Thousands March to Call for an End to War and Violence
Approximately 5,000 people participated in an anti-war demonstration in Hollywood on March 20 to call for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event was organized by ANSWER L.A. and included many well-known advocates against war and violence, including Ron Kovic, a veteran wounded during the Vietnam War whose story was the basis for the film, “Born on the Fourth of July”.
Protesters united on Hollywood Boulevard last Saturday for an anti-war demonstration. photo by Travis Wilkerson
The crowd marched on Hollywood Boulevard between Vine Street and Orange Drive and carried mock coffins of soldiers killed in action. Demonstrators also carried large tombstones to draw attention to what they called an economic war being waged against working-class people in the United States in order to fund the wars abroad. Essential social services are being slashed to pay for the largest defense budget in history , according to Mike Prysner, an organizer for ANSWER L.A.
“It was a very strong demonstration, and we think, a very successful demonstration,” Prysner said. “This was actually a new step in the anti-war movement. So many people hoped there would be change, but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue on. This demonstration was about all the people affected by the wars, whether it’s veterans fighting in the war or people who lost loved ones, or teachers who are losing their jobs because the funding is going to the wars. They are spending $500 million a day on fighting these wars that could be used for programs here.”
The demonstration in Hollywood coincided with anti-war protests in San Francisco and Washington D.C. For information, visit www.answerla.org.