A thousand chants of ‘out of Iraq’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The Los Angeles Police Department estimated the crowd at about 1,000 people and there no reports of violence, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. The march and rally was sponsored by the Act Now to Stop War & End Racism Coalition, or ANSWER. Members of the California March For Peace, a 421-mile march from Tijuana to San Francisco in support of Latino opposition to the war, also joined the rally. The crowd made its way from Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, where protest participants dressed as Bush encountered street entertainers dressed as Spider Man and Pinhead from the “Hellraiser” movies near Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Protesters carried a variety of signs – many with language not printable in a family newspaper. There were 1960s-style peace signs and posters – “War is not healthy for children or other living things” – and more modern sentiments, such as “Bush is my dictator,” “Queremos paz (We want peace)” and “A village in Texas is missing its idiot” with an Alfred E. Neuman-style caricature of the president. HOLLYWOOD – Actor Martin Sheen and other Hollywood figures called for an immediate end to war in Iraq, addressing some 1,000 anti-war activists who marched through Hollywood Saturday on the war’s third anniversary. From a stage erected in the street near Grauman’s Chinese Theater, speakers condemned President George W. Bush as a liar and criticized his administration for the Iraq war, its record on the environment, the handling of Hurricane Katrina relief and other issues. “Your voices are the only ones worth listening to, and lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for,” Sheen told the marchers, urging them to continue to their nonviolent protest. The celebrities included actors Mike Farrell, Rob Morrow and Diane Lane, as well as Academy-award winning screenwriter Paul Harris (“Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash”), U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, and United Farm Workers co-founder Delores Huerta. Yvette Lopez, 30, of Santa Monica, carried a sign that read, “My father is a Vietnam Veteran; Support our Troops, bring them home.” She said her generation had learned the lessons of Vietnam and supported the military even though it opposes the war. “(Getting) Bush out of office is the only thing that will end” the war, Lopez said. “This (rally) is something positive that we can all do together.” Claire Sharp, 63, of Long Beach, said more than just the war was at stake. “It’s going to take a change in administration, getting some people in office who aren’t in it for the oil and money interests,” Sharp said. “Nothing good is going to happen until we do. We’re never going to get a single-payer health insurance plan.” Twenty-year-old Levi Barton of Norwalk and his bandmates from the punk rock band Schizophrenia were less impressed with the crowd, who they described as comfortable, middle-class citizens not really serious about creating change. For one thing, the protest organizers got the city’s permission for the march, he said. “That’s not a real protest; that’s not real revolution,” said Barton, his blond hair tousled and spiked, and sporting a chain around his neck with a padlock and 9 mm bullet attached to it. “It’s not about sitting around while you’re pepper-sprayed saying, ‘Peace, man,”‘ Barton scoffed. “The only social change comes through violent protest.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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