On January 11, 2007 MoveOn members organized close to 500 rallies from Phoenix, AZ to Augusta, ME to demonstrate widespread opposition to the president's proposed esclataion in Iraq. Tens of thousands attended.
The best moment was one of the TV reporters telling me about her interview with a 4-year-old girl, who spoke very intelligently about how she felt. I can't wait to see it on the 10 o'clock news. That and the positive energy generated by all the attendees (in 30 degree, rainy weather, no less), and the honks, waves and shouts of support of all those driving by.
Loren B, Des Moines, IA
This was the first event we (myself, husband and two small boys)have attended. It felt great to finally get involved and take a stand for what we believe in. Even in what feels like a small, somewhat conservative town, the show of support was overwhelming and it sends the message loud and clear.
Jessica H., Hamden, CT.
It was great, just standing with the group and all the signs and waving at cars as they passed by honking like crazy.
Marcia B, Monroe, MI
This 8 year old started instigating chants...What do we want.... Peace...when do want it?...Now! He was totally into it and fired up the crowd!
Jane B., New York,NY
A tearful mother of a 22 year old soldier presently in Iraq thanked me for being part of the rally. She was standing on the outside of the crowd with tears in her eyes. I don't think she'd come for the rally but saw it on her way home from work.
Janice H, Boston, MA
We had a great turnout, with an average of 67-70 people. …If you looked around, you saw that there were people of all different kinds, including many children. One child at the end of the rally was crying. I went up to her, and she was crying and telling her mother how the war is not right. "Why are so many people dying", she said. "God said, let there be light, why didn't he say let there be peace?"
Noah G., Miami, FL
“Brothers Wolfe and Cosmos Casals, ages 10 and 8, rallied yesterday with more than 50 others in downtown Lexington against President Bush's strategy to send more troops to Iraq.
They raised signs and chanted, "No Iraq escalation" and "More troops? No way" as night fell on Triangle Park and rush-hour drivers passed, many honking horns and giving a peace sign.
Wolfe said he listened carefully to Bush's speech Wednesday night after his mother instructed him to watch.
"I don't think that's real smart because if you send more they're just going to keep getting killed," said the student of Lexington's School for the Creative and Performing Arts.”
“Catherine Melina , a member of MoveOn.org, expressed fear that her 28-year-old son, who is training to drive a tank, will be deployed to Iraq.
"It just scares the hell out of me," Melina said. " 'Escalation' is just a word for more people dying. They're going to be more American people, and they're going to be more Iraqi people, and they're all going to be innocent people."”
“Chants like "No more war!" and "Bring our troops home!" could be heard loud and clear from the intersection of Highway 77 and 23rd Street in Panama City Thursday.
The national organization, Moveon.org, held a rally at the busy intersection to encourage people to contact their congressmen to stop the calling up of more troops.
Robbie Byrb has a son in the army and is getting ready to back to Iraq for the second time. She is angry President Bush is calling more military personnel to fight for a country that is in chaos.”