Sandy here usually makes the Final Friday
demonstrations at the corner of Broad & Arch streets (5:00pm to
6:00pm on the last Friday of each month) and asks passing cars to "Honk
Houch of the NW Greens plays the villain of our story (and says he's
working on an act for 2009 where he heals lepers and turns water into
wine), the man without whom the Iraq War would
never have occurred. Of course, President Bush could never have
succeeded had the US not had a Democratic Party that was led around by
a group called the DLC, which was convinced that the way to electoral
success to act as a "Republican-lite" sort of party. A frivolous,
decadent and corrupt press corps didn't help matters, either.
R. W. looks very dignified with his pesudo-American flag. Brandywine Peace Community
is a good, reliable group that usually has something going on. A
monthly pot-luck supper with guest speakers and frequent demonstrations
makes them a real presence in Philadelphia.
Rich, your loyal photographer, webmaster and member of Delaware Valley Veterans
for America. Philly Against War
was founded to show Philadelphia that "Yes, the peace movement still
exists and is still actively concerned about the waste of lives and
resources that has gone into the Iraq War."
How do Iraqis feel about the war? Well, Iraqi
Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi said Tuesday afternoon that if the presence
of the US troops in Iraq continues, it will neither benefit the Iraqi
nation nor the regional states.
if people try telling you that Iraqis wish for Americans to stay in
their country, ask them why we can't seem to find any Iraqis who will
testify to that.
reporter interviews one of our people. We saw a number of cameras and
reporters, so this event was definitely a good one for making the peace
expand on an earlier statement, that the traditional media remains
"frivolous, decadent and corrupt," there are certainly many media
outlets that have produced outstanding work (PhillyIMC
is a good local one and McClatchey Newspapers
has produced many good reports), the website Media Matters has examined
the John McCain-traditional media relationship and finds it's still very much one
where McCain says "jump" and the media asks "How high?"
As to the Democratic Party, they've certainly improved from the election of 2002, where the DLC's "Republican lite" strategy
did so poorly for them, but there are still signs that the lessons of the successful 2006 elections
haven't really sunk in yet. They're still not fully convinced that running on principle is a good way to go.
Celeste Zappala is a Gold Star Mother
who lost her son, Sargeant Sherwood Baker in Iraq in April 2004. She is also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown
That's Betsey of Philly IAC
and John, who chaired many of our organizing meetings.
The Northwest Greens do a monthly protest
near Senator Specter's house along with several others
And of course, it's always heartwarming to see young people at protests. That is
, of course, how any
movement survivies, by constantly bringing in new members.
in all, cause for contentment, at least for the moment. We all had a
good day and Philadelphia was a little more aware than it was beforethat yes, the peace movement is still alive.