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City of Peace Rally in Columbus on March 19

On March 19, Columbus City Council will host Central Ohio Peace Network’s 2009 peace and justice program, "Creating a City of Peace: Let the Healing Begin." Lectures and panel discussions will be from 5:30-8 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 90 W. City Hall, 90 W. Broad St. Councilwoman Charleta Tavares is hosting the event, which is open and free to the public.

Participants may begin the rally at a 4 p.m. prayer service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad Street (Third and Broad Streets). Marchers will leave the front doors of the church at 5 p.m. At City Hall they will enter the Front Street entrance. They must show a photo ID at the desk.

The annual event commemorates the beginning of the war in Iraq on March 19, 2003. and focuses on the costs of war, the dividends of peace, and the links between peace and justice in our own community and across the globe.

Speakers and panelists will address the economic fallout from more than six years of war and the healthcare crises in America. They also will look at accomplishing peace and healing for veterans and all people effected by violence. Also, numerous community organizations and resources will provide information, and musicans will perform.

Sponsored by the Central Ohio Peace Network.

Contact: Connie Everett, 614-436-0074 or

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