Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ANSWER Marches on Rumsfeld

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ANSWER Marches on Rumsfeld

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The June 5 march through the streets of Northwest Washington, DC, from the White House to Donald Rumsfeld's house, was smaller than some of the demonstrations that preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Among the approximately 5,000 participants, however, there was no less passion that the invasion was wrong. The sentiment to "Bring the troops home now," was as strong as the desire had been not to send troops in the first place. A number of speakers expressed their outrage that the administration that had ignored their popular message that Iraq was not a threat, now ignored their message that the U.S. had caused more than enough damage and should cut its losses.

The long list of speakers included ANSWER (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism) activist regulars Brian Becker (ANSWER), Chuck Kaufman (Nicaragua Network), Larry Holmes (International Action Center), Macrina Cardeñas (Mexico Solidarity Network), and Caneisha Mills (ANSWER), as well as Isma'il Kamal (Muslim Student Association), Hussein Agrama (Free Palestine Alliance), Cheri Honkala (Kensington Welfare Rights Union), Rev. Graylan Hagler of the Plymouth Congregational Church, and Mahdi Bray (Muslim America Society).

Other important speakers were on hand to share the pain the war on Iraq had inflicted on them, including Al Zappala, whose son, Sherwood Baker, was killed in April-the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to be killed in combat since World War II. Raised in a pacifist family, his father said Zappala had joined the National Guard seven years ago to supplement his income as a social worker. …

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