Crowds predicted at peace marches |

Crowds predicted at peace marches

Folks concerned with peace, social justice and environmental health will be gathering in Washington D.C. and San Francisco on Saturday, January 18th to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and protest a U.S. war against Iraq.

Sponsored by the International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & Racism) coalition, the marches are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people protesting the Bush Administration’s plan to prosecute a highly costly war, while neglecting this country’s human needs – education, jobs, housing and healthcare.

The El Dorado Peace and Justice Community will be chartering buses to the event. According to Diana Stauffer, representative of the Peace and Justice group, one bus is already filled and another will be chartered if enough interest is expressed.

“This will be our third trip to San Francisco,” said Stauffer. “Taking a bus to the march and rally is a great way to meet people and eliminates the parking hassles in the city.”

The group’s last trip to San Francisco was on October 26 to protest military action in Iraq.

“An estimated crowd of 80,000 to100,000 people attended that march,” said Stauffer. “The Jan. 18 event is expected to draw an even larger number.”

A seat on the bus costs $22 per person and must be reserved.

Stauffer said the departure time – from the Missouri Flat Park & Ride parking lot – will be approximately 8 a.m. with a return time of about 7 p.m. that evening.

To find out more about the trip or to make a reservation, call or e-mail Stauffer at (530) 642-1120,; or Carla Turoff at (530) 622-9549,

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