HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – August 20, 2017 – Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) members know the true costs of the war. In response to President Trump’s upcoming Afghanistan policy announcement, we are prepared to hold demonstrations to protest any increase of “boots on the ground” in Afghanistan. This will occur on the day following Trump’s official announcement in conjunction with simultaneous protests at Congressional offices by members of Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, and supporting organizations in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Long Beach, California.
Since the start of the war on Afghanistan, over 2400 American service members and many thousands of civilians have been killed according to icasualties.org. Countless others have been injured, lost to suicide, or suffer from invisible wounds such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, along with drug and alcohol abuse. To many Americans these are just statistics, but these are our loved ones.
“The losses and injuries our families have already suffered from the ongoing wars in the Middle East have not been addressed and there is no end is in sight for them. We simply cannot ask our troops to make any more sacrifices than they already have,” says Military Families Speak Out National Coordinator, Pat Alviso, whose son was recently been deployed for the sixth time.
Our members know the long-term effects of military action as part of an unjust war. We have members available for interviews nationwide to talk about how this will affect the lives of their loved ones and their families
When: Tuesday, August 20th, at 4 PM
Address: Pacific Coast Highway and Main St. in Huntington Beach by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s office (101 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648)
Pat Alviso 562-833-8035
Tim Kahlor 951-216-9620
Military Families Speak Out continues our demand that the military cease involvement in Afghanistan and bring all our troops home now! We call for the use of diplomacy.
JOIN VETERANS FOR PEACE & MILITARY FAMILIES SPEAK OUT (Chapter 110/ OC)
In a demonstration against another troop level increase in Afghanistan
4:00 p.m. the day after the Trump Administration makes the announcement
PCH and Main St. in Huntington Beach by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s office
Please join veterans, military families and other peace groups that are opposed to the increase of troop levels in Afghanistan. Each new sitting president has increased troop levels and it’s time to “END THESE ESCALATIONS”
Join Veterans, Military Families, and other area residents in the
4th of July Parade
Meet at 9 am
Queen Anne Road and Van Buren, just South of Cedar Lane
Rides are available during the parade.
We will have signs and banners.
Feel free to make your own with these themes:
Bring the troops and contractors home from Afghanistan NOW!
Take care of our troops and veterans when they get home!
Don’t send the NJ National Guard to Afghanistan. Keep them here in NJ for NJ!
Bring the War Dollars Home for Our Communities. Money for health care (education, jobs, housing) – not for war!
The Peace Contingent is sponsored by the Teaneck Peace Vigil, Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County, and Veterans For Peace, Chapter 21 NJ
For final details check the local newspaper.