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Fill the Capitol Theater

By Dan Leahy

On the first Friday of each month, neighbors from our Hospital Hill section of Olympia’s Westside have been holding “Stop the War” signs at Harrison and Perry. It’s not a big action, but it’s something.

As we were holding up the signs one morning, a neighbor told us about a book called Support the Truth. It was a plea written by a Gulf War I veteran to start telling the truth about how our troops are misled and misused in a senseless war and then forgotten in homeless shelters, hospitals and prisons often times suffering from radiation sickness due to depleted uranium poisoning.

We decided to change our slogan around and organize a “Support the Truth” day at the Capitol Theater. We see it as a chance to hear some uncensored facts about the current state of Iraq. We see it as a chance for people sickened by this conflict to register their opposition. We see it as a chance for little groups like ours to gain strength by seeing others who are also determined to mobilize their neighborhoods, stop the war on Iraq and bring our troops home.

We’ve been lucky enough to secure two great keynote speakers, Scott Ritter and Dahr Jamail. Mr. Ritter is the former weapons inspector in Iraq for the United Nations and a former major in the U.S. Marines. He is the author of several books, including Frontier Justice: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking of America.

Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist who has spent a total of eight months in occupied Iraq. Mr. Jamail will have just returned from Iraq after coverning the US sponsored elections in Iraq. As part of this talk, he’ll present a slide show of Fallujah.

In addition to these speakers, we’ll be making some noise with the Infernal Noise Brigade, a well known collective of drummers, performers, singers and blowers of brass created in Seattle in 1999 to prepare for the World Trade Organization’s ministerial. Many of us remember how important this Brigade was to us during that great victory over the WTO.

Much of this event has been made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the BRICK student organization at SPSCC and the Heroico Batallon de San Patricio. The event has been endorsed by the Veterans for Peace, the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, and the 100 Thousand and Counting campaign.

See you at the Capitol on Friday night, February 18th, at 7:00 pm. And, if you’ve got $5.00 or more as a donation, bring it along to help cover costs.