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December 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A massive airdrop of paper birds intended to promote peace failed to halt violence in Thailand's south, as attacks targeted soldiers and local officials. Five people were wounded hours after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Sunday's airdrop of nearly 100 million origami cranes over the region had boosted peace.
April 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
An antiwar group planning a massive demonstration at the start of the Republican National Convention has been denied a permit to use Central Park because the crowd would be too large, officials said Wednesday. United for Peace and Justice said it planned to appeal. The city parks department denied the group's request to rally on the park's Great Lawn after a march through city streets. A permit request for the march, submitted separately to the police department, is pending.
March 21, 2004 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of people across the nation and throughout the world staged protests Saturday against the American-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, marking the war's anniversary. Many called for the immediate removal of all U.S. troops. Demonstrations were held in scores of American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco and in Crawford, Texas, the site of President Bush's ranch, organizers said.
October 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A peace activist group has accused the Fresno County sheriff of sending an undercover detective to its meetings. Members of Peace Fresno say Aaron Kilner regularly attended the meetings, telling members who asked what he did for a living that he was independently wealthy. The undercover sheriff's detective died in an off-duty motorcycle accident Aug. 30.
June 29, 2003 | From Associated Press
The district attorney's pursuit of charges against protesters who shut down the city as the war in Iraq began is off again. Prosecutors decided Friday to drop cases against 407 people charged with traffic violations for blocking city streets during the first days of fighting. Police in riot gear arrested 2,300 demonstrators. Prosecutors still plan to pursue charges against 20 people allegedly involved in acts of misdemeanor violence or vandalism, Assistant Dist. Atty. Mike Menesini said. Dist.
June 2, 2003 | AL MARTINEZ
I came home the other day in about as foul a mood as I have ever been due to the depressing nature of the news, and the dog greeted me at the door smiling. I couldn't tell what kind of a smile it was, but I think I detected a certain smugness about it, the way feminists used to smile when they began flexing their muscles. It is a combination of eyes and mouth working together to suggest a secret knowledge. "Why is the dog smiling?" I said loudly to no one in particular.
May 24, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Antiwar activists will march in their own Memorial Day parade after being excluded from the Mill Valley celebration. Representatives of the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition applied to participate in the 27th annual parade, but were turned down by organizers because of the group's political beliefs, said a coalition spokesman. The group will hold a "march of the excluded" Monday in the downtown plaza.
March 30, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
In the mind of peace advocate Michiko Pumpian, the crane is mightier than the sword -- and, for that matter, more persuasive than protest marches. The tall, graceful bird is a symbol of peace in her native Japan, and the 48-year-old Pumpian has exported the idea across the globe. For the last decade, she has led the World Peace Project for Children, which promotes peace through the creation of origami cranes.
March 23, 2003 | Todd Gitlin, Todd Gitlin's "Letters to a Young Activist" will be published by Basic Books in April. He is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University.
For months now, the antiwar movement has defined itself in opposition to George W. Bush, to his bulldozer style, his hellbent drive toward war with Iraq, his barely disguised contempt for dissent -- domestic and foreign -- and his preference for "shock and awe" over treaties. The movement may have been hazy about what it wanted, but it was crystal clear about what it didn't want: war with Saddam Hussein.
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