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01/20/03

Culturally Diverse Crowd Marches On Washington

In terms of numbers, Will Watson says Saturday's protest march was reminiscent of the Vietnam demonstrations from the '60's. But he says the makeup of the crowd made it very different from the old rallies.

"It was kinda amazing. There were communists and there was this big group of Catholic nuns and fathers who had come out for that. There were anarchists and artists and black, white, gay, straight. There were unitarians and young socialist workers on our bus even, so there was this incredible diversity," says Watson.

But Watson says there was no diversity in the message marchers carried.

"Everybody was united by resistance to the war. Everybody was united in their desire to show that there's no consensus for war in the United States and we all managed to come together on that in Washington."

Watson says he hopes our nation's leaders are listening to Americans against war.

"I think the Bush administration wanted to go in September and I think the realization that maybe 60, 70 percent of Americans are against it already has slowed it. If you put 500,000 people in the street of Washington with one message, that there's no consensus for war, if our government doesn't hear it I think they forfeit the right to govern us."

By:Marcia Hill

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