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Thousands Protest War in NYC

by Pamela Leavey

MSNBC

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of lower Manhattan today, demanding an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The march came just hours after April’s death toll reached 70, marking the highest death toll in Iraq in 5 months.

Organizers said the march was also meant to oppose any military action against Iran, which is facing international criticism over its nuclear program. The event was organized by the group United for Peace and Justice.

(AFP/Don Emmert)

Amongst the protesters today were civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Rev. Al Sharpton.

REUTERS/Chip East

The mass rally was organised by a broad coalition of groups representing veterans, trade unions, military families, environmentalists and civil rights activists.

“This is what democracy looks like,” said chief organiser Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of the anti-war lobby United for Peace and Justice.

“We are here to send a message to the White House and the Congress that we must end this war now, bring our troops home and also end the attack on our civil rights at home,” Cagan said.

Earlier today Ron posted a piece here on The Democratic Daily, United to Oppose the War, in which he noted a quote from one of the co-founder’s of United for Peace and Justice that bears repeating about support for John Kerry’s Iraq Resolution:

If our goal is truly to end this occupation as soon as possible, we must use every available tool to build broad unity and divide the support for the war. To refuse support for the Kerry resolution or other measures that fall short of our ultimate goal is to put the goal on indefinite hold.

In the news today it was reported that “Sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes” but the “U.S. military insists” that the “estimates appear exaggerated.” We can not fix this, as Scott Ritter told a group of high school students on Thursday, Iraq, “is broke so bad, there is no fixing it.”

John Kerry’s Iraq proposal is the most sound proposal on the table, anti-war activists recognize this and it is time to come together and support his plan for withdrawal by the end of the year.

6 Responses to “Thousands Protest War in NYC”

  1. ” Daniel Ellsberg,… the former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971…urged those in the Bush administration opposed to the current policy in Iraq to follow his example.
    “My message is: Don’t just resign. Leak,” Ellsberg said. “I don’t think George Bush is stupid. I think he’s dangerous, and he has to be stopped.”

    Last two lines are really critical. Too many think he is stupid.
    I think cunning is much more appropriate.

    I also think the Bush admin people should use the Leaker in Chief as their example. If the Prez does it, they should follow. I’d probably hold off on resigning. At this point it is going to be hard to point fingers, they may not have enough for all the leakers.

  2. I think George Bush is a mean old rattlesnake who has nothing no other goal in life than to strike out and inject his venom into anyone/anything that comes his way.

    Which is why I can’t wait until he returns to his desert haunt in Crawford.

  3. Did they ever give out an official number of the crowd size.

  4. KJ,

    I wish he was just a mean old rattler. They aren’t very smart and you can get them pretty easily.

    Bush has an agenda, and he is pursuing it on all fronts and with amazing success.

    Check the link at comment #7

    http://blog.thedemocraticdaily.com/?p=2819

    The man is a mega menace and dick is another one.

  5. Mean old rattler surrounded by tough old dinosaurs. (Cheney, Rummy, et al)

  6. Photos from April 29th, 2006 Anti-war protest in NYC