Skip to comments.Live Thread on Blogtalk radio on the events today in D.C. 9:00 Eastern time zone
Posted on 03/15/2008 5:24:28 PM PDT by weldgophardline
Link to blogtalk radio show Frontline. To nights show is on the IVAW event and Gathering of Eagles counter to it today.
But sound and video is not yet available, at least from my computer.
It’s working for me.
Check this out:
War protesters, counter-protesters square off at Tacoma Mall
March 15th, 2008 04:21 PM
Regarding the March 15, 2008
Fifth Anniversary Mass March on Washington DC
In December, the ANSWER Coalition sent out an email that contained an announcement from the Year5 Coalition (that included 17 anti-war organizations) about plans for a mass demonstration in Washington DC on March 15, 2008.
This announcement was the culmination of several national meetings hosted by Cindy Sheehan. The purpose of the Year5 Coalition was to create the maximum unity between many anti-war coalitions and organizations so as to mobilize a huge outpouring of the people in Washington DC on the fifth anniversary of the start of this criminal war and occupation.
The ANSWER Coalition was committed to doing everything in its power to support the effort to unify the movement for a massive mobilization. The fifth anniversary is a critical time and will be marked by protests around the world. Saturday March 15 was chosen for a huge march on Washington because the following weekend is Easter weekend and it was considered much more difficult to bring people from all over the country to DC.
Not all anti-war groups concurred that it was a good idea to carry out a mass march in DC on the 5th anniversary. That was the stated position of UFPJ for instance. But 17 organizations did issue a call for the March 15 national march in Washington DC. The day following the announcement by the Year5 Coalition a public letter was sent and circulated by the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) asking that there be no national mass march in DC or any protests at all in DC against the war from Thursday March 13 through the weekend ending Sunday March 16. The IVAW explained that it was planning its own event called Winter Soldier (that will take place in a DC suburb in Maryland.) Winter Soldier is an indoor event that will feature the live testimony from Iraq veterans and others about war crimes committed in Iraq. IVAW asked that there be no mass march during their four days of testimony.
Following the IVAWs public letter, the majority of the groups in the Year5 Coalition agreed not to proceed with the March 15 mass action in DC. The ANSWER Coalition was strongly committed to organizing, along with the other groups, a truly massive action in DC that would repudiate the Bush administrations lies about the success of the occupation. The Democratic Party and the mass media have given Bush a free ride and the best refutation of these lies is by bringing hundreds of thousands of people into the streets. ANSWER also strongly supported the efforts of the IVAW to organize the testimony about war crimes. We felt that it was possible to organize a massive march of the people that would both powerfully support Winter Soldier and contribute to a resurgence of the anti-war movement. We were in the minority. As a result there will be no March 15 national march in DC. The ANSWER Coalition is, however, organizing mass demonstrations in Los Angeles on March 15, in San Francisco on March 19 and is actively building for scores of important local and regional actions that will be taking place throughout the United States between March 12-19. To see a listing of the fifth anniversary actions go to http://www.answercoalition.org/
There sure isn’t much going on in the US.
150 in Boulder
BTW, no pictures from Boulder.
None from Ann Arbor, either:
About 350, and this : )
But not everyone agreed.
The marchers were confronted by a few hecklers - in most cases, college-age kids in green shirts apparently celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
One man, who declined to identify himself other as than a 21-year-old college student, ran along the sidewalk next to the march, shouting: “USA! ... Beat Al-Qaeda!” and “Marine Corps!”
He told a reporter he believes the war is one of the most effective military campaigns ever, and the marchers were whining and crying about nothing.
His friend, Danielle Yapp of Ann Arbor, said she supports the war and President Bush. “I think it’s unbelievable that they walk through this town like nothing’s wrong,” she said. Terrorism is a serious threat that requires military action, Yapp said.
Suppose the worthless Hippie junkie baby killers threw a anti-war lie-fest for phoney soldiers...and nobody came?
Wow. Yahoo picked up Michelle:
It was posted Here the other day from a different source. Good to see Yahoo playing "catch-up."
They didn't post the whole article at the tread linked above, so I bumped the thread with "the list"
Thanks for the links. Interesting reading. But I think that our rallies and counter rallies are making a difference. We all are educating a lot of people that believe the biased MSM.
There’s no doubt about it, trooprally. There was very little coverage of anti war protests yesterday and even fewer pictures that could and would refute the inflated head counts.
I have posted every protest I could find on this thread.
Grand Rapids (300 reported, picture link below does not verify that number):
Portland (thousands, but no picture to verify):
...reports are that more anti-war events are scheduled in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C. on March 19, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
No picture to support a claim of ‘thousands’ but reports a very small counter-protest:
On one corner, a pair of former soldiers glared at the demonstrators. One, a 25-year-old who would identify himself only as Steve, gripped a sign suggesting protesters should be blown up with grenades.
“We have a surplus of hippies and a shortage of hand grenades,” he said. He said the war cost him his marriage, and that he saw some of his friends die.
The back of his sign read, “My sacrifice was not in vain.”
Several protesters walked up and greeted him, said he looked angry and offered him a hug - he declined - and asked how they could make him happy.
His response: “Go home.”
You know that when the old media isn't to interested in covering the moonbats,that the "anti war" movement just ain't what it use to be;)
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