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Gay Liberation Network Organizes Against the War

Over ONE TRILLION dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) is the cost of the war in Iraq, according to a recent report by Nobel-prizewinning economist Joseph Stiglitz and co-author Linda Bilmes.

Money that could be used for social services has instead gone to bankroll an ongoing war that has cost the lives of more than 2,200 U.S. soldiers and injured over 16,000 -- including 7,000 with brain, spinal cord, amputation and other serious injuries. The illegal invasion and occupation that have killed more than 100,000 Iraqi children, women and men -- and maimed the bodies and memories of countless thousands more.

Along with over 50 other peace and justice groups, the Gay Liberation Network has been working to mark the 3rd anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with creative protests and marches all around Chicago on Saturday, March 18th.

The day's activities begin with more than a dozen feeder marches and car caravans leading to a 3 PM rally at Union Park on the near west side at Ashland Avenue and Lake Street (for details on the feeder marches and caravans, visit the coalition web site at www.chicagoactions.org).

Following the 3 -- 4:30 PM rally, school bus transportation and the el will take protesters to a permitted march on Michigan Avenue. Assembly for the march is at 6 PM at the Ogden School, corner of Walton & State Streets (930 N.). The march down Michigan Avenue will begin promptly at 7 PM, ending at Daley Plaza.

Want to help support the March 18th protests?

Please attend an important fundraising event on Saturday, February 18th:

"A Conversation With Cindy Sheehan & Juan Torres"

2 PM -- 4 PM, Saturday, February 18

at The Hot House, 31 E. Balboa, Chicago

Cindy Sheehan continues to electrify our movement with her unflinching commitment to stopping the war. Most recently she was thrown out of Congress and arrested just before Bush's State of the Union speech for the "crime" of wearing an anti-war T-shirt.

Juan Torres lost his son in Afghanistan and has emerged as a powerful voice both here in Chicago and around the country, working with Sheehan at Camp Casey and other national anti-war initiatives.

Suggested donation: $25. Free to the unemployed. No-one will be turned away.

Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, cash bar.

This is a great opportunity to meet Cindy in the wonderfully intimate setting of The Hot House. Copies of Cindy's new book will be available for sale, and she will be signing copies.


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