By Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer,
June 27, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A coalition of local peace and justice organizations will hold a rally today to call for a diplomatic solution, not U.S. military intervention, to deal with the new violence and insurgency in Iraq.
The rally will be held at 4 p.m. at the Anthony Celebrezze Federal Building, at East 9th Street and Lakeside Avenue.
The event is sponsored by Cleveland Peace Action, the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, the Labor Fightback Network, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, and others.
Organizers said in a press release that the rally is a response to President Barack Obama’s decision to send 300 military advisers to Iraq to deal with an insurrection that has captured several cities.
Jerry Gordon, Labor Fightback Network secretary, described Obama’s decision as “a slippery slope towards escalation to war in Iraq.
“What is urgently needed is more funding or jobs, infrastructure, education and social programs here at home,” he added.
Greg Coleridge, director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, noted that groups here and across the nation had protested against both Gulf Wars (in 1990 and 2003), arguing that “a military solution to political, economic and social problems in Iraq and the region would fail.
“These groups convey the exact same message now,” he noted.
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