.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
On Saturday at 2 p.m. in conjunction with Washington's anti-war march, there will be a Rally for Defense of Katrina Victims as Citizens of New Orleans. Protesters will meet on the state Capitol steps. Contact: romar1@ix.netcom.com. Sponsored by Louisiana Activist Network.

PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, protesters will join at Pittsfield Park Square, at the circle in the center of Downtown Pittsfield. "Volunteers are needed to assist with various tasks, and can call Gordon at 413-644-9630." Sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice, and GIRO, Global Issues Resources Organization.

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
"For those who are not going to the protest in Washington D.C., join us for a protest march at 4 p.m. on Sept. 24. We will be marching from the intersection of Westport Rd. and Broadway to the military recruiting office at 39th Street and Main." Contact: resist_the_right@yahoo.com.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, St. Louis protestors "will gather at 8th and Washington downtown and then march to the Arch where we will rally for an hour." Contact: staff@insteadofwar.org.

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m., demonstrators will meet in front of Congressman Blunt's office (2740-B East Sunshine Street). Contact: cdc885g@peoplepc.com. Sponsored by Peace Network of The Ozarks .

MISSOULA, MONTANA
On Saturday, September 24 from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. in Bonner Park, the Jeanette Rankin Pace Center and Code Pink are sponsoring a rally to "Take Back Our Country, Bring Back the Troops."

OMAHA, NEBRASKA
A "War: At What Cost?" rally will be held Saturday, Sept. 24th at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park (by monument) at Dodge St & 61 St. Contact: vwalsh@cox.net. Sponsored by Nebraskans for Peace.

NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Sept. 24 at noon: the Nashua Peace Rally (in solidarity with the March on Washington) will begin at noon at City Hall. Contact: john@nashuapeace.org

ITHACA, NEW YORK
On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m., there will be a Concert and Rally for Peace. Guest speakers and musicians have been invited to address issues of Peace and War. The Concert will feature the Katherine Aelias Band; begins at 2 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons. Contact: truthisonepathsaremany@yahoo.com. Sponsored by Bush Must Go!.

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
NC's NOW chapter is hosting a conference on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Bennett College. After the conference, NC-NOW will hold a "solidarity march" in Greensboro, NC. Meet at 4 p.m. at Black Hall, Bennett College; the Hall is located off Gorreell St from E. Washington St. Contact: triadnow@triadnow.org.

PORTSMOUTH, OHIO
There's a rally to end the war at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Meet at the Esplanade Corner of 5th and Chillicothe Streets. Contact: mikebryan@appalachiafirst.org.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
There will be an "Anti War fair" on Saturday, Sept. 24th at noon, featuring musicians, speakers and rallies in solidarity with the March on Washington. Meet at Memorial Park. One of the keynote speakers will be Dave MacMichael, a former CIA analyst who is on the steering committee with Ray McGovern for "VIPS" (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity). Contact: longshortrose@aol.com.

EUGENE, OREGON
"Join the Mobilization to Stop the War on Iraq; Saturday, Sept. 24 at noon at the Federal Building, 7th & Pearl in Eugene. Contact: calc@efn.org. Sponsors: End the War-Eugene, Progressive Responses, a program of CALC, Justice Not War, W.A.N.D., Campus Strike for Peace Campaign, Lane County Democracy for America, Eugene PeaceWorks.

PORTLAND, OREGON
There will be candlelight bridge vigils to stop the war on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Hawthorne Bridge, Morrison Bridge, and Burnside Bridge in Portland. "Approach from east or west. STAY ON SIDEWALKS for safety; allow cycle and pedestrian passage." Contact: betsy@livingearthgatherings.org.

SCRANTON, PENN.
Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., "we will gather in solidarity with the UFPJ mobilization in DC to end the war on Iraq, with some speaking, interfaith prayer, music, and walk around the courthouse square." Meet at Lackawanna County Court House 200 N. Washington Ave. Contact: victoryross@epix.net.

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
There's a "bring the troops home now" rally on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.. Meet at the downtown Federal Courthouse at 400 S Phillips Avenue. Contact sdpjc@dailypost.com.

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
Join Knoxville's "Bring Them Home Now" rally on Saturday, September 24th at 7 p.m. Meet at Volunteer Landing, downtown, by Calhoun's on the river. 400 Neyland Dr. Contact: tduren@fireflygraphics.com

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
On Saturday, Sept. 24th at noon, there is a rally and peace gathering at Riverfront Park at 1st Ave. North and Broadway in downtown Nashville. "Speakers, music, and peace groups will be gathering down by the Riverside to mark this international day of peace and call to end the war on Iraq." Contact: christopher_lugo@yahoo.com.

DALLAS, TEXAS
On Saturday, Sept. 24th at noon, Dallas will host a peace rally at the Dallas Peace Center; meet at Old Red County Courthouse at 411 Commerce Street. Contact: admin@dallaspeacecenter.org.

HOUSTON, TEXAS
There's a Houston March and Rally Against the Iraq War on Saturday, September 24th at noon. "We will assemble at Market Square Park (301 Milam) at 12:00 p.m. and march to City Hall/Hermann Square (901 Bagby) at 12:30 p.m. The rally will include speakers, entertainment, and lots of chanting." Contact dsmith2740@houston.rr.com or herbertrothschild@hotmail.com.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
On Saturday, Sept. 24 at noon, "in Support of Cindy Sheehan, anti-war protestors will sing, chant and carry signs asking for Bush to explain what is "the noble cause" that Casey and thousands have died for. Protest held on public sidewalks in front of downtown Federal Building on Hemisfair Plaza, 727 E. Durango. Contact ssidesat@webtv.net.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
"There will be a March and Rally on Sept. 24 in Salt Lake City. Gather at Pioneer Park at 11 am, and join in a large march to the City and County Bldg. for a rally with music and speakers at NOON."

MONTPELIER, VERMONT
On Saturday, September 24th at 10 a.m., join the statewide peace march and rally in solidarity with the march in Washington DC. Rally will feature powerful Vermont voices for peace in song and wordMeet at City Hall and march to the Statehouse for the rally. Contact: dvandyke@madriver.com.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Click here for a partial list of international anti-war events happening this weekend.

Laura Barcella is AlterNet's front page editor.