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December 9, 2001

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Groups plans anti-war demonstration in Topeka

Women from Lawrence and Topeka will gather at 1 p.m. Monday at the Capitol building in Topeka for a peaceful demonstration against the politics of war.

The demonstration, organized by Lawrence Peace Project and the Kansas University Green Party, falls on International Human Rights Day.

Demonstrators will wear black to show solidarity with Women in Black, a worldwide network of women against war, violence and militarism that began in Israel in 1988.

Participants are calling upon governmental leaders to step back from war and pursue strategies for an inclusive, just and equal global society that can grant peace to those who have long been victims of poverty, violence and injustice.

Among the demonstrators' requests will be that government and military leaders ensure that women be included in reconstruction talks in Afghanistan.

Holiday fund-raiser to benefit Penn House

Kansas Transportation Services is sponsoring a holiday fund-raiser to benefit a Lawrence agency that assists the needy.

KTS, which provides limousine and motorcoach transportation, is taking toy, food and monetary donations for Penn House, 1035 Pa.

Donors will receive tickets for a motorcoach tour to Kansas City, where they will view Christmas light displays at Crown Center, the Country Club Plaza and Longview Lake Park, said James Daniels, KTS general manager. The tour dates are Dec. 17, 18 and 19.

"We found out Penn House had actually stopped taking families because their resources were so low they couldn't take anymore," he said. "We thought it was a unique opportunity to utilize our motorcoach buses ... and have it all benefit a good cause."

Tickets will be distributed from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St., on Thursday at Kmart, 3106 Iowa, and on Dec. 14 at Dillons, 4701 W. Sixth St.

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