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Peace advocates happy with Nevada City march

While Nevada County peace advocates are happy with the turnout of a weekend march, disappointing numbers at protests in major U.S. cities seem to indicate Americans are losing their anti-war zeal.

Saturday’s rally in Nevada City marked seven years since the United States military entered Iraq on March 20, 2003. The march drew more than 100 people, which falls short of a previous year’s record of 300.

In Washington D.C., attendance was down from the tens of thousands who protested in 2006 and 2007. In New York City, even fewer demonstrated, according to Associated Press reports.



“It’s hard to know what that means,” said local peace activist Lorraine Reich, who helped organize the rally alongside the Peace Center of Nevada County.

“Americans are way in over their heads. They’re too stressed out, they’re trying to keep their jobs … They’re too busy with their lives to spend time protesting,” Reich said.




Yet the movement may be growing more broad: More young people and “faces from America’s political mainstream” showed up in Nevada City this year, Reich said.

“We should be proud of ourselves,” she said about Nevada County’s anti-war commitment.

Marchers were “keeping their deepest convictions and being part of the voice that opposes” foreign wars, she said.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.


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