Anti Iraq war demonstration in Washington, DC, USA


This video from Britain is called Manchester Iraq Demo. 15th February 2003.

Anti Iraq war demonstration in Washington, DC, USA, today:

Interview with a Gold Star mother demonstrator: here.

The rural USA pays the price for the Iraq war: here.

Associated Press report on the demonstration: here.

John Conyers reports on the demonstration: here.

CBC report: here.

See also here.

International support for the demonstration: here.

Senator McCain’s irrealist militarism: here.

13 thoughts on “Anti Iraq war demonstration in Washington, DC, USA

  1. Whose Slurring Who? The Bush Administration Needs to Get Their Facts Straight about Iraq

    Dear ,

    On Saturday, I was thrilled to join hundreds of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., including my good friends at Progressive Democrats of America and Code Pink, in protesting the Iraq War and demanding a cut-off in funds to the immoral war in Iraq. As one who has been part of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements in the 60’s, I can say that the energy and enthusiasm I saw today is entirely comparable.

    At the Rally

    “George Bush has a habit of firing military leaders who tell him the Iraq war is failing,” [Conyers] said, looking out at the masses. “He can’t fire you.” Referring to Congress, the Michigan Democrat added: “He can’t fire us.”

    – Associated Press

    One of the points I made in my speech was that “George Bush has a habit of firing military leaders who tell him the Iraq war is failing.” The White House wasted no time in responding, with spokesman Trey Bohn claiming that that Conyers “needs to learn the difference between fact and fable, between a soundbite and a slur, [Conyers’] assertion that the president fires generals with whom he disagrees is flat wrong.”

    If Bohn had bothered to read my Constitution In Crisis Report, he would know the facts are on my side. If you don’t believe me, just ask former General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the United States Army who, in February 2003, warned that the Defense Department’s troop estimate for occupying Iraq was too low and that “something on the order of several hundred thousand soldiers” would be needed.

    In revenge for his comments, Defense Department officials leaked the name of Shinseki’s replacement 14 months before his retirement, rendering him a lame duck commander. The New York Times concluded, Shinseki “dared to say publicly that several hundred thousand troops would be needed to occupy Iraq [and] was ridiculed by the administration and his career was brought to a close.”

    Or ask Major General John Riggs. Major General Riggs complained that the Army would need additional troops because it was stretched too thin between Iraq and Afghanistan. Riggs was subsequently taken to task by the Army brass and denied his full rank in retirement.

    Or ask Army Spc. Thomas Wilson, a 31-year-old member of a Tennessee National Guard unit who had the temerity to ask Donald Rumsfeld why vehicle armor was still scarce nearly two years after the start of the war. Mr. Wilson was trashed by Administration allies as an insubordinate plant of the “liberal media.”

    There was more truth spoken at the rally on Saturday in three hours than we have received from the Administration in three years. Nearly 3,000 deaths after the start of this war, and the Administration still can’t get their facts straight.
    Your Friend,

    John Conyers, Jr.

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  2. There is no evidence the Iranians have directly attacked U.S. troops
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:36 pm (PST)

    Is it me, or is this similar to detaining and or killing people that may be innocent of all assumptions?

    EXCERPT;
    “There is no evidence the Iranians have directly attacked U.S. troops in Iraq, intelligence officials said.”

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    Troops Authorized to Kill Iranian Operatives in Iraq

    Administration Strategy Stirs Concern Among Some Officials

    Friday, January 26, 2007

    The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran’s influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort.

    For more than a year, U.S. forces in Iraq have secretly detained dozens of suspected Iranian agents, holding them for three to four days at a time. The “catch and release” policy was designed to avoid escalating tensions with Iran and yet intimidate its emissaries. U.S. forces collected DNA samples from some of the Iranians without their knowledge, subjected others to retina scans, and fingerprinted and photographed all of them before letting them go.

