Marching for Peace and Justice

Today I joined tens of thousands of other Los Angeles residents marching in protest of the US invasion of Iraq and against the numerous incursions against the planet and her children by bloodthirsty corporate greedheads.

The march and rally, organized by International ANSWER, began at noon at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The police were present, but not intrusive. I saw marchers of all ages and genders, and of varied viewpoints, but united in serious intent.

Of the speakers at the rally following the march in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Representative Maxine Waters drew the greatest applause when she said, “A member of the press just asked me if I had really said that the president had lied. I am saying it again so that everyone can hear. The president of the United States, George W. Bush, has lied to us. He should be impeached.”

One group wrapped US flags over a dozen coffin-shaped cardboard boxes to create a flotilla of perished military, and carried them the length of the march.

Signs I hadn’t seen before:
Dear US Taxpayers, thanks for all the money. Sorry about your children. Love, Halliburton.
The only Bush I trust is my own.
Jail to the chief.
(Photo of a hand flipping the bird) Wiretap this!
Support Our Troops—Drive a Hybrid
Mission Failed
South Central Farmers—Feeding Families (a community gardening and food distribution project in the poorest section of Los Angeles endangered by a real estate development project)
Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight
Fire the Liar
Money for Education, not for Occupation
What Noble Cause?

Back from the 1960’s, and carried by women not even born then, was the sign with the daisy and handlettering that says “War is not healthy for children and other living things.”