On a chilly Sunday in Salem, over 300 people took to the streets to protest against the brutal and illegal war and occupation in Iraq, now in its sixth year. People came from all over Oregon to demand an end to the endless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and the West Bank; money for jobs, education, housing and universal/single payer health care; justice and peace for the Palestinians; and protection of the human rights of immigrants in this country.
Over 60 organizations sponsored or supported this event, including Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, Jobs With Justice, CAUSA, PCUN, and ROP.
Many of the protestors were disheartened by the dismal turnout. Previous anniversary protests against the war on Iraq had turned out thousands of people. Where were they last Sunday?
There's been a lot of talk about "pushing" Obama to do the right thing. We need to push ourselves first to do the right thing(s) before politicians like Obama will take note.