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SF Protest on 8th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan
Over 250 people came out to the New Federal Building in San Francisco on the 8th anniversary of the war and occupation of Afghanistan. While the Obama Administration, the Pentagon Generals and Congress argue over the degree to expand the war they are losing, this protest called to end the war now.
The demonstration was called by the ANSWER Coalition and supported by many Bay Area progressive organizations. Among the speakers at the rally were San Francisco 8 defendant Francisco Torres; Salvador Cordon, FLMN of El Salvador; Cristina Gutierrez, Barrio Unido; Jahahara Alkebulan-Maat, Black is Back Coalition; Carole Seligman, October 17th Coalition; Frank Lara; Party for Socialism and Liberation; Gloria La RIva, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five; Eddie Falcon, Iraq Vets Against the War; Bobby Coleman, Revolutionary Poets Brigade; Isabela Fernandes, Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition; Mazda Majidi and Nathalie Hrizi, ANSWER Coalition; Janet Weil, Codepink; Noel Juan, World Can't Wait; Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Military Out of Our Schools; Jackie Santos, Todo Puerto Rico con Puerto Rico; and Richard Becker of the ANSWER Coalition, which initiated today's protest. Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council sent a solidarity message to the rally.