Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Right Way to Protest Rogers & The War in Iraq

Vandalism is wrong, illegal, and ultimately counterproductive. It's the wrong way to protest something.

Here's the right way:

"What do we want? Justice!" many cried.

They marched down Michigan Avenue -- taking up two lanes -- all the way to Lansing and the district office of U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) with some demands.

"We the students, youth and community members of the greater Lansing area of Michigan declare our opposition to the war on Iraq," one student leader said.

The students say they want military recruiters out of high school classrooms. They're asking Rogers to put an end to the war and bring troops home. And they say the money spent on the war could be better spent fixing domestic problems.

"Congressman Rogers can make this happen now," a student leader said.

The group, roughly 100 in number, then marched back toward East Lansing along Michigan Avenue to join with a larger protest.

"We're here to stay stop the war; bring the troops home now," protester Maragret Kingsbury said.
Organizers estimate that at its peak, close to 400 were there.

"There's a realization that people are fed up and turning out where they weren't before," Harrow said.

Police say both protests were peaceful and no one was arrested.
This is the right way to protest Rep. Mike Rogers' moronic support for George Bush's war in Iraq. Let's hope he gets the message.

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