REPORT - March 19, 2005
Michigan Capitol Lansing
US TROOPS OUT NOW
REBUILD OUR COMMUNITIES
Second Anniversary of the
Invasion of Iraq
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DID YOU SEE THAT?
Did you see that? That photo of someone you know, probably? Her face
hidden partially by the sign she was carryiing? "US Troops OUT NOW"?
On the front page of the Sunday LSJ? Wearing a hood in the cold rainy
snow? Looking resolute?
Of course you did. More than likely you were among the more than
150 people at the State Capitol on Saturday protesting the 2-year Bush
Fiasco War in Iraq. Protesting for many of us who were not at the
Capitol. Standing for more than 1,000 of us who could not be with you.
The multuiplier effect.
Well. We thank you. I thank you. All 1,000 of us thank you.
Thank you. (By Robert Rentschler)
Many thanks to the organizers, volunteers and all those who attended and
supported this event!
REPORT 2nd Anniversary - LANSING
By Margaret Nielsen
Troops Out Now: Rebuild Our Communities, organized by the Greater
Lansing Network Against War and Injustice (GLNAWI) and the Michigan
Peace Team, with a number of other local co-sponsors from peace and
justice groups and faith communities.
On Saturday, March 19, 2005, the Lansing area held an event for peace
and community rebuilding, in the all-day mid-Michigan cold rain and
snow. The Lansing State Journal published a story on the front page of
its Local section on Sunday, including photos from the rally at the
Capitol. The Lansing State Journal estimated the Capitol crowd at 100.
Over the full time of the rally, probably 150 to 200 people were at the
Marchers approached the Capitol from Lansing Community College a few
blocks away, with drumming, chants, and peace signs. Pat Madden's strong
alto voice began the program on the Michigan Capitol steps. After Jack
Smith's introduction of the day's events, Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf
presented clear pictures of the tragic reality of war and occupation.
Then a "Round Robin Rap" presented the costs of war to communities.
(Thanks to the rappers: Ann, Sayrah, Kathie, Fatima, and Michael)
Finally, people had a chance to take action, signing petitions, sending
letters, and writing post-cards to elected officials. Rain shortened the
action segment of the program.
A separately-organized small group of elegantly dressed "Billionaires
for Bush" appeared in fur coats and jewels, offering to "let them eat
cake". They offered cake on their silver serving tray.
Car-top signs carried colorful messages in the Car Caravan for Peace. We
decorated our cars parked around the Capitol, then drove slowly through
busy areas of Lansing and East Lansing to Michigan state University (MSU).
About fifty cars joined the caravan.
Thirteen intrepid cyclists did a Critical Mass Bike Ride to Michigan
State University's Wells Hall in the rain and snow. The State News
published a front-page story on March 21st, including a photo of the
The MSU afternoon peace rally moved indoors out of the snow, to the
campus building reserved for a film, "About Baghdad". A discussion
followed with the film-maker, Adam Shapiro. About 150 people
attended the film and discussion. Thanks to Adam, to the Michigan Peace
Team, and to the ASMSU Great Issues Program for bringing "About
Baghdad," Adam, and Huwaida to East Lansing.
The events in the Lansing area this weekend were a powerful,
informative, and inspiring commemoration of the tragedies of war and
occupation and of our deep community losses after 2 years of war.