There were no Valentine’s Day chocolates for Santa Monica peace activist Jerry Rubin, who began a planned month-long fast Wednesday, February 14th, to protest and mark the fourth anniversary of war in Iraq.

Rubin plans to consume only water, juice and herbal tea through Saturday, March 17th, when anti-war protests will be scheduled in Hollywood.

He will also gather anti-war messages on a 1,000-foot-long “Peace and Love, Not War and Violence” scroll to be sent to Washington, D.C. after March 17th.

He began his fast and started gathering messages at a Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, conference February 14th, and plans to gather more messages by taking the scroll to Santa Monica schools, peace events and various community meetings.

“We need to start bringing our troops home from Iraq now and begin working with all nations in the region to seek a political solution,” Rubin said. “On this traditional Valentine’s Day, we can promote love and peace, not war and violence.”

Rubin is a Santa Monica resident and director of the Alliance for Survival peace and environmental group.

He currently leads the Activist Support Circle, an ongoing emotional support group for progressive activists.

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