On Tuesday, September 26, 2005 a second demonstration was held in South Columbia County. People of all ages and backgrounds gathered together at the Totem Pole in Scappoose to make a statement. The number changed as demonstrators came and left, devoting time as they could. Some stopped in before hurrying home to fix dinner for their families, some arrived directly after work, all demonstrated their commitment to ending the war in Iraq.
Children played on the lawn, dogs waited patiently beside their masters. Professional business people stood on the curb with Mothers Against the War, retirees, and teenagers experiencing democracy in action for the first time. Upwards of 35 people, holding up signs protesting the war in Iraq, were there to remind commuters that peace is not a dirty word. And the message appeared to be receiving growing support among commuters, more than at past demonstrations.
Perhaps the public is finally seeing the man behind the curtain. Maybe the peace signs, thumbs up and horns honking in support of the protesters are an indication that the tide is finally turning. Certainly there were also middle finger salutes, shouted insults and grimly disapproving tight-lipped faces in some of the cars passing by, but this time they were not the majority. This time there were more people in support than there were detractors. This time there were smiles, waves, and a feeling that there is hope for the future.
As the group began to dissolve there was talk of making these demonstrations a regular event, whether weekly or monthly, to build on success. One participant was heard to say that "I feel like I'm finally the prom queen."