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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:29 PM
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Photos of DC protest marches & rally 9-24 & 9-26-05
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 10:30 PM by Liberty Belle
Take a look at democracy in action:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rafterymiriam/slideshow?....


Please contact me at writerink@cox.net if you wish to republish any of these photos. Thanks!
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:38 PM
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1. Powerful!!!
Thank you so much for these photos. They make me realize how much power we really have. All we have to do is use it.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:06 AM
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6. So true
I enjoyed the pictures. Great show!
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:49 PM
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2. Hey! There's a DUer in one of those photos!
Blue_In_AK is the woman in the pink shirt! Rock on, Blue! You made national news!! :headbang:


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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:53 PM
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4. The woman in the black shirt is Barbara Cummings,
a California grandma who spent a month at Camp Casey as a shuttlebus dispatcher. En route from CA to Texas, she and a friend called up radio stations and urged listeners to join them. Many did!

Barbara was later arrested with Cindy Sheehan in the civil disobedience incident at the White House. She managed to call Air America and get the story out, and also phoned me to say that when busses arrived to load up those arrested, those feisty protesters chanted "Where were the busses in New Orleans?"

Go, Barb, go!
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:04 AM
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5. That's classic!
I had no idea Blue was running with such a infamous crowd on Monday. :)
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:53 PM
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12. She was staying at my hotel
We just struck up a conversation Monday morning in the lobby, and then I hooked up with her at the Camp Casey tents before the march. We had a great time.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:50 PM
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11. Right -- Barbara was great...
I was with the group to be arrested, but I had to duck out at the last minute to catch my flight back to Alaska. They were encircling us with the crime scene tape, and I got out just as the paddy wagons were showing up. I wished I had planned to stay an extra day. It would have been an honor to be arrested with these brave women.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:49 PM
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10. Hi, ITF ... I didn't see your post
before I posted mine below. I just KNEW we'd have to be on the Internets with all the people out there snapping pictures that day. Wow, I'm famous.
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:13 PM
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3. Thanks for sharing the images. n/t
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Carla in Ca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:19 AM
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7. I've got a few from Los Angeles
This is puerco-bellies,my husband and me and Beaverhausen and her boyfriend.


Some great signs



Martin Sheen on the stage


puerco-bellies and his girlfriend Alison and Dennis
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:33 AM
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8. "Like a rock... only dumber"
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 08:36 AM by intheflow
:rofl: What a great sign!

Thanks for sharing these shots. I actually hadn't heard anything about the L.A. march, it's great to see the photos. How big a turnout do they estimate you got?

BTW, if you're interested, we have a couple threads of DC rally photos going in the Photo Group. Since you have a star, you could actually see them. :) Here's the link, if you're interested: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Carla in Ca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 07:38 PM
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13. Thanks, intheflow
Some say there were 10,000 there. That is a close enough guess. It was really strange. The 6 of us met at the Biltmore Hotel and as we started walking a few blocks to the start, more and more people were suddenly all around us. People started coming from side streets and the crowd was absolutely huge by the time we got to the staging area. It was an experience I will never forget...never.

Do I paste my photo thread on the link you gave me?
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:38 PM
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14. Yea! Carla's coming over to play!
We like to give enthusiatic welcomes in the Photo Group. :hi:

You could post the photos themselves or the link to your post in this thread. Either/or, the Photo Group would love to see you shots.
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Carla in Ca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:19 AM
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17. Well then, I'm just going to have to get on over there!
n/t
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:46 PM
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9. Hey, I'm in one of those pictures
Woo-hoo. ImpeachBush.Org ... that's me with the pink Alaskans for Peace & Justice T-shirt.
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:44 PM
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15. Hey, there Blue! It's so great that you made the long trek down south
for the rally! I'm glad I got a chance to chat with you a bit at the meetup. :hug:
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:09 PM
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18. Sorry I couldn't stick around to get arrested with you....
I had to duck out at 1:30. :(
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 11:43 PM
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16. A written account from one of our WA state attendees
As most of you probably know, I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Washington, DC, this past weekend. As we stood waiting for the march to begin, I spent a lot of time thinking about what had brought each of the roughly 300,000 people to that march for peace on Saturday, and about the thousands more who wanted to be there and couldn't (thank you, I could feel your presence beside us as we walked). I could feel the anger we shared, the feelings of helplessness and impotence, the clear vision that changing the course of things is not an option but a requirement, and the deep commitment that whatever can be done must be done, no matter what. I talked with other activists along the way who all worry about the time they are taking away from their families and jobs, the money they spend going to meetings and supporting candidates and organizations, who wonder if political activism is the way they really want to be spending these years of their lives, who wonder whether it will all turn out to have been a waste of time in the end.


The bottom line, though, was that despite all these worries, these same people showed up to be counted. They marched to be visible. They brought signs, puppets, buttons, stickers, costumes, music, street theater, poetry, chants so their own unique voice could be creatively expressed. They stood solemnly in front of the White House, feeling there was something that should be done, but not knowing what exactly. When someone quietly said, "Storm the gates!" they all felt the call resonate, but they remained peaceful, solid in their nonviolence, fully aware that a violent solution would be a capitulation, would be no solution at all.

The following day they spoke to their Congress members or aides, struggling to find eloquence, struggling to make their points of view heard above the moneyed propaganda and lies, struggling to voice their passionate belief that war is a crime against humanity, a betrayal of all that makes us human. They argued, cajoled, demanded, and pleaded for their leaders to show at least some of the same commitment, to be willing to stand up against injustice and cruelty, to risk speaking the truth, to voice their indignation and outrage without reservation, to vote their principles courageously.

It was (in the original meaning of the word) an awesome weekend of action by an awesome gathering of individuals.

We are all ordinary people trying to deal with extraordinary circumstances. When young men and women are called to war, they are expected to make great sacrifices--leave their families, the comforts of home, their jobs, years of their youth, and possibly even their lives. And young people have made those sacrifices for generations, trusting their elders who taught them it was a noble, courageous, just and honorable thing to do.

We know better. We understand the terrible betrayal of our young people that war--and this war, especially--represents. Which leaves me with just one question: What are we willing to sacrifice when we are called to peace?

For some of us, being in DC last weekend was part of the answer. For others, calling people for a County Council candidate is their contribution to the greater good. No political action is trivial, no amount of effort is inconsequential. Everything produces some kind of result. Everything adds up. But--the participation of each and every person is required if we are to work out whole and just solutions in time for our children. (Have you ever read the Seuss book for children, "Horton Hears a Who"? At least as good a read as Lakoff.)

One of the most moving experiences I had in DC this weekend was a visit to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial . It's rather out of the way, though not far from the Lincoln Memorial, and is in a beautiful park setting beside an inlet of water. The memorial itself begins with a life-size statue of FDR in his wheelchair--not larger than life as so many of the memorial statues are, just ordinary human scale. The memorial consists of several open-air "rooms" with walls of red granite, tumbling waterfalls, several statues and pieces of art, and quotes etched into the stone walls.

As you ponder the question of what you are willing to sacrifice for peace, I'd love to share with you some of the words of FDR from those walls. They had a healing effect for me, and I hope will for you, too.

"The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world."

"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."

"They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order."

"I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

"No Country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order."

"Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men."

"In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice, the path of faith, the path of hope and the path of love toward our fellow men."

"I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war."

"Unless the peace that follows recognizes that the whole world is one neighborhood and does justice to the whole human race, the germs of another world war will remain as a constant threat to mankind."

"We have faith that future generations will know that here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, and intolerance, and slavery, and war."

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."

"This Generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny..."

(For a list of all the quotes, go to: http://www.nps.gov/fdrm/memorial/inscript.htm )

With love,
Nancy Ging
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