[Marxism] March 20 protest accounts

Catherine Thomasson ctandjo at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 21 10:50:31 MST 2004


    The turnout in Portland Or.  for the March 20th rally was 10.000-12,000 
far exceeding what organizers expected. At the head of both the march and 
rally were contigents of vets and families of GI's in Iraq.  A press 
conference prior to the march produced a full page story on the anti-war 
GI's in the local Oregonian newspaper.
     A number of unions endorsed and were present including the ILWU and 
SEIU locals.
    The general mood of the crowd was anger and frustration at the continued 
occupation of Iraq.  There was less focus on Bush personality bashing and 
very little presence of advocating for the democrats which felt healthy 
given the election.

John Olmsted

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