Dozens of buses from Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, St. Louis and other cities delivered people to the streets of Washington, D.C. for the massive anti-war demonstration on Saturday.
But there were also dozens of smaller protests in other cities all over the country.
In Denver, more than 30,000 people took the streets on Monday in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Speakers said racism has not ended and many of the gains achieved by King are being threatened under the guise of national security. They quoted King: “War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow’s peace.”
Tens of thousands of people also turned Atlanta’s annual celebration of King’s birthday into a peace demonstration.
Seattle and Salt Lake City saw thousands in the streets.
Protests also took place in many other cities, including Lincoln, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Milwaukee; Cincinnati; Fargo, North Dakota; St. Louis; Dayton, Ohio; Charleston, West Virginia; Little Rock; Durham; Honolulu; Missoula, Montana; Tampa; and the Northern Mississippi towns of Starkville and Tupelo. There, people held signs that read “Preserve our Civil Liberties, Not Our S.U.V.s.”
In addition, thousands rallied outside the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many say it was the largest peace demonstration that the city has seen since the Vietnam War.
- Sam Parks, Veterans for Peace. He is 83 and is a recipient of the Purple Heart.
- Domacio Lopez, Int’l Depleted Uranium Study Team. He just returned fro Iraq.
- Rose Ebaugh, Native American civil rights activist.