Local marchers protest war in Iraq

Local marchers protest war in Iraq

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More than 250 local peace activists marched Saturday, Feb. 16, on the corner of East State Street and Alpine Road to show solidarity against the Bush administration’s proposed war in Iraq. Organizers from Rockford Peace & Justice, Rockford Urban Ministries and the Social Responsiblities Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church gathered with demonstrators at the Unitarian Church for sign-making and songs, before hiking four blocks in sub-freezing weather. Military veterans led the local protest as part of world-wide war demonstrations across the globe. More than 350 cities participated, calling for continuing peacefull U.N. inspections in Iraq in search of “weapons of mass destruction.” In the event of an outbreak of war, organizers plan a 5 p.m.-candlelight vigil at the Federal Building in downtown Rockford. World-wide marches on Saturday were the largest concerted protests in the history of the world. (Photos by Jon McGinty and Jon Bystrom)

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