New Jersey Organizations Call for An Immediate Cease-Fire
in Iraq!

Bring the Troops Home Safely Now!

and

Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s April 4, 1967 Speech "Why I Oppose the Vietnam War."

April 3, 2003

For Immediate Release            

contact: Madelyn Hoffman, Director of NJ Peace Action at (973)744-3263

On Friday, April 4, NJ Peace Action will be joined at a press conference by representatives of NJ Labor Against the War, People’s Organization for Progress, and Veterans for Peace, as well as local and regional peace organizations. The groups are calling for an immediate cease-fire in Iraq and for the troops to be brought home safely now. The press conference will be held in front of 1 Gateway Center on Market Street in Newark, site of the Newark offices of Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator Jon Corzine.

"April 4th is a very significant day in this country’s history," said Madelyn Hoffman, Director of NJ Peace Action. "On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous speech at Riverside Church on his opposition to the Vietnam War. One year later, he was assassinated. We are here today to raise our voices against another unjust war, and to announce a campaign to pressure our elected officials to join Congressman Dennis Kucinich in calling for an immediate end to this illegal war."

"It is clear that the U.S. war against Iraq is evolving into a Vietnam type conflict with the needless loss of American and Iraqi lives," said Larry Hamm, Chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress. "As Dr. King sought an end to the Vietnam War, those of us who want peace must do everything in our power to bring this immoral and illegal war to an end."

"NJ Labor Against War is here to join the protest against the US illegal invasion of Iraq because we see this illegal action as a war of "mass distraction," said Carol Gay. "It's a cover up of the real threats to workers here at home including loss of our civil liberties, loss of good jobs, cutbacks in healthcare and pensions, attacks on Social Security and veterans’ benefits."

"We who have served our country and know the horrors and stench of war call upon our government to support our troops by bringing them home now alive," said Gene Glazer, national board member of Veterans for Peace. "There is no justification for the mass killing of innocent women, children and civilians in Iraq."

" Dr. King set an example for all of us of the importance of taking a stand on moral grounds even when the majority is vocally in opposition, "said Bennet Zurofsky, Esq., active civil rights attorney with Reitman Parsonnet of Newark. "He also set an example by bringing together issues of war and peace with issues of economic justice and civil rights. I fully believe that Dr. King would stand with those opposing our pre-emptive war in Iraq. That’s why it’s especially appropriate to commemorate his assassination with actions against the war."

At 2:00pm, following the press conference, a number of peace activists from throughout NJ will be going to the offices of Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator Jon Corzine inside 1 Gateway Center to insist that the Senators call for an immediate ceasefire so the troops can be brought home alive right away.