Vigils & Contact info: Philadelphia & Greater Delaware Valley

NATIONAL ACTION: 5th Anniversary of The War on Iraq Events

[Rachel's Words] M16 - 5th Year, the fifth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death



Hang up the Bush Administration’s dirty laundry: United for Peace and Justice, Delaware Valley Network


      Wednesday, March 19/ Fifth Anniversary of the War in Iraq

      No Business as Usual!

We urge peace supporters to change their usual weekday activities.  Take a full or half-day-off from your work, school or other activities.  Instead, make a clear statement. 

Five Years Too Many - Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar


Planned Vigils & Contact info for Philadelphia & Greater Delaware Valley

Brandywine Peace Community
will orchestrate a vigil to mark the 4000th US soldier or Marine who perishes in Iraq.  When (is it too much to hope by saying IF?) the U.S. war dead count reaches 4,000 (  ) we plan the next work day to vigil at 5:00PM at the west side of Phila. City Hall, 15th & Market Street. More...

Wednesday, March 12, 5:00-6:00 pm (only in fair weather) on Lincoln Drive outside of the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive in West Mount Airy. Information from 215-843-4256 and <>

Wednesday, March 12, 7:00-8:00 pm (in any and all weather) at the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill. Information from 215-843-4256 and <>

Friday, March 14th 6:00-8:30 PM View IVAW Winter Soldier Testimony at UPenn ISO
Williams Hall Room 203, 36th and Spruce Streets  
Live Video Simulcast Presentation: "Rules of Engagement: Part 1" (Rebroadcast of Earlier Testimony) and "Aims of the Global War on Terror: The Political, Legal & Economic Context of Iraq and Afghanistan."
Saturday, March 15, Lancaster. Demonstrate with Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice in Lancaster, PA.  Amtrak trains go to Lancaster Station with a minimal, Saturday schedule. The NW Greens have five (5) people going to Lancaster, but that might increase soon. That's two carpools. Anyone who wants to go (either drive or ride) in a carpool should contact Chris Robinson at or 215-843-4256. More information

Saturday, March 15, Noontime-7:00 PM View IVAW Winter Soldier Testimony at World Can't Wait, South Philly, 761 S. 19th Street (around Catherine and 19th street, just a couple blocks south of South St.) $5 suggested donations ( proceeds will go to IVAW & WCW) 
Saturday, March 15, 6:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton NJ by the NJ Students for Peace, the semi-annual Peace Fest There will also be fantastic food and crafts, including Henna tattoos, and a variation of a Tibetan Peace Flag.  There is a $5.00 suggested donation at the door.  more...

Saturday, March 15-29. Palestinian Film Festival at various locations. Calendar of events or you can write to us.

Sunday, March 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm @ the intersection of Timber Lane and Schoolhouse Lane more...
Photos from 17 Feb 08

Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m.  March from the Garden Pier to Boardwalk Hall (2301 Boardwalk), Atlantic City. Join us at Boardwalk Hall for an inspiring message by Rev. Bob Moore, CFPA Executive Director, followed by a reading of the names of New Jersey service men and women who have died as a result of the Iraq War.  Contact: Norm Cohen (609) 601-8537

Monday, March 17, 10:40 AM Call-in to Station WURD 900 AM to protest the $3 Trillion War  215-634-8065 "Making END THE WAR part of the 2008 Election Campaign"

Tuesday, March 18. Teach-Out:  The Iraq War Recession: The Cost of the War,  at 7:00 pm, Community College of Philadelphia, Room BG16, Bonnell Building between 16th & 17th and Spring Garden & Callowhill Streets
in Fairmount, Philadelphia. More information from Elisabeth  and 215-382-1531.

Wednesday, March 19, 7:20-8:30 A.M. Join fellow peacemakers to vigil and leaflet at Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and Merion Stations
Jane Dugdale 610 527 4170 (h) 610 574 3293 (cell)

Wednesday, March 19, 7:30-9 A.M. Morning Rush Hour Rally
on "Trenton Makes" Bridge more...

