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In the last few days, I have been thinking back to where I was and what I was doing when the invasion of Iraq was launched on March 20, 2003. That day remains a forever reminder-- especially for those of us who have family in the military-- of why we must end a US foreign policy premised on wars and occupations.
Peace Action is supporting the veterans and military families who are working with Iraqi civil society and trade unions to repair the damage of the Iraq war, the human and the economic trauma, which continue on.
On Wednesday, March 26 from 6-9 PM Eastern, you can join an online live stream of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) People's Hearing on the lasting impacts of the war in Iraq. RSVP here.
Phil Donahue, co-producer of the film, Body of War, will host the March 26 event. The hearing is sponsored by the IVAW, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, the Federation of Worker's Councils and Unions in Iraq, Civilian Soldier Alliance, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Our work also must continue to bring all the troops home from Afghanistan.
Peace Action is joining Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) to launch a petition drive to keep the pressure on the White House for the “Zero Option”: leave no troops behind in Afghanistan. Please sign the petition.
We are helping MFSO galvanize grassroots support for the “Zero Option.”  We will keep you updated on events and days for action. Join the campaign by signing the petition.
As veterans and their families struggle to overcome the trauma of war, lend solidarity to the peoples of both Iraq and Afghanistan, they also continue the fight for accountability for crimes of war and for changing US foreign policy. Join the online live stream of the March People's Hearing on Wednesday, March 26 from 6-9 PM Eastern. RSVP now by clicking here.
Power to the peaceful,
Judith LeBlanc
Field Director
Peace Action
P.S. If you are in the DC metro area, join the People’s Hearing in person at the Friends Meeting of Washington; 2111 Florida Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20008-1912 RSVP by clicking here.

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