The March – Reports from the Ground

The March is on in Washington, D.C. The anti-war movement march today, heralded by Cindy Sheehan, is massive to say the least…

Word from the ground, via phone conversations with Mario Romero, who is in the thick of it with members of PDA, is that there are 250,000 – 300,000 people there. William Rivers Pitt is liveblogging at Truthout.org.

Pitt earlier reported there “more than a hundred thousand people here.” I mentioned that to Mario, he caught up with William and they agreed Mario’s estimate was correct. Mario says “The crowd keeps growing and could very well reach a half million.” The MSM is reporting “tens of thousands.” The crowd is so huge they are barely moving.

Mario reports the crowd is so diverse, “there’s raging grannies, Veterans, Gold Star Mothers and families, infants…”

I’ll update when I get more…

Dave from Princeton (just phoned in): Marching up 15th Ave to Pennsylvania Ave to head to the White House. Ramsey Clark spoke earlier and blasted Bush. There was a truck on the side of road with a large blow up poster of Grover’s Bathtub, Dave reports.

UPDATE: William Rivers Pitt reports @ 2:23 PM est – “Holy Crap. CNN is estimating the crowd here to be more than six hundred thousand strong. If CNN says it, it must be true.

UPDATE: Mario reports they just passed the White House. It’s impossible to hear speakers over the chanting and the helicopters.

UPDATE: Dave from Princeton reports in here.

AfterDowningStreet.org has photos of PDA here. Mario Romero is holding the PDA sign here (red shirt on the left).

Yahoo has a slideshow here.

UPDATE (6:50 pm, pst): BradBlog has video from today here and news photos here.

In Los Angeles, the L.A. Times reports Thousands of Californians Protest Iraq War.

Hollywood Liberal has photos from the Los Angeles rally here.

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12 Responses to The March – Reports from the Ground

  1. You go Dave, Give Em hell!!

  2. Cindy!!! I love you girl. Go get em.

  3. florida dem says:

    I am really glad the turnout for the march was so strong. I’ve seen flash mentions of it on CNN throughout the day, but alot of the coverage has taken a back seat to Rita coverage. Is it just me or do some of the storm chasing reporters seem disappointed at the lack of Rita induced carnage on Texas?

    Back to the protest…I watched coverage of the ANSWER rally with a friend who’s a fellow Dem and we thought the rally was very poorly put together. First, no rally should last more than an hour and a half. Secondly, and most importantly, the purpose of the rally should not lose its focus. It happened today and at the last antiwar rally. The parade of various causes that got their 5 minutes on stage was dizzying. I mean, I’m not saying the U.S. doesn’t need to consider getting out of Palestine and the Phillipines, or even free the Cuban 5, but would it be too much to ask that at a “US get out of Iraq rally,” that we focus on that issue only? Sheesh! The organizers clearly lost the crowd and only briefly regained them when Jessica Lange gave a great – and on message – speech about the failures of ShrubCo and their lies that led us into Iraq. Since I tuned into the rally after it already started, I’m not sure when it lost its focus, but by the time 3 or 4 different sets of Fillipino women and a young South African woman (who’s only purpose was to lead an anti Bush cheer) came on stage to denounce US policy and ShrubCo, I quickly surmised this rally was a mess. My friend suggested that it was the liberal inability to say no to all those folks who wanted to speak that was the problem. If middle-of-the-road Betty whio’s undecided about the war is sitting in her living room in Indiana saw this rally she probably said I cannot relate to any of these folks. I look more like the pro-war crowd, therefore I’m sticking with them. Like I said, Jessica Lange was great and could possibly help change the minds of the Bettys in this country, but some of the others I saw on stage? No way. The crowd in attendance didn’t even seem to jump on board with all of the radical ideas, right or wrong, that were being proposed from the stage. Alot of them seemed like regular folks who were just against the war in the Iraq, period. After the loved ones of fallen soldiers had spoken as well as a some Iraqi War vets and a few other notables, it’s time to move it along folks. Oh get this, at one point Ralp Nader came out. My friend said if anything, they should blame him for Shrub getting in in the first place. She said if she was at the rally she’s be trying to jump on stage to give him a good beat down. She thought it would be kinda funny to go ballistic on him at a peace rally. 🙂

    One more thing….If the hard Left didn’t like to play moral elitist non-stop or wasn’t so misinformed on the IWR vote, think of all of the Dems and even a growing number of Repubs that would be able to lend their time, resources and media status to this event so they would get even more coverage.