Wednesday, March 19 7:30-8:30 a.m.  Join fellow peacemakers to leaflet and vigil at Bryn Mawr, Merion Station commuter rail stations. Contact: David Gibson, (P) 610-623-3724

Wednesday, March 19. Sen. Casey Vigil at 8:30 am in front of his office at 20th and Market Streets in Downtown, Philadelphia. More information from Cindy at 215-727-2251.

Wednesday, March 19. Rep. Murphy Vigil at 9:30 am near his office on Route 309 in Bristol, Bucks County, PA. Information from Bill Deckhart at 215-380-6804.

Wednesday, March 19, 9:30 a.m. Rep. Patrick Murphy's district office, 414 Mill Street, Bristol. Contact Al Krass at (215) 547-2656

Wednesday, March 19, 10 AM to 5 PM "Five Years Too Many" Teach-in at Bryn Mawr College Student Center Jane Dugdale 610 527 4170 (h) 610 574 3293 (cell)

* Wednesday, March 19, Noontime: Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia Demo,  Hanging up this administration’s dirty laundry at "The Clothespin" at 15th & Market, across from City Hall, Downtown Philadelphia. More information from Helen at  215-351-2225.

Wednesday, March 19, Noontime:Regional Rally on the State House Steps, 125 W. State Street in Trenton, NJ
until 1:00 PM. Car-pooling from Princeton to this event will leave the Princeton Shopping Center (Rite Aid end) at 11:15 AM. more...

Wednesday, March 19, Noontime: Delivery of Petitions to Rep. Sestak's office in Media Jane Dugdale 610 527 4170 (h) 610 574 3293 (cell)

Wednesday, March 19, Noontime Visits to district offices of Congressman Jim Gerlach: 111 East Uwchlan Avenue, Exton; 501 North Park Road, Wyomissing; 580 Main Street, Suite #4, Trappe. Contact: David Gibson, (P) 610-623-3724

Wednesday, March 19, 12:30 PM Students for Peace - A student walk-out is planned at Princeton High School, Progressive Student Alliance, The College of New Jersey Noon March around campus (wearing armbands) to and from Alumni Grove, ending with Speak-out at 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Matt Hoke.

Wednesday, March 19, 1 p.m. Vigil & Die-in at Congressman Frank A. LoBiondos office, 5125 Main Street (Route 40), Mays Landing.
Contact: Norm Cohen (609) 601-8537

Wednesday, March 19. Sen. Specter Vigil at 1:30 pm & 5:00 pm at his office in the Federal Building, Sixth & Market Streets OR check to see if it’s around the corner on 6th btwn Arch & Market, Philadelphia. Information from Susan .

Wednesday, March 19, 3 p.m. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown. A Teach-In...    more...

Wednesday, March 19, 3:00 PM Newtown "teach-in" on corporate profiteering from the war in the Fireside Lounge of Rollins Hall at Bucks County Community College in Newtown  more...

Wednesday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. Vigil on Penn Street Bridge, Penn Street and 2nd St, Reading (next to Community College) Contact: David Gibson, (P) 610-623-3724

Wednesday, March 19, 4:30-6 P.M.  5th Anniversary Anti-War Protest at Lockheed-Martin on the Newtown Bypass    As the evening rush hour traffic passes by, more...

Wednesday, March 19, 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Vigil at Congressman Chris Smith’s district office, 1540 Kuser Road, Hamilton Contact CFPA at (609) 924-5022 

Wednesday, March 19, 5:00 - 6:00 PM Outside Unitarian Society of Germantown 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Hortter) in West Mount Airy more...

Wednesday, March 19, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Intersection of Bryn Mawr and Lancaster Avenues in Bryn Mawr. more...

Wednesday, March 19, 6:00 PM Rally at Historic County Courthouse, Main Street and William Street, Flemington, followed by a 7 p.m. visit to district office of New Jersey State Senator Leonard Lance, who is running for U.S. Congress. Contact Lu Ann Kidd at 908 399-3550.

