Americans Dead: A Sad Milestone
by Cassidy Hartmann
Photos by Jeff Fusco
Members of a community representing at least eight peace activist
organizations gathered Wednesday evening on the western steps of City Hall for
a vigil to commemorate the death of the 2,000th American soldier killed in Iraq.
Citizens from groups such as Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace
and Brandywine Peace Community lit candles, held banners and huddled together
to keep warm while the names of every Pennsylvanian soldier killed were read
(as well as the names of a fraction of the more than 100,000 killed Iraqis).
The crowd of about 100 mostly older Philadelphians then
proceeded to the offices of Sens. Santorum and
Specter, demanding that Congress stop funding the war and bring the
troops home. An unusually large number of police officers circled the
demonstration. The vigil concluded at the Philadelphia
at Sixth and Market, drawing looks, honks and cheers from passers-by.
From Philadelphia Weekly