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SF Die-Ins Commemorate Iraq War Anniversary
by Liz Highleyman (liz [at] black-rose.com)
Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
Several hundred activists turned out in downtown San Francisco on March 19 to mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. More than 50 protesters were arrested taking part in "die-ins" that blocked Market Street throughout much of the afternoon.
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The die-ins began at noon at four locations along Market Street, including Civic Center and the corner of Montgomery Street outside the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a consistent supporter of the war.

At the Montgomery intersection, 100 activists died-in on the sidewalk as others read the names of people killed in Iraq, naming two U.S. soldiers for every 200 dead Iraqis, to reflect the actual ratio of deaths in the war.

At about 1 pm, half the group moved onto Market Street, blocking traffic for about half an hour. After several warnings, about 40 protesters lying in the street were arrested, including 76-year-old Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg.

As the first batch of arrestees was hauled away, more protesters, led by the Brass Liberation Orchestra, joined the group from another die-in at the Embarcadero. A march then proceeded to the Powell Street intersection, where activists again blocked Market Street and about 10 more were arrested.

“This war is being done in our name and we all have to do something about it,” said Rahula Janowski, one of the arrestees. “I don’t want to see another mother with empty arms. Taking the day off work and losing a day’s pay is nothing compared to losing your family.”

Richard Dunn, who served as a military medic during the Vietnam War, knows that loss well. One of his sons died in Iraq two months ago, and another is deployed there currently. “Please end this war,” he said as he fought back tears. “I love this country, but I don’t like the way this government is acting. If no one says anything, nothing will change.”
§Die-In at Montgomery & Market
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Protesters outside Dianne Feinstein's office
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Die-In at Montgomery & Market
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Die-In at Montgomery & Market
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§"Stop the War Now"
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Supporters of war resister Lt. Ehren Watada
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Die-In at Montgomery & Market
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Die-In Moves onto Market Street
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Die-In on Market Street
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Daniel Ellsberg Joins Die-In
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Antiwar Protester
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Activist Arrested for Blocking Market Street
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Starhawk Takes Another Bust for Peace
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Market Street Arrestees Hauled Away
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Brass Liberation Orchestra
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§More Protesters Arrested at Powell & Market
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Rahula Arrested on Powell Street
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Powell Street Arrests
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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§Father of a Soldier in Iraq
by Liz Highleyman Monday Mar 19th, 2007 6:16 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by witness
Tuesday Mar 20th, 2007 11:12 AM
he had a major bad attitide towards bystanders. stereoptypical asshole cop. born for the job
by barbara henninger
Friday Mar 23rd, 2007 7:25 PM
This was a beautiful, well organized march. The Brass Resistance Orchestra was a key element of the high-spirits. I felt so lucky to have been able to join in, and so proud of those who were arrested.
by he is
Sunday Mar 25th, 2007 11:44 AM
"the cop in the "Die-In Moves onto Market Street" photo was a jerk"

I saw the photo before the comment and said to myself. Everyone knows that cop. I remember him as a jerk too.
by infinisly
Tuesday Mar 27th, 2007 7:36 AM
by George Vreeland Hill
Wednesday Apr 4th, 2007 8:03 PM
The war in Iraq is wrong!
There is no right reason for our troops to be there.
Bush lied about why we had to go to war.
Nothing he said was the truth.
Here is the truth:
Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
This is supposed to be a war on terror, yet Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism.
Saddam did not even like or trust bin Laden.
Since George Bush started this war, Iraq has become a haven for terrorists, and no one is safe there.
Thousands and thousands (180,000 to 500,000) of innocent Iraqis have died.
Iraq is a hellhole and getting worse.
Bush has no clue how to fix the mess.
The money spent on this war now exceeds $359 billion dollars.
Why would anyone in their right mind support it?
It is wrong.
I support our troops but not the war.
Bring them home.
Send Bush and Cheney over there.
They want it.
Those who protest the war are right.
Bush is wrong.
Power to the people!
I am,
George Vreeland Hill

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