Monday, January 29, 2007

How'd it go on Jan. 27?

It went well. Please check back in a couple more days for text and pictures.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

If you can't be in D.C. Jan. 27 come stand with us

An antiwar vigil on the Eastport bridge in Annapolis is scheduled to coincide with the national antiwar demonstration in Washington on Saturday, January 27.

The local event will run from noon to 2 p.m. on the bridge over Spa Creek. Participants will stand or walk on the bridge carrying signs while the the national demonstration, called by a coalition of more than 1300 local and national groups, gets under way on the National Mall.

The group that has held weekly vigils on the bridge on Sundays since March 2003 is organizing the local event for people who want to demonstrate their opposition to U.S. military policy in Iraq but are unable to join the larger march.

Policies the events oppose include sending additional troops to Iraq and expanding the conflict to Iran and Syria. Demonstrators in both cities believe, as Senator Ben Cardin so aptly put it in his first floor speech as a senator, "We need a surge in U.S. troops coming home, not a surge in those going to war."

Those joining the bridge vigil may bring their own signs or borrow signs from the organizers. A city policy bans poles or sticks on signs. The organizers urge participants to be aware of the weather, wear comfortable shoes, take care not to block traffic on the street or sidewalk, and respond either politely or not at all to anyone who expresses disagreement with the demonstration.

Since the first Sunday in March 2003, Maryland Bridges for Peace has held its weekly vigil on the Eastport bridge on Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 p.m. (The group's blog can be found here.) The weekly event occasionally extends to 2 p.m.

Maryland Bridges for Peace has also held Sunday vigils on Stoney Creek Bridge in Pasdena and special vigils on both bridges during past national antiwar marches. The local group was inspired by Bridges for Peace, which has been holding vigils on bridges up and down the coast of Maine since the fall of 2002. The Maine group's Web site is here.

The demonstration in Washington, D.C., on January 27 is being organized by United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of more than 1300 local and national groups throughout the United States. Participants will assemble on the National Mall, between Third and Seventh Streets, beginning at 11 a.m. The march will set off at 1 p.m. Activities will continue on Sunday and Monday. The coalition's Web site is here.