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40 Anti-War Groups Demonstrate for Peace in Salem (VIDEO)Tim King Salem-News.com
Numerous speakers took to the podium during this peace demonstration and rally.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Hundreds of anti-war demonstrators gathered in Salem today to call for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to condemn the Israeli attacks on Gaza. The event was also held to stand for the rights of immigrants.
Some of the peace activists are military veterans. One woman who spoke to Salem-News is a member of the group, Veterans for Peace.
I asked this veteran, whose name is Janicka, to tell us what the message is. "Two things mainly; out of Iraq and out of Afghanistan and a campaign to bring the Oregon Guard home to Oregon. They're set to deploy next month."
Tim James of Portland, is a Vietnam Veteran. He said it is troubling that things haven't changed yet under the new presidency. "We're just here to remind our new government that many of us supported Obama because of his opposition to the Gulf War."
The President has been under a barrage of accusations in recent weeks from right wing pundits who claim he is a Socialist. Since the Socialist Party was in attendance at today's event, I asked Glenn Kirkindall of the Freedom Socialist Party to comment on that connection.
"My thought is that Barack is not a Socialist, and neither he or the Democrats are going to end the war and the only way we can end the war is if we fight for Socialism here."
Obama's policies are winning few friends out of this crowd, and many say his presidency is just an extension of the last.
"He has the same monetary interest running our country. Bush, Obama, it doesn't matter the President. Presidents are figureheads. We need to start looking beyond that and looking at economics. Pay attention to the Federal Reserve," activist Mike Smith of Portland said.
Numerous speakers took to the podium during this peace demonstration and rally. Some were media personalities and some are combat veterans who have strong feelings on the war based on personal experience.
And one person at the event, Q Madp of IraqWarHeroes.org said it is still most important to remember the sacrifice of those who serve.
"Without our men and women in the military, to protect our rights and constitution, there wouldn't be any of this."
The march was put together by 40 different organizations and KBOO Radio was there to help spread the word of peace through the airwaves.
There had been some speculation that today's event had the potential of getting out of control, but in the end it was just a simple peace demonstration, much like Salem has seen in the past.
WATCH THE VIDEO REPORT BY TIM KING, BELOW:
HERE ARE PHOTOS OF THE SALEM PEACE MARCH AND RALLY BY Q MADP POF IRAQWARHEROES.ORG:
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