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September 15 Anti-War March

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Anti-war protesters marching towards the United States Capitol on September 15, 2007.

That’s right… we’re ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-ack! The anti-war movement returned to the Capitol in a march sponsored by ANSWER Coalition. The march started at Lafayette Park in front of the White House, and followed Pennsylvania Avenue to the west front of the Capitol, where a rally and die-in were held.

This time, it seems ANSWER “wised up”. Their March on the Pentagon on March 17 was a very strong statement symbolically, marching from the Lincoln Memorial to the headquarters of the war machine, i.e. the Pentagon, and stirring up memories of a similar march that occurred in the 1960s. However, from a visibility standpoint, the march was a poor idea, because it started at the western edge of Washington, marched over a bridge that was completely closed to traffic, stayed clear of any population centers, and ended with a rally in the somewhat-isolated parking lot of an empty office building. Not exactly the greatest impact in the world. All you had were the demonstrators, and the counter-protesters. No real place for bystanders. The only group that tried to take the message further was SDS, and they were repelled by the police.

One of the benefits of living in the DC area is being able to start later.  No more leaving the house at 4 AM and driving to Vienna to make an early rally.  My protest day started at 10 AM.  I left the house, and drove over to Wheaton station. Since I was running a touch late, I walked down the longest escalator in the western hemisphere. I caught Breda 4080 and headed into Washington, ultimately riding around to Tenleytown-AU station. There, I got a call from my friend Maddy, who told me that the radical cheerleading group we were planning to go with, RCDC, was heading back towards the Metro from the American University campus to go downtown. So I waited for them at the station entrance. There they were, and so I got with them, saying hello to Maddy, Olga, and Jeff, and we descended into the Metro station. On the platform, we made it known to everyone that we would be getting off at Metro Center. So in came the train, destination New York Avenue. We boarded Breda 4096, and we were off! A number of people in our group decided to have some snacks on the train. I made the somewhat-humorous comment to Maddy, “Uncle Catoe is watching you,” referring to Metro general manager John B. Catoe, Jr. Turned out to be more literal than we thought, as there was an advertisement on Breda 4096 that had a picture of “Uncle Catoe” on it. At Farragut North, one stop before Metro Center, someone determined we should all get off there instead, and so we all piled off the train, regrouped in the station, and then headed up to go to Lafayette Park.

At Lafayette Park, we first took up station in the northeast corner of the park, and did a few cheers. Someone also passed out sheets with the words for the cheers on it, so that we would know what we were supposed to be saying. Meanwhile, I made an adjustment to my outfit – I started out wearing my red Chucks, my black jeans, a black shirt, and my black hoodie. It had gotten to be too warm for the hoodie, so I tied it around my waist. Meanwhile, I also tied a red bandanna around my neck, and took off my glasses. Radical cheerleaders don’t normally mask up, but just let it hang down. So there you go.

We later moved to the eastern end of the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the Treasury Building. There, we saw Isis, and all of us who were DC protest regulars got our big hugs and hellos with her. Jeff saw the SDS group go past, to take up a spot on the other side of 15th Street, and all of a sudden, he masked up and he was off with them.



Meanwhile, the rest of us took some time to do a lot of the cheers.  It was so awesome.  And with ANSWER being the group putting on the rally, we had a lot of time to cheer, since ANSWER just about never gets going when it says it will.


Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade. 

Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.

Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.  Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.

Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.  Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.

Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.  Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.

Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.  Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.

Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.  Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.

Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.  Initially, the cheer group took up a position in a straight line in front of a barricade.

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