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Protesters gather in city park
Sun September 25, 2005
http://newsok.com/article/1625274/

As many as 1,500 anti-war protesters rallied Saturday in Oklahoma City's Memorial Park, adding their voices to a nationwide day of protest and calling on President Bush to bring U.S. forces back home.

"People have been coming and going all day long," said organizer Lisa Ghariani. Among the speakers was Elizabeth Walters, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, who read a fiery challenge to the president from her father, former Gov. David Walters.

"Quit destroying the reputation and effectiveness of the United States, this great and noble country, by assaulting clumsily, tragically, arrogantly, deceptively the people of Iraq, a people whose only sin is that they had more bombing targets, important for CNN video broadcast, than Afghanistan," Walters read.

Peace proponents lined Classen Boulevard near the park, Ghariani said, as children played in an activity area and adults perused booths with petitions, bumper stickers and T-shirts. An "Anti-War FAIR" stretched from noon to 4 p.m., with folk singers giving way to local bands as the day wore on.

Other speakers included former CIA analyst David MacMichael and filmmaker Barbara Trent.

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Again, thank you to everyone who was involved in making this event a success !

I haven't seen or heard of any other press covering this event other than a few seconds on KFOR news so if anyone else does please forward me the information. As most of you already know there was a virtual media black out locally for the Anti War FAIR but more than 1000 people turned out and hundreds of cars were traveling through all day long honking and supporting our protest. This should be a wake up call when the reddest of the red states has this good of a response to an event that was advertised primarily through the Net and word of mouth.

Lisa Ghariani

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I was one of the supporters of the event in OKC and it turned out
great. We of course wanted more people to be exposed to all the great energy, groups, speakers, including David MacMichael
and Barbara Trent as well as the fabulous local speakers and
unbelievably talented musical groups. It was a great great day
to honor the troops, but to express our heartfelt desire to bring our men and women home from this horrible war.
Peace and Love,
Darla Shelden

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