Friday marks the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition commemorated the anniversary Wednesday with a peace vigil at Bloomington’s courthouse square.
About a dozen people attended the event, carrying signs that read “Peace for Afghanistan” and “War is Terrorism.” Event organizer Timothy Baer says the vigils seem to resonate with people in Bloomington, but says neither Democratic nor Republican Congressmen seem to be hearing their message.
“I still think it’s very important to do both, to send a message to our members of Congress and to the public,” he says. “So we’re going to continue it as long as these wars continue.”
Several of the attendees have participated in the vigils every month since they began in 2001. Rita Lichtenberg has been an active protestor in Bloomington since Vietnam and says the U.S. has still not learned its lesson.
“It’s very bad news for the American people, their economy, their schools, the state, the health care, you name it,” she says. “Everything is affected by the huge amounts of money that go into funding this endless, senseless war.”
The Peace Action Coalition says they will continue to hold the vigils on the first Wednesday of every month.