The protest is personal

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For the Meta see my colleague Josh Holland's short but sweet post [HERE] in which he notes that while it was difficult to get an accurate count ("in 1995, the GOP-controlled Congress passed a law forbidding the Park Service from doing accurate counts of protests"), there were upwards of a quarter of a million protesters in DC but only a handful of war advocates.

From AlterNet contributor Missy Comley Beattie, who attended the protest in D.C.: "We met a man who traveled from Oregon. He told us he chose between financing the trip to Washington and heating his house this winter. He did what he thought was important."

And this heartbreaking observation:

"Our mother wrote in her journal that she knows Chase [her nephew, killed in action this summer] is proud of us for participating in an event which may bring his buddies home alive. Our father is proud of us for honoring his 86th birthday request by marching for peace on his behalf. Our brother Mark was with us in our hearts as was Chase. And as we left, we saw a huge banner with the face of another young, brave soldier and the words 'George Bush sent our son home in a body bag.'"
For other perspectives check out a video of the protest here [HERE], see photos [HERE], [HERE], and [HERE] and [HERE] is a compendium of articles and on-site blog posts. (Assorted)

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