While much of the country's attention is focused on the domestic health-care debate, one Denver coalition will be protesting the escalating conflict in Afghanistan. The "March for Real Change" will take place of Oct. 7th, on the eight year anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. "Change your hope into action, stop Obama's wars," will be the focus of the demonstration, says local activist, Mark Cohen. "Though he promised change, Obama is leading the country deeper into a quagmire in Afghanistan with no end in sight."
Cohen and other Denver-area activists have come together and formed the group, the Denver Anti-War Network. Along with a street protest against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Denver Anti-War Network is planning an after event, the Justice and Peace Jamboree. It will be a free event featuring free food, music, poetry and speakers from ongoing radical and social justice-oriented projects. "We want to bring people together, present them opportunities to plug into the social justice organizing that is happening and open a space where constructive dialogue can take place, leading to a more active and vibrant anti-war left."
The "March for Real Change" begins at 4pm at the Federal Courthouse on 19th and Stout in downtown Denver. The Justice and Peace Jamboree begins at 7pm at Quixote's (2637 Welton St.). The Denver Anti-War Network can be reached by contacting Mark Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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