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January 15, 2003
Newton teacher raises doubts on war in Iraq
William Rivers Pitt, a Newton teacher and the author of "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know," hangs out at the Harvard Square T station on weekends, handing out antiwar fliers.

January 16, 2003
Foes of a war in Iraq spread their message
The leaders of leaders a pre-emptive peace movement are using 21st-century tactics to spread their message beyond the traditional ranks of the antiwar movement.

January 19, 2003
Thousands join war protest in Washington
Tens of thousands of people converged on the nation's capital to protest American preparations to invade Iraq, in what organizers said was the largest rally in a coordinated display of antiwar sentiment across the globe.

February 13, 2003
Poets hold protest readings against looming war with Iraq
Before a small audience at WordsWorth Books near Harvard Square, seven local poets yesterday read antiwar poems in a protest against the impending war with Iraq.

February 15, 2003
From all walks, antiwar protesters on same path
Joined by their dislike for what they see as America's aggression, knots of like-minded but unconnected activists have begun staging antiwar protests and devising schedules for sit-ins and acts of civil disobedience.

February 15, 2003
Suit challenges right to wage Iraq war
Accusing George W. Bush of acting like a monarch, a group of US soldiers, their parents, and six members of Congress sued the White House yesterday to block any invasion of Iraq unless Congress issues a declaration of war.

February 16, 2003
Around world, millions march against war
Antiwar protesters young and old flooded the East Side of Manhattan yesterday as millions more across America and around the globe rallied against US plans for military action in Iraq.

February 16, 2003
Thousands stage protests in London and elsewhere
In the largest political demonstration in Britain's history, at least 750,000 people, took to the streets yesterday to voice opposition to a possible war in Iraq. More than 2 million rallied in other European cities.

February 16, 2003
New England groups travel to join masses
More than 1,200 Boston-area residents boarded buses before dawn for the five-hour ride to New York City to take part in the massive protest against a possible war with Iraq.

February 19, 2003
President undeterred by antiwar protests
President Bush yesterday brushed aside massive demonstrations against his Iraq policy as evidence that protesters ''don't view Saddam Hussein as a risk to peace,'' and he promised to defend US interests despite the millions who took to the streets worldwide.

February 24, 2003
Antiwar activists flood political leaders with calls, e-mails
As a possible war against Iraq draws closer, antiwar leaders are stepping up their tactics and refocusing their strategy this week toward putting direct pressure on political officeholders in Washington.

February 25, 2003
Judge rejects lawsuit to block war against Iraq
Calling the potential war with Iraq a political rather than a legal issue, a federal judge in Boston refused yesterday to issue a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the Bush administration from attacking without a declaration of war from Congress.

February 27, 2003
Some Westerners taking on role of human shields
A group of 13 Americans and Europeans have accepted invitations from Baghdad to place themselves in facilities that may come under fire in an effort to prevent a war.

March 6, 2003
Students strike against war
Hundreds of Massachusetts high school students walked out of class yesterday to protest the looming threat of war with Iraq, joining thousands of their peers at high schools and colleges across the country in a one-day "student strike" organized by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition.

March 9, 2003
Protesters walk a fine line
Officials claim student actions offer some lessons
As students across the western suburbs joined thousands of their peers nationwide Wednesday lodging various forms of protest against a potential war with Iraq, area high school officials said their schools used the event as an opportunity to teach lessons of civil disobedience.

March 9, 2003
Same old song
Though times and topics have changed since the '60s, the soundtrack of protest remains much the same
How many times must they sing the same song before there's a new song to sing?

March 9, 2003
Antiwar feelings intensify in Italy
Rainbow-colored peace banners flutter in the wind from balconies of apartment buildings, offices, and restaurants, and outside schools and shops. Such slogans as "We're Bushed. War is Exhausting" and "Stop the War" are scrawled on walls of Renaissance buildings and churches, and antiwar demonstrations attracting thousands have become weekly events.

March 11, 2003
Veterans differ on antiwar protest
A decision to bar an antiwar veterans group from marching Sunday in South Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade has politicians running for cover, as former servicemen face off over the pending war with Iraq.

March 16, 2003
Thousands rally against war on Iraq
Bush readies for summit as gulf braces for battle
WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a summit on Iraq and perhaps days before war, hundreds of thousands of antiwar protesters marched yesterday around the White House and in cities around the globe, for what many called their last chance to urge the Bush administration to disarm Saddam Hussein's regime without resorting to force.

