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A few photos from the March 19th rally and march. (My camera's batteries died early on...)
by ken Saturday, Mar. 19, 2005 at 5:49 PM
great pics today everybody and it was great to see such a high turnout. Unfortunately people used their numbers for next to nothing except follow the cops' little permit route, with no direct action taking place. I think we missed a big chance for something big. This kinda crushed me. Also, i strongly disagree on the estimate of 3,000. I'd say definitely less than 2,000. Still an awesome turnout tho
by quinten Saturday, Mar. 19, 2005 at 6:24 PM
Numbers games do get a little silly. I've gotten a pretty good feel for crowd numbers by now, from doing enough direct counting. My first guess (at Forbes and Murray) was ~ 1,800 people. It was certainly far more people than it looked like at first, when everyone was compressed in a small space to listen to the first rally.
The police initially said 1,000, which was completely wrong. Someone else did a count a little later and arrived at 2,200. That number was almost certainly under the true figure. I think 3,000 could have been a slightly arbitrary number chosen by the organizers, but there were certainly more than 2,000 people there.
The end result, numbers aside? It was a successful march. We commemorated the anniversary of the Iraq War in a way that I think would be hard to ignore. No direct action doesn't mean that the march was useless. Look at how far we've come -- in 2001 I remember going to my first large demonstration in Pittsburgh and being impressed at 300 people protesting the war in Afghanistan.
It's all about the money
by not about the peace Sunday, Mar. 20, 2005 at 4:25 AM
"billions of dollars spent" "Where is our transit" all of this just says that your opposition to the war is motivated by your own economic self interest. While that is entirely why the French and Germans and some others were opposed to the Iraqi liberation, I probably should not be surprised that the American left is opposed to the cause of freedom, democracy and Arab liberation for the same reasons.
It is the greed and self-interest of the Left that is at the base of its oppostiion and "resistance". Nothing more. Nothing altruistic. Nothing nobel. "Quit spending money to free some stinking Arabs, when I need a free transit ride to the rally."
My resistance of your selfishness and ignorance is truly fertile. I oppose the greed and oppression of the Left.
I'm hoping to find pictures of two individual protesters. The guy had a sign that said "How Many Lives Per Gallon" on one side and the other had a painting of the flag with "These Colors Don't Run the World" over it. The girl had a sign saying "NO WAR" on one side and "KNOW PEACE" on the other. She was standing infront of the frat boys giving them the peace sign for a while. If anybody has pictures of them please e-mail them to meat firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!