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MARCH FOR PEACE

by REPOST Monday, Mar. 13, 2006 at 10:02 AM
fernando@guerreroazteca.org

This quest for peace, in homage to Mahatma Gandhi's historic 1930 Salt March, will start in Tijuana, Mexico on March 12, go through the Marine Corps Depot at Camp Pendleton and the Cesar Chavez burial site in La Paz, CA (near Tehachapi), and end in The Mission district of San Francisco with a memorial ceremony and blood drive on March 27.

MARCH FOR PEACE...
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Several events are planned as the Peregrinación comes through the Los Angeles area from March 16 to 20.

The March will arrive in all the following cities Tijuana, San Diego, Escondido, Camp Pendleton, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Fernando, Palmdale, Rosamond, Keene (La Paz), Fresno, San Jose, and San Francisco.

OBJECTIVE: A 241 mile march that aims at ensuring that the Latino voice of opposition to the War is heard loud and clear across the Americas.

WHAT/ WHEN: Fernando Suarez del Solar, Pablo Paredes, Camilo Mejia and Aidan Delgado will lead a coalition of the willing across this 241 mile quest for peace starting in Tijuana, Mexico, going through Marine Corps Depot Camp Pendleton to the Cesar Chavez burial site in La Paz, CA, culminating in The Mission district of San Francisco with a memorial ceremony and blood drive.

The March will begin on 12 March 2006. The coalition of the willing will arrive at La Paz, CA on 22 March 2006 and culminate in San Francisco from 26 March 2006 to 27 March 2006.

WHY: Latinos represent nearly 15% of the US population and 11% of the US military, with many serving in combat or hazardous duty occupations. In addition, an estimated 20% of the fallen service members in the early months of the invasion were Latino. With the continued growth of the Latino population and its vital importance to the future of this country, it is time the Latino community become an active and vocal part of the 60%+ of US citizens that oppose this War. It is also time to show the Latino community that they have a voice and a right to fight for peace and stability. Fernando Suarez Del Solar is committed to self-sacrifice. At 50 years of age he cares more about ending this war than even his own health. We make this call not only to the Latino population but to all those who agree with our message “No more bloodshed in Iraq”.

EVENTS THIS WEEK IN THE lOS ANGELES AREA:

Los Angeles Community/Activist Event to End the

War on Iraq , Bring All the Troops Home Now!

Wednesday, March 15 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Downtown UCLA Labor Center

675 S. Park View St. Los Angeles , CA 9 0057

Fund Raiser to Support Fernando Suarez del Solar and Pablo Paredes’ Latino March For Peace

Thursday, March 16: Long Beach to Maywood

• 7:30 AM - Rally/Press Conference, County Courthouse, Ocean Blvd. & Magnolia Ave., Downtown Long Beach

• Noon - Rally at Houghton Park/Jordan High School, Atlantic Ave., south of Artesia Blvd., North Long Beach

• 5:30 PM - Meeting, Padres Unidos de Maywood, 2040 Slauson Blvd., Maywood

• 7 PM - Meeting, St. Matthias Church, Chase Room, 7056 Washington Ave, Whittier. Info: (562) 698-9154

Friday, March 17: Santa Fe Springs to East LA/Boyle Heights

• 9 AM - Rally/Press Conference, District office of U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, 11627 East Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs

• Noon - Rally, Salazar Park, Whittier Blvd., east of Indiana Ave.

• 3 PM - Joining the Latinos Against War March at 6th and Soto Streets, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles; rally at Recruitment Center, 8th and Soto

Saturday, March 18: La Placita to Hollywood Peace March

• 7:30 AM - Mass and Rally at La Placita Church, 535 N. Main Street (Olvera Street), Los Angeles

• 8:30 AM - Proceed through Downtown to MacArthur Park

• 10 AM - Speaking at the Eyes Wide Open exhibit on the Iraq War, MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

• Noon - Marching at the front of the Hollywood antiwar march.

• 3 PM - Speaking at the peace rally at Hollywood and Highland. Info: (323) 464-1636

• Evening - South Central Farmers Market (if eviction has not yet occurred), Alameda & 41st Street

Sunday, March 19: LA to Arlington West, Santa Monica Beach

• 1 PM - March beginning at Westwood Federal Building, Wilshire Blvd. and Veteran Ave., Los Angeles

• 4 PM - Arrive at Arlington West, Santa Monica Beach by the Pier

Monday, March 20: Northridge to San Fernando

• 9 - 11 AM - Rally and demonstration at CSU Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

• 11 AM - 4 PM - Marching about 10 miles to end point, Cesar Chavez Park, 208 Park Avenue in the City of San Fernando, CA 91340.

• 4 - 7 PM Rally and Speeches at Cesar Chavez Park (formally San Fernando Park)

About the March Route

Tijuana - The march from Tijuana across the US-Mexico Border is a symbolic gesture of Peace without borders. Jesus Suarez del Solar was born and educated in this beautiful city, our march will also be born in Tijuana and we also wish that our gesture serves to educate around border issues and peace.

Escondido - The city in which Jesus was recruited and today is buried. We wish to trace Jesus' steps and then continue his fight for the children of Iraq and America in the name of peace rather than >> war.

Pendleton Marine Corps Depot - Camp Pendleton is the place where Jesus and many of our youth are trained for war. Jesus deployed from Pendleton to Iraq. We wish to rewrite history with our march and deploy our soldiers from MCD Camp Pendleton to La Paz. La Paz La Paz translates to The Peace, and is the burial site of Cesar Chavez. We wish to evoke his legacy and lead our coalition to peace.

San Francisco - San Francisco's Mission District is predominantly Latino. We will hold a service in the mission to commemorate Jesus. We will also stage a blood drive. The blood donated will be equally distributed to cope with Iraqi as well as coalition needs.

The March will arrive in all the following cities: Tijuana, San Diego, Escondido, Camp Pendleton, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Fernando, Palmdale, Rosamond, Keene (La Paz), Fresno, San Jose, and San Francisco.

For general information about the Peregrinación Por La Paz / March for Peace, in English or Spanish, visit the Guerrero Azteca Project.

For more information about the events and route of the March for Peace through the Los Angeles region, call (626) 791-1978 x130.

Events organized by the following groups and others: American Friends Service Committee, ANSWER LA, Coalition Against Militarism in the Schools, Coalition for World Peace, CodePINK, Foothills Peace Coalition, Global Exchange, GAPP, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, ISO, Latin@s Against the War, Latinos for America, Latinos for Peace, Long Beach Area Peace Alliance, Mexican American Political Association, MFSO-OC, National Immigrant Solidarity Network, Padres Unidos de Maywood, SoCalDMC, Topanga Peace Alliance, United Farm Workers, U.S. Tour of Duty, Veterans for Peace, World Can’t Wait, Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition

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