March 16, 2003
Hundreds march, ride, rally for peace
CAMBRIDGE -- Evoking Paul Revere's famous ride, hundreds of people chanted antiwar slogans and waved signs along Massachusetts Avenue from Dorchester to Lexington Green yesterday to protest the country's move toward war with Iraq in one of several protests held around the state.

March 17, 2003
Vigils light up state in hopes of peace
On a night when many felt the nation was on the brink of war, thousands of people turned out across the Bay State for up to 100 candlelight vigils against a US-led strike on Iraq.

March 20, 2003
With each step, activists against war call for peace
Sidestepping rocks, puddles and shrinking snow along the commercial strip of Route 3A just south of the Fore River Bridge, a troop of activists walked single file last week, tapping prayer drums and chanting a message of peace that carried them across the state.

March 20, 2003
Principled disobedience
Dozens arrested as antiwar rallies challenge the law
Frustrated that some of the biggest rallies in US history have been largely ignored by a Bush administration focused on war in Iraq, antiwar protesters stepped up their activism this week by blocking streets and buildings until police dragged them away in plastic handcuffs.

March 21, 2003
On Boylston Street, protest is a mix of old and new voices
They pumped their fists and stuck out their chests against the war on Iraq in the classic sort of civil disobedience for which Boston is known.

March 21, 2003
Europe sees wave of antiwar protest
PRAGUE -- A surge of antiwar protests swept Europe yesterday, as some governments condemned and others justified the US-led assault on Iraq.

March 21, 2003
Protesters snarl downtown streets
Antiwar demonstrations largely peaceful, police say
Thousands of antiwar demonstrators descended on downtown Boston yesterday, blocking traffic and creating chaos, in the largest of several spirited demonstrations around the state.

March 22, 2003
For protesters, silent 'die-ins' deliver a loud message against war
The drawback to staging a "die-in," Sachin Anand discovered this winter, is that when people shout "Communist!" at you, you can't answer back.

March 22, 2003
Prayers for peace, criticism of Bush at interfaith rally
The protesters who gathered on City Hall Plaza for the city's first interfaith antiwar march yesterday joined hands and prayed aloud to Jehovah, to Allah, to Jesus, and to Buddha for peace in Iraq. Then, in unison, they condemned the man they say is the real ultimate power behind the war: George W. Bush.

March 23, 2003
Protesters, war backers rally across the nation
NEW YORK -- Tens of thousands of protesters filled Broadway from midtown Manhattan to Greenwich Village yesterday in a boisterous demonstration that drew a cross section of Americans opposed to the war in Iraq. Parents pushing baby strollers chanted antiwar slogans alongside young people wearing headbands and grandmothers who held aloft paper doves.

March 23, 2003
2 sides engage in own war
Groups square off; arrests in Chicopee
CHICOPEE -- Demonstrations for and against the war continued to draw crowds across the state yesterday, the fourth day of the US attack on Iraq, with more than 50 arrests in Chicopee, a march of 500 people from Boston to Cambridge, and heightened tensions on suburban streets between war opponents and supporters.

March 23, 2003
Protesters see encouraging signs
As the first full day of war unfolded Thursday, Boston's antiwar activists realized they had reached a new stage of success: Their protest at City Hall had devolved into chaos.

March 24, 2003
War debate a focus in Mass., across US
SUDBURY -- The stickers on the cars outside First Parish Church were the first tip-off. "Attack Iraq? No!" said one. Another said: "George Bush forgot: Use your words, not your fists. What every child is taught."

March 28, 2003
War critics struggle to get public forum
WASHINGTON -- This is the outlook on the war that Ben Cohen, the ice cream mogul of Ben & Jerry's, thinks Americans should be able to see on television: Actress Susan Sarandon asking, "What did Iraq do to us?" and Edward Peck, a former US ambassador to Iraq, replying, "Nothing . . . Iraq has nothing to do with terrorism or Al Qaeda."

March 29, 2003
Peace activists work to cross boundaries of class, geography
The activists showed up with antiwar signs and the will to get arrested. The police had plastic handcuffs and a look that said ''we mean business.'' But the most dramatic tension at last week's rally at the JFK Federal Building wasn't between the protesters and officers. It was between the protesters and the men in hard hats from a job site across the street.

March 29, 2003
Tens of thousands condemn war in Iraq
CAIRO -- Tens of thousands of Arabs demanding an end to the war on Iraq poured out of mosques and into the streets of several Arab cities yesterday, inspired by sermons condemning the war and its rising civilian death toll.

