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Dayton Anti Iraq War Protest Draws Strong Response | October 27, 2007

It might seem like a strange place to have an anti-war demonstration, but the corners of Stroop and Far Hill Avenues in Kettering all had protestors today, carrying signs that said “Support the Troops, End the War” “Peace NowNo War For Oil“”The Surge is Stagnant” and , of course, “Honk for Peace“. 40-50 people, young and old, including many veterans of anti war protests in the past, gathered to make a public statement against the Iraq War

In what is, speaking politically, probably the “reddest” part of Montgomery County, it seemed like at times that it was one long continuous horn blowing for peace as trafffic moved trough the intersection. If the horn was not blowing the occupants of many cars made gestures of support, from raised fists and shouts of “right on” to thumbs up and a quick nod of the head in support. There were very few indications of disagreement with the sentiments of the anti war sign holders, an occasional thumb turned down or a one finger salute. Reading the response as a very unscientific pol, it would seem clear that the Busheviks hold on the center and center right of the country, politically speaking, is fairly well eroded. There is a strong anti war current that runs deeper than it may seem on the surface, and it is at times like todays action that it becomes palpable.

The demonstration today was part of a larger nationwide day of of protests against the war sponsored by the coalition United for Peace and Justice. http://www.unitedforpeace.org/Preliminary reports said that about 5,000 marched in Chicago, while in New York City organizers estimated the turnout at 100,000. Updates on other cities will be posted as they become available.

No pictures yet of todays action in Kettering but I did find a couple from the Chicago demonstration.

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Chicago Demonstration Oct 27, 2007

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Diane Perea of Nevada City, Calif. and Mindy Oberne of Grass Valley, Calif. raise a peace flag, framing City Hall, during an anti-war rally at the Civic Center, Saturday, Oct.. 27, 2007 in San Francisco.

Link to article on San Francisco Protest.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/27/BAG6GNQBK75.DTL

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