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. Speaker and video at Ludington Library, South Bryn Mawr Avenue. Contact: David Gibson, (P) 610-623-3724

Wednesday, March 19, Rep. Murphy's Vigil at 6:30 PM Buck's County, 60 N. Main St. in Doylestown. Information: Terry Beitl or  Al Krass  215-589-2368 

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit to District Office of Congressman Joe Sestak, 600 N. Jackson Street, Suite 203, Media Contact: David Gibson, (P) 610-623-3724

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. Vigil at Congressman Jim Saxtons office, 100 High St., Mt. Holly, NJ (co-sponsored with NJ Citizen Action) Contact: Norm Cohen (609) 601-8537

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Vigil at Congressman Rush Holts district office, 50 Washington Road, Princeton Junction NJ Contact CFPA at (609) 924-5022 

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30-8:30 PM  "Five Years Too Many" Teach-in at Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr Speaker and Video. Jane Dugdale 610 527 4170 (h) 610 574 3293 (cell)

Wednesday, March 19. Rep. Murphy Vigil at 6:30 pm near his Doylestown office. More information from Bill Deckhart at 215-380-6804.

Wednesday, March 19,  6:30 p.m. Candlelight vigil Main Street & Mill Roads, Quakertown Contact Al Krass at (215) 547-2656

Wednesday, March 19. Rep. Sestak Vigil at 6:30 pm, Baltimore Pike and Route 252, Media, Delaware County, PA. More information from DelCo Wage Peace & Justice

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 Evening Candlelight vigil at Rep. Murphy's Doylestown office-- our Central Bucks Chapter, working with the Doylestown Friends' Tuesday Peace Vigil, will mount a vigil at Patrick Murphy's office at 60 N. Main St.

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 P.M. Interfaith Service and Candlelight Vigil
at Ambler Church of the Brethren 351 East Butler Ave.,  at the intersection of Butler and Rosemont Avenues, one block from Bethlehem Pike. more...

Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. Faculty lecture on imperialism
, 9:00 p.m. student lecture on How to Stop a War, both at TCNJ Science Complex. For more information, contact Matt Hoke.

Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Outside Borders Book Store Germantown Avenue at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill

Wednesday, March 19. Rep. Schwartz Vigil at 7:30 pm at her Frankford Avenue office. More information from Libby at 215-689-2422

Wednesday, March 19, "as the sun goes down" - Evening candlelight vigil in Quakertown-- our Upper Bucks CFPA chapter will assemble across Rt. 309 from the Richland Friends' Meeting for a candlelight vigil for peace  more...

Wednesday, March 19. Peace Movement Gathering, 8:15 pm after the Sestak Vigil (above), Springfield Friends Meeting. More information from DelCo Wage Peace & Justice.

Friday, March 21, Noontime - 5th Anniversary Trail of Mourning & Truth @Lockheed Martin Mall & Goddard Boulevards, Valley Forge/King of Prussia, PA (behind the King of Prussia). more...

Saturday, March 22, 10:30AM to 1:00PM Gather in the parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 South George St. at 10:30 for an eleven block walk to the center of York for a rally calling for redirection of our resources from war to justice. Contact: Leada Dietz, (P) 717-515-0631

Wednesday, March 26, 5:00-6:00 pm (only in fair weather) on Lincoln Drive outside of the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive in West Mount Airy. Information from 215-843-4256 and <>

Wednesday, March 26, 7:00-8:00 pm (in any and all weather) at the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill. Information from 215-843-4256 and <>  

Thursday, March 27, 7 to 9 p.m. Seminar in Bartley Hall, Room 1011, Villanova University, Ithan and Lancaster Avenues, Villanova, PA. Peace Coalition to Hold Seminar on the Role of the Media in Promoting the Invasion of Iran.  A presentation by Edward S. Herman, PhD., and a "questions from  the audience" session
. more...


Thursday, March 27, 8:00 PM Movie: "Valley of Elah" @ Firehouse Bicycle 50th & Baltimore Sts Defenestrator Movie Night 215-727-9692




Preparations for 5th Anniversary of The War on Iraq Events


On Wednesday, March 19, a bold, creative day of nonviolent direct action will take place in Washington, DC. There are huge pillars of support for this war and occupation -- our tax dollars, the military, the mainstream media, corporate war profiteers, and the security state. Our actions on March 19 in DC will target these pillars, demonstrating the real costs of war and offering visions for a more just and sustainable world, a world at peace.


