Presidential Debate Peace Rally
10.3.08 Nashville, TN: The Nashville Peace Coalition and the Coalition for October Debate Alternatives issued the call this week for a Regional Demonstration for Peace and Real Human Priorities on October 7, 2008 in Nashville at 21st Ave. So and Blakemore, less than one mile from the Presidential Candidate's Debate that evening. The demonstration is scheduled to take place from 4pm to 7pm and organizers say it will be a peaceful and non-violent expression of activists concerns that war in Iraq is not extended into the next Presidential administration. That evening at 5pm organizations representing various regional peace groups will be holding a press conference to call for an immediate end to the war in Iraq. Organizers of the event have expressed concerns that both Presidential candidates have made statements indicating support for a continued military occupation of Iraq and an increase in troop levels in Afghanistan. Both candidates have also indicated that they reserve the right to use military force against Iran if necessary.
The Nashville Peace Coalition is a coalition of organizations and individuals in middle Tennessee dedicated to promoting peace and ending war. The Coalition for October Debate Alternatives is a grassroots coalition of citizens and activists which has been meeting for the past year at the Nashville Peace and Justice Center to organize a grassroots response to the October 7th Presidential Debates. In calling for a regional demonstration, organizers with both groups have said that they would like to send a clear message to the campaigns of both the Democrats and the Republicans that most Americans want to bring the troops home now and they do not want a continuation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.