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Day of Activism

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While I was at the World Bank visiting the vigil at that location, the Anti-War Funeral Procession group marched from Arlington National Cemetery to the Ellipse in Washington DC, adjacent to the White House’s South Lawn.  At the Ellipse, the marchers were greeted to a sight like no other – 1,000 black-draped replica coffins lined up on the grass.  Some had American flags draped over them, and others were plain black.

After the people arrived, the closing rally began, with more speakers, and music.  Compared to the first one, this rally was a far more relaxed affair.  A number of people sat on the grass of the Ellipse, some stood and watched.  Others napped in the open air.  At the end of the rally, 28 people were arrested while participating in an act of civil disobedience, in an attempt to deliver the names of the war dead in Iraq to the White House.


It was quite a profound sight, seeing this many coffins, each representing a soldier killed in Iraq.

It was quite a profound sight, seeing this many coffins, each representing a soldier killed in Iraq.

It was quite a profound sight, seeing this many coffins, each representing a soldier killed in Iraq.



Many of the same participants from before, as well as a number of people who presumably joined along the way, were found in attendance at the closing rally at the Ellipse.

Many of the same participants from before, as well as a number of people who presumably joined along the way, were found in attendance at the closing rally at the Ellipse.


At the closing rally, people played music, and also gave speeches.  Speakers included Michael Berg, father of Nicholas Berg, who was beheaded in Iraq, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, among others.  At the closing rally, people played music, and also gave speeches.  Speakers included Michael Berg, father of Nicholas Berg, who was beheaded in Iraq, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, among others.

At the closing rally, people played music, and also gave speeches.  Speakers included Michael Berg, father of Nicholas Berg, who was beheaded in Iraq, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, among others.


The large black banners also made it to the Ellipse, and were being held up by participants.

The large black banners also made it to the Ellipse, and were being held up by participants.


Meanwhile, media crews continued to film the events and record the speeches.

Meanwhile, media crews continued to film the events and record the speeches.


As you can see, this was indeed a very relaxed kind of event, with some sitting on the ground, some standing, and definitely a different mood than before.


One gentleman just simply took a nap on the grass of the Ellipse, within view of the White House, with a sign given out at Arlington National Cemetery still pinned to his chest.

One gentleman just simply took a nap on the grass of the Ellipse, within view of the White House, with a sign given out at Arlington National Cemetery still pinned to his chest.


Leaving this event, I helped a small group also leaving the event find their way back to the Metro, ending up at Federal Triangle station.  We discussed the whole protest march, the counter-protesters, the whole situation in DC this weekend, and so on.  After I arrived at Federal Triangle, it was back to the World Bank, where the closing rally for the vigil was getting ready to take place.

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

Part 3