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Speakers at Lafayette Park

Dion Haynes reports from Lafayette Park:

Thousands of people of all ages, races and backgrounds continue to cheer as speakers take the stage to protest the war.

"I resigned against this war 4 1/2 years ago," said former Col. Ann Wright, who left her post in 2003 to protest the war. "Not one thing has changed...we've got to stop the war. Stop it now."

Malik Rahim, founder of Common Ground Collective, a hurricane-relief group in New Orleans, said: "In 1963 on this day, Sept. 15, was the Birmingham bombing. Four little girls in a house of worship were tragically killed. It's time for the people of this nation to take it back. Tell those who caused this heartache and injustice, 'No more. Let's stand for peace.'"

Brian Becker, national coordinator of ANSWER Coalition said:"Every move by the government to repress and suppress the voice of the people will be answered by the people mobilizing like never before. Bush speaks in our name but not with our consent."

By Aruna Jain |  September 15, 2007; 2:11 PM ET
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oh my gosh, a substantive report on something substantive coming from protest organizers that doesn't sound loopy or from a drugged out maniac. Gee, I guess I should get on my knees and express my huge appreciation for such reporting, alas!

Any new numbers on the size of the antiwar protests, or are we sticking with the 'pro-war anti-war all about the same size' frame?

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2007 2:18 PM

what does the 1963 Birmingham bombing have to due with George Bush and the Iraq war???

Posted by: tg | September 15, 2007 2:23 PM

It is rather nice (and virtually unprecedented!) for news reports (not that this is exactly a news report; we'll see what makes it into the actual paper) to quote actual speakers at a demonstration, instead of picking out random attendees and asking their opinion. Nothing wrong with the latter as a supplement, but there is in fact a REASON why people are speaking from the stage.

Posted by: Eli Stephens | September 15, 2007 2:23 PM

Thousands? Oh well, time to reframe the story...the earlier frame of 'two demos roughly the same in size' has to be revised...
quick, another story on a crazed protester spray painting a sidewalk!

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2007 2:23 PM

TG, you ever read Martin Luther King's speech on the Vietnam War? Ya might find a connection between the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war activism there if ya open your mind a bit?

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2007 2:25 PM

Steve -

I think you are talking to yourself here.

Posted by: BlogBunny | September 15, 2007 2:46 PM

The rallys should protest the Lies, this Administration gave to the American people,when all along since 2000, this whole senerio' was planned.
One cannot win any war based on PURE" LIES. Deceit, False Propaganda. Its sad when those who claim to be such Christians will stoop to such a level as to forget the Sermon on the Mount and what Jesus stood for. Christians reread your Bibles.

Posted by: lobear00 | September 15, 2007 2:55 PM

You should google Malik Rahim before you cite him as a shining example of your cause.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2007 11:53 PM

Thank you for printing the comments from Malik Rahim. I had forgotten about the number of fools connected with the leadership of this failed event.

Posted by: Jorge | September 16, 2007 12:22 AM

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