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March 20, 2003

Student Protest, Union Square, 3-20-03

Very impressive, hundreds of people out in the rain on very short notice. Most of them students who had walked out of class, and reported that police had threatened them with arrest if they left school. Great to see so many young people come out, and show such enthusiasm. Also glad to see people of color make up at least half the crowd, which goes against the stereotypes of the peace movement.

The girl in this first photo was especially moving, heartbreaking. She broke down in tears as she pleaded with us: "I'm here because of my uncle. He joined the army because he couldn't fnd a job, and they told him he could join the army and be a hero, and now he's risking his life on the other side of the world, in a war that's happening for no reason. So I came here today to tell you all, we have to stand up."

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Posted by jsmooth995 at March 20, 2003 4:59 PM

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