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October 6, 2007

‘Power to the people:’ Protesters call for peace

TERRE HAUTE — Judy Barnebey wanted to remind people that it’s OK to be against the war.

Barnebey, of Terre Haute, was one of many lined up Saturday along Third Street in front of the Vigo County Courthouse protesting the war in Iraq.

“I came today as a religious person who feels that we don’t have the right to bomb another country, to injure its citizens, to cut off their electricity when it’s 120 degrees,” she said, “and then when we see a civil war developing, not to say we made a mistake and we are going to leave and we’re going to send you some money to help repair the horrors we’ve done.”

Between 50 and 70 people attended the Statewide Rally Against the Iraq War sponsored by the Indiana Peace and Justice network and hosted by Terre Haute Stop War on Iraq.

At least half of those attending were not from the Wabash Valley.

Other than holding signs with messages such as “Impeach Bush” or “End the War,” participants also chanted “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the Iraqi war has got to go!”

Several speakers were also present to fire up the protesters. Laurie Perdue from CodePink, an anti-war group started by women, offered insight into the goings-on in Washington D.C.

She was arrested three times while protesting the war. She said one of those arrests was false and only based on the color she was wearing — pink.

CodePink’s name is a play on this Administration’s Homeland Security color code.

“While [President] Bush’s color coded alerts are based on fear, the CodePink alert is based on compassion and is a feisty call for women and men to ‘wage peace,’” the organization’s Web site states.

Perdue urged the people to call Congress every day to make their voices heard. She emphasized that the call is toll-free and only takes a few minutes.

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