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Local peace activists encouraged by turnout at anti-war protest in S.F.

Nevada County peace activists filled five buses to attend an anti-war rally in San Francisco last weekend.

And they will make a difference, according to organizers.

The war against Iraq will bankrupt the country fiscally and spiritually, said organizer Loraine Webb, who estimated that 400 to 500 people from Nevada County attended Saturday’s rally.

“We (the U.S.) will bring more reactive terrorism from the rest of the world, who are outraged at our arrogance.”

Altogether, an estimated 100,000 people rallied and marched from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center – one of several anti-war protests throughout the nation.

Among the marchers was Grass Valley activist Janice Bedayn, who attended Saturday’s march with husband, Rod, and their two children, ages 3 and 5.

“It’s important that we are vocal,” Janice Bedayn said Tuesday. “I believe this is going to have an influence.”

Raconteur Utah Phillips, who was among those who performed and marched at the anti-war protest, said he is encouraged by turnout there and in other cities.

“There are too many good people doing too many good things for me to afford the luxury of being pessimistic,” said Phillips.

He traveled by BART to the rally from Oakland, where he appeared as a guest artist with Ani DiFranco at the Paramount Theatre Friday.

Peace Center volunteers who organized Saturday’s trek from Nevada City also helped organize a 12-hour peace vigil Oct. 2.

They also produced the Nevada City viewing of Michael Moore’s film “Bowling for Columbine” on Oct. 12.

Phillips said he now wants to suggest to the Peace Center the mother of all anti-war marches through downtown Nevada City to show the world that Nevada County opposes the war.

He also plans to propose nonviolent conflict resolution classes in Nevada County schools, he also said.

Saturday’s nationwide protests were sponsored by a Washington, D.C.-based coalition, Act Now to Stop War & End Racism – or A.N.S.W.E.R.

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