Nineteen Wisconsin communities plan events on seventh anniversary of Iraq invasion

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March of 2003, Wisconsin has often led states many times its size in the number and variety of pro-peace events held on the invasion's anniversary. 2010, which marks the seventh year of the Iraq war and occupation, is no exception. Nineteen Wisconsin communities, from Chippewa Falls to Waupaca, have plans for events that call for peace and mark the seventh anniversary, with roadside vigils, teach-ins, marches and public prayers. There are more than 150 events planned nationwide.

Resources for Wisconsin peace vigils: A list of Wisconsin residents killed in Iraq and Afghanistan here..., a small sampling of reports of Afghan civilians killed by US/NATO forces here...

Chippewa Falls: Sat. 3/20 11 am Peace Vigil –  At the corner of Bridge and River. Contact: Tom Chisolm, 715-726-0365,

Elm Grove: Fri. 3/19, 4 – 5 pm Public Prayer For Peace – 13105 Watertown Plank Road. 4:00-4:30 pm, Prayer Service in the All Purpose Room, 4:30-5:00 pm Prayerful, Public Stand for Peace along Watertown Plank Road. Organized by the School Sisters of Notre Dame Global Justice & Peace Commission. Contact: Tim Dewane, 262-787-1023,

Eau Claire: Fri. 3/19, 5 – 6 pm Stand for Peace –  Meet at the corner of Brackett Ave and S. Hastings Way (aka "Hwy 53").  Contact:  Lou Recine, 715-834-8756,

Hayward: Fri. 3/19,  4 – 5 pm Vigil for Peace –  At the intersection of Highways 27 and 63.  Sponsored by Peace North. Contact: Jacque Lindskoog, 715-798-4435,

Janesville: Fri. 3/19, 4 pm Iraq Moratorium vigil - On the corner of Blackbridge Rd. and Milton Ave. Sponsored by the Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation.  Contact: Kathy Holcombe, (608) 752-8117,

La Crosse: Fri. 3/19, 5 – 6 pm Iraq Moratorium Vigil – LaCrosse. Corner of Cass and Third Street, at the foot of blue bridge over the Mississippi River. Contact: Duane Teschler, 608-784 1737, or Cathy Van Maren,

Madison: Fri. 3/19, 7:00-9:00pm, Teach-In on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Alumni Lounge in the Pyle Center, UW-Madison, Faculty Panel moderated by Matt Rothschild of the Progressive Magazine, including Joe Elder, Sociology/ Languages and Cultures of Asia, Jeremi Suri and Alfred McCoy, Dept. of History and Uli Schamiloglu, Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Asia. Details here... Contact: Adam Schesch, 608-255-9773

Madison: Sat. 3/20,  9-12am and 2-5pm, Teach-In on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Memorial Union and other locations, See “Today in the Union” listings at the Memorial Union for rooms, times, and topics. Including Zohreh Ghavamshahidi, Dept. Political Science, UW-Whitewater, David Newby, President, WI AFL-CIO, Details here... Contact: Adam Schesch, 608-255-9773

Madison: Sat. 3/20, Noon, Rally: Bring the Troops Home from Iraq and Afghanistan! Jobs, not Bombs! Starting at  UW Library Mall. Contact: Barbara Smith, Madison Area Peace Coalition, (608) 242-9232,

Manitowoc: Fri. 3/19, 4:30 - 5 pm Peace Vigil -  At Maritime Drive and 8th Street. Contact: Linda Hunter, (414) 455-4382,

Mazomanie: Fri. 3/19, 4-5pm. Intersection of Hwy 14 and Brodhead (the main drag, Mobil corner) Contact: Peggy Peckham, 608-469-7568,

Milwaukee: Fri. 3/19, 12 noon Money for Jobs, Not for War and Occupation  - Start in front of the blue Federal Building on 3rd and Wisconsin and will proceed to city hall, and then back to the Federal Building. Wisconsin AFL-CIO President David Newby will be speaking. Contact: Liz Klainot, Peace Action - Wisconsin, (414) 964-5158,, Sue Ruggles, US Labor Against the War, 414-688-3772,

Racine: Sat. 3/20, 10 – 11 am Racine Stand for Peace –  Southeast corner of Highways 20 and 31. Contact: Dick Kinch, 262-638-0204, .

Rice Lake: Fri. 3/19,  4 - 6 pm People for Peace  - At the corner of Knapp and Main streets on the north end of town. Contact: Sybella Yarish, 715-719-0246

Ripon: Fri. 3/19, 4:30 pm Peace vigil for the Iraq Moratorium –  On the Square, by City Hall.  Contact: Kent Gallaway,

Sheboygan: Fri. 3/19,  4 - 5 pm Stand for Peace –  9th and Erie. Sponsored by Sheboygan Peace-Seekers. Contact: Chris Kuehnel, 920-918-2405,

Superior: Fri. 3/19, 4 – 5 pm Rally for Peace. On the corner of Broadway and Hammond. Sponsored by the Northland Chapter of Grandmothers for Peace. Contact: Jan Provost, 715-394-7929,

Viroqua: Fri. 3/19, 12 noon  Peace Vigil -  At the Post Office on Jefferson St.  Contact: Marcia Halligan, 608-734-3606,

Waupaca: Fri. 3/19, 5 – 6 pm Vigil for Peace - Downtown, on the town square. Contact: Bonni Miller, 715-256-2672,

West Bend: Sat. 3/20, 11:30 am Stand for Peace -  Corner of Decorah and Main. 2nd and 4th Organized by Peaceseekers of Washington County Contact: Dale Landis, 262-334-2234,

Woodruff: Fri. 3/19, 12 noon - 1 pm Silent Prayer Vigil for Peace -  Holy Family Church, in the small chapel. Contact: Sr. Ann Wittman,


In addition, the following regularly scheduled peace vigils will be occurring in the weeks following the seventh anniversary:

Appleton: Sat. 4/3 11 am - 12 noon Monthly Vigil for Peace -  At College Avenue and Appleton. Sponsored by the Fox Valley Peace Coalition. First Saturday of each month. Contact: Ronna Swift, 920-733-8394,

Green Bay:
Sun. 4/4 1 - 2 pm Monthly Vigil of Resistance to the War in Iraq - First Sunday of each month, at the corner of Webster and Mason. .  Contact: Jill Bussiere at

Minocqua: Sat. 3/27 11:00am – noon Vigil for Peace –  At the corner of Hwy 51 and Hwy 70.  Sponsored by the Northwoods Peace Coalition. Contact: Jerry Woolpy,