January 25, 2007
An anti-Iraq War protest was held at the federal court building in Charlottesville on Thursday by a local group of religious leaders.
The group that goes by the name Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace has opposed the war even before the US first invaded.
“We wanted to express our concern both that the policy was wrong and that we needed to have a national redemption from the errors and immorality that we've engaged in,” said Carl Matthews, CLJP Chairman.
A national protest is scheduled to take place in Washington DC on Saturday; peace advocates by the thousands are planned to show up.
“We want to get the United States back into its tradition view of human rights and fair treatment of prisoners who are under your control,” said Matthews.
One Vietnam veteran says that he is not happy about sending additional troops to Iraq, but that he isn't against it.
He says that protests and rallies aren't’t the way to make change and that if Americans want change; they need to go out and vote for it.
“If they have voted, then great. I have no problem with voting but I can only listen to them with half an ear if they haven't voted because they didn't participate in the process,” said A.B. Brown, a commander with the American Legion.
He says that whether you believe in the war or not the military is an important part of our country and we should support them no matter what.
“All of us we wouldn't be doing what we are doing today if it wasn't for the military and the past. Make no mistake we are what we are because we made ourselves this way,” said Brown.
About one-hundred people from our area are expected to board buses on Saturday morning, headed for the big anti-war rally in Washington DC.