Buses Take Local Residents to Washington Protest

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

January 27, 2007

It's being called the biggest protest of its kind from Route 29 to the National Mall hundreds of Charlottesville area residents made the journey to Washington on Saturday, voicing opposition to the war and asking the president to bring our troops home.

“I’m expecting a lot of people on the mall just banded in unity for a cause, to promote peace and justice and the world,” said UVA student Courtney Mallow.

College students weren't the only ones to show up at Albemarle Square this morning the group of over 200 people ranged in all ages and backgrounds, but they were all there for the same reason.

“Well, everybody needs to be heard here, but we're only 120 miles away so you know we have more of a advantage of being heard in Washington and getting there and that's why I feel threes this group of people that are willing to go to Washington and say enough. Democratic congress you’re in control now, no more money for this war,” said organizer Elena Day.

“Overwhelmingly all over this country, people want peace. People want to end this disastrous war as quickly as possible. We want our newly elected representatives to know this,” said Sarah Lansmen.

We even talked to one local dad who felt it was important that he bring his eleven year old daughter along to take part.

“I figured our generation has messed it up pretty badly for her, so I want her to learn early what it means to take care of ourselves, our planet and think about things so that she can make a better world for her kids,” he said.

“I just think it's really important for people my age to get involved and really become active. We’re eighteen and we're going to be voting next year and its really important that we know what's going on and that we help to make changes that we are unhappy about,” said Mallow.

The bus trip was sponsored by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice.

A total of four coach buses from our area went to the protest in DC.

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