CONTACT: Francesca Lo Basso
Tuesday, Aug. 26
Operation First Casualty 10:30am, starts at Cuernavaca Park
Press Opportunity Noon-1pm, Civic Center Park (between Colfax & Broadway at
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Rage Against the Machine Concert at Denver Coliseum
Non-Violent March following concert
Iraq Veterans Against the War call on Sen. Obama to endorse organization's goals:
Denver, CO, Today, during the morning of Aug. 25, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) delivered a letter to Senator Barack Obama's DNC campaign headquarters asking that he endorse the organization's three points of unity:
- The immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces from Iraq.
- Full and adequate health care and benefits to all returning service members and veterans.
- Reparations made to the Iraqi people for the destruction caused by the U.S. war and occupation.
The letter states, "A Presidential candidate dedicated to an anti-war platform should have no objections to the goals of our organization." For a full copy of the letter, please visit IVAW's website at www.ivaw.org.
IVAW has requested a response from Senator Obama by 3pm Wednesday Aug. 27. The letter goes on to state, "In the spirit of grassroots democracy that praise as the means of change in American society, we will be marching non-violently [following Rage Against the Machine's performance at the Denver Coliseum]. Our march will hold accountable the Democratic Party for their initial and continued support for the illegal occupation of Iraq."
*Members of IVAW will be available for comment from Noon-1pm at Civic Center Park on Tuesday Aug. 26, 2008 during their enactment of Operation First Casualty (OFC).
OFC is an action where veterans reenact situations commonly encountered while deployed in the modern conflicts in the Middle East. The action is treated like a military operation with participants in full military uniform, however, there are no weapons used at any time. OFC illustrates what daily life is like for the citizens of occupied countries. OFC has already taken place in five major cities around the country since June 2007.
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded in July of 2004 to allow servicemen and women from all branches of the military a chance to come together and speak out against an illegal, unjust and unwinnable occupation. IVAW currently has over 1,300 members in 49 states, Canada and on military bases in the United States and overseas. To learn more about IVAW you can visit our website at www.ivaw.org.
Francesca Lo Basso
National Media Coordinator
Iraq Veterans Against the War
firstname.lastname@example.org (267) 519-4596