PEORIA -- An around-the-clock vigil outside the Peoria office of Cong. Ray LaHood (R-Peoria) beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26 will kick off three days of activism against the Iraq war.
The events are part of "Iraq Summer" events in Peoria.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is scheduled to lead the three day vigil at LaHood's office, 100 NE Monroe, beginning on the day the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was finally ratified in 1920.
On Tuesday August 28, at 7pm, a "Take a Stand" town hall meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Peoria Main Library across the street at 107 N. E. Monroe.
Other on-going activities include:
1. Vigils every Saturday from noon - 1 p.m. at University and Main in Peoria, and 6th and Monroe in Springfield.
2. A rally in Bloomington each month on the 19th, from 6-6:30 p.m. at the post office on Towanda Avenue. The Iraq war started on March 19.
3. Peace vigils from 5:30 - 6 p.m. every Thursday in Galesburg, on the northeast corner of Losey and Henderson.
Do these events make a difference? Only time will tell, but they can't hurt and might help raise consciousness among people who have not been paying attention.