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Posted by Sadie from D007218.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 7:49PM :

In Reply to: LARGEST PROTEST IN WORLD HISTORY. posted by Stella from ? ( on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 1:44PM :

It wasn't as big as other places, but then again, it was POURING rain, & I got completely soaked. The protest was courtesty of the Veterans for Peace & Nashville Peace & Justice Center. I think only one news crew actually showed up - the *weather* was considered to be a bigger event than this, which is actually a rare occurrence here in Nashville. We all gathered at this major intersection & held signs, played drums, & chanted slogans. A lot of people honked & waved in support, one guy pulled up & thanked us for protesting, & a few people tried to lecture us about why war was a good thing from their cars as they were sitting & waiting for the stoplight to change. We didn't have any speakers at this event, but there will be plenty of speakers, esp. veterans, at future events. See below for what's going on here next week. I'll be making Iraqi food for next Friday.
Anti-war protesters gather across state
February 15, 2003

Anti-war protests nationwide were echoed Saturday across Tennessee.

In Knoxville, about 500 people gathered carrying signs reading "No War for Oil" and "Thou Shall Not Kill."

In Nashville, more than 200 people braved a heavy downpour to demonstrate against a possible war in Iraq. They were among well over a million protesters gathering in 150 U.S. cities and many foreign countries in protest of U.S. military action.

At the Nashville rally, one man wore a gas mask, while a child of about five carried a picture of President Bush with duct tape across his mouth. The sign it was pasted on read "Suggested use of duct tape as a means of increasing homeland security."

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Dear Nashville friends for Peace and Justice,

At 5:00 a.m. on Monday, the Faces of the Collateral Damage will begin set-up.
It will need your support through its five days of existence.

Ways you can help:

1) Practice Iraqi hospitality.
- bring Tea and Dates for the campers and guests
- drop off extra food, canned goods, clothers for shelters and homeless community. (We will deliver food and needed items to those in the streets directly and through shelters)

2) Leave your face...
- Bring a picture of yourself and of your family (esp. loved ones in the
military) with names and 2 sentences on the back. We want to make a collage
of Nashvillians; we are all collateral damage in this war.

3) Come to our weekly events.
- Our interfaith leaders (Imams, a rabbi, Christian pastors, a BaHai, Pagan
community member) will be there at 12:00 noon every day. Join us for
prayers/reflection (even if you don't pray).
- Our 5:30 pm speakers (Tim Wise, Reverend James Morris, Molly
Secours, Adora Dupree, Al Bender, Randy Tatel, Jane Hussain, Randell Venson...) are eloquent, passionate, and will talk about everything from the Native American perspective to the Veterans perspective to Race and War....
- Despair and Empowerment workshop at 6 on Monday. Quilting at 1 on Tuesday.
Sufi reflection and dance at 6 on Thursday.

4) Feb 19, Wednesday Meeting
- The Nashville Peace and Justice Center will have its weekly meeting on-site at the Legislative Plaza at 6:30.
- Bring food to share if you can.
- At 5:30, our very own Jane Hussein is speaking...alongside two mothers of deployed soldiers and Molly Secours.

5) Feb 21 Peace Rally
- Tell one. Tell all.
- Iraqi food (compliments of Bill Vinett, Food Not Bombs, and other chefs
and donators yet to come forward [hint, hint]).
- Speakers: Rev Rebecca Stevens, Magdeline House Founder
Dr. Forrest Harris, American Baptist College President
- Music
- Candlelight vigil

5) Keep us company...
- Stop in whenever. You can hand out flyers, collects signatures, educate
the populace, decorate a quilt square, bring us food, be a gopher, or just sit
down and chat. You will always be welcome.

-- Sadie
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