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Anti-war Protests Abound in the U.S.

Posted in activism, Anti-War, foreign policy, Iraq War, Politics, U.S. News by Curtis on 10/28/07

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According to the BBC, tens of thousands of U.S. citizens participated in anti-war activities today, organized in major cities around the nation in response to a call from the United for Peace and Justice coalition:

Rallies took place in a dozen cities, with the biggest crowds gathering in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

They were timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of a vote by the US Senate to authorise the Iraq invasion.

Those taking part, who included relatives of servicemen fighting in Iraq, urged the US congress to cut off funding for the war…

…One of the national co-ordinators of the protests, Leslie Kielsen, told Reuters that the “half a trillion” dollars spent on the war was money that could have been used for education, social housing and to feed the hungry.

In New York participants gathered in Union Square, before marching on to Foley Square, which is close to many of the city’s largest courthouses and government offices.

A two minute silence was held to honour those killed in the violence which has blighted Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion.

An estimated 10,000 people joined a march in Chicago and in San Francisco there was an even greater turnout.

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  1. Ann El Khoury said, on 10/28/07 at 2:46 pm

    Very encouraging. We saw some coverage here on the news and I was impressed by the actions.

    The American Friends Service Committee (AFCS/Quakers) also have a campaign to defund the war:

    http://support.afsc.org/site/PageNavigator/DefundRefundPetition

  2. Curtis said, on 10/28/07 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for the link, and for your support! The general feel on the street, as far as my limited personal experience goes, is that more individuals are coming to question the motives of their government and economy and are increasingly looking to the international community for answers and support.

  3. Wendy said, on 10/30/07 at 6:43 pm

    I never saw nor read any news about these protests. Perhaps it was due to the media’s obsession with covering the Ca wildfires last week?

    However, part of the reason I believe the anti-war movement has been so ineffective is the incredibly scant media coverage. The Bush propaganda machine had done its job. Everybody was emotionally connecting 9/11 to Saddam. Some ridiculous statistic of U.S. population (80%?) thought Saddam was linked to that kick-in-the-balls event. Media organizations were cowed, with the very real prospect of losing their audience/advertisers if they took any kind of anti-war approach (or gave anti-war people any serious coverage). I don’t think it is any exaggeration for me to say this is how things went down. Were there any serious journalistic publications that questioned the validity of the war at the time? (I’m not counting the alternative press, or partisan publications like The Nation.) The Washington Post? NY Times? I sure don’t remember any.

    What good is an anti-war movement if nobody is watching? Suppose you held a protest and nobody came? If a bullhorn sounds “No War!” in a forest…

  4. Bluebear2 said, on 11/2/07 at 9:00 am

    Ann gets to see it half a world away, but we get nothing from our press!

    I saw absolutely nothing in either the local or national news regarding the demonstrations.
    Living only 70 miles from San Francisco one would surely expect some kind of coverage here – yet nothing!

    Fellow blogger Big Dan attended the Sept. 15 Iraq war veteran’s protest in Washington DC and took many pictures and videos of the crowds stretching as far as one could see in the distance – 10’s of thousands of people.

    The news I saw showed a small group standing on a corner and put the number at several thousand.

    Some of Dan’s videos etc can be found at Winter Patriot’s here
    and at Youtube by searching for the user “maplespak”.

    Wendy pretty much hits the nail on the head.

  5. Curtis said, on 11/8/07 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks very much for the comments and info, guys. And I agree, Wendy: the media silence was deafening, and disturbing.


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