Syracuse Anti-War Rally

Not every rally has to take place in Washington or New York City to be worthwhile. This is very good, especially in Rep. Jim Walsh’s home turf. Walsh is facing a stiff challenge in 2008 after a close re-election in 2006. Such things can focus one marvelously.

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photo by Al Campanie / The Post-Standard. More photos here.

The Post Standard reports: 

An antiwar rally that started at a city museum and ended at a Syracuse University park saw an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people marching through Syracuse streets today, calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“That number would make it one of the largest mobilizations since the Vietnam War,” said John Burdick of the Syracuse Peace Council, one of the organizers of the event that saw groups and caravans come from throughout New York state and New England.

The anti-war rally began at 1 p.m. at the Everson Museum of Art. It ended after 4 p.m. after a march of 1.6 miles to Walnut Park on Walnut Place and another rally. Blocks of SU students joined the marchers as they came near the campus.

The rally was organized by the Syracuse Peace Council, Service Employees International Union 1199 and Syracuse University Student Peace Action Network.

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