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Press Conference for October 27 Anti War March in SF
The October 27 Coalition held a press conference in front of City Hall today to discuss the regional march and rally this Saturday calling to End the War Now. The demonstration is part of a National Day of Action around the U.S. to demand that the troops be brought home now. The San Francisco demonstration, beginning in the San Francisco Civic Plaza at 11:00 will march to Dolores Park in the Mission at 12:30. At the press conference Pilar Schiavo, aide to SF Supervisor Tom Ammiano announced that the Board of Supervisors had passed a resolution making October 27 as “End the War in Iraq” Day. Below Cindy Sheehan whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
National and local groups in Northern California have come together to make the Saturday, October 27 event a large and united protest against the war. Over 150 political, religious, labor and community organizations have endorsed the protest.
Organizers of Saturday’s rally see this as a reflection of what is now widespread antiwar sentiment across the United States. New polls show that over 75 percent of people in the U.S. are against continuing the occupation of Iraq, which has resulted in thousands of American dead, tens of thousands of American wounded, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and millions of Iraqis displaced. Federal spending on the Iraq War has surpassed $450 billion and continues at the rate of $5,000 per second.
In addition to those attending from the Bay Area, many people are traveling to San Francisco by bus, train, van and carpool from many different cities and towns, including, Sacramento, Chico, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Merced, Modesto, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Ashland, Oregon and Reno, Nevada.
During Saturday’s march there will be a mass Die-In on Market Street that will last for 5 minutes. This will be a permitted action that will be dramatic and visually powerful. It will help to convey the human cost of the war in Iraq and to deliver a message and to deliver a message around the world that the people of the United States want the war to end now.
Once the march reaches Dolores Park there will be a rally featuring speakers and cultural performers. In conjunction with the rally will be an Interactive Convergence designed to magnify the experience of the day.
Volunteers for Saturday’s demonstration are urgently needed. Please go to oct27sf.org to sign up.
Others who spoke not pictured included Jim Haber, Interfaith Witness for Peace in the Middle East and Nooshin Razani and Iranian American whose brother was killed in Iraq.