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Protests Held Across Nation as Wars Continue on 7th Anniversary of Iraq War’s ‘Shock and Awe’

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March 20, 2010
from Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait

Racist bigots with the “Tea Party Movement” aren’t the only
ones in the streets, as we proved today with coast to coast protests against
the wars and torture the U.S. is still carrying out.

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There were thousands marching in DC today. Read AP report. Watch the AP video. Watch the local video coverage:

Video

You can read my speech here. After the march, several protesters were arrested in front of the White House, including Cindy Sheehan, Elaine Brower, and Matthis Chiroux. They are sitting in jail tonight and we are told they won’t be arraigned until Tuesday.

Debra

Speaking out against the war

We Are Not Your Soldiers!

We Are Not Your Soldiers!

Elaine and Matthis

Military mother, Elaine Brower, and war resister Matthis Chiroux

Stop Obama's War Crimes

STOP Obama’s War Crimes

Elaine and Matthis arrested

Elaine and Matthis being arrested

Crowd

At the White House

In San Francisco, Daniel Ellsberg spoke to a rally of thousands on the importance of protest:

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers study of the
Vietnam War and is the subject of the recent documentary film, “The Most Dangerous
Man in America,” likened the protest and others like it around the country Saturday
to a day of demonstrations organized against the conflict in Vietnam in 1969.

“They thought it had no effect,” he told the crowd in San Francisco, referring
to the 1969 protesters. “They were wrong.”

Ellsberg said President Richard Nixon was planning to escalate the war
around that time, but held off.

Watch Stephanie Tang speak at the rally.

In Los Angeles, thousands also marched, including a We Are Not Your Soldiers contingent carrying a banner signed by many more youth pledging to resist military recruiters.

Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg

San Francisco march

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

More photos on our Flickr page and on Facebook.

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We
Are Not Your Soldiers
to students around the country, and how you can be
involved.

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can’t Wait

March Forward! Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Say No to Wars!