Dec 31, 2007

Peace Activists To March Before Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (CBS) ― Peace activists said they intend to march down Colorado Boulevard two hours before the Rose Parade begins, calling for an end to the Iraq war and for the impeachment of the President Bush and Vice President Cheney. A group calling itself the White Rose Coalition said its members intend to march past the TV camera platforms at the Norton Simon Museum at 6 a.m. on New Year's Day. Pasadena police said they had just learned of the protest and are checking on the legality of the march. An official said the police department would make an announcement on how the protest would be handled later on Sunday.

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Since political speech in traditional public forums, such as streets and parks, is afforded a very high level of first amendment protection, and blanket prohibitions of such speech are generally unconstitutional, it will be interesting to see just how this will all be handled.
In my opinion it is good to see that some people are finally taking action to show their disapproval of the current leaders of our Country and show that anger that can be harnessed to action and directed against the institutions of war and injustice, rather than anger directed against individuals as such.

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1 comment:

Ted said...

I have a feeling they will secure the area for "security" reasons and the protest march doesn't get to happen.

It seems that many things that are protected by the constitution are null and void when the word "security" is used.
Number of Operations Iraq Freedom and Enduring Freedom casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 4356