The people of the United States marched on Washington D.C. with a few celebrites to tell their politicians they have finally had enough of the War in
Iraq. Jane Fonda, previosuly smeared by the name of "Hanoi Jane" in the Vietnam War for her stand on the conflict that caused a major controversy
over three decades ago was among the celebrities who stood with the people
By CALVIN WOODWARD and LARRY MARGASAK
WASHINGTON (AP) - Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary
people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq. Celebrities, a half-dozen lawmakers and protesters from
distant states rallied in the capital under a sunny sky, seizing an opportunity to press their cause with a Congress restive on the war and a country
that has turned against the conflict. Marching with them was Jane Fonda, in what she said was her first anti-war demonstration in 34 years.
"Silence is no longer an option," Fonda said to cheers from the stage on the National Mall. The actress once derided as "Hanoi Jane" by
conservatives for her stance on Vietnam said she had held back from activism so as not to be a distraction for the Iraq anti-war movement, but needed
to speak out now.
The rally on the Mall unfolded peacefully, although about 300 protesters tried to rush the Capitol, running up the grassy lawn to the front of the
building. Police on motorcycles tried to stop them, scuffling with some and barricading entrances. Protesters chanted "Our Congress" as their
numbers grew and police faced off against them. Demonstrators later joined the masses marching from the Mall, around Capitol Hill and back. About 50
demonstrators blocked a street near the Capitol for about 30 minutes, but they were dispersed without arrests.
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The people have finally had enough and they have finally told the politicians on Capitol Hill and George W Bush a rousing NO. A unified people have
decided that the cost of the War in Iraq is far too high to them, their family, and to our country.
I had to laugh at the twelve year old girl for saying what the whole of the United States has probably been thinking for a very long time. Will the
pressure of the upcoming 2008 election and the people almost literally marching up the steps of the Capitol to drag the politicians out by their hair
and on to the lawn be enough to finally get the message through to them?
My biggest complaint here is that this was an "Anti-War" march and not a "Pro-Peace" rally because of the negative connotations that mentioning
words like war have in the posibility of subliminal messages. The positivity of the universe needs to be positively reinforced and not dwelling on a
[edit on 27-1-2007 by SpartanKingLeonidas]