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Staggering anti-war display at Reed College

One of the most staggering—and peaceful—anti-war demonstrations are those 100,000 white flags in front of Reed College's Eliot hall this week. Each flag = six dead Iraqi civilians. Red ones are for U.S. troops. It was the work Sunday of local SDS members from Lewis & Clark and Reed College, activists, even passersby. Come help them do the same next Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m., at L&C.
For a staggering visualization of what the Bushies have wrought in Iraq, go see 100,000 little white flags (1 per 6 dead Iraqi civilians) and red ones (1 per 6 U.S. troops) planted in front of Reed College's Eliot Hall at Reed (facing) Woodstock Blvd.).

Students, activists, and passersby pitched in all day Sunday to help the two local chapters of the Students for Democratic Society (SDS) put up this symbolic week-long display. (Quite a feeling to plant even one flag representing 6 of the dead on Constitution Day, let alone a couple of hundred.)

A NW SDS spokesperson said they could use help planting the same display at Lewis & Clark College, beginning at 11 a.m. next Sunday. You'll have no trouble finding the flag planters.

Chapters of the resurrected SDS from Vietnam-era students have formed at 20 colleges/universities around the country so far, including Lewis & Clark and Reed. In the NW, SDS members have been among the demonstrators at the Watada court martial. In Portland, they've been part of active opposition at the downtown recruitment office, and involved in other anti-war work like this massive display.

Reed's SDS chapter meets on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Student Action Office. L&C SDS chapter meets on Wednesdays at 6pm, at the College Co-op. Website home page for the Northwest SDS:  http://www.northwestsds.org/lcsds.html

Correction: 200 not 20 chapters 05.Mar.2007 13:19

Reed SDSer

Over 200 chapters of SDS v. 2.0. have been formed at high schools, colleges and universities across the country.
See:  http://www.studentsforademocraticsociety.org/

Correction to flag count 06.Mar.2007 00:29

Another Reed SDSer

There is approximately 1 flag for each U.S. troop that has been killed in Iraq (5000 red flags for the approx. 5000 soldiers that had been killed as of when the flags were made).

Reed College flag demo 24.Mar.2007 16:39


Stitched panoramic photo of SDS flag demo at Reed College March, 2007.

Panoramic photo of flag demo at Reed 24.Mar.2007 18:13


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