Saturday, March 25, 2006

VOICES AGAINST THE WAR—a great success!

Every now and then something happens that is just right: the right time, the right place, the right people, the right reason and the right spirit.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 was such a day. We are especially heartened by the many calls and emails we have received since from people telling us how good it made them feel to be part of such a gathering, how much they learned from the speakers, the films and each other and how they are strengthened in their resolve to assert their voices against the war. This in turn has inspired our resolve to encourage more people to become more active in ending this war.

Have you called your senator or congressman today?

We estimate 200 or so people attended the event on Sunday. Most of them were publicly protesting the war for the first time which has allowed us to expand our email list for future communications. People came not just from the North Fork but also from points south and west, including Southampton, Bethpage, Babylon, Flanders, Yaphank, Speonk, Westhampton Beach, Bayport, Patchogue, Sag Harbor, Hampton Bays, Miller Place, Holbrook, East Patchogue, Mastic Beach, Huntington, New York City and New Jersey.

VOICES AGAINST THE WAR was also designed to raise much-needed funds to continue the expansion of the Honor the Fallen Memorial—the lamination of more panels to memorialize the American soldiers who have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We succeeded far beyond our expectations by raising $3,310. This would never have been possible without the energetic, heartfelt support of our volunteers and the very generous donations from so many of those who attended the event and others who could not be present themselves.

We thank each and every one of you whose support made this into such a great success.


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