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Eugene Peace Rally - Feb 15 2003

More than 4000 rallied on February 15 in Eugene, Oregon to say NOT IN OUR NAME to war in Iraq and NO to militarism; and YES to domestic and global justice, peace, and the meeting of human needs. (article 1)
More than 4000 rallied on February 15 in Eugene, Oregon to say NOT IN OUR NAME to war in Iraq and NO to militarism; and YES to domestic and global justice, peace, and the meeting of human needs. Marches from east and west Eugene converged en route to the federal building plaza at 7th and Oak. The police diverted traffic from the intersection, which was entirely blocked by participants for more than two hours. Representative Peter DeFazio, recent co-sponsor of a bill retracting the giving of war powers to President Bush, led off a roster of speakers that included local activists for peace, justice, labor, and the environment. The crowd was in a festive mood despite the drizzle, and responded with enthusiaism. More than 1000 post cards were filled out urging US Senators Wyden and Smith to support the equivalent bill in the Senate. Coming after a series of vigils and rallies extending over a period of months, this action concluded with a human chain three deep around the block containing the federal building. Concerns over the deployment of troops including National Guard units, the effect on the domestic economy, the erosion of civil liberties, and the potential abridgement of international law by a preemptive strike and bombing of civilians culminated in a demonstration which was unprecedented in Eugene's history in diversity and numbers.