Peace rally in Washington, D.C. Jan. 18

Peace rally in Washington, D.C. Jan. 18


More than 305,000 people, including more than a dozen local residents, protested against possible war against Iraq Jan. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. The demonstration was organized by International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), a coalition of peace groups from around the world.

Disabled Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July), actress Jessica Lange and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were among the prominent individuals who spoke at the march.

“We will not learn to live in peace by killing each other’s children,” Lange (far bottom right) said.

Ramsey Clark (immediate right), former U.S. Attorney General from 1961-1968, said: “You cannot be a bystander in this time of peril.”

Clark recited a list of “impeachable offenses” he says President Bush has committed, including violations of the U.S. Constitution and international law.

Jackson, who also spoke at the event, said, “Choose minds over missiles, negotiation over confrontation, life over death … Keep hope alive!”

At bottom left, anti-war protestors march down Independence Avenue past the Capitol Building.

At top right, demonstrators begin the two-mile march to the Washington Navy yards.

The event coincided with protests in other cities around the world, including Rockford, where about 300 people gathered Jan. 18 at the corner of East State Street and Alpine Road to protest possible war against Iraq.

Photos by Jon McGinty, special to

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