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Photos and Reports of Activism Around Country
Here's a new photo gallery.
Three are photos of crosses at Camp Casey sent in by Carly Miller.
Four are photos of a candlelight vigil in New York sent in by Julie Peny along with this report:
Here are some of the pictures I took. I made a lot of extra posters, brought extra candles, and flags. (We always have to remember to bring flags so the right doesn't outpatriot us). Our vigil was in Water Mill, Long Island, NY. I did a head count: 230 of us but I knowI missed some. We had the press there: Newsday, & the local press: The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, (but TV didn't show) The Sag Harbor Express will carry a photo I took. Our "East End Vets" were there. They put up the crosses. The Vets spoke, and a nun just back from Iraq. Even the model Christie Brinkly (it is the "Hamptons" afterall) read an essay on truth telling and compassion. We lined up along the Montauk Hwy and the summer traffic--a captive audience--drove by us slowly waving, giving us peace-signs, tooting their horns. The best was when truckers would go by and blast their air-horns in solidarity with us.
Eleven are of a vigil on Esplanade and Bayou St. John in New Orleans, sent in by Melinda Hoehn.
One is a picture of the Cindy Sheehan Peace Vigil held on Guemes Island (population 800) on 8-17-05 -- submitted by Howard Pellett.
Two are of a demonstration in Fargo, ND, sent in by Thomas Harrelson along with this report: Yesterday, Sunday Aug. 24, we held a demonstration at noon on the Main Avenue Bridge. About 45 people came to show their solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and their dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq. There was one incident in which a drinking tumbler was hurled from a passing car and struck a demonstrator on the head--violent people use violent means--but overall this demonstration was a great success.
We were interviewed on local news, we spoke on the matter of the war as well as on the importance of public resistance to it, about 80% of passers by honked in support, usually giving the Peace Sign and our group agreed to meet again next Sunday--same time, same place -- with two more friends each. There have also been more vigils arranged for this coming week by the North Dakota Peace Coalition to take place in Bismarck, ND. Peace!
Five are from Salt Lake City, sent in by Laura Bonham, along with this excellent report:
August 22, Salt Lake City - The Peace Rally at Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City took place yesterday just two blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center where George Bush appeared as the keynote speaker at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. Approximately 3-4000 people came out on a hot and humid Monday to show their opposition to this unjust war, not bad for a workday and a larger Salt Lake turnout than the Viet Nam antiwar protests of the 70’s. The show of support from the motorists that passed by was overwhelming. Horns blared constantly throughout the day, sometimes making it nearly impossible to hear the speakers over the din.
Veterans for Peace Chair Aaron Davis introduced Celeste Zappala of Gold Star Families for Peace who delivered the keynote address. She together with Cindy Sheehan co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace. Surrounded by members of the clergy, Celeste delivered a heartbreaking address that brought tears to the eyes of many in attendance. Salt Lake City resident Edwin Firmage, Sr. followed Mrs. Zappala. Dr. Firmage has an outstanding and well-known background in public service. He is best known as an early voice against the MX Missile who with the LDS Church and others successfully halted the MX Missile program. Attendees also heard from other speakers who have family members in Iraq, the mayor, the Vice Chair of the Utah Democratic Party, and three members of the clergy. The common thread that bound the participants together was their great desire to bring our troops home before any more people, military or civilian, are killed or injured in Iraq.
The organizers included military families that have either lost loved ones or have a family member who have served in Iraq. The coalition included people of faith, people of color, the Utah Democratic Hispanic Caucus, Stonewall Democrats, Utah Democratic Progressive Caucus, Progressive Democrats of America, Code Pink, Democracy for Utah, the Wasatch Coalition for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace, Veteran’s for Peace, Shundahai Network, the Green Party, and People for Peace and Justice.
Piano man Rich Wyman opened the event with an original song and moved onto more traditional protest pieces. Also performing were Marv Hamilton who sang a new profanity- free rendition of the Fish Cheer. Jerry the Slickrock Stranger concluded the program. Many members of the audience continued on in a march to Washington Square. The audience represented a cross section of Utahns, which included elected officials, past and present candidates, clergy members, a BYU professor, teachers, doctors, small business owners, public servants, veterans and community volunteers.
The protest signs showed support for Cindy Sheehan in her quest to speak with the President. Besides the war, other signs showed opposition to Bush’s Social Security plan, No Child Left Behind, environmental policies, and the national deficit. Pete Litster of Shundahai Network, an organization that focuses on the indigenous people of the Great Basin through anti-nuclear efforts, wore a large papier- mache George Bush puppet and milled around the crowd throughout the day despite the blistering heat. Another man wearing a George Bush mask was accompanied by his friend carrying a sign that said “I’m with Stupid