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Solidarity from Alaska!

Here's Hello! from Alaska:
Here is what we are doing in Fairbanks. These are small things when
> compared to risking your life, but they are still significant.
> Jeff
> href=" http://www.baringwitness.org/Fairbanks.htm">http://
> www.baringwitness.org/Fairbanks.htm
> and this article about a candle-light vigil made the front page of our
> conservative newspaper:
> Group holds peace vigil
> Staff Writer
> Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
> href=" http://www.news-miner.com/Stories/
> 0,1413,113~7244~1260030,00.html#"> http://www.news-miner.com/Stories/
> 0,1413,113~7244~1260030,00.html#
> Friday, March 21, 2003 - Vowing to continue working for peace while
> still
> honoring U.S. troops overseas, an estimated 150 Fairbanksans gathered
> at
> Golden Heart Plaza Thursday evening to protest the war in Iraq.
> The crowd held burning candles as four speakers gave brief comments
> against
> a backdrop of one of the participants waving a large United States
> flag.
> Following the speeches, the group made the short walk to the Cushman
> Street
> Bridge with their candles lit and lined both sides of the street.
> "My nation has decided that lives aren't as important as other
> concerns, and
> I carry my candle tonight in shame for what my nation is doing," said
> Douglas Leggett, minister of the Midnight Sun United Church of
> Fairbanks and
> a speaker at the event.
> During his turn with the microphone, Leggett sang "A Letter to
> President
> Bush." The theme of the lyrics centered on asking Bush how he could
> justify
> the war.
> Organizers of the gathering brought several large pictures of Iraqi
> women
> and children, people Leggett said might be killed because of the war
> effort.
> One man who looked out of place in the crowd Thursday was Mick
> O'Herien,
> wearing a neatly pressed Air Force uniform and a pair of shiny black
> dress
> shoes.
> When he spoke in front of the crowd, O'Herien explained that he was
> discharged from the Air Force last week after requesting to leave
> because he
> is a conscientious objector.
> "What a perfect time to get out," he said.
> O'Herien, who said he learned about the conscientious objector clause
> after
> calling the GI Rights Hotline, read from an e-mail he received urging
> military members not to blindly follow orders to enter an unjustified
> war.
> "If anyone has some military members who want to be a conscientious
> objector, I highly recommend that you call and find out about the GI
> Rights
> Hotline," he said.
> Richard Heacock, a local retired cleric, encouraged the crowd to
> continue
> their peace efforts "rather than allow yourselves to be silenced by
> anger or
> frustration or fear, which is what's being done with the colors chart.
> You
> know we're back to orange now."
> He said the war with Iraq is a direct violation of the principles that
> are
> supposed to be protected by the United Nations, an agency that the U.S.
> led
> in forming.
> "I personally am going to do everything I can to bringing about a
> regime
> change back home," Heacock said. "A regime that is more committed to
> the
> long-term goals that are defined by we the people."
> Stacey Fritz of No Nukes North said a forum for people to discuss
> issues
> with Iraq will likely be arranged in the near future. For now, she said
> peace protesters will continue to gather at the University Avenue and
> Geist
> Road intersection from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
> Reporter Dan Rice can be reached at  drice@newsminer.com or 459-7503.