Momentum is building and there's still time for you to make plans to JOIN US IN DC on March 19th! Visit to register and to find details about the actions, housing, rides, trainings and more resources. There will be many ways for those who do not wish to risk arrest to participate in and support the actions.


If you can't make it to DC, you can still help ensure the day's success by making the most generous donation you can to help cover expenses as well as any legal fees those risking arrest might incur. Your financial support will help make it possible for us to reach the

full potential of this important day.


We also want to remind you of the historic Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan hearings will in Washington, DC. Please take some time over the weekend to watch or listen to the testimony of veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stories they share will be difficult to hear, but it is critical that we do so, and that we get as many people in this country as possible to do so as well.


Many public Winter Soldier viewings are being held around the country; to find one near you ( The broadcast will be accessible via satellite TV, or your public access cable station may be carrying it; you can also watch or listen online -- for details.


Finally, if you can't join us in Washington, there are hundreds of anti-war activities all around the country marking the 5th anniversary of the war in Iraq -- -- (and dozens more around the world:

Over 600 events are already listed on our calendar, and more are being listed hourly. Check now to see what's planned in your area during this coming week.


Yours, for peace and justice,

Leslie Cagan National Coordinator, UFPJ


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Resources for 5th anniversary events from UFPJ



First, if you have not done so yet, please be sure to post any and all events and activities related to the 5th anniversary of the war on the 5 Years Too Many web site.


1) We want to remind you that we have a leaflet that addresses the failure of the surge in Iraq. The leaflet is available in both English  and in Spanish (


3) UFPJ has developed a voter guide which we believe can be especially useful in the states that have presidential primaries or caucuses coming up in the next few months.


4) "Healthcare Not Welfare" is a new campaign initiated by UFPJ member group PDA. You can find out more about the campaign and download resources


5) War Tax Resistance. With Tax Day right around the corner, efforts are underway to encourage people to not lend financial support to this war. <>   And you can find out about the ongoing work of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (also a member group of UFPJ) at


6) Join a massive antiwar demonstration being planned in St. Paul on Sept. 1st, the opening day of the Republican Nominating Convention:  In the coming weeks we will be sending you more information about plans for protests and other activities at both the Democratic Convention (in Denver) and the Republican Convention (in St. Paul)


Find out more about Counter-Recruitment actions, click here (



[Rachel's Words] M16 - 5th Year


Sunday, March 16, 2008 is the fifth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. We mark the day with grief as people in Gaza struggle to survive. The international siege has left them without basic needs such as fuel, electricity, and potable water, and the recent Israeli military invasion killed 120 people - over 70 civilians and children.  (Read more here.)


For people planning events, The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has put together an excellent vigil guide. Also, Rachel's emails from Gaza can be found, in many languages, on our website. We hope that the anniversary will be used as a day to commemorate Rachel Corrie and and keep Gaza in the news. We encourage people to continue reading Rachel's emails in public gatherings large or small, on March 16th and beyond.


In the last 5 years, Rachel's Corrie's voice has broken through barriers to reach a widening audience. Craig and Cindy Corrie are in Haifa. On March 16 they will attend the opening performance of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie in Arabic at the Al-Midan Theatre. Friends from the Royal Court Theatre, which originally premiered the play, are joining them. After Haifa, the play will travel to Nazareth, Jaffa and Ramallah. The play, whose cancellation in New York launched our own initiative, is now being produced in theaters all over the U.S. and internationally. 


This week W.W. Norton released Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corriea collection of Rachel's prolific writing, from her poems and lists at an early age to her last email from Gaza. In their introduction to the book, the Corrie family says, "The world knows of Rachel from how she died. But we know her from how she lived. She was, first and foremost, a writer and an artist." Rachel's book is their gift to us.


Let Me Stand Alone can be purchased online  or from bookstores. If your local independent book store has not already stocked the book, you can encourage them to do so. Cindy and Craig Corrie will be on tour with the book in April. Below is a list of events planned for the national book tour, followed by a list of the many places around the world that My Name is Rachel Corrie has now performed. 


