CARBONDALE--A centerpiece of White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) presidential bid is his opposition to the Iraq war. Five years ago he delivered his first anti-Iraq war speech at a rally in Chicago. Clips and photos from the speech are used in his presidential campaign to make the point he had the judgement--as a Senate candidate--to be against the Iraq invasion.
Now Obama is using the fifth anniversary of that speech as an organizing device. The campaign is planning rallies in 16 cities on Oct. to --you've heard this one before--"turn the page" in Iraq.
for the Obama release, click below..
Obama Supporters Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Speech Opposing Iraq War with Rallies across the Country
CHICAGO, IL – The Obama campaign today announced that supporters will gather in 16 cities across the country on Tuesday, October 2nd, the five-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s original speech opposing the Iraq War, to hold “Rallies to Turn the Page in Iraq.”
In his 2002 remarks at a downtown Chicago rally, Obama warned that the war could lead to “a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.” His remarks came less than ten days before the U.S. Senate’s October 11, 2002 vote to give the President authorization to go to war in Iraq.
“I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war,” said Obama in his October 2nd speech. “…A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.”
Five years later, Obama supporters will come together to demonstrate that there is a grassroots movement to change the way Washington works and it begins by finally turning the page in Iraq. The October 2nd rallies will be followed by dozens of grassroots canvasses across the country on Saturday, October 13th.
A list of the planned rallies is below. Supporters can RSVP for both the rallies and canvasses online at my.barackobama.com/turnthepage and use the organizing tools on the site to plan canvasses in their home communities.
Obama, the only major candidate to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning, will headline an event in Chicago on October 2nd. He previously outlined a comprehensive plan to end the war in Iraq responsibly in a September 12th speech in Clinton, IA.
RALLIES TO TURN THE PAGE IN IRAQ:
NOTE: These events are open to the press. If you would like to cover one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Memorial Park
McFarland Blvd in front of University Mall
El Presidio Plaza Park (behind City Hall)
175 W Alameda St
LOS ANGELES, CA
Federal Building Steps
11000 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
All War Memorial
1350 N Street
N Street between 13th and 14th
SAN DIEGO, CA
War Memorial Building
3325 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA
University Memorial Center
Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court
University of Colorado-Boulder
Broadway St & Euclid Ave
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Steps of City Hall
107 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
Veterans Memorial - Lincoln Park
(Civic Center, across from State Capitol)
Lincoln St. & E Colfax Ave.
26th and Elizabeth
1141 Massachusetts St.
801 E. Walnut
Columbia, MO 65201
ST. LOUIS, MO
World's Fair Pavilion, Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63110
ST. PAUL, MN
Campus Center Lawn
1600 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN
" Tiger Park" Section, Intersection of Nassau Street and Palmer Square East/Palmer Square West
Princeton, New Jersey
Steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
1900 Belmont Boulevard