Shuck and Jive

Friday, January 19, 2007

March on Washington

This is from United for Peace and Justice:

A week from now people from throughout the country will start boarding buses and trains for their long trips to the nation's capital. Others will get up early on Saturday morning to make sure they're part of what promises to be one of the most important mobilizations against the war in Iraq. In our national office the phones are ringing off the hook. Read More

You can board a bus from Johnson City. Here are details from Mike Garrett of concernedTNcitizens:

We are working on getting a charter bus to go from here to DC and back that Saturday (January 27th). Note: before we can secure the bus, WE WILL NEED SOME COMMITMENT from people, including the money needed to secure a seat.

[1] The details thus far:

Cost: $60 per rider

  • Depart JC on Saturday, 1/27, at 2:00 a.m. (Location TBD)
  • Arrive DC Capital area around 9:00 a.m. for the Rally, scheduled to start at 11:00.
  • Depart DC around 8:00 p.m. for return to JC
  • Arrive JC around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

In order to ensure we have enough money to pay for the bus, we will need firm commitments and cash in hand by this Saturday, 1/20. Interested parties can contact one of the organizers, Sandra Garrett, directly at this email: Seating is limited to 55 riders.

[2] There are limited funds available for “scholarships” for those unable to pay the entire fare; however, we need to get commitment from enough full-fare riders first to cover the majority of the cost, which is $3150.

[3] Also, a group of concerned people in the area have started a campaign of weekly demonstrations to protest the war locally. The first demonstration was on MLK Day, and received great media coverage and community support. The next demonstration is scheduled for Monday, 1/22, at 4:00 p.m. at the intersection in front of the new Wal-Mart on West Market. It is scheduled to coincide with their opening, to take advantage of higher traffic in that area. Please pass along this information to any interested parties. If you or any others want to stay posted on forthcoming demonstrations (some of which will target our fine elected officials at their local offices), please let me know, and I will include you in the distribution list for upcoming events.

Thanks for any help you can provide. And of course, if you are interested in contributing to the “bus scholarship fund”, we would be delighted.

So remember: [1] We need people to commit to and [2] pay for a seat by this Saturday. [3] Next rally here in JC on Monday, 1/22

Yours in true Democracy, Mike Garrett concernedTNcitizens

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