March 20th, 2010
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Anti-war protesters rally near White House; 5 arrested

Anti-war protesters took to the streets of Washington on Saturday.

Anti-war protesters took to the streets of Washington on Saturday.

Washington (CNN) - Chanting "We are the change," hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered across from the White House on Saturday, the seventh anniversary of the war in Iraq.

More than a dozen speakers, including politician Ralph Nader and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, addressed the crowd before the group marched through Washington. Protesters delivered symbolic coffins draped with international flags to the offices of Halliburton - a controversial energy services company once helmed by former Vice President Dick Cheney - and the White House.

Police arrested five people after they laid down by the coffins in front of the White House.

"Is the honeymoon over with that war criminal in the Oval Office?" yelled Sheehan during the rally before the march, to shouts of agreement from the crowd. "Why are we giving him a free pass when he didn't deserve it?"

Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, became a household name in August 2005 for protesting outside of former President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. She is now camping out on the grounds of the Washington Monument in an effort to draw attention to her cause.

Saturday's crowd carried signs including "Indict Bush now" and "We need jobs and schools not war."

An Iraq war veteran burned a small American flag on stage while shouting "this is not my country."

Nader called Bush and Cheney "fugitives from justice," while arguing that military action in Iraq and Afghanistan was creating a new generation of enemies against the United States.

Some called for greater funding for education and other priorities, echoed by those attending the rally.

"War is bankrupting this country," said marcher Lisa Savage, who had traveled from Maine where she says her local school district is more than $1 million short on its budget.

"Just a few minutes of the war could pay for that," she said.

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  1. jules sand-perkins

    "War is bankrupting this country."
    It is not. War is one of the few things this country can produce that provides employment for our citizens.

    March 20, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    It's time for peace. War only ruins things. Things should never be ruined unless they must be, such as the totalitarian empire of Nazi Germany.

    March 20, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    Hey idiots. What part of.." the troops are coming home" do you not get?

    The days of a war criminal in the Oval Office are over and you know it. Okay I guess a "true pacifist" might have a problem with the war in Afganistan but how can you be against Obama's poiliciesin Iraq.

    He has stopped the torture, the no bid contracts and we are leaving Iraq. Can't you idiots takkkkkkke"YES" foran answer? Especially this week-end when our President is on the verge of finally getting healthcare passed. He needs all the support he can get from evry progressive in the country.

    You folks are NOT helping.

    March 20, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Chris

    Man– do the republicans just hate the American people or what????? This opposition will BURN them...

    March 20, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. BS Bill Misleading Americans

    Arrest them all!! Send them to Gitmo!

    March 20, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Ben

    Looks like Cindy sheehan and her merry band of Liberal Loonies is at it again. What a pathetic bunch.

    "War is bankrupting this country," Oh, really? It seems to me Obama's doing a good enough job of that on his own. Sheehan and her Looney Lefties don't seem to care about that, or about the fact Obama and his minions are trying to shove a bad healthcare bill down out throats.

    What Sheehan utterly fails to realize is that freedom isn't free. It was bought and paid for with a price. a price she and her friends seem utterly unwilling to pay.

    March 20, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Angela Savage Austin

    Sojourner Truth
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    Sojourner Truth

    An albumen silver print from approximately 1870 by Randall Studios
    Born Isabella Baumfree
    c. 1797
    Swartekill, New York
    Died November 26, 1883 (aged 86)
    Battle Creek, Michigan
    Occupation Domestic servant, Abolitionist, Author
    Parents James and Elizabeth Baumfree

    "Sojourner Truth (1797 – November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from 1843, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York. Her best-known speech, Ain't I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio".
    (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Was called to TRUTH for a cause that reflected the human rights of white woman. Yet her duty to stand for the truth, her responsibility to stand for what was right, even though she herself or other Afro-Americans woman or men, would not benefit from that movement...her courage and wisdom was a beacon for the rights of all mankind in years to come. It was the right thing to do. Today, America finds itself having to take an inventory of their hidden agendas and answer themselves, what is the right thing to do regarding the human right for all Americans to have affordable health care? Can we take the same risks as she to do the right thing. Will we be a beacon to a better day for all Americans? Are we going to be courageous in the valley of death and fear no evil? Her speech proclaimed her right as a woman should be sufficient. Our rights as human beings should be sufficient. The truth calls us as it did her.

