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Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 15:48:43 +0200
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in D.C. Protest Iraq War Plans
Jan. 18 — In a show of dissent that organizers said
"shattered the false myth of consensus," for
a war with Iraq, tens of thousands of protesters representing
a diverse coalition for peace converged here today for
a rally and march against the Bush administration's threatened
use of military force against Saddam Hussein's regime.
by the British band Chumbawamba, which opened the Washington
demonstration with a performance of a new antiwar song,
a swelling crowd, packed densely to stave off the winter
winds, filled several blocks west of the Capitol carrying
signs, waving banners and chanting, "No war with
in San Francisco, swarms of demonstrators filed off buses,
ferries and up from the subways along the waterfront for
a march heading up Market Street and into the downtown.
Among the protesters were a caravan of environmentalists
in electric cars with signs that read "Go solar,
not ballistic," and the Stroller Brigade, a group
of Bay Area parents pushing their children through the
marches were sponsored by the activist group International
Answer, after months of intense local organizing following
a similar large demonstration in the capital
a show of solidarity with the march in Washington, which
drew participants from around the country and was timed
to coincide with the Martin Luther King
weekend, other antiwar activities took place nationwide.
Thousands marched through downtown Portland, Ore., led
by a drum ensemble and cheerleaders with multicolored
pompoms. In Tampa, Fla., protesters rallied outside the
gates of MacDill Air Force Base as military jets took
off nearby. Other events were held overseas in cities
including Tokyo, Paris, Cairo, and Moscow.
in the crowds seemed undeterred — even invigorated
— by the steady and seemingly inexorable march toward
a possible war, perhaps in a few weeks, as the
States and a few allies marshall troops, naval flotillas
and air wings in a rapidly escalating mobilization in
the Persian Gulf region. As protesters marched,
officials said that more aircraft carriers soon would
be bolstering the numbers of attack aircraft in the region.
government is going to do what they are going to do regardless,"
said Mike Smith, 22, a student who was one of hundreds
of people to arrive in Washington in
a caravan of 11 buses from Chicago. "But at least
by coming we can try to make sure that people in other
countries know that all Americans are not down with this
the groups in attendance were the Gray Panthers, a social
advocacy group; Code Pink, a women's group; Black Voices
for Peace, an African-American group; and the Green Party,
actions are critical, but there are times when it is necessary
to amass an undeniable massive physical and vocal presence,"
said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a civil rights lawyer and
spokeswoman for Answer.
Conway, 21, drove overnight with 10 friends from a theater
group at the University of Michigan. Sager Williams, 51,
a lawyer, came with friends from Annapolis,
Md. Howard Marland, 60, a carpenter, came to the rally
with a dozen people from Dumbarton United Methodist Church
greeted one another and shared their backgrounds in small
groups as a steady stream of speakers rallied the crowd
for two hours from the stage. In addition
to dozens of activists representing groups like the Muslim
Student Association, Pastors for Peace and Global Exchange,
there were several celebrity speakers.
them were the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton,
the actresses Jessica Lange and Tyne Daly, and Ron Kovic,
the Vietnam veteran and antiwar activist. In San Francisco,
the actor Martin Sheen and the singer Joan Baez participated
all know what I do for work, this is what I do for a living,"
said Mr. Sheen, who plays the president on the television
show "The West Wing." "If the people
the leaders will follow."
addition to Answer, which drew support from 200 organizing
centers around the country, the march from the National
Mall to the Washington Navy Yard about two miles away
benefited from the formation and growth over the past
several months of other antiwar coalitions.
two main groups, United for Peace, an umbrella group of
more than 120 organizations, and Win Without War, a coalition
of religious, business and civic
have helped draw mainstream support by using patriotic
antiwar messages. In recent weeks the groups have won
high-profile backing from groups like labor unions, which
have committed thousands of dollars and people to the
week, a number of Republican business leaders lent their
support by taking out a full-page advertisement in The
Wall Street Journal opposing a war with Iraq.
many of those marching today were not part of organized
groups, but were simply skeptical and frustrated citizens
who felt compelled to attend.
antiwar movement hadn't been very visible to us in our
daily lives, and we thought we needed to stand up and
be counted," said Vicki Rosenwald, 53, a
nurse from New York who attended the rally with her husband
and a group of friends. "It's important for ordinary
middle-aged, middle-class people to show
up at these things because we can't be dismissed as campus
hours before the start of the antiwar rally here, supporters
of the war effort held a counter protest on the National
Mall, southeast of the Vietnam Memorial. Fewer
than 100 people — mostly from two groups, one called
Move-Out and another called Free Republic — waved
flags as "The Star Spangled Banner" played over
a portable speaker.
believe in America and what America stands for,"
said Joe Kernodle, a Vietnam veteran and spokesman for
Move-Out. Many of the counter protesters were associated
with the military, but Nina Burke and her husband, Steve,
came from Fredericksburg, Va., as civilians. "We
need to disarm Saddam before he sneaks a nuke into Chicago
or New York, not after," Ms. Burke said.