PeaceIowaCenter Old Brick Community Center,first floor common room 26 E. Market St., Iowa city
A press conference, public lecture, and nonviolent civil disobediencetraining seminar will take place Thursday July 5 at the Iowa CityPeaceCenter. ? 4-6 pm.?Civil Disobedience Training will be from 4-6 p.m.andwill be ledbyJeff Leys, a coordinator with Voices for CreativeNonviolence. ?Anyonewho may consider civil disobedience in thefuture or wants tosupport thosewho engage in civil disobedienceare stronglyencouraged to take thetraining.
If you are planning to risk arrest on Friday, you MUSTattend this training.
Public Lecture at 7 pm.Jeff Leys ?will give a speech titled "NeverEnding Funding for Never Ending War."
CEDAR RAPIDS Friday, July 6, 2007 Linn County Courthouse
OnFriday, July 6,9:00 a.m., the eleven people who were arrestedinCedar Rapids in February will be sentenced in the Linn CountyCourthouse. The OccupationProject?commencesimmediately followingsentencing.?After a brief rally, peacemakers willing to risk arrest andtheirsupporters will nonviolently occupy the Cedar Rapids offices ofbothSenators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA). In the interests of communication, dialogue, and negotiation, theIowaOccupation Project has contacted the offices of both Senatorsregardingthis direct action. We have given them a deadline of July4th to publiclypledge to de-fund the war, or face an occupation.
The Schedule for the day ?is as follows. ?Please be flexible as circumstances beyond anyone's control may change things. 9 a.m. -Sentencing of the CR 11 at 9 a.m. at the Linn Co. Court House in CedarRapids. Noon- Lunch 1 p.m. to 1: 30 p.m.- Support Rally and Send Off To Grassley and Harkin's CR Offices.
Place: The Tree of the Five Seasons, 1St Ave and 1st St NE in down ?town Cedar Rapids, IA
Rally Co-Sponsors: The Iowa Occupation Project, Women for Peace Iowa, the Linn County Green Party, Iowans For Peace, Des Moines based Catholic Peace Ministry, Des Moines Catholic Worker, Iowa Peace Network, School For Moral Courage in Iowa City, University of Iowa Anti-war Committee and the UNI Campus Antiwar Network.
1:30pm to -?Immediately after rally. ? ?Dual visits of Senators Grassley and Harkin's CR Offices demanding no more funding of the Iraq War. Both Grassley and Harkin's CR Offuces are a couple of blocks from the Rally site. We want to visit both Iowa Senators offices in Cedar Rapids since both recently voted for the continued funding of war with out an exit plan. We expect these visitations may last until the end of the work day and lead to possible arrest for some. Anyone who is considering risking arrest MUST attend the nonviolence training session the night before in Iowa City. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q: Why sit-in at Grassley and Harkin's office? ? ?A: The occupations are a political consequence for the senators' pro-war votes last May when they gave Bush a blank check to continue the war. ? ?The Iowa Occupation Project is demanding that the senators publicly pledge to de-fund the war the next time and each time a vote comes to the floor.