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News :: International
Peace Outlet
29 Oct 2007
Ted Ackley, from Rhode Island, came by himself and simply said: “I have a four year-old daughter and I want things to get better, not worse. I want peace on earth.” He then proceeded to hand out pieces of paper with an electric outlet on it… because everyone deserves a peace outlet.
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Lynn, a 61-year-old woman, boarded a bus with 59 others, from Burlington, VT. “War is War, no matter where it is. Its important to keep the voices loud.”

Karen, a Harvard College student and member of the Harvard Students for Democracy group, was taking her friends Kelly and April on their first protest, simply because “the issue is not going away, the American Public is too disengaged, so it is necessary for us to show up!” Like the 7,000 others that took to the streets on Saturday, October 27th, for a National Day of Action called by United for Peace and Justice, New England United and local peace organizations, these strangers felt it was important to re-connect everyone together, invigorate the people and encourage others to do more.

Which is why the organizers felt it was important the march passed by Copley Square in support and solidarity for the Palestinian/Israeli peace rally organized by Jewish Voices for Peace.

At Copley Square, Annette and Charlene, both members of Sabeel group, where listening to Desmond Tutu address the conflict that has been tearing apart the Middle East. “We are here because there isn’t any change coming: Today was a great conjunction of many groups that proves to the government that our voice IS the majority!”
Annette added that “people are the only thing that will help change: We can’t wait for the 2008 elections. We need to stop funding wars now! And for that, we need to keep coming out to the streets.”

Carole Belgate, from Rosendale sadly thought “The powers will probably not listen to us until another tragedy happens. But seeing everyone here, of all ages… it restores my faith in the people.”
Also present were members of Swingthevote.org from New Hampshire… Although the stakes are not the same as in 2004 (“It would be nice if we had a candidate worth voting for!” mentioned one of the members) the NH Branch felt it was important to show some presence today. “People have been known to listen to the constituents of our State. You don’t get that anywhere else. Boston has the power to let their representatives know that the #1 issue is the war in Iraq. We want to help them get heard.”

Another member, proudly sporting a “shut than Guantanamo” shirt added, “The worse thing that came out of this war is that we have lowered our legal standards. That’s a slippery slope. We need to remind the government we have not forgotten this and will not tolerate it.”

So it is fair to say that today’s goal was to make sure the politicians knew we the people were not going to quietly wait for an eventual bill on eventually removing the troops eventually some time in the next five years and eventually end a useless war… The crowd on Saturday just wanted to make sure it was known that there was no giving up, no forgetting and as the numerous “Impeach Bush Now signs” were proof of, no forgiving…

But again, when I asked Desmond Tutu – who had spoken at the Sabeel conference the previous day as well as Saturday morning- if he thought this could make governments listen to the people, he smiled the smile of a man who has seen too many disappointments and replied: “Sometimes…”
Let’s hope this is one of those times.
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