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Poverty March for Peace Service March 2 in San Francisco Kick Off NCC's Second Annual "Poverty March" Observance

Event Emphasizes Connection Between War and Poverty

Poverty March for PeaceOn Sunday, March 2, 2003, a "POVERTY MARCH FOR PEACE" in San Francisco will highlight the real connections between war and poverty. Interfaith prayers for peace at 3 p.m. in Grace Cathedral, California at Taylor, San Francisco, will be led by San Francisco Area United Methodist Bishop Beverly Shamana; Rabbi Stephen Pearce of Congregation Emanu-el, and Omar Ahmad of the National Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, along with members of Buddhist and Hindu communities.

Sponsoring the service are the National Council of Churches with several partners, including Working Assets, United Religions Initiative, San Francisco Interfaith Council, Grace Cathedral, and California Council of Churches/California Church IMPACT.

This event will highlight the real connections between the ongoing rush to war and neglect of domestic programs resulting in economic hardship across the country and the globe. It will advocate for peaceful solutions to the conflict with Iraq.

This event kicks off the NCC’s second annual "Poverty March," a month-long initiative to speak to the issue of faith communities’ involvement in overcoming poverty. The event will include an installation of images of Iraqi children and a performance by folk singer Stephan Smith of his antiwar song "The Bell."

For more information, or to find out how your faith Group can participate, call 415-495-1709. Media inquiries should be directed to Parker Blackman, Fenton Communications, San Francisco, 415-901-0111 or (mobile) 415-990-4781;, or to Carol Fouke, National Council of Churches, 212-870-2252;

Link to PDF of promotional cards

Background: In this effort we are partnering with Working Assets and others to highlight the connections between war and poverty as a way of beginning the National Council of Churches' March 2003 focus on poverty, aptly named Poverty March.

The event acts as a West Coast counterpart to our service at the National Cathedral on January 20th, where, working with Sojourners and the Children’s Defense Fund, we had 3000+ participants in a service and procession to the White House.

We appreciate your continued support of the efforts to find peaceful solutions to the conflict with Iraq; especially ones that will not further deplete resources needed for social programs, aggravating poverty in the United States and worldwide.

Specifically, please inform your West Coast contacts of this service and help us to build an audience for the event. Local volunteers for the efforts are also appreciated. We will also be working with interfaith contacts in the area, so any of these contacts would be helpful as well.

For more information, contact Jennifer Morazes at 212-870-3422 or

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