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A Protest Against the War

Introduction – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Movies

Part 3

After leaving the protesters at Freedom Plaza, I did some urban scene photography in Northwest DC along Eye Street, did some photography in Rosslyn, and also took a moment to relax.  My next task was to catch up to the protesters again.  I ended up catching up with them at the corner of H Street and Vermont Avenue NW, as they were passing as close to the White House as security considerations would allow (about a block or so further than usual).

At this location, we saw a number of new signs and new messages, and we also saw some of the people we met at Freedom Plaza.


Near the White House, Guernica made another appearance, with these large reproductions of elements from the painting.

Near the White House, Guernica made another appearance, with these large reproductions of elements from the painting.

Near the White House, Guernica made another appearance, with these large reproductions of elements from the painting.


This protester's sign expresses straight up what a number of protesters were afraid of.  That being the thought that it seems like Bush has a laundry list of nations to invade and conquer.

This protester’s sign expresses straight up what a number of protesters were afraid of.  That being the thought that it seems like Bush has a laundry list of nations to invade and conquer.


Zapatistas of New York?  Interesting...

Zapatistas of New York?  Interesting…


The peace sign flashed by this gentlemen goes very well with his "It's diplomacy, stupid" sign, as he encourages using diplomacy vs. military action.

The peace sign flashed by this gentlemen goes very well with his “It’s diplomacy, stupid” sign, as he encourages using diplomacy vs. military action.


One woman simply dressed in mourning and carried a sign while marching.

One woman simply dressed in mourning and carried a sign while marching.


Flying the flag upside down is considered a distress signal, and according to the makers of this sign, the Patriot Act being in place is indeed an emergency.

Flying the flag upside down is considered a distress signal, and according to the makers of this sign, the Patriot Act‘s being in place is indeed an emergency.


Operation Iraqi Liquidation... as mentioned by many before, it all boils down to oil...

Operation Iraqi Liquidation… as mentioned by many before, it all boils down to oil…


This protester carries a flag... this one simply showing the Earth on it, reminding us that we are not only citizens of our respective countries, but also citizens of the world.

This protester carries a flag… this one simply showing the Earth on it, reminding us that we are not only citizens of our respective countries, but also citizens of the world.


Protesters continued along in a constant stream down the street, carrying all manner of signage...  Protesters continued along in a constant stream down the street, carrying all manner of signage...

Protesters continued along in a constant stream down the street, carrying all manner of signage…

Protesters continued along in a constant stream down the street, carrying all manner of signage...


While some may want to impeach Bush, others would rather that George Bush simply not get elected again in 2004.

While some may want to impeach Bush, others would rather that George Bush simply not get elected again in 2004.


More and more protesters pass by, making their messages known to everyone around...

More and more protesters pass by, making their messages known to everyone around…


This man holds up a sign saying "Vote To Impeach", with Bush decorated up not as Hitler, but rather as the spawn of Satan.

This man holds up a sign saying “Vote To Impeach”, with Bush decorated up not as Hitler, but rather as the spawn of Satan.


We've seen this face before, but now it's being taken with a different spin.  Instead of being framed as something to make you think again about war, this time it's being framed as the stuff the news doesn't want you to see.

We’ve seen this face before, but now it’s being taken with a different spin.  Instead of being framed as something to make you think again about war, this time it’s being framed as the stuff the news doesn’t want you to see.


Another protester holds up a large sculpture of Jesus, holding a sign saying "Blessed are the peacemakers".

Another protester holds up a large sculpture of Jesus, holding a sign saying “Blessed are the peacemakers”.


This woman gives us a reminder about where the lion's share of the funding for the war in Iraq came from - taxes.  And in studying Public Administration, I can tell you that a good-sized chunk of the federal budget does indeed go for discretionary military spending.

This woman gives us a reminder about where the lion’s share of the funding for the war in Iraq came from – taxes.  And in studying Public Administration, I can tell you that a good-sized chunk of the federal budget does indeed go for discretionary military spending.


These people, dressed in white, don't even need signage.  By their flowing outfits alone, they state "Peace".

These people, dressed in white, don’t even need signage.  By their flowing outfits alone, they state “Peace”.


And now we again run into our masked protesters with the cool flag.  While they may not wish to show their faces, their call for peace does indeed say a lot.

And now we again run into our masked protesters with the cool flag.  While they may not wish to show their faces, their call for peace does indeed say a lot.


After the Clinton-era sex scandals, the notion came up of the president's need to be a moral leader as well as a political leader.  This protester simply reminds us of Rome, and how military superiority does not make moral authority, while her companion simply carries a sign stating "LIAR".

After the Clinton-era sex scandals, the notion came up of the president’s need to be a moral leader as well as a political leader.  This protester simply reminds us of Rome, and how military superiority does not make moral authority, while her companion simply carries a sign stating “LIAR”.


Finally, this couple protests not only the war in Iraq, but also injects a touch of Marxism to the protest, reminding us of Karl Marx's conflict theory, where the world is characterized by inequality.

Finally, this couple protests not only the war in Iraq, but also injects a touch of Marxism to the protest, reminding us of Karl Marx’s conflict theory, where the world is characterized by inequality.

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Introduction – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Movies

Part 3