    March 20, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Eye wide open

    Hilarious, no mention that she also has been dogging Obama around the country for escalating Afghanistan.

    Oh well, once a useful idiot, always a useful idiot.

    March 20, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Eye wide open

    Also note, when there is a Tea Party rally no one is arrested.

    March 20, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    A complete bunch of idiots.

    If we were to do it their way, we'd experience countless repeats of 9/11. There are some things that just HAVE to be done. And defeating terrorists and the Taliban once and for all is one of those things.

    March 20, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. joe smith

    cnn allows comment here, but not on pelosi..why..not hard to figure out..

    March 20, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Illinoistom

    Don't forget all the Democrats that voted to authorize and fund the war, Cindy. They are the real hypocrites, spouting anti-war rhetoric while appropriating the money to kill thousands.

    March 20, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. grayfoxes56

    I would like to see all politicians in Washington have to make their personal investments publicly published on CNN, online & the newspapers. With all the controversary about health care, I want to know if their monies are invested in the drug companies, hospitals & insurance companies? It might explain some of the resistance to fair medical attention. The way I view healthcare is, whether a child is injured skiing, skateboarding or boating, they need medical care just like a child that is born with asthma, leukemia, sickle cell etc. I know it is harder for a low income person to pay for insurance, by the time they pay rent, buy food and clothes for their children, plus have enough to get back and forth to work, life is a repeticious cycle and should be considered by the government & the people. Men do not get pregnant so I do not respect all their views about women's decisions and until they do, their opinions should be heard but should not be the final word. I bet if the camera's filmed some of those pro life men and ran their pictures for child support, the world would get a big surprise!

    March 20, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Philip

    Well it's about time the antiwar folks turned their attention to the Democrats as well as the GOP. It's remarkable how there's practically no difference between the policies of the Obama Administration and the Bush Administration. Even more remarkable is how much the party rank-and-file get fired up against one another when there is so little difference. Iraq, Toture, Military tribunals, Nuclear Power, TARP giveaways. Perhaps the stimulus package would have looked a little different under a GOP congress, but not that much. Even the health care issue is much ado about not much difference between the two sides. Without a real public option, the health care debate is a total fraud - a handout to the insurance and medical industry. Nader was right in 2000. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee...

    March 20, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Invading a sovereign country is a war crime, both Iraq and Afghan. If Bush and Cheney had know anything about their own county, i.e. the Indian Reservations are sovereign, they would never gone into the Middle East. Bush and Cheney both knew their were no WMD's, they also knew Sadaam was contained but chose to kill 4,000 plus American soldiers and thousands of Iraqi people because Sadaam threaten Bush's daddy. This was the only thing Bush could prove to his daddy that he wasn't a failure after never succeeding at anything and he still failed. Sheehan has a right to protest, the truth is on her side.

    March 20, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Ryan

    This anti-war hippies need to get over it. President Obama is not a fan of the war either but at least he's doing what he has to – You cannot reason with Tyrants is the sad reality so if we have to send our guys over to some 3rd world nation to smack some sense into them that abusing women and children and threatening wars on other nations is not cool with us... then so be it.

    Support your troops – don't preach to the choir!

    March 20, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Karen

    So where is your footage of the Tea Partiers who are hurling harassing and hateful comments at members of Congress?

    March 20, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Julia-Kate

    The hag has got to go.

    March 20, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. rrock

    The change president gives us more of the the Bush program.

    March 20, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. leonardofru

    Democrats all. Vicious and violent. Anti-democratic.

    March 20, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Raul

    What a bunch of ignorant left wing jerk offs these people must be.

    March 20, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Suhail Shafi

    I just got back from the rally in Washington DC and I think the number of people attending was in the thousands, not the hundreds.

    March 20, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Lue Blacknell

    Was this the group of protestors that made racial slurs to Rep. John Lewis? Why the repugs will not denounce them? The repugs are a bunch of "losers".....

    March 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. ...

    Did the idiots holding the sign "we need jobs", stop and think that the war is creating a lot of jobs that other wise woulnt be there?Sheehan is a discrase to this conrty and her soons death.war is not bankrupting this country as fast as brock hussain obama is

    March 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. J. Jonah Hexas Texas

    44% of the budget is spent on the military. The bonuses handed out to Goldman Sachs for last year could have wiped out the combined deficits of all 50 States. Our priorities are indeed wrong in this country. Health and education are the two main areas of focus every society should concentrate on.

    March 20, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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