Your efforts and support have helped make this possible. Thank you.


In Solidarity, 

Rachel's Words





Sat, April 5 @ 8PM  KIng Middle School, Berkeley  510.848.6767



Monday April 7 @ 7:30 PM  University Bookstore at Town Hall   206.634.3400



Tuesday April 8 @ 7:00PM  ORCA BOOKS          


Wednesday April 9 @ 7:00PM  Evergreen State College  “Students Educating Students about the Middle East” 



Thursday April 10 @ 7:30PM  Powell's at Hawthorne Bookstore   800.878.7323 



Monday April 14 @ 7PM  Delaplaine Visual Arts and Education Center   301.698.0656                              


Tuesday April 15 @ 6PM  Busboys & Poets   202.387.POET



Friday April 18 @ 6:30PM Cooper UnionWollman Auditorium  212.353.4165



April 21 or 22 - Event Pending - Iowa Memorial Union Prairie Lights                  



Thursday April 24 @ 7PM The Loft Library Center Micawber’s Book Store   612.215.2575 




*Please send us any missing info! 

A special note of thanks to all of you who staged your own readings and interpretations of Rachel's Words.

We will post any upcoming Rachel's Words events on out website - write us at


Royal Court Theatre, London, England

Premiered April 4, 2005 through April 30, 2005

Ran again October 11-29, 2005


Playhouse Theatre, London, England

March 29 - May 7, 2006


Minetta Lane Theatre, New York, New York

October 15 - December 17, 2006


Orpheum Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin

March 7, 8, 14, 15, 2007


Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, Washington

March 15, 2007 - May 6, 2007

(With a weekend of performances at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wa)


Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, Virginia

July 6 - July 29, 2007


The Kitchen & Roundhouse Theatre, Silver Spring, Maryland

July 21, 2007


Synchronicity Performance Group, Atlanta, Georgia

September 7 - October 7, 2007


Countdown to Zero, Denver, Colorado

Denver:  September 28 - November 17, 2007

Lincoln, Nebraska: January 25, 2008

Omaha, Nebraska: January 26, 2008

Des Moines, IA: January 27, 2008 (2 shows)

Albuquerque, New Mexico:  February 16 & 17, 2008


Teatro La Plaza, Lima, Peru

Ran until 31st October 2007; plans to tour until summer '08


Van Duzer Theatre, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

October 18-27, 2007


Fournos Theatre, Athens, Greece

Production opened on 12th October 2007


Nord Nederlands Toneel, Netherlands

Production opened 11th October 2007


Organic Theater Company, Atlanta, Georgia

October 4 - November 4, 2007


Gothenberg City Theatre, Sweden

Production opened on 9th November 2007


Sage Theatre, Calgary, Canada

November 15-24, 2007


Stockholm City Theatre, Sweden

Production opened on 8th December 2007


Teesri Duniya Theatre, Montreal, Canada

December 2-22, 2007


Neworld Theatre, Vancouver, Canada

January 23 - February 9, 2008


Viterbo University Theatre Department, Lacrosse, Wisconsin

Jan 31- Feb 2, 2008


Theatre Yes, Edmonton, Alabama

March 28 - April 12, 2008


Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney, Australia

Production opened 14th May 2008


Theatre Panik, Toronto, Canada

May 29 - June 22, 2008


Radio broadcast by Deutschlandradio, Germany

August 4, 2008


New Repertory Theatre, Watertown, Massachusetts

March 8-30, 2008


Subversive Theatre, Buffalo, New York

March 7-29, 2008

For more information, actions you can take to spread Rachel's words, and updates on efforts to bring the play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" around the world, visit



A human being is part of the whole called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

    Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if manking is to survive.

                                                            —Albert Einstein


March 19 - Join nationwide protests and nonviolent civil

disobedience in Washington, DC (United for Peace & Justice, UFPJ,;

Join in protests throughout the Delaware Valley, UFPJ Delaware Valley Network,







March 19 - Join nationwide protests and nonviolent civil

disobedience in Washington, DC (United for Peace & Justice, UFPJ,

Join in protests throughout the Delaware Valley, UFPJ Delaware Valley Network,