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
Alongside Peace Banners

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

December 15, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

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

June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

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

March 18, 2006 Rome, Italy
Italian National Anti-War Demonstration

Peace comes first!

On Saturday, March 18 th, 2006, U.S. Citizens for Peace and Justice were proud to join the 100,000 Italian anti-war protestors in Rome. The day started with talks given by representatives of veterans' groups and military families from the U.S., Israel, Palestine and Italy, all speaking out against war.

At the beginning of the march, our Rome group met up with our sister group from Florence, U.S. Citizens Against War who came in great numbers. They had their banner that reads “Not In Our Name, Statunitensi contro la guerra” waving high in the air as well as their U.S. flags made in rainbow colors. We complemented their message with our banner reading, “Stop Torture”; its visual impact of the symbolic black prisoner hoods against a white background was quite stark. In addition, our red, white and blue signs saying, “Stop War/The Occupation”, a large poster of the know infamous “torture victim” in a black cape, two U.S. peace flags, a few PACE flags and other signs including, “Impeach Bush” allowed us to get our message out loud and clear. They were photographed by the Associated Press, Reuters, and appeared on Italian TV channels as well as on major websites, i.e., CNN, Common Dreams, Michael Moore, etc.

Our group was quite impressive, as well, in that we spanned several age groups: seniors, mid-lifers, young adults, adolescents and even a toddler. Our participants were U.S. citizens who have lived in Rome for more than forty years and others less than six months. We were also joined by a Dominican friar living in Rome and a group of his friends visiting from the U.S. as well as a tourist from Seattle who carried one of our U.S. peace flags the entire route. One woman came equipped with a pink hat, as a symbol of CodePink, which she had worn in a demonstration back home. The international nature of our group was also represented as we were joined by members from Egypt and the U.K.

We picked up several tourists along the way, including a couple who only found out about the demonstration because the buses weren't running. Their presence was fundamental as his deep and voluminous voice led us in chants of, “Stop, Stop, Stop the War” and “What Do You Want – Peace! When Do You Want It – Now!”, which rallied our spirits along the way.

The march made its way from Piazza Esedera to Piazza Navona. At one point, we were photographed by the Associated Press, with the Colosseum at our backs, the Florence banner and our U.S. peace flags clearly visible. Once in Piazza Navona, a stage was set up and speeches were, once again, given. Giuliana Sgrena, the journalist of il manifesto who was kidnapped in Baghdad and then shot by U.S. military upon her release spoke, as did some of the veterans from the morning session. A representative of the Florence group delivered a very strong message, which drew cheers of agreement from the crowd. (Read the speech [in Italian])

We met friends from the Italian movement along the way who commented about how our group has grown in numbers and visibility since last year’s march. We want to thank everyone who has worked (tirelessly) and participated to make this so.

Protests were held in countries around the world, including Australia, South Korea, Iraq, Pakistan, all across Europe as well as Central and South America and in cities and towns throughout the U.S.

The mainstream media has continued to say that there were fewer protesters around the world, this year than last. We question whether that statement is accurate. What we do know is that we cannot absorb that message and interpret it as meaning that fewer people are against this war/occupations and in turn become discouraged ourselves.

We think that the Italian peace movement sent an incredibly clear message to “the powers that be” and we are pleased that we are playing our part.

Kathy Ford

From around the world

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