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Corvallis Feb 15 March for Peaceful Solutions

On Saturday, February 15, a broad cross-section of Corvallis will gather at 4 p.m. at the Oregon State University MU Quad, then march to the Benton County Courthouse for a candlelight vigil. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Congressman Peter DeFazio plans to join the vigil sometime after 5 p.m.
_______________________________________________________________ On Saturday, February 15, a broad cross-section of Corvallis will gather at 4 p.m. at the Oregon State University MU Quad, then march to the Benton County Courthouse for a candlelight vigil. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Congressman Peter DeFazio plans to join the vigil sometime after 5 p.m. Corvallis participants will be linked with millions around the world in an outcry for peace. People in scores of cities throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and North America are organizing protests on February 15. Numerous other Oregon communities also plan events that day. The event is sponsored by Wrench, an OSU campus group; Alternatives to War, a Corvallis community group; and OSU Faculty for Peace and Justice. "The Bush Administration is doing its best to ignore the overwhelming opposition to war, both at home and abroad." said event organizer Karin Rohland. "In the history of our country, there has never been such a wide diversity of people opposed to planned war." Recent protests in major U.S. cities have been notable for numbers in the hundreds of thousands, but the bigger story is the presence of grandmothers marching shoulder to shoulder with multi-pierced youth, union activists, clergy, suburban families, people of all cultures and walks of life. "Photos of recent marches and vigils across America are snapshots of genuine democracy in action, an embodiment of the Bill of Rights," said Makiko Matsumoto of OSU Faculty for Peace and Justice. Event organizers were delighted to hear Congressman DeFazio will attend the event. "This will be an opportunity for us to express our appreciation for Mr. DeFazio's steadfast efforts to rein in the excesses of this Administration," said Carol Alexander of Alternatives to War. Congressman DeFazio introduced legislation on February 5 to repeal the Iraq Use of Force Resolution passed by Congress and signed into law by the President last fall. Mr. DeFazio stated in his press release, "I heard no new evidence today from Secretary Powell's address to the United Nations, that would convince me that military action in Iraq is necessary to improve security of Americans. Americans want the President to lay a clear case for immediate military action in Iraq, but the Administration's message keeps changing - six months ago, their case hinged on regime change, three months ago it was Saddam thwarting inspections, three weeks ago it was possible possession of chemical weapons, today it's tenuous terrorist links. If the case was clear, it would have been clear from day one." The event will also honor the recently passed Corvallis City Council Resolution for Peaceful Solutions. More than 70 cities have now passed similar resolutions for peace, and more are in process. ### For more information: http://www.house.gov/defazio/020503DERelease.shtml http://www.unitedforpeace.org http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/01/politics/01PEAC.html