    Full story;
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012502199.html

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    5.
    Scott Ritter: “Target Iran”
    Posted by: “Charles Jenks” charles@traprockpeace.org chaspeace
    Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:09 am (PST)

    “We’re on the edge of the abyss….”

    http://www.traprockpeace.org

    Hear Scott Ritter on “Target Iran” – recorded on January 27th in Deerfield, MA. Download the mp3 audio (29 min; 80 kbps mono) for non-profit/non-commercial use.*

    He was right about Iraq. Despite 500 faxed pleas to call him as a witness before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2002, Congress did not want to hear the truth. Now, with over 650,000 Iraqi deaths attributed to the war (Lancet peer reviewed published study) and over 3,000 US deaths (with many thousands more maimed), war is looming with Iran.

    With the USS Ronald Reagan carrier group about to “surge deploy,” Ritter says “We’re on the edge of the abyss….The bottom line is this Congress has so abrogated its responsibilities of oversight that it has diluted whatever powers it once had to affect American foreign national security policy. And unless the Congress somehow awakens, there is no hope of avoiding armed conflict with Iran.”

    Ritter sees the danger of conflict escalating to a nuclear attack by the US, given that it lacks sufficient conventional forces to defeat Iran. Congress has approved a policy to consider the use of nuclear weapons ‘preemptively’ in a non-nuclear situation.

    Congress has given Bush a green light to strike Iran, “and he is going to do so.”

    Wars against Iraq and Iran are part of a larger US strategy that would eventually include conflict with Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, Ritter says.

    Why? A main reason is that the US wants to dictate the growth of China and India.

    Sign Don’t Attack Iran Petition at
    http://www.dontattackiran.org/

    *Replay of the audio is permitted for non-profit & non-commercial use, with attributions, no changes and notice of use. Notice may be given to charles@traprockpeace.org Audio © Traprock Peace Center; all rights reserved.

    Traprock thanks Ed Russell for recording the audio for us.

    [Ed note: With Congress not acting, the people have their say this January 27 in DC and across the nation. Join the national or local protests against war and occupation!]

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    Charles Jenks
    Chair of Advisory Board
    Traprock Peace Center
    103 Keets Road
    Deerfield, MA 01342
    http://www.traprockpeace.org

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    6.
    “Fab” video covering our many years of relations with the Middle
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:13 am (PST)
    “Fab” video covering our many years of relations with the Middle East…

    http://www.bushflash.com/thanks.html

    nothing to download or install either……….

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    7.
    Neocons-inspired military assault on Iran starts in Iraq
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:16 am (PST)

    Neocons-inspired military assault on Iran starts in Iraq

    1/27/2007
    By: Adam Robertson

    Given the recent deployment of four American submarines off the coast of Iran, Eduard Baltin, former commander of the Russian fleet, reasons that the U.S. is planning to strike Iran.

    The American President has less than two years to decide about and carry out a possible war against Iran, to go down in the history books as the hero who managed to conquer the Middle East and its oil.

    Dan Plesch in The Guardian summed it up in one sentence:

    “All the signs are that Bush is planning for a Neocons-inspired military assault on Iran”.

    “Americans don’t have much time to realize this and to act before it is too late. Bush’s “surge” speech last Wednesday night makes it completely clear that his real purpose is to start wars with Iran and Syria before failure in Iraq brings an end to the neoconservative/Israeli plan to establish hegemony over the Middle East,” Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan wrote.

    Continued;
    http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/review/article_full_story.asp?service_ID=13247

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  3. Liars…liars…pants on fire…”Injury count in Iraq disputed”
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:24 am (PST)

    This administration will go down in history…in a bad way…

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    Injury count in Iraq disputed

    Some say Pentagon hides full impact of the war toll

    Sunday, January 28, 2007
    Stephen Koff
    Plain Dealer Bureau Chief

    Washington- Officially, more than 23,000 U.S. troops have been wounded in combat in Iraq. But more than double that number have fallen ill or been injured in what the Pentagon considers “nonhostile” action, a way of counting that critics say hides the war’s full toll.

