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Bring Them Home Now Tour comes to Richmond

On August 31st, the last day of the encampment in Crawford, Texas, the Bring Them Home Now (BTHN) tour launched three buses from Crawford, Texas, each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. These buses traveled different routes across the country, converging in Washington, DC on September 21, in time for the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition and UFPJ (United for Peace and Justice) mass mobilizations planned for September 24th through 26th.

The "Southern Tour" bus made a stop in Richmond, Virginia on September 19th. The Virginia Antiwar Network (VAWN) helped to plan a day of activities for the group, including a lunchtime picket outside of the Virginia National Guard recruitment office on Broad Street and a Town Hall meeting at Asbury Church in Church Hill later that evening. Between the times of these two events BTHN members, along with a handful of local activists, visited the offices of Congressman Bobby Scott and Senator George Allen to share their views and experiences regarding the Iraq War. These meetings were very productive, with senior staff members showing sincere interest, asking many questions and taking notes.

Prior to the Town Hall meeting, we were served a delicious meal prepared by Food Not Bombs. Each of the BTHN members spoke to an audience of about 60 people. Their stories were very moving and emotions, at times, were overwhelming. After some comments/questions from the audience, people ventured outside for a vigil at a small memorial that had been set up with some of the crosses from "Camp Casey", each commemorating one of the nearly 2000 troops that have died since the start of the Iraq War. Channel 8 and WRIR were on hand to film and tape much of the event.


In front of the Virginia National Guard office
In front of the Virginia National Guard office
Peace is Patriotic
Peace is Patriotic
for what noble cause?
for what noble cause?
Phil Waste (MFSO)
Phil Waste (MFSO)
WRVA
WRVA
Congressman Bobby Scott's office
Congressman Bobby Scott's office
Ann Williams and Tom Palumbo listen attentively
Ann Williams and Tom Palumbo listen attentively
taking notes
taking notes
walk the walk
walk the walk
Tina Garnanez(IVAW)*
Tina Garnanez
(IVAW)*
reflection
reflection
lunch at a local Jamaican restaurant
lunch at a local Jamaican restaurant
Senator George Allen's office
Senator George Allen's office
Chito sets up the memorial
Chito sets up the memorial
Food Not Bombs prepares a delicious meal
Food Not Bombs prepares a delicious meal
boots
boots
Channel 8(inteviews Michelle)
Channel 8
(inteviews Michelle)
PFC William C. Ramirez*
PFC William C. Ramirez*
Town Hall meeting at Asbury United Methodist Church
Town Hall meeting at Asbury United Methodist Church
peace signs from the BTHN contingent
peace signs from the BTHN contingent
Janet Taylor
Janet Taylor
Larry Syverson (MFSO)
Larry Syverson (MFSO)
Trouble (FNB)
Trouble (FNB)
looking on while others listen
looking on while others listen
Michelle DeFord(GSFP)
Michelle DeFord
(GSFP)
too cute
too cute
Brooke Beasley(GSFP)
Brooke Beasley
(GSFP)
Linda & Phil Waste(MFSO)
Linda & Phil Waste
(MFSO)
Julie Cuniglio(GSFP)
Julie Cuniglio
(GSFP)
v3%2f94%2f321294%2f4%2f50390908.050919C182c.jpg Charlie Anderson(IVAW)*
Charlie Anderson
(IVAW)*
Channel 8 (WRIC) reporting
Channel 8 (WRIC) reporting
crosses
crosses