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Berkeley Freeway Overpass Vigil to Mark 102,000 Killed in Iraq
60 people gathered on the University Ave pedestrian walkway this evening to mark the 2,000th US troop fatality in Iraq, and the over 100,000 Iraqis killed because of our government's unjust and illegal war on Iraq. Folks held candles, played drums as part of the nationwide vigils held across the country.
In Berkeley this evening 60 people gathered on the University Avenue pedestrian walkway to mark the 2,000th US troop, and the over 100,000 Iraqis, killed thus far in our government's unjust and illegal war on Iraq. Folks lit candles, played drums, and held two 40-foot banners that read, "Not in Our Name, US Out of Iraq Now." At the end of the evening people gathered to read the Not in Our Name Pledge of Resistance -- actually, it had to be shouted over the traffic. Literally thousands of cars and trucks honked in support. An ambulance driver protested "stop the war, stop the war" over his PA as he drive down the freeway. This gathering was one of hundreds of actions that took place this evening across the country promoted by the American Friends Service Committee, MoveOn, and many peace and justice organizations.