Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace and Brainerd Lakes Area Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) will hold a peace vigil on Monday, May 3. The peace vigil will be held at the intersection of Sixth and Washington Streets, Brainerd, across from the historic Brainerd water tower. The vigil is scheduled to last from 6 to nearly 7 p.m. Vigil participants will meet at the vigil site. Signs, flags, and banners are available for vigil participants or vigil participants can bring signs to the vigil.
The peace vigil asserts the following:
-demands an immediate end to U.S. wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the termination of U.S. drone assassinations, and a complete halt to all U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia which is waging a brutal war on Yemen.
-opposes possible new U.S. wars against Iran and Venezuela.
-supports the U.S. reentering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or nuclear energy agreement with Iran without preconditions.
-calls on the U.S. to normalize diplomatic and trade relations with Iran and Venezuela.
-rejects the U.S. sanctions regime and regime change operations.
-calls for the lifting of sanctions and an end to regime change operations.
-urges the United States to resolve disputes with other nations through diplomacy which respects international law, national sovereignty, and the right of self-determination.
-supports the U.S. working cooperatively with other nations on issues such as climate change, poverty, and the coronavirus pandemic.
-demands major cuts in the U.S. military budget and the use of the funds for human needs and environmental protection instead.
After the vigil ends shortly before 7 p.m., BACP will hold our monthly meeting at Gregory Park. Gregory Park is located at 511 North Fifth Street, Brainerd. Peace vigil and meeting participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
If bad weather forces the peace vigil to be cancelled and prevents a meeting in Gregory Park, the BACP monthly meeting will be held in the Brainerd United Church of Christ (UCC) upstairs library at 7 p.m. The UCC is located at 415 Juniper Street, Brainerd.
Everyone is welcome to join the BACP/DSA Spring peace vigil and BACP meeting. Please join us.
Stop Line 3 vigils are being held by Brainerd Lakers United for the Environment (BLUE) and Brainerd Lakes Area Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). The BLUE/DSA Stop Line 3 vigils are held on the first and third Saturday of every month. The vigils are held at the intersection of Sixth and Washington Streets, Brainerd, across from the historic Brainerd water tower, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. BACP supports the Stop Line 3 vigils.
NOTE: Because of Covid-19, meetings are currently being held by ZOOM instead of at UCC Church.
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