Five years in Iraq, 4,000 dead, 30,000 injured – and that’s just the American count…a war that’s costing taxpayers $5,000 every second (read this and weep) being paid with borrowed money. It’s enough to get people protesting in the streets…a student tipster wrote in yesterday from college:
My name’s Aviva Kushner, I am actually a student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and I just took part in an AMAZING, unbelievable, and inspiring walk-out/rally against the war. Thousands of students and faculty walked out of class at 1:23 PM and gathered at the Vietnam War Memorial to listen to speeches from Iraq veterans, Vietnam veterans, students who grew up in Iraq amidst warfare, mothers of killed soldiers, and more while news helicopters hovered over the scene.
From there, we marched down George Street and stopped at the intersection of George Street and Albany Street (one of the busiest intersections in New Brunswick) and sat down for five minutes in silence for the five years in Iraq. This caused a great deal of traffic, but most of the people who were stopped at the traffic lights didn’t honk, but instead got out of the cars, sat on their roofs and took pictures with their camera phones.
We garnered more support and followers along the route, eventually coming to the Marine Recruiting Offices of New Brunswick to voice our protest. The sit-down at the George/Albany intersection was the highlight of the day, a beautiful representation of all that is to be embraced by democracy. This is what democracy looks like.
As hundreds of students passed the Johnson & Johnson headquarters shouting anti-war slogans and making peace signs with their hands, employees gazed out of every window of the building clapping, smiling, and making peace signs of their own. Yes, traffic ensued, on Route 18 and on New Brunswick busy streets, but it was well worth the cause. Power to the people.
Aviva adds:“We protested at the Marine Recruiting Station for its use of unfair and dishonest tactics and use of Rutgers resources to recruit students to fight to maintain this occupation (we stand by service men and women, but demand full and honest disclosure while recruiting).”