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Palo Alto Peace March February 2
by Charles Slay (slaycslay [at]
Monday Feb 3rd, 2003 4:39 AM
5,000 people marched and rallied in downtown Palo Alto protesting the imminent war with Iraq Saturday February 1st. It was the largest demonstration in memory in Palo Alto. It was a diverse group of people, mostly middle class, with many families. There were no arrests.
Top photo: The march went from City Hall Plaza around downtown for about six blocks.

Second row, left: City Hall Plaza as the rally got going.

Second row, right: D. Abigail Acquaah-Harrison, visiting from Ghana, participated in Saturday's march.

Third row: Many families with children attended the event.

Fourth row: The march proceded down Ramona Street to University Avenue.

Bottom: It was an enthusiastic crowd.

The demonstration was organized by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

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by startled
Monday Feb 3rd, 2003 6:32 AM
5000 in Palo Alto ... ??!!

by pics
Monday Feb 3rd, 2003 4:48 PM
More pictures of this march are posted here:
by Urduja
Tuesday Feb 4th, 2003 2:32 AM
5,ooo voices ! 5,ooo beautiful people ! Let's our messege of peace will be heard.
by anon
Tuesday Feb 4th, 2003 2:59 AM
Hi-- As someone who grew up on the peninsula-- this protest ranks in the almost unbelievable category. 5,000!!!!!! NO WAR!!!
by Madison Indymedia
Wednesday Feb 5th, 2003 8:31 PM
Here's a view of some of the 8,000 who marched on the same day through the cold of Madison, Wisconsin.
by Colorado
Wednesday Feb 5th, 2003 9:09 PM
Excellent, I'm glad to hear that great numbers of people are coming out for these events. It seems that once the 80's hit, protests for even the most important issues started to get low turnout. It's good to see the people hitting the streets again.

It gives all of us what we need:
1) A voice, if not in the media (since they often refuse to cover said events), then in the local spotlight.
2) Information, for those who don't know what's going on but because of the protest can't help but find out.
3) Inspiration, knowing that you are not alone in standing up against that which you find to be morally irresponsible.

This is the good stuff, this is a good beginning. Let us hope that this marks the beginning of increased political, social and moral interest and action in our country.
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