cleIMC home

Cleveland Indy Media Center

cleveland indymedia
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Radio Show Publish
white themeblack themered themeblack themeblack themeblack themeblack themeblack themeblack themeblack themetheme help

Sep 20 Real Time Presentation Service from Money Maker Ma

Sep 25 Columbus Socialism Forum -- Why You Should Vote So

Add an Event

printable version - email this article

1000 People Take to Streets, Oppose War on Iraq
by patrick, imc volunteer Sunday November 17, 2002 at 02:48 AM

Over 1000 Cleveland area peace activists and others concerned with looming war & continued aggression against the people of Iraq took to the streets today in opposition to US policies at home and abroad. Protest took the form of two lively marches and a rally on Public Square.

Saturday, November 16 -

Continuing the momentum from last weekends rally and march in Columbus, over 1000 Cleveland area peace activists and others concerned with looming war & continued aggression against the people of Iraq took to the streets today in opposition to US policies at home and abroad. Protest took the form of two lively marches and a rally on Public Square.

Feeder March…

At approximately 11:30 a small group of anti-war protesters began a march leaving the intersection of W.44th and Lorain, and continued down the sidewalks of Lorain before entering the neighborhoods of the near west side. About 26 protesters wearing mostly black carried banners and signs, and shouted slogans and cheers.

In an announcement distributed via email the group planning the march said, " The Northeast Ohio Antiwar Coalition (NOAC) is calling for a demonstration on Saturday Nov. 16th @ 12noon at W.25th and Lorain. The Burning River Collective hopes to see everyone that opposes this war there. In addition to the demonstration, we are calling for a feeder march and contingent within the march under the slogan, "Stop the War, Fight the System!"

"At the same time as the Bush administration is threatening war on Iraq, it has already bombed
Afghanistan, stripped Muslims, Arabs, and South Asian immigrants of any semblance of civil liberties, passed policies nearing police state-like measures, and rained batons and bullets on the urban warzones of our communities. We say that we not only need to stop this war but we need to fight the entire system that is pushing it!"

Planners said they intended the march to be more visible to the public as it will travel through local communities in order to drum up opposition to the war on the way to the larger demonstration.

In addition to the main slogan of "Stop the War, Fight the System" other slogans used throughout the march included "Who let the bombs out? BUSH!, BUSH! BUSH!, BUSH!" and "Stand Up, No More, We Don't Want You're Fucking War!!"

Along the way some marchers passed out informational flyers to the few people on sidewalks and in doorways, and anyone in passing cars that stopped and showed interest. Many did. Other bystanders and passersby looked on with indifference, confusion, or amusement.

At one point, a man who said his name was Jim called out from a second story window asking "What war?" Protestors referred him to the pending invasion of Iraq, and the continued US/UK bombings enforcing "no fly zones". Jim continued saying that based on what he saw on TV he didn't believe there was going to be a war in Iraq "[Bush] doesn't plan on going over there. It's all talk. The whole worlds against him."

Halfway to the assembly site for the NOAC march, the feeder march was met by several police cars and escorted the remainder of the route to the assembly site.

NOAC March begins…

While the first march was going on, several hundred people gathered at Market Square and the intersection of W.25th and Lorain, across from the West Side Market for the beginning of a permitted march sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition. According the group, "NOAC is a coalition of peace, religious, labor, student and community groups, as well as concerned individuals who oppose U.S. war plans and the bombing of Iraq."

At noon, those that had gathered at the assembly site for the NOAC march were met by the group from the feeder march and everyone began to assemble on W.25th St for the planned march to Public Square for a permitted rally. Shortly thereafter, the march began behind a large banner stating the themes of the demonstration, "Stop the War on Iraq, No War for Oil, Not in Our Name, Money for Jobs Healthcare and Education - Not for War".

Along the way banners were hung from buildings, almost everyone that participated in the march carried a sign, banner, flag or megaphone. Some brought musical instruments such as guitars and makeshift drums to accompany the many chants and protest songs. Participants were comprised of a diverse segment of the community, and the march included protesters of different ages, races, religions, and species (there were a few dogs). Slogans chanted for this march included "Hell No, We Won't Go, We Won't Die For Texaco!" and What Do We Want? Peace! When Do We Want It? Now!"

The coalition march stretched across a majority of the Detroit-Superior Bridge, and occupied three lanes of the roadway, as a result police closed the bridge to automobile traffic for the remainder if the march. Once they entered the downtown area, the demonstrators stopped occasionally to regroup and amplify the volume of the chants.

NOAC Rally…

At shortly before 1pm the front of the coalition march arrived at Public Square and began to file into the southwest quadrant for the rally. In a short time the area was filled with people. Many overflowed into the surrounding area, climbed the walls for a better view, and leaned on the railings of the surrounding street level.

Once everyone settled in the speeches began. The speakers represented many different groups all working to create anti-war policies and anti-imperialist government in the U.S. Some of the groups represented included Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition, International A.N.S.W.E.R., Cleveland Non-Violence Network, Student Anti-Racist Action, Kent State Anti-war Committee, Not In Our Name, the Burning River Revolutionary Anarchist Collective, and others. In addition to speakers, there was music and singing. Despite the cool November air and a light rain that began to fall near the end of the rally, most in attendance remained to the end.

Over 1000 people are estimated to have participated in the marches and rally. As of this writing there were no reports of any arrests or injuries.

For more information about…

Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition (NOAC) phone: 216-231-4245
Or mail to: c/o GCIU Local 546M, 3227 W.25th St., Cleveland, OH 44109

Burning River Collective website:

add your comments

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 5 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Peace is the way to peace - not war Daniel H. Shubin Friday December 27, 2002 at 05:53 PM
bad article Daryle Lamont Jenkins Friday December 13, 2002 at 11:02 PM
Feeder March Dana Tuesday November 19, 2002 at 11:48 PM
Video OF the Nov. 16th Event Terry (Nat10nal) Tuesday November 19, 2002 at 08:07 PM
need to publicize meeting point pittsburgh Sunday November 17, 2002 at 12:49 PM
IMC Network: Projects print radio satellite tv video Africa ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq nigeria south africa Canada hamilton maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg East Asia burma jakarta japan manila qc Europe alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol bulgaria croatia cyprus estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege lille madrid malta marseille nantes netherlands nice norway oost-vlaanderen paris/île-de-france poland portugal romania russia scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia west vlaanderen Latin America argentina bolivia brasil chiapas chile chile sur colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso Oceania adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne oceania perth qc sydney South Asia india mumbai United States arizona arkansas atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado danbury, ct dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk idaho ithaca kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma omaha philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca seattle tallahassee-red hills tampa bay tennessee united states urbana-champaign utah vermont virginia beach western mass worcester West Asia armenia beirut israel palestine ukraine Topics biotech Process discussion fbi/legal updates indymedia faq mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer

© 2000-2006 Cleveland Indy Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Cleveland Indy Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy