Category Archives: DC March

Thousands protest in DC, 200 arrested.

Saturday was the latest March on DC, which ended at the Capitol with a Vietnam era strategy called a “Die In”. From WaPo:

Protesters and counter-protesters started to gather by 8:30 a.m. for the first major anti-war protest in Washington since January, which is expected to be followed by a week of civil disobedience in the area intended to shift the anti-war movement to a more confrontational phase.

The event today is organized by the ANSWER Coalition, which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. It formally began at noon at Lafayette Park, on the north side of the White House, with speeches from at least two dozen speakers ranging from former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Ralph Nader to Washington Wizards player Etan Thomas and Michael Berg, whose son Nicolas was a contractor killed in Iraq.

“The majority of the people in this country and in Iraq are working people, and working people want this war to end,” Fred Mason, president of the Maryland and District AFL-CIO, told the crowd amid chants of “Money for jobs and education, not for war and occupation.”

The march symbolizes plenty to those of us against this unlawful war. That ANSWER plans to do something every day this week is important. That they plan a new phase of protesting which includes being arrested shows their commitment to the cause. AP has a writeup here and ABC has one here. The NYT even has coverage here.

Now, some Richard Thompson-Dad’s gonna kill me..his ode to the soldiers in Baghdad
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