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Press Conference for October 27 Anti War March in SF
by Bill Hackwell (hckwll [at]
Thursday Oct 25th, 2007 9:23 AM
The October 27 Coalition held a press conference in front of City Hall today to discuss the regional march and rally this Saturday calling to End the War Now. The demonstration is part of a National Day of Action around the U.S. to demand that the troops be brought home now. The San Francisco demonstration, beginning in the San Francisco Civic Plaza at 11:00 will march to Dolores Park in the Mission at 12:30. At the press conference Pilar Schiavo, aide to SF Supervisor Tom Ammiano announced that the Board of Supervisors had passed a resolution making October 27 as “End the War in Iraq” Day. Below Cindy Sheehan whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
National and local groups in Northern California have come together to make the Saturday, October 27 event a large and united protest against the war. Over 150 political, religious, labor and community organizations have endorsed the protest.

Organizers of Saturday’s rally see this as a reflection of what is now widespread antiwar sentiment across the United States. New polls show that over 75 percent of people in the U.S. are against continuing the occupation of Iraq, which has resulted in thousands of American dead, tens of thousands of American wounded, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and millions of Iraqis displaced. Federal spending on the Iraq War has surpassed $450 billion and continues at the rate of $5,000 per second.
In addition to those attending from the Bay Area, many people are traveling to San Francisco by bus, train, van and carpool from many different cities and towns, including, Sacramento, Chico, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Merced, Modesto, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Ashland, Oregon and Reno, Nevada.

During Saturday’s march there will be a mass Die-In on Market Street that will last for 5 minutes. This will be a permitted action that will be dramatic and visually powerful. It will help to convey the human cost of the war in Iraq and to deliver a message and to deliver a message around the world that the people of the United States want the war to end now.

Once the march reaches Dolores Park there will be a rally featuring speakers and cultural performers. In conjunction with the rally will be an Interactive Convergence designed to magnify the experience of the day.

Volunteers for Saturday’s demonstration are urgently needed. Please go to to sign up.

§Siri Margerin, United for Peace and Justice
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§Richard Becker, ANSWER Coalition
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§Nancy Mancias, Code Pink: Women for Peace
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§Tim Paulson, Director San Francisco Labor Council
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§Cristina Guitterrez, Barrio Unidos for Amnesty (on right)
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§Pablo Paredes, American Friends Service Committee and Military Resister
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§Maya Nadjieli Donis, Youth and Student ANSWER
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§Michael Eisenscher, US Labor Against War
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§Aurora Grajeda, Primero de Mayo
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Others who spoke not pictured included Jim Haber, Interfaith Witness for Peace in the Middle East and Nooshin Razani and Iranian American whose brother was killed in Iraq.

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by anony mouse
Thursday Oct 25th, 2007 11:37 AM
People need a permit to die? How original.
Was in that march yesterday and had the distinct personal honor of being front row while Cindy Sheehan...probably the most beautiful woman on earth right now, inside and out, spoke out to us and rekindled our oft dying spirits of recent. Had that been a civic auditorium in lieu of Dolores park, there'd have been standing room only if even that and they'd have been packing 'em in with a tire iron.

...And it pretty much goes without question that the two Chronicle scribblers, Meredith What's-her-face and Glen Martin of the tethered press will claim there were "only about three thousand"....(New Math).....well, I can tell you from personal observation that there was an average of about eighteen inches between bodies front to back, that we marched anywhere from about fourteen to nineteen abreast and that at the usual pace of the procession (taking into consideration the invariant "accordian effect" in all such street marches, you could cover about seventeen paces of about two and a half feet per pace in one is also documented that after about two thousand of us had already made it to Dolores, marchers were still setting out from Civic Center Plaza, a distance just short of two miles. I would flatly challenge the damned Chronic Invalid tripe sheet to crunch the numbers and do the math and try to sucker the public into believing that would amount to "about three thousand" why don't you try more like 75 thousand?