    If the Pentagon also counted soldiers who were hurt in crashes or circumstances not directly involving skirmishes with the enemy, and those so sick that they required air transport, the figure would come to about 50,000, the Pentagon’s own figures show.

    Either figure represents a historically high injury rate for Americans in any war, although both also are testament to the fact that military medical care is better than ever and saves more lives. Even so, more than 3,000 American troops have died from wounds or injuries in Iraq, fighting a war that has dragged down President Bush’s approval ratings, cost Republicans control of Congress and prompted anti-war demonstrations such as the one in Washington on Saturday.

    But which figure of the wounded accurately reflects the war’s human cost?

    The Pentagon keeps records on all wounds, all injuries that require air transport and all cases of disease that likewise require medical transport by helicopter or plane. But when it gives figures on the number of soldiers “wounded in hostile action,” it excludes the sick and those whose injuries weren’t directly caused by bullets or bombs. That’s how it gets the figure of 23,000-plus, a figure cited in most media reports.
    To some, that’s misleading.

    “It doesn’t make a difference whether you were hit by enemy fire or injured because your vehicle crashed, or got sick because of serving in a war zone,” Sen. Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, said in a statement Friday. “The effects on the soldiers and their families are the same.”

    Complete story;
    http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/116997684835860.xml&coll=2

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  4. The Forgotten American Dead
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:34 am (PST)
    The Forgotten American Dead

    Let us never forget those who died because of the current administrations lies…………

    ***************

    The Forgotten American Dead

    Tom Engelhardt

    January 26, 2007

    When we hear about the American dead in Iraq, we normally learn about the circumstances in which they died. Last Saturday, for instance, was, for American troops, the third bloodiest day since the Bush administration launched its invasion in March 2003—27 of them died. Twelve went down in a Blackhawk helicopter over Diyala Province, probably hit by a shoulder-fired missile. Five died under somewhat surprising and mysterious circumstances. They were attacked in a supposedly secure facility in the Shiite city of Karbala by gunmen who, despite their telltale beards, were dressed to imitate American soldiers and managed to drive through city checkpoints in exceedingly official-looking armored SUVs. They could, of course, have been members of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army, but were probably Sunni insurgents from a neighboring province. The rest of the Americans in that total died as a result of roadside bombs (IEDs) around Baghdad or fighting with Sunni insurgents, mainly in al-Anbar Province. The Pentagon announcements on which such news is based are usually terse in the extreme. The totals, 29 dead for the weekend (as well as hundreds of Iraqis), did, however, become major TV and front-page news around the country.

    Complete story;
    http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2007/01/26/the_forgotten_american_dead.php

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  5. 200 plus photos of march
    Posted by: “Charles Jenks” charles@traprockpeace.org chaspeace
    Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:30 pm (PST)

    http://www.traprockpeace.org/antiwar_march_012707/

    See 200 plus photos of the march of 500,000 against the war and the occupation of Iraq; you may see friends, and maybe yourself!

    Taken sequentially, you will see the Unified Youth and Student Contingent forming, which had been organized by the Campus Antiwar Network, the new Students for a Democratic Society, and students of World Can’t Wait. This was an incredible contingent! See it forming, rallying and marching.

    You’ll also see the formation of the ‘head’ – with celebrities and UFPJ organizers – with the UFPJ banner. It did not go as planned apparently, as the march started before the ‘head’ got out of their taped off staging area. A crush of media stood between the head and about a thousand marchers who started to march when the police escort started off, leaving the head somewhere behind.

    We photographed hundreds of thousands of marchers going by – with great contingents by Iraq Veterans Against the War, SEIU and many others. By far the biggest contingents were those of the International Socialist Organization and the Unified Youth and Student Contingent. The energy levels were amazing.

