San Francisco, CA USA
I had been going to meetings and smaller rallies since July 2002 in San Francisco. My nephew, in the Marines Reserve, had been called up to Camp Pendleton (he bravely refused to be deployed to Iraq when asked). My heart was full of anticipatory grief in February 2003. I feared that there were no strategic plans for after the march, for serious and sustained and escalating civil disobedience actions. However, when I met my friend, a Lebanese-American, at Market & Embarcadero, and we saw how huge the crowd was, I felt encouraged. I was thrilled that Jeremy Corbyn came all the way from London to speak at the San Francisco rally. My memories are vivid from that day, standing for hours on feet that somehow refused to feel fatigued, in Civic Center and hearing speaker after speaker denounce and oppose the war. The creativity of floats, signs, banners, costumes, props showed the SF Bay Area at its quirky best.