Friday, February 14, 2003

ETSU rallies against war

Marchers in Thursday’s peace demonstration at East Tennessee State University said they hoped to be seen as patriotic participants in democracy, not anti-American dissidents.

“This is what America is all about,” Josh Gambrel, president of the newly organized campus Green Party, said in a pre-march rally at the ETSU amphitheater. “I wouldn’t be fighting if I didn’t think there was something worth fighting for.”

Intended to protest the Bush administration’s path toward war with Iraq, the rally and march drew about 150 participants, as well as a few babies in arms and “protest dogs” on leashes. ETSU students, faculty and staff members and a few local residents braved cold twilight temperatures and brisk winds to lend their voices to the effort. more


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