    We’ll be uploading numerous video clips of the student rally and various contingents in the march too, so check back this week to http://www.traprockpeace.org

    As a special treat, we’ll have video (with programs on YouTube and Google) of the after march program on ending the occupation, with author Anthony Arnove (Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal), Kelly Dougherty (co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War) and the amazing hip-hop artist/activist, Son of Nun.

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    Charles Jenks
    Chair of Advisory Board
    Traprock Peace Center
    103 Keets Road
    Deerfield, MA 01342
    http://www.traprockpeace.org

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  6. VoteNoWarFunding.org

    February 17
    CUT OFF ALL WAR FUNDS DAY

    New York City – Boston – Detroit – Philadelphia -Los Angeles – Raleigh – Atlanta – Across the U.S.

    BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW –
    Demand that Congress Cut Off ALL War Funding

    Soon, Congress will vote on Bush’s request for more than $100 billion in additional funding for the criminal occupation of Iraq. Congress has the power to stop the war by cutting off war funding. They cannot hide behind “non-binding resolutions” and hearings–they must stop the war. They cannot hide behind the claim that they are “supporting the troops” — voting to fund the war is voting to continue the war, which means more soldiers and Iraqi people will die.

    On February 17 in cities and towns across the U.S., activists will make it clear to Congress that we will not allow another dollar to be spent on the war.

    Not one more day.

    Not one more dollar.

    No more deaths.

    No hiding behind “non-binding” resolutions and timetables.

    Bring ALL the Troops Home Now!

    Join us the campaign to demand that Congress cut off all war Funding. Here’s how you can participate:

    Sign the Open Letter to Congress – (see text below) this will go to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Charles Schumer, and other leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives.

    Organize or Participate in local actions on February 17 – National No More $$ for War Day. Activists across the country are planning pickets, rallies, sit-ins, and other forms of creative resistance and direct action.

    Donate – Help us with the enormous costs of organizing in cities across the U.S.

    An Open Letter to all 535 members of Congress

    Dear Members of Congress,

    END THE WAR NOW
    YOU HAVE THE POWER
    VOTE NO! TO MORE WAR FUNDING

    On February 17, “VOTE NO WAR FUNDS DAY,” we will be rallying around the country to let you know that this time, we’ll be watching how you vote on this critical issue.

    Last November the people voted to change the leadership of Congress so that it could do what the President is unwilling to do– to end the war now. As Sen. Russ Feingold said recently at a Senate Hearing on Congressional war powers, “Congress has the power to stop the war if it wants to.” Now the people have given you the mandate to do that.

    Soon you will be asked to vote your approval of more funds to pay for the war. A few of you have already indicated that you will not approve another dollar for war. All of you must to do the same. The next war funding vote will be every bit as important as the vote by the 109th Congress to authorize the war in October 2002.

    If you vote no to more war funding the troops will come home, lives will be saved and this nightmare will come to an end. If you approve more funds for war, then more U.S. soldiers will die, more soldiers will be maimed for life, and the war will go on and on. If you approve more war funds, then no one can claim that this is solely the President’s war, or only one political party’s war; it will be Congress’s war.

    It’s not enough to vote for symbolic, non-binding resolutions that only oppose the escalation of the war. It’s not enough to cross-examine and criticize generals and the President’s cabinet secretaries in Congressional hearings. It will not suffice to say that you oppose the war, but that you’re voting for more war funding to support the troops. The real support that the troops and their families need is for you to act decisively, cut off the war funding and bring everyone home alive.

    Activists from across the country have designated Sat., Feb. 17, “VOTE NO WAR FUNDS DAY.” On that day, thousands of peace-loving people will rally and march in their communities to tell Congress that when it comes time to vote on more funds for war, the people will be watching and waiting.

    Many of those participating in the Feb. 17 protests across the country will bring with them some of the bills that they can’t afford to pay. People will be bringing their medical, utility, food, and rent bills; their student loan debts; and their credit card bills, because more and more people are being forced to use credit cards to pay for basic necessities. The reason for bringing all of these bills to the protest is to remind Congress, as it considers its vote on the new war funding request, of the growing ranks of the poor that desperately need the money that has been wasted on this war to help them in their daily struggle to survive.

