"This is one of the most incredible things I've ever been to. So many people, so many energies. Everybody had their own flag or sign to represent themselves. Gay/Les/Bi, all colors. The crowd is very diverse; less than half white. The organizations, too, are very diverse, and from all over the country. Just standing there, hearing six different chants going on around you, all equally loud, and people everywhere, it was incredible."|
"There were three or four different rallies this morning, including one for Palestine and one against the IMF and World Bank. Starting from different locations, they all took the streets and marched, converging on the lawn in front of the Capitol Building for speeches, tabling, etc. I was with the Palestine march. Organizers estimated there were 20,000 of us. When all the marches came together, it was 60-75,000. People as far as the eye could see. It was something else!"
"There was a festival-atmosphere, with hackey sacks and drumming, people selling tee-shirts, a group like Seattle's Infernal Noise Brigade. Cynthia McKinney spoke about 9.11 and the need for an investigation. Many speakers and signs and chants, especially in the Palestine march, were not in English. It was great."
"Some of the marches were permitted and some not, I believe, but tomorrow's rally [on Sunday] is not permitted. There were police helicopters flying all around above us. I only saw 40-50 police myself. They were on horses and bikes, or in riot gear standing behind barricades looking solemn. They didn't want to get involved with us. They were just staying out of our way."
"It was an historic event. To see that many people out for peace was really amazing. I don't know where this 80% approval comes from. My message: Fuck Bush and fuck his corporate media whores."