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    September 29, 2007 – Troops Out Now Coalition National Day of Action

    Soldiers and Civilians Speak Out march & rally in Syracuse

    Over 2,500 peace activists attended a march and rally in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, September 29, the largest such event in upstate New York since the Vietnam War. Local papers covered it well today.

    Called by Iraq Veterans Against the War and active duty soldiers at nearby Fort Drum, the event was hosted by the Syracuse Peace Council, SEIU 1199 the Student Peace Action Network and was endorsed by the New York Green Party.

    A few dozen Greens Party members and Green Party State Committee members participated in key roles as organizers and speakers. Prominent in our Green contingent with several banners were Green Party veterans from Korea, Vietnam and both wars against Iraq. Greens from around the state, including Albany, Buffalo, New Paltz, New York City, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls attended.

    Additional photos from the event can be found here.

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    Rebecca Rotzler Speaks in NY on September 29:

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    Speaking for the Green Party was Rebecca Rotzler, former Deputy Mayor of New Paltz and member of the Green Party National Peace Action Committee.

    I do not speak from script, but will give the
    sentiments of what I said at the rally. First, the march went by a building
    that houses the Homeless Veterans Program, homeless and veterans should
    never be in the same sentence. Why do we have a building that s home to a
    homeless veterans program and not a building that is home to veterans? I
    was speaking on behalf of the Green Party, the only party that has Peace in
    it’s platform, and was asked to bring a message to the veterans. The Green
    Party stands behind our veterans, we stand behind Iraq Veterans Against the
    War (IVAW) and we stand behind our enlisted men and women who RESIST. When
    in office I took the same oath to uphold The Constitution as members of IVAW
    did, and they are upholding that oath by not agreeing to fight in a illegal
    war based on lies. Last November many people came out and voted for
    Democrats believing that they were voting against the War but less than a
    year later they have done nothing to get us out of Iraq and all they have
    done is put more money into the war. Why? The Democrats are funded by the
    same corporations that the Republicans are, oil corporations and weapons
    manufacturers, the Green Party does not accept corporate donations.

    All right, it is hard to bring back stuff that I was screaming, vote peace
    in ‘07 and ‘08, but I did also point out that when I was in office the local
    VFW would come to our board to ask permission to hold the Memorial Day
    parade on May 30, the traditional day and not the random Monday where
    businesses can advertise Memorial Day sales, it may seem like a small
    gesture, but now in New Paltz May 30 is recognized as the official Memorial
    Day through legislation that I enacted. I know it means a lot to our local
    veterans.

    Rebecca Rotzler, NY

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