    Sign the Open Letter to Congress

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  7. End the Occupation Now! filmed at Busboys and Poets
    Posted by: “Charles Jenks” charles@traprockpeace.org chaspeace
    Fri Feb 2, 2007 1:01 pm (PST)

    On January 27, 2007, 500,000 marched against war and occupation in Washington, DC. After this mass demonstration against the war, Kelly Dougherty, co-founder and Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against War, and Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal spoke at the Bus Boys and Poets cafe. Their talks followed an incredible performance of songs by activist/hip hop artist Son of Nun.

    See videos of these talks (each about 20 minutes) and a scintillating performance of his “Speak on It” by Son of Nun at http://www.traprockpeace.org/arnove_dougherty_012707.html

    You will also find photos, a radio quality (mp3) download of the entire event, video downloads for private viewing, and links to related websites.

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    In a moving, personal message that give a glimpse of the everyday tragedy of this war, Kelly Dougherty recounted her experiences as a US national guard MP in Iraq. She gave witness to the miseries endured by the Iraqi people, and the relentless pursuit of profits in Iraq by companies such as KBR.

    Anthony Arnove spelled out the disastrous consequences of this war, for the Iraqi people and the US, and made the case for immediate withdrawal of occupation forces, with reparations.

    Andy Shallal, owner of co-sponsor Busboys and Poets, and Pamela Pinnock, Events Manager, introduced the program and served as hosts to an overflow audience, with people sitting on the stage. Michele Bollinger of the International Socialist Organization, which co-sponsored the event, served as moderator.

    The video and audio programs were produced by Traprock Peace Center. Find comlete coverage of this program and the day’s peace march – with march video and over 200 photos – at http://www.traprockpeace.org

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    Learn more about the International Socialist Organization at http://www.internationalsocialist.org
    and read news on the world and the movement at http://www.socialistworker.org

    Learn more about Iraq Veterans Against the War at http://www.ivaw.org

    See Son of Nun’s website at http://www.sonofnun.net/

    Learn more about Busboys and Poets at http://www.busboysandpoets.com

    Charles Jenks
    Chair of Advisory Board
    Traprock Peace Center
    103 Keets Road
    Deerfield, MA 01342
    http://www.traprockpeace.org

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  8. Jan 27 videos of students and march
    Posted by: “Charles Jenks” charles@traprockpeace.org chaspeace
    Mon Feb 5, 2007 6:26 am (PST)

    Two new videos cap our coverage of the Jan 27 march.

    An 8 minute video covers the Unified Youth and Student Contingent, including the student rally – with chants and student speakers – and their march. The contingent was organized by the Campus Antiwar Network, World Can’t Wait and the new SDS. The contingent drew hundreds of students. Campus Antiwar Network chapters came from as far away as the University of Wisconsin/Madison and the University of Northern Iowa.

    The second video (3 minutes) joins clips from the march and gives a feel for what it was like to be on Constitution Ave. that day, on the way to the Capitol. See both streaming videos for free at http://www.traprockpeace.org/traprock_video/ where you can also download higher quality versions of the videos (mp4 format) to your computer.

    Or, you may see the videos at Traprock’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/TraprockPeaceTV

    These videos complete Traprock’s march coverage, which includes over 200 photos at http://www.traprockpeace.org/antiwar_march_012707/ and coverage of the End the Occupation Now! event at Busboys and Poets, with Kelly Dougherty, co-founder and Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal, and Son of Nun, poet/activist and hip hop artist.

    You may watch video, download the audio (mp3) and video (mp4) files and see photos of this great event at Busboys and Poets at http://www.traprockpeace.org/arnove_dougherty_012707.html

    Charles Jenks
    Chair of Advisory Board
    Traprock Peace Center
    103 Keets Road
    Deerfield, MA 01342

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