Archive for Saturday, September 24, 2005

Anti-war rally part of national effort

September 24, 2005


Members of a Lawrence peace group hope for at least 1,000 people to march through downtown during an anti-war rally today, part of a series of demonstrations expected across the country.

"Specifically, we want an exit strategy, if not our troops brought home from Iraq immediately," said Louise Hanson, a founding member of the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice, which started in 1976.

The Lawrence rally will coincide with anti-Iraq war demonstrations planned around the nation this weekend - including events in Washington, D.C., led by activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, a U.S. Army specialist, died in combat in Iraq during 2004.

The Lawrence event will begin at 11 a.m. at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park. A march to South Park will begin about 11:15 a.m. At South Park, food, games and face painting are planned, along with a soap box for speakers.

"Anyone can talk about anything they want as long as they do it peacefully," said Joe Douglas, a Lawrence psychiatrist and coalition member since 2002.

Douglas, who served in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic Ocean during Vietnam, said he planned to play the guitar and sing two songs he wrote about Sheehan.

"We just want to get people to voice their concerns about the ongoing war - this catastrophic situation in Iraq," Hanson said.


Sandman 12 years, 9 months ago

There will be some serious pot-smoking today by these idiot libs.

Dan Alexander 12 years, 9 months ago

Is there truly no hope for us, just look what these idiots above have to say about people participating in a national peaceful demonstration. Then we got Right wing conservatives from Arkansas preaching to the choir about how evolution just can't be true. How about you redneck @ss-h@ts go shove Bill O'Reilly up your pooper and , "just shutup"

topflight 12 years, 9 months ago

Hey everyone, i got my water truck and large water cannon all ready to go if any one wants to join me in spraying these people down the gutter. It will be fun, i hope there baggies of pot are zip lock.

ECM 12 years, 9 months ago

Isn't it sad that the LJW can give these folks all the ink they want but for other "peaceful" events like See You at the Pole they ignore it completely.

ECM 12 years, 9 months ago

Wow DanAlexander what a intelligent reply.

Comments like that are usually only found in bowing alleys.

Maybe if you actually had a intellegent reply instead of name calling and repeating what the liberal press feeds you people would ponder your words.

Aileen Dingus 12 years, 9 months ago

Huh. I must have missed out on the pot AND the water cannon. Perhaps it was a DIFFERENT anti-war demonstration than the one you guys mention.

My daughter and I participated in the march and the songs and some of the speeches afterwords and all I saw were concerned citizens, speaking out for what they believe in. Lots of parents with children, lots of elders, lots of us middle aged types...

bearded_gnome 12 years, 9 months ago

lcpj+=+Lawrence coalition for persecuting the Jews (Ref Sheehan's comments about a jewish world conspiracy).

or Lawrence coalition of pusillanimous jerks; Cindy also said we should pull our troops out of "occupied new orleans."

bearded_gnome 12 years, 9 months ago

ECM: you don't possibly mean to suggest that the LJW might have a liberal bias in the news reporting? shame on you for thinking such a thing about a paper which brings us all the Kalila Dalton news that's fit to print...

Dan Alexander 12 years, 9 months ago

Bowling alley huh, well at least real people go tho bowling alleys. I wouldn't say "shut up" except that the conservative media has taught me tha this is how we speak to be people we disagree with, guess who I was quoting when i said it? That's right Billy says it whenever he feels. Of course I was out of line, I wasn't trying to be nice because when do the conservative politicians and businessmen care about "feelings" and "emotion" unless money is to be made from it.

This whole "liberal media" is conservative propaganda, all smoke and mirrors to keep folks from questioning their schemings. Sure don't trust the media question what you read, but don't buy into Fox news saying they are the no-spin zone. They are getting their programming directly from the Bush Administration. Who last I checked is at an all time low for approval ratings( actually the second time in this administration that he has hit the %40 approval rating(yeah 4 outa 10 is still ugly as sin)).

If we had a news channel as liberal as Fox news is conservative then your whole "all media is liberal besides a few more fair and balanced papers and stations" debate would be over because then you would see how liberal we would like to be, if we didnt have to compromise like we are so used to doing.

b_asinbeer 12 years, 9 months ago

America has a liberal news channel? When did that happen?

Having lived in Europe and Asia for a number of years, I can honestly say that CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC would be considered conservative in those continents. Probably more like towards the middle of the spectrum if you compare it with Fox, but still conservative.

So, for all of you who say that America has liberal news channels, watch a few European and Asian news channels before coming to your conclusions.

Have a great weekend everyone!

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." 9/2/2005

armyguy 12 years, 9 months ago

I hope they have a great turnout.... There is nothing more than I and most everyone here in Iraq want than an exit from this place. I don't care who gets the ball rolling.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 9 months ago

maybe, Dr. Joe Douglas psychiatrist and peacenic should be writing prescriptions for Cindy Sheehan instead of songs?

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