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Operation Ceasefire Concert Coming to D.C. this Saturday
Published September 19, 2005

Rally seeks to bring the troops home from Iraq. Punk rocker Jello Biafra will host.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Operation Ceasefire, an eleven hour free concert and rally to bring the troops home from Iraq at the Washington Monument on September 24, 2005, 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 complement 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 PM - Machetres 
2:30 PM -  Living Things
3:18 PM - Joan Baez
3:50 PM - Wayne Kramer and the Bellrays
4:41 PM - Steve Earle
5:31 PM- The Coup
6:23 PM - Sweet Honey in the Rock
7:09 PM - The Evens
7:54 PM - Ted Leo+Pharmacists
8:50 PM - Head Roc
9:37 PM- Thievery Corporation
10:59 PM - Pure Belly Dance
11:27 PM - Bouncing Souls
12:12 AM - Le Tigre
The following speakers will appear between the musical acts: host Jello Biafra, Co-Founder of  Gold Star Families for Peace Cindy Sheehan, Representative Lynn Woolsey, Washington Wizard Forward Etan Thomas, Former State Department Officer Ann Wright, national radio commentator Jim Hightower, Fernando Suarez del Solar of  Gold Star Families, Reverend 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 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 am and will at end at the Washington Monument.