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Photo album 2004.03.20
Chicago anti-war march and rally.
Observing one year since Bush's invasion of Iraq. Editor's notes: Though I honor this effort, and agree that our "elected" administration's actions have been unprecedented, and unsupportable in fact, urgency, and history (shame on you congress), this particular event could have been better. It was rather poorly organized (no published route, official informational handouts, route signage, management, or press liaison in evidence, and I saw no web-site or posters beforehand), highly factioned (interests including U.S. out of Iraq, U.S. out of Haiti, impeach Bush, Free Palestine, Anarchists, and others vying for attention), and frankly, relatively low turnout. Furthermore, the speakers (with the exception of Jesse Jackson) were weak (one nearly advocated violent revolt), and sound system brittle. Though I heard claims that 5000 were present, in my fairly competent people counting experience, I would guess there were about 800 actually involved in marching (the entire mass was just over a block long), and maybe 400 or more who were present only at one end or the other, and many more who simply happened to be downtown for other reasons. Police radio chattered with similar figures. In fairness, the event is inherently stymied in planning and execution by federal and local forces. I would guess there were in excess of 1200 police officers altogether; literally phalanx upon phalanx in full storm-trooper gear. Contact me if you've got photos to add here.

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Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Chicago Red Line stop is nicely decorated.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Chicago Red Line stop is nicely decorated.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Out of town hotties going shopping.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
The Water Tower.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Disabled people against the war.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"We still say no to war!"

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Who dies for Bush lies?" and "A village in Texas has lost its idiot."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Not in our name."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Terrorist Bush."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Jobs not bombs." and "Say no to empire." and "My SUV told me to Bring It On."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Bring the troops home."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Occupation is terrorism."

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Anti-war march and rally.
"567 US dead! Killed for Bush's ego."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"War is not an option."

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Anti-war march and rally.
"What's wrong with these people?"

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Anti-war march and rally.
"Pace" (it's Italian)

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"All American Anti-War Marching Band" peeps.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Federal and state flags.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Water tower crowd gathering.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Water tower crowd gathering.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Bush the barbarian."

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Anti-war march and rally.
Police at water tower.

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Anti-war march and rally.
"Truth, beauty, freedom, and above all things love."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"One Earth, no war"

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Where are the WMDs? The Dakotas." and "Osama toppled two buildings, Bush toppled peace, freedom and democracy."

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Anti-war march and rally.
"Iraq, the 51st state."

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Anti-war march and rally.
"What is it good for?"

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Not my president."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Vietnam veterans against the war."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Pink brigade. "2 cute 2 b arrested."

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Anti-war march and rally.
Pagan contingent.

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Anti-war march and rally.
"Fight the rich, not their wars."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Crosses and "Unelected president, illegitimate war."

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Anti-war march and rally.
Police and "Jettison Georgie Jr."

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Anti-war march and rally.
"UNSCUM team" "Mr. President, we found your WMD!"

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Anti-war march and rally.
Eyes Wide Open exhibit: Cost of war to date.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Eyes Wide Open exhibit: Military budgets world-wide.

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Anti-war march and rally.
Eyes Wide Open exhibit: shells or plows.

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Anti-war march and rally.
Eyes Wide Open exhibit: Boots of the dead.

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Anti-war march and rally.
"Andersonville neighbors for peace."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Stop living in denial about 9/11"

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Renounce your liberties or the terrorists win."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Coffin gas pumps.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Infidels go home, you're getting our women too uppity."

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Anti-war march and rally.
"Peace and Jobs."

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Anti-war march and rally.
"Republicans for peace."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Love doesn't need a big stick."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Church presence.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Federal plaza gathering.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"I lied, they died."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Vets ("Peace through superior firepower" in rear.)

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"I protest anti-war protesters. Support the troops."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Free Iraq! It's for the children."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Who Would Jesus Bomb?"

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"Grrrrr - Even my dog hates bush."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Representing American Imperialism.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"No War" Loretto community.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Fairy winged girl "10000 Iraqi Civilians, 600 US Soldiers, 0 WMD."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
"War is SO 20th Century."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Business rat-man.

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Marchers. "$87B - Thanks George" and "An eye for an eye leaves the world blind."

Anti-war march and rally. (click to zoom)
Anti-war march and rally.
Police. One of several cherry picker observation trucks. Helicopters were also present.