November 17, 2007
Cacaphony of antiwar support greets protesters
There was no "honk if you oppose the war" sign at the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice's demonstration this morning -- it would have been superfluous.
The hour a dozen antiwar protesters stood out in the cold holding a variety of peace signs was a cacaphony of car and truck horns, and myriad shouts of encouragement.
If a vote had been taken today, at the corner of Highway 20 and Route 31, all U.S. servicemen would be out of Iraq. Never would have gone in the first place.
"Public sentiment is clearly against this war. But people are still confused by the administration's rhetoric," said Ken Yorgan, a chiropractor by day and chairman of the Coalition, adding, "Put 'lies' in quotes after 'rhetoric.' "
"We want to elevate the conversation, stimulate the dialogue about this illegal war," he said.
Sister Alice, a Racine Dominican waving a "HELP VETS" sign, explained why she and the others were there: "When somebody puts themselves on the line like this, it energizes others. It gives them hope.
"And, maybe next time, they'll be out here too. For the person doing it, it puts the issue firmer in your mind; it's not abstract any more."
Peggy Huset-Duros recalled participating in antiwar protests before the U.S. invaded Iraq. "At that time, we got a lot of nasty yells and hecklers. But not any more."
The Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7 p.m., at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2221 Douglas Ave. They will be out at the corner of Highays 20 and 31 once more this year, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. -- braving the cold with warm hearts hoping for peace.