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Thousands to Protest War in Iraq This Weekend; Joan Baez and Living Things Join Operation Ceasefire; Performer Schedule Now Available

Operation Ceasefire ( http://www.opceasefire.org ), an eleven-hour free concert and rally to bring the troops home from Iraq at the Washington Monument on Sept. 24, is pleased to announce new additions to the line-up of performers. Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and the rock band Living Things are now confirmed to perform. The additions compliment artists from several different genres, including: International recording stars Thievery Corporation, punk-rock bands LeTigre and Bouncing Souls, country music recording artist Steve Earle, independent artists Ted Leo + The Pharmacists and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 with the Bellrays, socially conscious hip-hop groups The Coup and Head-Roc, the duo The Evens (Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina), Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Latin punk rock group Machtres, and host Jello Biafra.

The Operation Ceasefire performer schedule is as follows:

2:05 p.m. -- Machetres

2:30 p.m. -- Living Things

3:18 p.m. -- Joan Baez

3:50 p.m. -- Wayne Kramer and the Bellrays

4:41 p.m. -- Steve Earle

5:31 p.m. -- The Coup

6:23 p.m. -- Sweet Honey in the Rock

7:09 p.m. -- The Evens

7:54 p.m. -- Ted Leo+Pharmacists

8:50 p.m. -- Head Roc

9:37 p.m. -- Thievery Corporation

10:59 p.m. -- Pure Belly Dance

11:27 p.m. -- Bouncing Souls

12:12 a.m. -- Le Tigre

The following speakers will appear between the musical acts: host Jello Biafra, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace Cindy Sheehan, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (news, bio, voting record), Washington Wizard Forward Etan Thomas, Former State Department Officer Ann Wright, national radio commentator Jim Hightower, Fernando Suarez del Solar of Gold Star Families, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Cindy Corrie, Mother of peace activist Rachel Corrie who was killed in the West Bank, Code Pink and Global Exchange co-founder Medea Benjamin, the DC Guerilla Poets, investigative journalist Greg Palast, Iraq Vets Against the War Co-Founder Michael Hoffman, Anti-Flag drummer Pat Thetic and more.

Operation Ceasefire is sponsored by United for Peace & Justice http://www.unitedforpeace.org which has planned three days of action (Sept. 24-26) to stop the war in Iraq. The Operation Ceasefire concert will immediately follow a massive rally and march that begins at the Ellipse near the White House at 11:30 a.m. and will at end at the Washington Monument. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. and end at approximately 1:30 a.m.

Interview Requests and Media Credentialing

Members of the media that would like to interview Operation Ceasefire participants or to register for media access credentials at the concert should e-mail info@opceasefire.org.

More information at http://WWW.OPCEASEFIRE.ORG and http://WWW.UNITEDFORPEACE.ORG


© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/

Contact: Heather Huff, 202-285-7551, Scott Goodstein, 202-256-8320, Adam Eidinger, 202-744-2671

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