For immediate release: February 5, 2003
Contact: Mary Haddad in Scotch Plains (908) 754 – 5160 Work and Home
"Ride The Peace Train"
Say Plainfield Area Residents
Locals Take “Peace Train” to Mass Demonstration February 15 in New York City against War With Iraq
The Coalition for Peace Action is coordinating “Peace Trains” to take New Jersey residents to the National March and Rally Against War on Iraq on Saturday, February 15 in New York City. Trains are going from Princeton Junction, Hamilton, and will carry hundreds of area residents to the protest that day. Hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in the New York protest, with millions more in simultaneous protests in other cities throughout the US, Europe, and elsewhere.
This huge turnout is expected in spite of resistance by New York City authorities on granting a permit requested more than a month ago. Numerous meetings have been held with the authorities by March coordinators, who are confident the permit will eventually be provided. Attorneys are now being consulted to assert options for obtaining such basic first amendment rights.
Pre-boarding anti-war rallies are slated at the Hamilton station at 9:30 and at the Princeton Junction station at 9:45. Those coming from Princeton Junction are urged to purchase their tickets in advance from the Coalition for Peace Action by using Visa, MasterCard or American Express at their web site www.peacecoalition.org, or by calling (609) 924-5022. The cost is $12 per seat, which includes a $2 charge toward organizing expenses. Participants will the board the trains to New York at 10:19 in Hamilton and at 10:25 in Princeton Junction.
“We are engaged in a major fight over our basic democratic right to protest. With only ten days remaining before February 15, the continued stonewalling by police can only be seen as an active effort to prevent us from voicing our opposition to this war. We will not be silenced—the streets of New York will be filled with a cry for peace,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action and Co-coordinator of the NJ Coalition Against War in Iraq.
“This outrageous violation of our first amendment rights is further evidence of severe erosion of our most fundamental rights of democratic expression. First they wouldn’t let our paid ad against the war run on Comcast, now they refuse to let us demonstrate,” continued the Rev. Moore. On January 28, the organization directed by the Rev. Moore had an anti-war ad that had been accepted and paid for with Comcast in Washington, D.C. suddenly rejected.
“While the Bush Administration’s drumbeat and build-up for war continue, 65% of the American people, according to a just-released national LA Times poll, don’t feel war is justified. We must not allow cynicism or defeatism to stop us from using our democratic process and rights to oppose war. There is still time to pull back from the disastrous choice of war, and give peace a chance. We are determined to use non-violent means to make the will of the people effective in opposing war, and in advocating viable peaceful alternatives like inspections and economic incentives,” concluded the Rev. Moore.
The Peace Trains from Hamilton and Princeton are among at least ten sites from which thousands of New Jersey residents will be going to New York. The statewide effort is coordinated by the NJ Coalition Against War in Iraq, currently with some 36-member organizations.
Plainfield Area Activists Say
"We’ll Ride the Peace Train"
On Saturday, February 15th, thousands of anti-war activists from towns across New Jersey, will board Peace Trains. They will head to New York City to participate in a National March and Rally Against War on Iraq. They will demand:
One of the dozens of towns from which activists will leave on the "Peace Train" is Plainfield, NJ. A local rally will occur at the Plainfield train station at 10:00 AM. Members of local groups like the Union County Peace and Social Action Committee will leaflet, chant, and speak about the ways that the planned war will affect our City.
“I really wish that my government would not insist that we must attack Iraq with weapons of mass destruction because Iraq might do the same thing to someone, someday. All people of conscience belong in Central Park on February 15th; to join with millions of others in cities around the world,” said Katherine Watt, a paralegal from North Plainfield. Parallel demonstrations will occur the same day in cities such as London, Barcelona, and Jakarta.
“While the Bush Administration’s build-up for war continues, 65% of the American people, according to a national LA Times poll, don’t feel war is justified. There is still time to pull back from the disastrous choice of war, and give peace a chance,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, Co-coordinator of the NJ Coalition Against War in Iraq.
Plainfield ralliers will board Raritan Line train #2514 at 10:43 AM to ride into New York's Penn Station. Be kind to the ticket salespeople. Buy your tickets early ($11.00 round trip).
Place: Plainfield Railroad station
Time: 10:00 AM
Local Organizing Contact: Mary Haddad
42 Highlander Drive
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908 / 754 – 5160
The NJ Coalition Against War on Iraq is sponsored by:
NJ Peace Action (973-744-3263 -- www.njpeaceaction.org)
Coalition for Peace Action (609/924-5022 -- www.peacecoalition.org)
Arab American League of Voters of NJ
Bergen Action Network.
Central New Jersey Coalition for Peace and Justice
Central Jersey Coalition Against War on Iraq
Coalition for Peace and Justice (Cape May/Atlantic Counties)
First United Methodist Church Greater NJ Board of Church & Society
Jewish Mobilization for a Just Peace
Monmouth County Pax Christi
Morris County Pax Christi
National Organization for Women, NJ Chapter
NJ Council of Churches, Public Policy Working Group
NJ Green Party
NJ Hiroshima Day Remembrance Committee
NJ Military Toxics Project
NJ Pax Christi
Northwest Fellowship for Peace
Peoples Organization for Progress
Physicians for Social Responsibility, NJ Chapter
Plainfield Friends Meeting House
Rutgers Act for Peace + Justice
Union County Peace and Social Action Committee
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
Unitarian Universalists United for Peaceful Alternatives
Veterans for Peace
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Young Muslim Association