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march on the Capitol - 9/15/07

On September 15, 2007, tens of thousands of demonstrators took their message of opposition to the Iraq War to the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, DC. The event was the product of the organizing efforts of a number of antiwar groups including A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, Gold Star Families for Peace, the National Council of Arab Americans and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. Rain Burroughs of the Virginia Antiwar Network (VAWN) helped to organize and fill a motor coach of antiwar activists from the Richmond area to go to the DC event.

Protestors gathered on the north side of the White House in Lafayette Park, where a noontime rally was held. There were many prominent speakers including Ramsey Clark (former US Attorney General), Cynthia McKinney (former US Congresswoman), Cindy Sheehan (founder of Gold Star Families for Peace), Rev. Lenox Yearwood, Navy Petty Officer Jonathon Hutto and Liam Madden (co-founders of Appeal for Redress), Ralph Nader, Howard Zinn (WWII veteran and author of A People’s History of the United States), Garett Reppenhagen (Chair of BOD for Iraq Veterans Against the War), and a number of family members who have lost loved ones to the Iraq War.

The march to the Capitol kicked off around 1:30PM, led by Iraq war veterans, Gold Star families whose loved ones have been killed in the war, and other war veterans. As is often the case, estimates of the numbers of participants varied widely in the media. Organizers put the crowd at 100,000. Based upon relative sizes of previous national demonstrations against the war, I would estimate the attendance at well over 50,000.

Marching shoulder to shoulder across the eight lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue, the antiwar protestors encountered an estimated several hundred counter-demonstrators between 7th and 10th Streets. The counter-demonstrators were organized largely by Rolling Thunder (a motorcycle club made up of veterans) and Free Republic. Both heated as well as cordial exchanges occurred at the sidewalk interface, but the level of animosity and abuse was much curtailed over what war protestors encountered during the their demonstration to mark the Fourth Anniversary of the Iraq War earlier in the year.

Once reaching the grounds of the Capitol building, thousands of protestors participated in a planned “die-in”. There did not appear to be any attempt to arrest participants there. The Capitol Police drew their "line in the sand", however, at the terrace located at the base of the steps to the Capitol. Hundreds of the protestors gathered around the perimeter of this terrace, while police formed a line on the other side of the low wall that defines it.

Led by Iraq War veterans, protestors were arrested once they scaled the wall and entered the terrace. The process was fairly orderly and mostly a symbolic gesture on the part of participating demonstrators to succumb to arrest in a show of opposition to the Iraq War and Congress' ineffectiveness in dealing with it. Nearly 200 demonstrators were arrested in this manner.

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bus organizer Rain Burroughs
bus organizer Rain Burroughs
Mia
Mia
stop war funding (VAWN)
stop war funding (VAWN)
drunken frat boy
drunken frat boy
stop killing ... start loving
stop killing ... start loving
troops home before Christmas
troops home before Christmas
evil
evil
Air Force veteran against the war
Air Force veteran against the war
White House portico
White House portico
Special Forces?  Or mercenaries?
Special Forces? Or mercenaries?
the emperor has no clothes
the emperor has no clothes
receiving guests?
receiving guests?
on the roof tops
on the roof tops
coal for Bush & Cheney
coal for Bush & Cheney
end the war now
end the war now
big heart
big heart
Cindy
Cindy
in memory of my son(Spc. Juan M. Torres)*
in memory of my son
(Spc. Juan M. Torres)*
Carlos Arredondo(father of Alexander)*
Carlos Arredondo
(father of Alexander)*
peace
peace
Gilda Carbonaro (MFSO)*
Gilda Carbonaro (MFSO)*
rallying crowd
rallying crowd
Rev. Lenox Yearwood(getting an assist)
Rev. Lenox Yearwood
(getting an assist)
USMC
USMC
Rev. Lenox Yearwood
Rev. Lenox Yearwood
Mahdi Bray(Muslim American Freedom Society)
Mahdi Bray
(Muslim American Freedom Society)
crowd
crowd
crowd
crowd
cheap sunglasses
cheap sunglasses
tree climbers
tree climbers
Ralph
Ralph
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Iraq War Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Iraq War Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Iraq Veteran Against the War (Prysner)*
Iraq Veteran Against the War (Prysner)*
Iraq Veteran Against the War (Hogg)
Iraq Veteran Against the War (Hogg)
Sgt. Liam Madden(USMC-Quantico)
Sgt. Liam Madden
(USMC-Quantico)
Garett Reppenhagen(IVAW Chair)
Garett Reppenhagen
(IVAW Chair)
view from the stage
view from the stage
Iraq Veteran Against the War
Iraq Veteran Against the War
Iraq Veteran Against the War
Iraq Veteran Against the War
Iraq Veteran Against the War
Iraq Veteran Against the War
Vietnam Veteran Against the War
Vietnam Veteran Against the War
struggling with the flag
struggling with the flag
college not combat
college not combat
double trouble
double trouble
waiting for the march
waiting for the march
the march begins
the march begins
crowd
crowd
Code Pink
Code Pink
tatooed photographer
tatooed photographer
impeach!
impeach!
crowd
crowd
Department of the Treasury
Department of the Treasury
turning onto Pennsylvania Avenue
turning onto Pennsylvania Avenue
US Out of Iraq Now!
US Out of Iraq Now!
IVAW
IVAW
Alexander S. Arredondo *
Alexander S. Arredondo *
support our troops ... end the war
support our troops ... end the war
photographers
photographers
young counter-demonstrator (I)
young counter-demonstrator (I)
young counter-demonstrator (II)
young counter-demonstrator (II)
young counter-demonstrator (III)
young counter-demonstrator (III)
George Mason College Republicans
George Mason College Republicans
College Republicans
College Republicans
counter-demonstrators
counter-demonstrators
veteran of three wars against the Iraq War
veteran of three wars against the Iraq War
counter-demonstrator
counter-demonstrator
Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
Gaurdian Angel (I)
Gaurdian Angel (I)
Gaurdian Angel (II)
Gaurdian Angel (II)
a penny for your thoughts
a penny for your thoughts
communicating across barriers
communicating across barriers
Pakistani opposed to the Iraq War
Pakistani opposed to the Iraq War
safe since 9-11
safe since 9-11
surge to victory
surge to victory
thumbs down
thumbs down
on to the Capitol
on to the Capitol
peace bus
peace bus
impeachment on the table
impeachment on the table
taking the message to congress
taking the message to congress
what's this? *
what's this? *
dragonfly?  *
dragonfly? *
Capitol building
Capitol building
gathering at the foot of the Capitol building
gathering at the foot of the Capitol building
surrounding the lower terrace
surrounding the lower terrace
lower terrace
lower terrace
join the opposition
join the opposition
R. Hayden
R. Hayden
king of the hill
king of the hill
exempted from arrest
exempted from arrest
let the arrests begin ...
let the arrests begin ...
impeach Bush & Cheney
impeach Bush & Cheney
double cuff
double cuff
over the wall
over the wall
free Palestine
free Palestine
impeach Bush & Cheney
impeach Bush & Cheney
we're going to need some reinforcement down here
"we're going to need some reinforcement down here"
US Army ... arrested!
US Army ... arrested!
support resistance (Bolger)
support resistance (Bolger)
Iraq War veteran speaks up!
Iraq War veteran speaks up!
until being taken down ...
until being taken down ...
hard ...
hard ...
... at the foot of our Capitol building!
... at the foot of our Capitol building!
US Capitol Police (I)
US Capitol Police (I)
standing tall
standing tall
let's go
let's go
US Capitol Police (II)
US Capitol Police (II)
down on the pavement
down on the pavement
what lies ahead ...
what lies ahead ...