BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
September 28, 2002
Bush Protest in Phoenix Draws a 1,000 People
A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary by Linda Ann Wheeler Hilton
Dear Buzz --
Some people expected maybe 100 to show up -- instead, there were about 1000 of us in the 100-degree heat of downtown Phoenix AZ today to protest the illegal administration of George W. Bush and his plans to plunge this country into an equally illegal war.
We represented groups such as Arizona Peaceful Justice, Women in Black, the Arizona Democracy Group, Sun City Democrats, and lots, lots more.
We carried signs, we wore black armbands to mourn the death of democracy, we sang and we chanted and we marched.
We talked to the press and we talked to each other.
We faced the police and their horses with patience, mostly; and we protested when WE were forced off the street and onto the sidewalk while the W supporters weren't.
We waved at motorists who waved back, and we weren't too terribly rude to those who were heading for the $700-a-plate-of-chicken GOP fundraising dinner.
A few anarchists got arrested, including one photographer, and we booed that, but we remained pretty reasonable for the most part.
And then we came home, tired and sweaty and thirsty but feeling we'd done what we needed to do.
Ann Wheeler Hilton
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