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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.
March 3, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
The poet needs another cigarette. He'd worked himself down to eight smokes a day, on pace to quit before his 60th birthday, but now he's back up to a pack and not sleeping very much besides. Sam Hamill -- author of 13 volumes of poetry, pacifist ex-Marine, Buddhist, craggy white-haired introvert -- once had a life he liked. It was lived in private. Then First Lady Laura Bush, in mid-January, invited him to take part in a White House symposium called "Poetry and the American Voice."
March 2, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Can plays help prevent wars? Aristophanes' classic comedy "Lysistrata" was written in response to the Peloponnesian War, an internecine dispute among the ancient Greeks. It depicted the women from both sides of the war uniting in a sex strike, refusing to make love with their men until the war ended. Yet the play didn't stop the war, which continued for seven more years. Undeterred, theatrical peace activists around the world are about to try again.
February 27, 2003 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Opponents of a U.S. invasion of Iraq flooded the nation's capital with phone calls, e-mails and faxes Wednesday in an organized protest with a technological twist. Organizers of the "virtual march on Washington" said that Senate offices and the White House were deluged with more than 1 million calls and faxes. "We are getting slammed by the virtual marchers," said an aide to Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.
February 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 100 women gathered on a chilly hillside near Occidental to bare all in their fight for peace. The women met Sunday at Ocean Song, a nonprofit learning center, to doff their clothes and spell out the words "TRUTH," "COMPASSION" and "PASSION." It was one of the largest U.S. gatherings of women forming words in the nude to generate opposition to war. The first demonstration drew more than 40 women to spell out "PEACE" in a Marin County field in November.
February 24, 2003 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
With the U.S.-Iraq showdown possibly headed to a climax, many Republicans who have spent months staunchly behind President Bush's hard-line posture are confronting anxiety, skepticism and some outright opposition among their constituents. Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-N.Y.) was peppered with questions about Iraq at a lunch last week with local officials in upstate New York. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) heard from critics of war at town hall meetings across his state. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.
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