Axis of Frienship

An Axis of Friendship with Iran Festival was held this past Sept. 12 in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza in memory of the lives lost on 9/11, and in unity with thousands in Iran who support peace and dialogue.

Thousands of people addressed the crowd on the importance of reclaiming the “axis of friendship” with Iran. The purpose of the festival is to prevent future wars and achieving global peace. Inluential people joined in on the even as speakers such as Iranian-American writer Amir Soltani, Dr. Jeff Ritterman, Nooshin Razani of Military Families Speak Out, and Michael Batchelder of Jewish Voice for Peace.

The San Francisco event ended with the lighting of candles by hundreds of supporters from across the globe.

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Karl Rove’s appearance at the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s annual speakers forum drew a small but spirited group of peace activists to the capital city’s downtown convention center. There were more than 2,500 people who attended the event, which also featured speeches by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Deepak Chopra and others.

Although it was an event to promote peace, there were hundreds of protesters greeted attendees arriving for the morning program with signs such as “Jail Rove for Contempt” and “Arrest Rove for Contempt of Congress.” These were a reminder of the disregard by Pres. George W. Bush’s longtime political guru and former deputy chief of staff of a House Judiciary Committee subpoena, and of Rove’s refusal to testify at a July 10 hearing regarding the administration’s role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama.