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03 Nov 2002
Modified: 10:55:19 PM
the rally was ASTONISHINGLY HUGE -- even the police estimated 15,000. it took well over half an hour for the march to pass from front to back. spread the word.
Tim Robbins joins thousands of anti-war protesters
By Bipasha Ray, Associated Press, 11/3/2002 16:47

BOSTON (AP) -- Actor Tim Robbins joined thousands of protesters from across New England at the Boston Common on Sunday to urge the U.S. government not to attack Iraq.

''It is important for everybody to ask questions before we rush into a hostile military situation,'' Robbins said who was in Boston for the filming of the movie ''Mystic River.''

''We have been attacked and we have to find a way to allow our government to fight terrorism. But we also have to have the discipline and the responsibility to determine the difference between fighting terrorism and the danger and arrogance of unilateralism and preemptive strikes,'' Robbins said to a cheering crowd.

Thousands of protestors -- Boston police estimated 15,000 -- held signs saying ''Think Justice (not just us)'' and ''Make love, not war.''

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein urged protesters to vote Nov. 5 and choose the third party candidates who would ''get the big money out of politics which is what is driving us toward war today.''

''Instead of destroying homes, hospitals and schools with the billions of dollars that this war would cost, we in Massachusetts could be building homes, hospitals and schools with those billions of dollars,'' she said.

Episcopal Bishop Tom Shaw and Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner also spoke at the demonstration, which was followed by a march around the city's downtown.

''We have the technology, we have the money but we also have brains. We are an evolved society,'' said Betsy Misch, 28, a social worker. ''We don't need to be attacking a country and resolving issues with bombs. We should be resolving the conflict, the way we were taught in kindergarten, with open communication, with empathy.''

The rally was sponsored by United for Justice for Peace, a coalition of 30 organizations including the American Friends Service Committee and Massachusetts Peace Action.
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Test for japanese (japanese)
03 Nov 2002
I am testing to see if we can add Japanese comments here.
日本人友達がデモにいった。REPORT をまっています。。。
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Japanese doesn't work but (english)
03 Nov 2002
Japanese does not work, despite what looked like an option to specify J encoding, so we will be trying to link to a Japanese language post on the Boston demo from a friend who was there. Please stay tuned. Meanwhile, if anyone is interested in joinig out Japan-IndyMedia (planning) discussion, please visit here:


Also, we have a page here (which has been down
for the last 3 days!!!) but should eventually be up.

Join the mailing list for now.

For a rationale, which is being revised, please
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