March 29, 2003
War protesters plan march, rally on Common
Anticipating what could be Boston's largest protest march since Vietnam, Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday warned that police will crack down on anyone ''hell-bent on causing disruption'' on the scale of other protests that have snarled traffic and ended in hundreds of arrests in New York and Washington.

March 29, 2003
With quiet aplomb, nun aids antiwar protesters
CHICAGO - Some of the marchers caught a quick glimpse of her on their way out of the police station. Others only heard about her generosity and hoped to say thank you. No one, though, seemed to know her name.

March 29, 2003
With quiet aplomb, nun aids antiwar protesters
CHICAGO - Some of the marchers caught a quick glimpse of her on their way out of the police station. Others only heard about her generosity and hoped to say thank you. No one, though, seemed to know her name.

March 30, 2003
Tens of thousands rally in Boston for peace
Tens of thousands of people from across New England and beyond converged on a damp, windswept Boston Common for a massive antiwar rally yesterday, then marched through the city, saying they hoped to show the world that not all Americans support President Bush and the war in Iraq.

March 31, 2003
New voices join chorus against war
PRAGUE -- As the reality of a bloody, unpopular, and potentially long conflict with Iraq sinks in, even ''New Europe'' is getting skittish.

March 31, 2003
'Whole world against the Arabs' is prevailing view at Cairo rallies
CAIRO -- In their groups of hundreds and thousands, the surging, chanting protesters who participated in the latest major antiwar demonstration in this largest of Arab cities sounded as though they were boiling with rage.

April 2, 2003
Maine town feels tension of war
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine - It's a long way here from the die-ins and massive marches of urban centers. War is off-limits conversation, from the knickknack store to the community prayer service - insurance against neighbor-on-neighbor rifts in a small town.

April 3, 2003
Editorial: Healthy dissent
The message from today's anti-war protesters is well chosen and clear: Oppose the Bush administration but support the troops. There was little effort to make that distinction between soldier and policy makers during the Vietnam War or to pat the enlisted person on the back, and the country has paid for that lapse with deep psychological scars.

April 5, 2003
Antiwar legacy cited on King anniversary
MEMPHIS - Marchers remembering the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King 35 years ago were joined yesterday by antiwar demonstrators.

April 6, 2003
Hardy demonstrators turn out for, against war
Snow mixing with rain and a wind chill making 36 degrees feel like 26 washed away hopes for a rousing antiwar demonstration on Boston Common yesterday. But the hardiest showed up to express passions both for and against the war in Iraq.

April 6, 2003
Advise and dissent
As disagreements over the war in Iraq ignite public controversy, it's worth recalling that antiwar protest is not an artifact of the Vietnam era but a tradition as old and venerable as the United States itself.

April 9, 2003
US activists join anti-American boycott
Patrick Baggott stopped buying grocery at mainstream markets and decided to buy a Japanese car instead of the American-made sport utility vehicle he had been eyeing. He will not buy his clothes at the local mall, either. Goodwill will have to do.

April 10, 2003
Demonstrators say peace movement will continue
Alice Copeland Brown, 65, of Canton has been protesting the war in Iraq since before it began - even as she sends chocolate-chip cookies to her son, Army Major David E. Floyd, who's serving at Camp Doha in Kuwait. The news from Baghdad yesterday, she said, gave her no reason to stop.

April 14, 2003
As their numbers diminish, war protesters shift message
Toby Sackton stood with his sign yesterday, challenging US policy in Iraq, as he's done every week for months. But unlike a month ago, when 300 other sign-toting, slogan-chanting protesters joined him on the Lexington Green, yesterday Sackton looked around and counted only a dozen others.

April 15, 2003
Even big-mouth celebrities have right to speak out
It's been a good long while since I've had a sit-down with the US Constitution, but if my junior high school memories serve me correctly, I don't recall the Bill of Rights guaranteeing free speech only to those who espouse one particular opinion.

April 17, 2003
Antiwar activists aren't backing down
Now that Saddam Hussein's government has crumbled - with fewer Americans dead than are killed on US highways over a typical Labor Day weekend - much of America is rejoicing. But that did not stop some 40 antiwar protesters from holding their weekly vigil in Newton Centre, a ritual they began nine months ago.

April 20, 2003
Military mother battles to express antiwar view
She's a mom on a mission -- to protest the war in Iraq -- and Alice Copeland Brown has a bit of combat fatigue. Who can blame her? She has been verbally abused, arrested, handcuffed, taken to jail, gotten a summons to court, and, most recently, assaulted on the MBTA Red Line. Her offense? Carrying a homemade protest sign bearing her soldier son's picture on it. The weapon? The very same sign.

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