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National Day Of Action on the 8th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq - SF rally and march
by Rubble
Saturday Mar 19th, 2011 4:24 PM
Hear audio of the last 40 minutes of the anti-war rally at the Civic Center, San Francisco, on March 19, 2011. After the rally, a march proceeded down Market Street to Union Square for a rally and speak out at several of the union-busting hotels in that area, including the Westin St. Francis. (40 minutes)
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Speakers and topics included the Haiti Action Committee; a spokesperson for military prisoner Bradley Manning; several groups of students for education not war; stop impending war with Libya; the BART killing of Oscar Grant; the National Committee to Free the Cuban 5; labor activist Mike Casey; and Boots Riley, vocalist/songwriter of popular East Bay bands The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.

A rally was held later in the day at the St. Regis Hotel to protest former Bush Administration National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, who was giving a keynote address at the World Affairs Council conference at that hotel.

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by nice timing
Saturday Mar 19th, 2011 4:27 PM
Reports say that US warships began firing missiles at Libyan air defenses today.
by =
Tuesday Mar 22nd, 2011 8:30 AM
After we the audience were listening to the usual yakkity yak from the stage in the cold rain, under an umbrella and in full winter clothing, for a half hour from 12 to 12:30, one snot-nosed man announced from the stage that there would be more rain and that we all could just endure this misery of standing in the cold rain waiting for the hot air from the stage to end so we could march. Some of us yelled in protest, but the big shots on stage clearly did not care so we went to coffee shops in the area, a very rough area. We came back at 1 p.m., and the yakkity-yak was still going strong while some people had lined up to march. The hot air from the stage was reaching the converted and the seagulls in the cold, wet civic center where all the government offices were closed. When it is sunny, most of us can enjoy the sun while we wait for the big shots on stage to stop talking so we can finally march. Since it was cold and wet, that option was not there. For the Bay Area, 1800 is a paltry turn out for the 8th anniversary of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. Now that we know the contempt of the organizers for the people who manage to show up when it is cold and wet, we will not show up again when it is cold and wet.