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"TIS THE SEASON TO STOP THE WAR" SAYS COALITION OPPOSING WAR ON IRAQ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contacts:
Bob Witanek (908) 874-5891
Madelyn Hoffman (973) 744-3263
The Rev. Robert Moore (609) 924-5022 work; (609) 924-1206 Home;  (609) 937-6931 Cell

The NJ Coalition Against War on Iraq had a major success with a statewide December 7 "Peace Train" march and rally in Newark which organizers estimate drew over 750 participants. They now aim to harness the momentum from that march into what they are calling "Eve of Christmas / Eve of War" days of protest against the war.

The Coalition is calling upon opponents of the pending war to organize local vigils, pickets and rallies on the "Main Streets" in local towns throughout the state of New Jersey from December 17 through December 22. The aim of the events is to heighten the expression of opposition to the war on a grassroots level, and to provide an opportunity to communicate that opposition to more people locally around the state.

The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of Coalition for Peace Action said, "During this holiest of times of the year, it is imperative for the faithful of conscience to act concretely toward the vision of peace on earth. While much of our culture focuses on the consumerism that marks so
much of this holiday season, our leaders are preparing to initiate a war that is certain to produce untold casualties, a large majority of whom will almost certainly be innocent civilians. We call upon people of every faith and belief system to join us during these days in making a commitment to
work and struggle for a peaceful resolution of this conflict."

According to Madelyn Hoffman Director of New Jersey Peace Action New Jersey, and co-coordinator of the NJ Coalition Against War on Iraq, "Some 200,000 people marched against the war in Washington DC on October 26 and over 750 hit the streets of in Newark and across New Jersey on December 7. Our goal now is to draw similar large numbers, not necessarily all in one place, but to actions on the streets of our cities and towns throughout New Jersey. In this way, we can communicate directly on a neighbor to neighbor basis, our opposition to the war."

Bob Witanek, initiator of the Eve of Christmas / Eve of War protest actions for the NJ Coalition Against War on Iraq states, "The Pentagon has just announced that it has almost enough heavy tanks, warships, aircraft, bombs and troops in the Persian Gulf region to enable it to begin an attack against Iraq sometime in January.  The U.S. is preparing its declaration that Iraq is in breach of the UN inspections regime.  We are indeed on the eve of war and need to take pause from our celebrations this holiday season to hold a sign, hold a candle, pass a leaflet and take a stand against the pending massacre."

The following is a list in formation of actions that are planned thus far.  Organizers expect several more actions to be underway shortly.

Cherry Hill, Saturday, December 21, noon to 1pm, vigil for peace at Rt. 38 and Cherry Hill Mall Drive, Cherry Hill sponsored by Greater Camden Unity Coalition and South Jersey Campaign for Peace and Justice among others.  For information, contact Michael Scheinberg Voice: 856-854-5618 <>

Cranford, Saturday, December 21, 6pm, Vigil Against War on Iraq, at Peace Park (across from movie theatre).  For more information, contact Leigh Davis (908) 272-8487

Eatontown, Fort Monmouth, Route 35, Eatontown, Saturday, December 21, 12 - 1pm, Vigil Against War on Iraq.  For more information, contact Carol Gay,

Hillsborough, Thursday, December 19, 6pm - 7:30 pm.  Vigil to Stop the War Now on the northbound corner of Route 206 and Amwell Road, on the sidewalk just before the intersection sponsored by SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE WAR ON IRAQ! For more information, contact Bob Witanek at 908-281-7873, or Susan Johaneson at (908) 281-6108.

Leonia, Sunday, December 22, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Vigil for Peace at the Gazebo on Broad Avenue and Woodland Place.  For more information, contact Linda at <> .

Montclair,  Friday, December 20, 4-5pm, vigil for peace at the corner of Church St. and Bloomfield Ave.  For information, contact: Joanne Ceraso Phone: (973) 746-9576 <>

Morristown, Friday, December 20, 6 - 7 pm, Morristown Green.  For information, contact: Susan Berkowits phone:(973)334-3826 <>

New Brunswick, Sunday, December 22, 12:30-1:30 pm, vigil for peace at Monument Square (George St. & Livingston Avenue).  For information, contact: Laura and Robin at <>

Newark, Saturday, December 21, 1pm (to be confirmed)  Vigil Against War at Broad and Market.  For more information, contact Terri Suess at 973-374-2617

Newton, Friday, December 20, 6 - 7 pm, Newton Square.  For more information, contact: Lisa Binder Email: <>

Plainfield, Saturday, December 21, 12 - 1pm.  Vigil for Peace and Justice, in front of Friends Meeting House, 225 Watchung Ave sponsored by Union County Coalition for Peace and Justice.  For more information, contact: Sylvia Zisman, Phone: (973) 376-5629
<> or Mary Haddad (908) 754 - 5160, <>.

Princeton, Tuesday, December 17, 5-6 pm, Vigil Against Nuclear Terror, at Palmer Square on Nassau Street, sponsored by Coalition for Peace Action.  For more information, contact the Rev. Robert Moore, 609-924-5022.

Princeton, Saturday, December 21, 12 - 1pm. Vigil to Stop the War Before it Starts, at Palmer Square on Nassau Street, sponsored by Princeton Peace Network and Coalition for Peace Action.  For more information, contact Reverend Robert Moore, 609-924-5022.

The organizers state that those interested in participating, can get more information from <http://NoWarNJ.org> or call 973-744-3263 or 609-924-5022.

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