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Moms Say No To War Peace VigilMay 13, 2007
CODEPINK Pittsburgh Women for Peace
On Sunday, May 13th, Codepink Pittsburgh Women for Peace gathered for their fourth annual Mother's Day Peace Vigil. Many moms gathered with their children recognizing that Mother's Day across the globe can be a sad time for all the mother's in the US and Iraq who have lost their children to war. This years vigil was dedicated to the 3,300 US troops who have died, the over 600,000 Iraqis who have lost their lives in this globally destabilizing war, and the 150,000 mentally and physicallydisabled veterans returning home whoes lives will be changed forever. Members of Codepink held candles and a large pink banner reading "MOMS SAT NO TO WAR", as the names of the PA national guardsmen killed in the war in Iraq were read. The evening began with a reading of the Mother's Day Proclamation written in 1870 by activist Julie Ward Howe. Gold Star Families For Peace member Debbie Whitfield shared her heartbreaking story about loosing her son in law in Iraq in 2005, leaving behind a wife and two year old child. The vigil came to a close with members of the Ragin Grannies leading the crowd in a solemn version of "Dear Friends". PINK flowers and PINK cupcakes were given to all members and friends of Codepink who attended the vigil. "DEAR FRIENDS, DEAR FRIENDS, LET ME TELL YOU HOW I FEEL, SURELY WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER, WE MUST WORK FOR PEACE"
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