Utahns' last chance to say "give peace a chance" before war breaks out may be during demonstrations planned for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Salt Lake City and at Brigham Young University, just hours before the United Nation's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.
Later in the week, Utah activists will be involved with anti-war demonstrations in Salt Lake City and San Francisco - but that's after the deadline for possible military action.The third interfaith gulf crisis prayer vigil will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S. 1700 East. Leaders of various faiths will participate with prayers, sermonettes, a litany and music. The public is invited.
A "pray-in" is scheduled to start on the Utah Capitol steps at noon on Monday. On Tuesday, the deadline, a "speak-out" concerning the prospects of military action will begin at 7 p.m. in the First Unitarian Church, 569 S. 1300 East.
Lynne Finney, an author and psychotherapist who lives in Park City, has been working to arrange the pray-in. Although she is not working as part of any peace organization, she says Utahns' involvement in the event has snowballed.
"I have no idea how many people will come," she said. "It's basically a grass-roots thing . . . It was really a group of people who got together who were very concerned about going to war."
Members of the group called their friends and had each call at least 10 others, with the request to them that they each call 10 also, she said. They have contacted the news media and many of their acquaintances. Peace groups, many individuals and church officials have said they will participate.
"It seems as though there are just a lot of people who are very frightened and feel very helpless. They need a way of showing that they want peace," Finney said.
Also on Monday, a speak-out is scheduled to discuss the Middle East confrontation at BYU. The meeting is set to begin at noon.
Tuesday, the Unitarian Church will be the location of another speak-out, sponsored by the Utah Coalition Against a U.S. War in the Middle East. "Everybody is invited to come speak their mind," says a recording at the group's office, 322-4123.
Veterans of the Vietnam War who are against a military conflict in the Middle East will meet with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, at 2 p.m. Tuesday in his office in the Federal Building, said Clifton Brown of the coalition.
A march and rally are scheduled at noon Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Federal Building. In addition, the coalition has arranged buses to leave Jan. 25 for a peace rally in San Francisco. The demonstration is scheduled for the next day.
Bus tickets are available from the coalition at $50, according to the recording.