On Wednesday, August 30, 2005, the last day of the anti-war encampment started by Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, Texas, the Bring Them Home Now Tour launched three buses of military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War, and veterans of previous wars. These buses will travel different routes across the country, including a stop in Pittsburgh on September 11th-13th, before converging in Washington, DC for the United for Peace and Justice March on September 24th.
Pittsburgh's main event is Camp Neil : A Picnic/Speak-Out followed by a Candlelight March on Sunday, Sept. 11
CAMP NEIL: Picnic/Speak Out followed by Candlelight March
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2005
Time: Picnic/Speak-Out from 4:30 pm, Candlelight March begins at 7 pm
Location:Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland. Click for map
March Route: Flagstaff Hill to Soldiers & Sailors Hall – about 5 blocks.
Parking: Free parking at CMU’s Morewood Lot.
At Flagstaff, there will be a re-creation of Camp Casey, named Camp Neil, in honor of 1st. Lt. Neil Anthony Santoriello, Jr., of Pittsburgh, who died in Iraq at age 24. Lt. Santoriello’s mother, Diane Davis Santoriello, will be present along with other members of Goldstar Families for Peace, as well as Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace. You are invited to join us to Speak Out about the horrors of the Iraqi war, and to have a pot-luck picnic dinner before the march. There will be live music and other entertainment as well.
Please join the encampment by bringing food for the potluck-style picnic, candles for the vigil & march, or even join the tour as part of a caravan to D.C!
Bring Them Home Now Tour/September DC Mobilization Schedule of Public Events:
Sunday, September 11, 4:30pm
CAMP NEIL Speak Out/Pot-Luck Picnic with Musical Perfomances
Flagstaff Hill (Schenely Park, Oakland)
Sunday, September 11, 7:00pm
From Flagstaff Hill (Schenely Park, Oakland)
to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial
Monday, September 12, 11:45pm
Truth in Recruiting Press Conference/Protest
Oakland Military Recruiting Station (3712 Forbes Ave., Oakland)
Monday, September 12, 7:30pm
PUBLIC GATHERING to discuss Conscientious Objection and Counter Recruitment
Friends Meeting House (4836 Ellsworth Ave, Oakland)
Tuesday, September 13, 12 noon
PRESENTATION and Q&A
United Steelworkers of America headquarters (60 Blvd.of the Allies, Downtown)
Tuesday, September 13, 6:30pm
SEND OFF PARTY Pot-Luck for the Bring Them Home Now Tour
Shadow Lounge (5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty)
What you can do to help with the Tour: