U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome Italy anti-war demonstration in Rome

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Solidarity with Bradley Manning
December 17, 2011

No to "war as usual"
March 19, 2010

Winter Soldier Europe
March 14, 2009

Palestinian Flags Flutter
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January 17, 2009

Close Guantanamo Now!
January 17, 1009

10-Day Vigil for Gaza
January 8-18, 2009

Supporting La'Onf
October 29, 2008

Free the Cuban 5
Sept 13, 2008

Cheney in Chains
Sept 8, 2008

No Bush, No War
June 11, 2008

May Day ILWU Solidarity Action
May 1, 2008

War Tax Day
April 15, 2008

World Social Forum Global Day of Action
Jan 26, 2008

Shut Down Guantánamo Now!
Jan 11, 2008

No U.S. Military Base in Vicenza
Dec 15, 2007

Meeting Iranian Artists
Dec 05, 2007

End the War in Iraq, No War on Iran
Oct 27, 2007

Report on Final Days of No Dal Molin Festival in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 16, 2007

Camping for Peace in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 12, 2007

Impeach Them Both +
Judiciary Fax Blast

July 23, 2007

I-M-P-E-A-C-H !
April 28, 2007

4th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
March 20, 2007

No Dal Molin, Vicenza, Italy
Feb 17, 2007

Congress: Act Now to End the War
Jan 27, 2007

No Military Bases, Vicenza, Italy
Dec 2, 2006

No War, No Cluster Bombs
Sept 23, 2006

Protest Calling for Cease-fire in Lebanon
July 26, 2006

Military Spending
Bean Poll

July 18, 2006

Stop the Escalation
in the Middle East

July 17, 2006

Refusing to Kill
July 06, 2006

Shailja Patel:
Poetry in Times
of War

July 05, 2006

Troops Home Fast
July 04, 2006

Italian Vote on
Military Missions

June 27, 2006

Peace Parade
June 02, 2006

Michael Uhl of
Veterans for Peace

April 29, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden in Plain Sight

April 26, 2006

War Tax Day
April 15, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness

April 12, 2006

National Anti-war Protest in Rome
March 18, 2006

Soldiers Against War
March 18, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Aristide and the Endless Revolution

March 15, 2006

Women (and men!) Say No To War
March 8, 2006

An Eyewitness Account of Post Katrina New Orleans
March 2, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Life and Debt

February 09, 2006

Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
February 09, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
February 06, 2006

NBC Today
Show Blitz

February 06, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Revolution Will
Not Be Televised

January 26, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
In Rome

January 18, 2006

Crimes & Lies:
with Dave Lindorff
and Maurizio Torrealta

January 13, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Peace Propaganda and
the Promised Land

January 12, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Oil Factor

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Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Wal-Mart

November 17, 2005

Protest at U.S. Embassy: White Phosphorus in Fallujah
November 14, 2005

Control Arms Petition
at Piazza Chiesa Nuova

November 12, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Invisible Ballots

November 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden Wars of
Desert Storm

October 13, 2005

Anti-war rally
at U.S. Embassy

Sept 24, 2005

USC4P&J Social
at the Beehive

June 22, 2005

Die-In with
Articolo 11
at Palazzo Chigi

June 21, 2005

Collecting Photos
with Control Arms

June 18, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Unconstitutional

June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Outfoxed

June 09, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Weapons of
Mass Deception

May 19, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
May 05, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 28, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 21, 2005

International Day of Protest
March 19, 2005

 

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with
Articolo 11 / Ostinati per la pace

May 5, 2005

Members of our group joined the Italians at their vigil outside Palazzo Chigi calling for the withdrawal of the troops and an end to the occupation. The following is Stephanie's account of the evening.

This was the third time we had joined Ostinati per la pace for their vigil outside Palazzo Chigi. In fact, we were becoming regulars.

I arrived on time, but things were already set up for the vigil. Peace flags were flying; banners were tied to the railings. It was the first time I had the pleasure of seeing the setup from the outside, from across the square.

I had a few of our signs from the anti war demonstration in March, so we wedged them into the barricade.

Ilaria was there. And we got a chance to meet Walter. From our group we had Marco, Patrick, Stephanie and Judith. Walter had sandwiches, vegetarian and organic, perfect! We spread out some sheets and sat on the piazza and had dinner. Walter and Ilaria went to get some wine.

We talked about our film series and Ilaria filled us in on the Control Arms campaign. At a certain point, a woman walked up and asked how much the peace signs cost, in Italian but with a very definite accent. I took a chance and responded in English. In fact, she was from the United States, California to be exact. Her name was Rose and she was in Rome on holiday. Marco took the opportunity to get some information from her on local California elections.

We explained that the flags were not for sale and where she could get them. And we also explained what we were doing there. I found out from Walter and Ilaria that it wasn't the first time people had stopped by wanting to buy flags.

She was on her way to the Trevi fountain so we gave her directions. She even stopped back by to give us her email address and we put her on the mailing list so she could follow along with what we are doing in Rome. She designs and sells anti war buttons, stickers and other paraphernalia on her site What I Did in the War.

I am now kicking myself for not giving her my flag. It's also quite new as my original one turned black from smog and faded in the sun. But I wasn't thinking.

Later a couple of Judith's friends stopped by. They are members of the choir at S. Paolo entro le mura. We spent some time talking with them as well.

Patrick had just been telling us about a debate at the university regarding Venezuela and Chavez when a group of Venezuelans walked up. They wanted to know what our protest was about, so we filled them in, also regarding the debate.

But the most delightful part of the evening was when Giuseppe arrived, a Neapolitan singer. He entertained us with a number of songs. And he even sang one song for us in Italian.

At 9:45 we realized that Palazzo Chigi had already closed the doors for the night so we decided to call it a night as well. It was a good evening. We met some new friends, drank a little wine, and most importantly, we kept the candle burning.

Stephanie Westbrook

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