2,000 march against Iraq war
Published Nov 5, 2005 10:28 PM
With gold-star mother and
now anti-war spokesperson Cindy Sheehan leading the way, over 2,000 protesters
marched through the downtown streets of Boston Oct. 29 demanding: “From
New Orleans to Iraq: Bring the troops home now!”
A highlight of the
blocks-long march came at the Tremont Street Baptist Church where bigot James
Dobson and his organization Focus on the Family was holding a
“conference” encouraging LGBT people to renounce themselves and
Mark D. Snyder of QueerToday.com, standing on the
flatbed of a truck donated for the day by the Boston school bus drivers union
USW Local 8751 president Steve Gillis, began call and response chants over a
booming sound system. “Homophobia: Shut it down!” and “Racism:
Shut it down!” rang out. The protesters, proceeding with the march, left a
parting message: “Get the F… out of Boston!”
by the Oct. 29 Coalition, a broad cross-section of progressive organizations and
individuals, the day’s events included before and after-march rallies at
the Boston Common bandstand.
All speakers denounced the war as well as
raised issues including anti-racism, counter-recruitment, reproductive rights,
same-sex marriage, the Cuban 5, the Somerville 5 and Filiberto Ojeda Rios.
Speaking from the bandstand stage, Stevan Kirschbaum, chief steward of
Local 8751, informed participants of the unanimous Boston City Council
resolution passed Oct. 26 which reads in part, “The Boston City Council
encourages all businesses in the City of Boston, both public and private to
either close on Dec. 1, or allow the many workers and students in the City who
will want to attend the Rosa Parks Commemoration event taking place during
normal business hours, to take the day off, or leave work and school early with
Hundreds of leaflets calling for actions against war,
racism and poverty on Dec. 1 were distributed throughout the day.
“Let’s go back to our schools. Let’s go back to our
communities. Let’s go back to our unions. Every person be an organizer.
And on Dec. 1, on the anniversary of Rosa Parks ushering in the modern civil
rights movement, let us shut this country down. Stop the war in Iraq and at
home. Say no to racism,” said Kirschbaum, also a member of the Boston
Troops Out Now coalition, a principal organizer of the Oct. 29 action.
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