    On the other hand, I do think Dem leadership needs to come up with a feasible exit strategy, or let go of the backroom power struggles and let JK present his plan. But I guess the pink elephant in the room is that the rest of the world is less willing to help Shrub, especially now that he’s in trouble politically at home. I’m sure they aren’t losing sleep over his sinking poll numbers. Not that it would have been a cakewalk but we all know JK would have been able to get a little bit more from the world community than Shrub has so far.

    Okay, that’s my rant for the day! PEACE!

  4. Don Phelps says:

    I think we have some wonderful, intelligent, patriotic, terrific people on our side. My body couldn’t make it there, but my mind and my heart was there.

  5. Don

    Me, too. I would have liked to have gone but the air fare was too high and the economy is too low!

  6. KJ says:

    *waves to Pamela’s friend Mario*

  7. Ginny in CO says:

    Wow,

    Am I missing something or is there a deafening silence in the MSM on the march?

  8. KJ says:

    Ginny, I’ve noticed that too… and I think it comes from that fact that opposition to the war is now fairly mainstream, unlike it was in the fall of 2002 or early winter of 2003. Also, the catastrophe of Katrina is all consuming. As a country, we’re looking right here at home at FAILURE at so many, many levels, the processing is, I think, going to work itself backwards. The war in Iraq will be next, and then our response in general to 9/11, hopefully.

  9. The lack of coverage I think may have been different if there wasn’t another hurricane ripping through the Gulf. I’m afraid that trumped all news.

  10. Ginny in CO says:

    I knew Rita would be a problem. It just seems worse than that alone. Did you notice there was really one main story that just got reprinted – even by the BBC.

    I didn’t expect it to be above the fold. If there really were only 250,000, I might understand it being on pp 4. But given the position change in the majority and the logical link between the two, you would think the media would be covering that angle.

    Except it is owned by people who probably have big stakes in the military – industrial complex.

    I did see most of a good show by ABC last night. Can’t remember the name but the focus was on the difference between the 2 evacuations and what went wrong with Rita. The most obvious to me was the number of huge military aircraft that were used to get the elderly, infirm and hospitalized patients out. It’s about the only way to do it and is what should have been planned and/or instituted promptly in NO.

    The traffic jam was the lesson of this hurricane. I haven’t seen the historical path that led to this discussed. Teresa is probably aware that Denver had been built with a very good trolley system. I think it was in the 40’s and 50’s the oil companies and car manufacturers went around the country and bought up most of those systems. They were slowly shut down – so that people had to have cars. Many railroad lines were also strangled. (It’s ok to spend milions and billions subsidizing failing airlines and car companies, not railroads.) Since then, light rail transport has been fighting some really stupid arguments for not funding it. And, not only did the improvements on gas mileage get stalled, SUVs were oversold to city dwelling Americans.

    BTW, KJ – bummer you couldn’t go. Haven’t heard from the birthday party. They were probably limited on going to the march because my aunt was in the hospital for surgery.

    Mac has just remined me what time it is: off to get ready for the grind…

  11. C-SPAN had no prob. with covering that pitiful lil thing they called a rally. Talk about lame. When the camera would show the crowd, they had about as many people there, as I saw in one photo alone, of the peace raally. Guess the “C” in their name stands for conservative. All the mentions of the real rally and march, that I have seen today, don’t even total up to a whole minute for the day.